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That’s A Wrap – Four In A Row

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Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) bowls over a Notre Dame defender as he takes the ball to the one yard line during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.

Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr. Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) bowls over a Notre Dame defender as he takes the ball to the one yard line during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.

The state of Alabama has become the state of football supremacy.  Alabama has won three of the last four national championships and the one the Tide didn’t win, Auburn did.  As if folks in Alabama needed any more reasons to love their college football.

Alabama put a merciless whoopin’ on Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game Monday night.  The only thing the Irish won was the tailgate party outside the stadium.  Inside, it was all Bama all the time.  Now the Irish fans did throw down out in the parking lot.  I mean, those folks know how to party.  Bammers, take notes.

What happened on the football field was different.  Alabama did exactly what I thought they would do in dominating the Irish.  I heard pundits all month talking about the vaunted Notre Dame defense and I was not impressed.  They talked about their front seven and I was not impressed.  They talked about the emerging young quarterback and the dominating linebacker and I was not impressed.

I felt like every Southeastern Conference team has an impressive front seven, I mean, if you don’t count Kentucky!  Sorry guys, y’all have the round ball to dominate with.  Alabama didn’t score less than 30 points in any game this season except against a truly dominant LSU defense and against Texas A&M, a game where Bama slept through the first quarter and then outscored A&M 24-9 during the final three quarters.  Everyone else, including Georgia who had far more athletic defenders than Notre Dame, got steamrolled by the Tide.  I have no idea what folks were looking at when they thought this game would be close.

Now, on to the important stuff, the photography.  I actually had a really nice action game.  Then there was the abysmal post game.  Oh my, I could not have stunk more.  It seems that no matter what approach I take to covering the post game, I take the wrong approach.  Literally, I managed to get two photos of significant players who were not on stage.  I intentionally shot from across the field to the Alabama bench to make sure I had the shot of the Gatorade dunk and missed that when a player got between me and the dunk.

Then, when the celebration began, I couldn’t find a single player that played and I mean not a single one.  I am in a sea of Alabama players and I can’t find anyone who played a role.  Finally, I found a local guy who probably only played on special teams doing a little dance.  Couldn’t find AJ McCarron.  Couldn’t find Eddie Lacy or TJ Yeldon.  Couldn’t find Amari Cooper.  Had Lacy not been on stage as the offensive MVP, I doubt I would have ever seen him.

Talk about frustrating!  Then, with the game being a blowout, there was not much emotion anyway and when you deal with Alabama they are basically flat liners on the emotion scale and then you have every local TV station on the planet grabbing players and stopping their legit jubilation so they can get an interview.  That about makes me want to cuss.  One of these days I am going to shoot a post game and feel I did a good job.  This wasn’t one of those days.

I felt I had a really nice set of action photos.  I was very, very pleased with the game action.  I don’t think I could have hoped for more.   Wait, there was one shot I could have hoped for, no, two.  I would love to have had a shot of Eddie Lacy throwing that poor Notre Dame defender down with one hand.  I saw it happen and it was one of those moments that was just pure highlight reel stuff.  I was on the opposite end of the field and didn’t have a clear view.  The other action image I wish I had is on the front page of USA Today.  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made an acrobatic interception down near the goal line and the photo is sweet.  I saw that one too, from the work room, on TV, while I was in editing moving pictures!  Ahhhhhhhh.

Otherwise, I felt good about what I submitted.  By the way, big game like this one, you may wonder how many photos I sent.  Last night, on deadline, I moved 62 or 66, not sure which, from the game action and post game celebration.  Forty of those were moved by the end of halftime.  I came back Tuesday and did a supplemental edit and moved another big batch of images bringing the total of game day images moved to over 150.  All those had to be posted in photo galleries as well.

I think we made it to bed between 3:30 and 4 am.  We were up at 8:30 am to go back to the trophy presentation press conference.  And I didn’t get to sit on the beach, at all.  It has been 80 degrees down here and, aside from working where the beach happened to play a roll, I think I had no more than a few minutes of beach time and I was wearing long pants so I couldn’t even get the full effect of sea and sand.  I know, poor me.

Everyone seems to think this is kind of a working vacation.  Keep the working part and delete the vacation part and you pretty much have it.  Today, the “off day,” with nothing to cover but the Saban press conference, I finished working about 5:30.  Yeah, vacation.  I actually did plan to sit on the beach a little bit today but work got in the way.

Now it is time to go back home to north Alabama and freeze with everyone else.  I guess I now understand the whole snowbird mentality.  In fact, with my photojournalist income, I figure it is about time to buy a condo down here in south Florida for a winter home.  If you are not laughing right now then you clearly don’t know what photojournalists make!

The slideshow below features some of my favorite images from the week.  Hope y’all enjoy.

