I had the chance to attend the Monday night game between the Steelers and Redskins. I took about 330 pictures with an SLR camera and a long-range lens that I rented for the event and uploaded all of them to snapfish. Here is the link:
http://www1.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=5556778012/a=83640975_83640975/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/. Just copy and paste this link into your browser and you should be able to pull up all 338 pictures.
Since I am not using them for commercial purposes or resale, I don't think this is improper in any way, but I won't be offended if Neal or the moderators feel the need to delete the link. If that does happen, I'll be happy to email the link to anyone that might be interested. Some of the pictures came out really well, especially since I'm a complete novice at taking photographs.
For what is it worth, here are my thoughts and impressions from the game:
Fan Turn Out:
It was amazing to see so many fans of the Steelers show up for a preseason game. I met a family that drove from Pittsburgh! From my perspective, sitting in Section 212, row 3, it seemed like we had half of the place filled up. More importantly, many of the Steeler fans stayed right to the end of the game and cheered our players as they went into the locker room. It was very cool to see.
I got to the stadium early and was able to watch the team stretch out and get ready. I was in the end zone, so I was closest to the O-line and some of the DBs as they began warm ups. The OL looked pumped and ready to play. Mike Adams is easily one of the biggest men I have ever seen. In any event, from my perspective, the men looked calm and relaxed, many were dancing to the music playing on the loudspeakers and joking while they stretched. As I watched warm ups, I had the feeling that the guys did not have a sense of urgency. My favorite picture is of Keisel stretching here:
As everyone knows, Bell ran the ball for our 1st four plays and the entire stadium seemed to know it was coming. I love and respect the idea of establishing the running game, but the Redskin defenders were crowding the box and teeing off on our OL and RBs. As I said above, there was definitely a feeling that we were there to practice and the Skins were there to win. At one point in time, a loud Skins fan yelled "Come on Pit, you're not even trying." By the second quarter, I was 5 or 6 beers in, so my limited ability to analyze the game fell to zero and I decided to keep drinking and taking photos. One thing I would like point out is that there is a great shot of Mike Adams standing next to Reggie Dunn, and all I could think at the time was: "they look like a Great Dane and Yorky Terrier standing next to each other." It is image 6919 on the snapfish photos if you want to see it for yourself.
Hope you enjoy the pics.