Game Day

_C1_0951It was a cool, rainy start to the Razorbacks football team’s home season yesterday, a day more fitting to late October than early September. After four years of Nebraska marching band and football, I’d been looking forward to my first game day here. Despite the 60-some degrees and drizzle, dark red cars waving Razorback flags flooded downtown bringing tens of thousands of people, and it felt a little bit like being back in Lincoln.

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_C1_0936I hadn’t been able to walk around aimlessly during game day for years — the marching band’s schedule was always fairly packed. I saw a lot: a lot of young women and men in their Saturday finest (many times I felt as if I’d wandered into a Ralph Lauren catalog), a lot of mixed-race families, a lot of women holding hands, a lot of red. I’d say the crowd was a bit more diverse than Nebraska’s but half the size; the stadium wasn’t full. Sorry, Fayetteville — you didn’t match Lincoln today.

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_C1_1111Away from the stadium, the campus was quiet, with occasional roars from the crowd breaking the stillness. The rain faded. The Razorbacks beat Nicholls State University 73-7.

I experimented a bit this day, such as placing subjects near the edge of the frame and shooting from the hip. I hope the results look all right.

Thanks for looking,

Dan

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