Sights of the NCAA Hockey Tournament

Sights of the NCAA Hockey Tournament

Submitted by BlueBarron on March 27th, 2016 at 3:09 PM

I started photographing Michigan sports in Spring of 2012. I had just finished my Sophomore year of Undergrad in engineering and wanted to do something with my photography skills, so I joined the Michigan Daily. The 2011-2012 season was Michigan's 22nd consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Photographing this 2012-2013 team was obviously a very special opportunity for me and one that I was excited about.

But apparently I was a curse that led to a three year NCAA tournament drought. Or at least many have told me this. Sorry, guys.

But this weekend the curse was broken as Michigan played in the NCAA Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Since most Michigan could not make the trip, I wanted to make a Diary that gives a feel for what the atmosphere was like. Away games/environements have always intrigued me. Unfortunately I chose the last game of the year to start one but better late than never, right?

The Notre Dame game was a fun preview of the years to come. Fans of both teams travelled well. When teams took the ice, it was a battle of the bands with the fight songs. "Let's Go Irish" chants were drowned out by "Let's Go Blue" chants, and vice versa.

Not every Michigan player dressed, but they did all travel. As a fan, it's tough watching your team go into overtime because there's really not much you can do. As a player though, it must be much worse. They looked far more nervous than any fan (as seen above).

Unlike the Big Ten Tournament, plenty of Michigan fans showed up to cheer on the team. This was to be expected, as Ann Arbor to Cincy is about 4 hours, versus 12 hours to St. Paul. The stadium still wasn't full and the upper deck was tarped off, but there were certainly enough there to create a decent atmosphere.

The hockey bands really gave the college sports atmosphere. The arena still played RAWK MUSIK (actually it was a lot of hip-hop mash-ups that they probably pulled from a YouTube playlist), but hearing Notre Dame and Michigan's fight songs back-to-back was a refreshing sound. Even the Northeastern band traveled quite well (as did their fans, though to a lesser extent than all the other teams).

Speaking of Northeastern, they were thoroughly handled by North Dakota. Despite scoring the first goal, they found themselves down 5-1 in the 2nd period to UND. The above photo pretty much sums up the game.

Steve Racine played lights out all weekend. This save above was a wrap-around by Notre Dame in overtime that was saved by the blade of Racine's skate.

Moments later, Michigan scored, players celebrated, and Notre Dame fans went home looking sad.

The next day, North Dakota fans arrived with strong energy. Though they are now officially the "Fighting Hawks", "Let's Go Sioux" chants echoed all game long.

Also in attendance: Michigan AD Warde Manuel. I don't think he changed facial expressions once all game.

 

The Sioux Fighting Hawks had some supporters from Ohio, too, celebrating in front of some Miami (Oh) and OSU fans. Something tells me they were cheering more for not-Michigan rather than North Dakota.

"Fighting Hawks" doesn't appear to be catching on any time soon.


 


If you're looking for a moral victory, after the North Dakota player scored he got taken out by the ref. So there's that.

It took until the 3rd period for North Dakota to take a 4-2 lead in this game. They dominated most of the pace and you couldn't help but feel that it was only a matter of time until they went ahead. In the first period, shots were 22-5 in favor of North Dakota. The players received a lot of support as they left the ice, Racine especially.

Red Berenson gave no mention of retirement at his press conference. He did applauded the efforts of his seniors, and praised the efforts of North Dakota. Could this have been his last post-game press conference?

If you were unable to attend the tournament in Cincinnati, I hope this has helped give you a feel for what it was like! A thrilling overtime win over Notre Dame and 2.5 periods against one of the best teams in the country made for an exciting weekend of hockey. (This is also my first Diary post so go easy on me!) I'd like to make more of these when I travel to away games in the future.

See you in the Fall!

-Patrick Barron
MGoPhotog
Twitter:@BlueBarronPhoto

ESPN Picture Piece About Michigan Basketball

ESPN Picture Piece About Michigan Basketball

Submitted by bluebyyou on February 6th, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Like most of us, I couldn't sleep after last night's amazing game with Ohio. ESPN had a photo piece about Michigan and then some.  Some good shots that many will appreciate, particularly after our win.  89 photos in all.  

The piece is called Michigan vs Ohio State - One Day, One Game  

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/photos/gallery/_/id/8915086/…

March 22nd Spring Practice Photos

March 22nd Spring Practice Photos

Submitted by Blazefire on March 22nd, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The photos from today's practice are up on mgoblue.com, and I thought I'd bring a few things I noticed to your attention.

Devin Gardner IS still practicing at QB.

Taylor Lewan no longer has any need at all for his fingerstache. Also, his gunz look even bigger, methinks.

Will Campbell Q. Washington and somebody I can't identify (BWC) are Very Large People.

seriously... did Hoke shrink in the off season?

Michigan Campus/Stadium Aerial Photos?

Michigan Campus/Stadium Aerial Photos?

Submitted by TXWolverine44 on August 22nd, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Hey there MGoBlogosphere,

I'm looking for some cheap Michigan Aerial shots for gifts but hte ones through MgoBle, MDen or other official UM sites are pretty expensive. Anyone out there take some Aerial photos that would be willing to sell at a fair price? Or know of somewhere i can go to find some cheap? Thanks!

(I looked at the michigan exposure website by mikoyan but didn't find anything; great pictures though)

Updated Scoreboard Photos

Updated Scoreboard Photos

Submitted by dahblue on August 1st, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I was by the stadium today and took some photos of the scoreboard construction (for those who care, realizing this could be a small subsection of the crowd). Hopefully, I don't butcher the re-sizing too badly. I was going to post them in an older thread about scoreboard construction but figured it was already a bit too wide with images on that page.

This is a view driving by the south end zone (my only south board pic).  

North end zone...rear of the board:

Rear of board close-up:

A bit wider view (notice the additional strip of board below the main board, and above the legendary halo remnants):

More north board (different angle):

Close-up of top west corner construction:

Yet another angle...the "Michigan Stadium" looks nice:

Another straight-ahead view of rear.  It looks like the bottom left and right of the bottom strip (which the rendering made to look like an entire, usable video space) are just solid blue paneling.  The final product is likely to look a bit different than the rendering.

p.s. Sorry for the huge images.  I tried a few times to re-size but having no luck.  If anyone can help, that'd be great. Thanks.

Photos from the Spring Game

Photos from the Spring Game

Submitted by BlueBarron on April 16th, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I brought my camera to the spring game. I was limited by not being able to move for different angles, a not so pretty sky/lighting, and only a 300mm lens. Regardless, I think some of these came out pretty nice. I put all my photos at my photography page on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.197216823647570.37750.133794883323098#!/pages/Barron-Photography/133794883323098

Some of my fav's:

/\This is where I sat

I take a lot of photos at air shows too, so feel free to go through some more of my photos if you're interested. Lemme know what you think.