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No More Tebow-time

In case you haven’t been paying attention to the hype, there’s this guy in the NFL named Tim Tebow who everyone is talking about. I got to see him in person, covering the AFC Playoffs as the Denver Broncos took on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium over the weekend. Much like the experts were predicting, things did not go well for the young quarterback against the heavily favored Patriots, who did exactly what they were supposed to do as the No. 1 seed.

Here’s a selection of my images from the game, featuring a whole bunch of scoring. Much thanks to the folks at the European Pressphoto Agency, who hired me for the game. Most of what you see here can be licensed through them.

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow walks off the field after turning the ball over on downs late in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow walks off the field after turning the ball over on downs late in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Photographers swarm Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he prays before the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Photographers swarm Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he prays before the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski makes a touchdown catch in the first quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski makes a touchdown catch in the first quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch hauls in a touchdown catch ahead of Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch hauls in a touchdown catch ahead of Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker celebrate Branch's fourth quarter touchdown catch in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots wide receivers Deion Branch and Wes Welker celebrate Branch's fourth quarter touchdown catch in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hauls in a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the end zone while shedding a tackle from Broncos defensive back Rafael Bush in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single playoff game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hauls in a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the end zone while shedding a tackle from Broncos defensive back Rafael Bush in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single playoff game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, congratulates tight end Rob Gronkowski on their fourth-quarter touchdown as Broncos cornerback Aaron Goodman looks on in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, congratulates tight end Rob Gronkowski on their fourth-quarter touchdown as Broncos cornerback Aaron Goodman looks on in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. Gronkowski's touchdown, his third of the game, tied him with the all-time record for touchdowns in a single game by a tight end. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung breaks up a pass intended for Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung breaks up a pass intended for Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore wags his finger after breaking up a Broncos pass in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore wags his finger after breaking up a Broncos pass in the fourth quarter in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich tries to tackle Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich tries to tackle Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- A Patriots fan dressed as Jesus Christ mocks Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and his faith in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- A Patriots fan dressed as Jesus Christ mocks Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and his faith in the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers after the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers after the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers as he kneels to pray following the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

1/14/12 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is swarmed by photographers as he kneels to pray following the New England Patriots' 45-10 win over the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 14, 2012. (Kelvin Ma)

Zoo-Mass

I’ve gotten pretty far behind in my updates, but at last glance on my calendar, apparently I’ve been working 18 straight days without a day off. That should count for something, eh?

So, better get back on the horse, as they say.

My epic stretch run of assignments started off a few weeks ago in Amherst, Mass., where I was dispatched to cover the media practices for the University of Massachusetts – Amherst football team for the Boston Herald.

With the start of the college football season looming at the end of the week, I figured posting a few relevant images would be appropriate.

8.17.2010 — AMHERST, Mass. — UMass linebacker Mike Mele puts a hit on quarterback Jesse Hunt during a post-practice competition at McGuirk Stadium on Aug. 17, 2010.


8.17.2010 — AMHERST, Mass. — UMass tailback John Griffin cuts into a hole during scrimmage at McGuirk Stadium on Aug. 17, 2010.


8.17.2010 — AMHERST, Mass. — UMass tailback John Griffin chats with offensive lineman Josh Samuda during a break in practice at McGuirk Stadium on Aug. 17, 2010.


8.17.2010 — AMHERST, Mass. — UMass linebacker Mike Mele gets into a fight with quarterback Jesse Hunt during a post-practice competition on Aug. 17, 2010. Hunt had grabbed Mele's facemask during a tackle.

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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