My Top Ten Pictures of the First Five Years of the Junkie

A couple of days ago I posted about this site being five years old. I am sort of proud of the fact that I made it this long. I don’t consider myself a sportswriter, and I am far away from being a sports photographer. For some reason (a fact that boggles me) people come to this site to read what I have to say and to look at my pictures. If you take enough pictures over a five year span you are bound to accidentally take a few good ones. Here are the ten pictures that came to mind when I thought of the ten best in that span. I may have left a few out so if you have a favorite that I missed let me know.

Drey Mingo leaves the court with the WNIT trophy just before her illness

10. This may not be the best picture that I have ever taken, but it is one of my favorites nonetheless. The Purdue Women’s Basketball team was on a high note last season when they beat Depaul at home to win the WNIT preseason tournament. The team was on cloud nine thinking about how good things could be, and also the great trip ahead of them over the holiday weekend. That all came crashing down when Drey Mingo was diagnosed with meningitis. I had a seat right by the tunnel in Mackey so I got to see the players as they left the court. Drey was hugging the trophy as she left, and I thought it would be a great picture. When her condition was unknown a couple of days later I kept looking at this picture pondering how quickly things can change. For that reason it makes it onto this list. Continue reading

Crosby Stills the Horse

Mason Crosby watches his game winning field goal sail through the uprights as time expires

My new job and moving to Lafayette has made posting here a little harder lately. I have lost the bug as well for writing so I have not been as quick to post as normal. I normally do not watch the NFL that much. I will catch most of the Packer game on TV, but I love the college game so much more. I don’t attend the NFL that much either because it is just way too expensive. This past Friday though things clicked just right so that I would attend a NFL preseason game. My Packers were facing the Colts just an hour from Lafayette. It was the start of my birthday weekend as well. The two factors combined led to me finding a  nice cheap ticket on StubHub to watch the game. Continue reading

Ryan Kerrigan is now a Washington Redskin

Ryan Kerrigan pestering Denard Robinson

During his time at Purdue Ryan was very fun to watch. He left with a lot of records, but he really seemed to do it the right way as well. How he flew under the radar during the recruiting process is a great reason why I don’t follow recruiting. One of the best defensive ends ever at Purdue was not really highly thought of as a recruit. He was highly thought of when he left though as he was drafted 16th overall by the Washington Redskins tonight. It will be fun to watch him represent Purdue well in the NFL. Continue reading

Today Is The Day

After two long weeks of waiting the Super Bowl is finally here. Anyone who knows me knows that I love college football much more than the pro game. The Super Bowl is different though. I really love to watch this game. This year it is even more important since my Green Bay Packers are in the game. I have been waiting for this game for two weeks now, and it is just hours away. Continue reading

The Rivalry Game For All the Marbles

A.J. Hawk last season at Lambeau

This Sunday my Packers take on the Bears for the NFC title. This is only the second time that the two teams have met in the postseason which is kind of hard to believe. I guess the teams have rarely been good at the same time. I still think that is the case this season. The Bears have had one of the easiest runs into the playoffs in recent memory. They did win convincingly last week, but it was at the expense of a team who would have been under .500 in any other conference. Continue reading

Brett’s Streak Is Finally Over

 

Brett last season in Green Bay

After playing in 299 straight games and starting 297 straight Brett Favre will sit this one out. The last time that Brett did not start a game for his team George Bush was President. George H.W. Bush that is. Since then Bill Clinton has served eight years, and George’s oldest boy George W. Bush served eight years. The world has changed since that day in 1992 when the Majik Man went down for the Packers to give Favre his chance. Every streak needs a Wally Pipp, and Don Majkowski was the man who gave way to Favre. Since that day in 1992 237 quarterbacks have started games for other teams, and 117 head coaches have come and gone in the NFL. The streak is a terrific accomplishment, and should be applauded. Hell it should be celebrated. To play through some of the injuries he has played through is amazing. To do it at a high level is even more amazing. Continue reading