Turkey Day

I’ve been doing this journalism thing long enough to know that if I’m working on Thanksgiving, I’ll probably be photographing some football or people helping the less fortunate. For me, I hit the jackpot and got assigned to do both for the Boston Herald.

First stop was Boston’s Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter and resource center in the South End. I stopped by as they were preparing their annual Thanksgiving Feast and met some of the best people.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — From left, Kasey, 19, Joe, and Anthony, 15, Iannone of Whitman, prepare sandwiches for the Pine Street Inn's Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 26, 2009. The Iannone's have been volunteering every Thanksgiving for the past 12 years.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — From left, Kasey, 19, Joe, and Anthony, 15, Iannone of Whitman, prepare sandwiches for the Pine Street Inn's Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 26, 2009. The Iannone's have been volunteering every Thanksgiving for the past 12 years.

I couldn’t stick around for very long, though, as I had to book it cross-town to shoot the second half of the Boston English-Boston Latin football game at Harvard Stadium (VERY thankful traffic is light in Boston on Thanksgiving) . The English-Latin rivalry is the oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the nation, beginning in 1887. It’s been dominated by Latin, and this year was no different, with Latin pulling off the win with neither team bringing any type of passing game whatsoever (read: this game went by FAST).

11.2.6.2009 — BOSTON — Latin fullback Tyler Hallinan breaks a tackle from English linebacker Melvin Booker at the schools' annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009.

11.2.6.2009 — BOSTON — Latin fullback Tyler Hallinan breaks a tackle from English linebacker Melvin Booker at the schools' annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — English running back Melvin Booker can't break a tackle against Latin in the schools' annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009. Latin won, 27-16.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — English running back Melvin Booker can't break a tackle against Latin in the schools' annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009. Latin won, 27-16.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — Latin running back Noel Haines gets stopped short of the goal line by English linebacker Hassan Ingram at the schools' annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009. Latin won, 27-16.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — Latin running back Noel Haines gets stopped short of the goal line by English linebacker Hassan Ingram at the schools' annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009. Latin won, 27-16.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — English seniors, from left, Unique Bridges, 18, Viviana Gonzalez, 17, Maryanne Luu, 17, and Moanna Nietto, 17, cheer on their team against Latin at the schools' annual rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009. Latin won, 27-16.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — English seniors, from left, Unique Bridges, 18, Viviana Gonzalez, 17, Maryanne Luu, 17, and Moanna Nietto, 17, cheer on their team against Latin at the schools' annual rivalry game at Harvard Stadium on Nov. 26, 2009. Latin won, 27-16.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — Latin alumnus Juan Rivas of the Class of 97 dances with his dog, Tyson, outside Harvard Stadium as Latin beat English, 27-16, at their annual Thanksgiving rivalry game on Nov. 26, 2009.

11.26.2009 — BOSTON — Latin alumnus Juan Rivas of the Class of 97 dances with his dog, Tyson, outside Harvard Stadium as Latin beat English, 27-16, at their annual Thanksgiving rivalry game on Nov. 26, 2009.

Here’s to being thankful I still get paid to do this!

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