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

Bobby Jenks Can Close Everything But His Mouth

Bobby Jenks warming up in 2009

This site is normally reserved for my experiences observing sporting events. Every now and then something comes along that gets me fired up. The last time this happened was when Brett Favre was texting pictures of his junk to everybody. Now something else has come along that has me a little riled up.

When he came up in 2005 Bobby Jenks was such a great story. He was a player that was left for dead in the Angels organization. He came up from AA Birmingham and led the club to the World Series title. It takes guts to pitch in the playoffs like he did. He was a great pitcher for some time in Chicago. 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

Note To Brett Favre

 

Brett dropping back to pass last year at Lambeau

Brett,

Hello, I was once one of your biggest fans when you played for the Packers. For years I looked to you as the guy that what was good about pro football. You took the bad things in your life, and turned them into positives.

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