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A Surprise For Me At the Caps Game

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The Pittsburgh Penguins came to town for a game with the Washington Capitals. Since I was the only one in my family that could go, I got the bright idea to sell all my tickets and buy a reasonably priced second row seat on StubHub. The ticket I bought is not one I would buy again. Not even sure I’d sit there for free if offered. A great view of the front of the net where the Capitals shoot twice…when someone in the first row is kind enough to not be sitting in his or her seat. I suppose if the person had an invisible head, that would work, too. This isn’t just a taking photos thing, it’s a regular CSS thing.

Whether anyone is in front or not, the view down the other end is pretty nonexistent because of the distortions looking through plexiglass at an angle. I’ve sat in the first few rows in a few places around Verizon Center and they’ve all been better than this one particular seat.

So, I think some things happened down at that end. Like all three goals were scored down there. Some pretty great hits. And John Erskine put a pretty good beat down on Aaron Asham down that way, too.  Wish i had seen them.

To top it all off, my friends up in the seats I’ve had for a while were texting me about the wonder Penguins fans that bought my tickets there. Maybe I got what I deserve. :shrug:

I did get a few decent photos, I think. Ones worth sharing, anyway. Hopefully, no one steals them, prints them and sells them. That would make them different from this photo of Eric Fehr I took at the Winter Classic.

See, a print of that photo, which was signed by Fehr, was up for auction at the Home Game Auction stand outside section 108/109 at last night’s game. No one has ever sought sought and no one has ever received permission to use that photograph for any type of commercial purpose.

The guy manning the table told me it was okay because it had the NHL license sticker on it and if I had a problem to take a card and call their office in Texas.

I take photos at the games because it’s like an OCD thing. I can’t not do it. I don’t exactly have a use for them after I take them, so I share them here or other places like flickr so people that like looking at them can look at them or reshare them. So that people that like writing about the Capitals can include them in their blogs. I don’t share them so that businesses or people can take them and use them to put money in their pockets. In fact, I specifically say that while my photos are free to share, they may not be used for commercial purposes (read: put money in your pocket).

Home Game Auction was selling a print of one of my photos at the Capitals-Penguins game at Verizon Center last night without my permission to use it. It was in Item # 14300-3V10021A-V025-5G3 (or something very similar to that, see the photo below). I could offer all kinds of speculation as to how that came to be, but I won’t. I could go off on an internet rant, but that’s not what I want to do, either (and I hope this doesn’t come across that way).

I’m just incredibly disappointed. And feel betrayed.

People ask me pretty frequently if they can buy prints or high resolution copies of my photos. I tell them that they can’t buy them because I can’t sell them. Among other things, the logos are the property of the teams and the league and I can’t sell images of them without their permission. That’s cool. I get that and I’m fine with it, so I don’t.

Internet 101 is probably something like “If you put something on the internet, someone is going to take it and make money off it.” I’m not okay with that, but I know that’s the way the world is. It would be one thing to find a print of a photo I took of Eric Fehr with a fake signature on eBay. It’s quite another to find it for sale (or up for auction) in Verizon Center at a Capitals game. Complete with a hologram sticker from the league that is supposed to ensure that it is a properly licensed item from the NHL, which it was not.

Like I said, I do have photos to share below and on flickr. Feel free to use them and share them, but please don’t steal them. If you don’t understand what that means, ask. It’s really simple.  Thanks!  If you want to read about the game, check the usual suspects like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, On Frozen Blog (although they only have something about the fight up now), District Sports Page and the rest that I’m to tired to type now.

Danger Danger Ranger Danger

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The Washington Capitals played the New York Rangers yesterday. Or, at least, they were scheduled to play them. Instead the Capitals got played. Maybe it was a Thanksgiving turkey hangover. Maybe it was replacing the morning skate with shopping for doorbusters at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Maybe it was that I forgot to wear my lucky shoes. Maybe it was that my mother was in the building for the first time since…it was built? I don’t know. I don’t really need to know. But someone needs to know.

What I do know is that Alex Ovechkin was doing some cool things, like laying down to block shots, bouncing pucks on his stick as he started a rush from center ice. It made me think of when Sidney Crosby did it in Buffalo in the first Winter Classic. Except Ovechkin ended with a roughing penalty. Remember when Ovechkin used to do stuff like this and score. Like, every night? At least we got to see another marginal Alexander Semin stick penalty. I don’t know.

I was part of a combination family reunion and merging of the tribes kind of thing in a suite and a few of cycled through some front row seats. The family thing was fun. The watching the game things was not so fun. Bizarre connection time. Someone in my family that was not at the game (because he’s not in town) was in a television ad on Thursday that aired during the football games. He didn’t have any lines in the English language version (he just sat there), but had an English line in the Spanish version: “Did that just happen?” How many of you found yourself saying that multiple times on Friday afternoon?

If you want to read more not-so-fun-stuff about Friday’s game, check out On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, and the others. I think I got some cool photos this time. See them below or on flickr. Of course, when I was able to sit on the glass, the Caps could barely get the puck into the zone…and then couldn’t keep it there. Sigh. At least we get to see the throwback Winter Classic-like jerseys tonight. On TV. Not in person. Sigh. I’m not helping myself. See you on Wednesday after the game against the Blues.

2011 Winter Classic Part 2

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My second batch of Winter Classic photos. This is the good stuff for Washington Capitals fans. There are still a few others that you may enjoy viewing and they will be added in coming days. When they’re all done, I’ll have one more post with all of them and also a “best of” that just hits the high spots. Thanks for your patience. As usual, you can see them here or on flickr.

Some other places to see Winter Classic photos are Capitals Outsider, On Frozen Blog, CapsSnaps had some great practice day photos, and some assorted fanpost photos at Japer’s Rink.

2011 Winter Classic Part 1

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The NHL’s 2011 Winter Classic was held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2011.  The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals in a rain delayed outdoor hockey game in a football stadium. Wow! It was incredible in every way.

I took too many photos to sort and select from.  The first bunch of 42 is here and they cover up through Evgeni Malkin’s goal that opened the scoring in the second period.  The good stuff (if you’re a Washington Capitals fan) should be posted tomorrow.

So much has been written already…but I haven’t read any of it yet so I don’t even know what where would be good to link. I have some suspicions, though.

You can look at the photos here or on flickr.  Once I have them all done, I will create a “best of” gallery that should be easier to get through. Thanks for your patience!

Classic – Pics Are Coming…

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I took a lot of photos in Pittsburgh this Winter Classic weekend in Pittsburgh. Churning through them now and they’ll be posted when they’re posted…hopefully a decent sized batch late tonight, probably another tomorrow night, and an odd image here and there over the next few weeks.

Just totally blown away and still recovering from everything.  What an amazing experience at every level!

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