  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates with teammates after a Bama touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
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  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Offensive MVP Eddie Lacy lifts a finger in celebration as he leaves the field.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Offensive MVP Eddie Lacy holds the crystal football from the Coaches' Trophy.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Coach Nick Saban lofts his third crystal football from the Coaches' Trophy as the Alabama coach.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Eddie Lacy, offensive MVP, holds the crystal championship football.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama defensive lineman Quinton Dial (90) and Alabama linebacker Denzel Devall (30) leap as they pressure Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Coach Nick Saban accepts the four National Championship Trophies in Ft. Lauderdale Tuesday, January 8, 2013.   University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore and Saban talk as they stand behind the four trophies.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Jesse Williams makes his warrior face amid flying confetti.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.   Alabama players wander in a swirl of confetti after the win.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama celebrates its 15th National Championship after dominating Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones (22) leaps into the stands to celebrate with fans.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama majorettes celebrate during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones (75) celebrates a Bama touchdown during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio (71) lifts Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) in celebration after Cooper caught a pass for a touchdown during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) stretches out for a long pass in the end zone the fell incomplete during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama linebacker Trey Depriest (33) breaks up a pas intended for Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama and Notre Dame fans square off in the parking lot of the Sun Life Stadium as they tailgate prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Richard Petitt, Lisa Petitt, Tammy Echols and Ron Dover dance in the parking lot outside the stadium.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama and Notre Dame fans square off in the parking lot of the Sun Life Stadium as they tailgate prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Connor Smith from Huntsville throws passes in the parking lot outside the stadium.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama and Notre Dame fans square off in the parking lot of the Sun Life Stadium as they tailgate prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Notre Dame fans party in the parking lot before the game.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.    Players and fans gear up in Sun LIfe Stadium for the main event between Alabama and Notre Dame Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.    Players and fans gear up in Sun LIfe Stadium for the main event between Alabama and Notre Dame Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama and Notre Dame fans square off in the parking lot of the Sun Life Stadium as they tailgate prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Notre Dame fan Jake Kraft holds up a sign looking for tickets in the parking area.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama and Notre Dame fans square off in the parking lot of the Sun Life Stadium as they tailgate prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, January 7, 2013.  Robin Albano, from Decatur, Fred Huff and Brian Dawes, also from Decatur, square off with LSU fan Dino Mansfield.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Kirby Smart shows his delight after Alabama holds on a fourth down attempt during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) bowls over a Notre Dame defender as he takes the ball to the one yard line during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama defensive back Robert Lester (37) celebrates what he believes is a fumble recovery during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.  The play was overturned on replay.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) runs over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o for a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) wraps up and brings down Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) breaks up a fourth down pass in the end zone during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) powers through the Notre Dame defensive for a large gain during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Zeke Motta breaks up a pass intended for Alabama wide receiver Marvin Shinn (80) during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert leaps for a pass against Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner (28) during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert makes a catch over Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner (28) but comes down out of bounds during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates an Alabama touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Tommy Rincon walks down the sidewalk in Miami Beach Saturday, January 5, 2013 with a ball python wrapped around his neck.  Rincon and the culture in Miami Beach presents a very different cultural perspective to BCS fans enjoying the beach areas.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Jon Pierre Lafont carries his surf board down the sidewalk in Miami Beach after a day surfing.  Lafont was unaware of the impending BCS Championship game which was drawing Alabama and Notre Dame fans into Miami Beach.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hold their final public event before the main event Monday night.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Eddie Lacy comes up with no helmet after a personal foul knocked his helmet off during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.   Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) sprints through a tackle on his way to a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game in Sun Life Stadium Monday, January 7, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.    Alabama majorettes dance to music by the Million Dollar Band on Miami Beach Saturday, January 5, 2013 during a pep rally for Bama fans..
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Bama fans enjoy a pep rally for the Crimson Tide on Miami Beach Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     A cruise ship is seen on the horizon above the Alabama band as they perform during a pep rally on Miami Beach Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell (7) and Alabama wide receiver Marvin Shinn (80) hang together as they leave the media day for the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.    Alabama coach Nick Saban addresses a crowd of cameras and reporters during media day for the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     A crew paints the logo in one of the end zones in Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     DJ Fluker talks to media members during media day for the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) proves he can catch a football as well as throw one when a member of the media tossed him a pass during media day for the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.    A crew works to paint the logo at mid-field in Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013 as the stadium is prepared for Monday's BCS Championship Game.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     A stadium employee uses a pressure washer to clean seats in Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens Saturday, January 5, 2013 as preparations are underway for Monday's BCS Championship.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the Notre Dame offense address the media in Ft. Lauderdale Friday, January 4, 2012.  TJ Jones is all smiles as he leaves the interview sessions to get ready for practice.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the Notre Dame defense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.  Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco gets ready for the press conference.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the Notre Dame defense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.  Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o talk together on the podium before the news conference begins.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams (54) looks up the defensive line between plays.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square (92) signals to teammates during a defensive drill in the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Coach Nick Saban watches his team go through drills during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The Crimson Tide goes through practice Thursday at Barry University in Miami as they prepare for the BCS Championship.  Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13), Alabama defensive back Robert Lester (37) and Alabama defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix (6) run together during the practice session.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     Members of the University of Alabama offense meet the media for a morning press conference Thursday, January 3, 2012.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Barrett Jones is mobbed by media during the arrival press conference.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Coach Nick Saban leaves the press conference after speaking to the media.
  • Daily Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.     The University of Alabama football team arrives at the Miami International Airport Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  Coach Nick Saban deplanes as he and the Tide arrive for a press conference and to get on their busses.

Written by Gary Cosby Jr.

January 8th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

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  1. Gary,
    Here’s one guy who knows exactly how hard you and Mark Edwards both worked all week. It’s not at all a vacation – other than from the routine of the daily Photo-J grind. Excellent work as always. I’ve enjoyed all your posts. You’re not going to know what to do with yourself one of these winter seasons that neither Alabama school makes it to the National Championship! Great work.

    Corey Wilson

    9 Jan 13 at 6:33 am

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