Had the opportunity to photograph during the pro am/practice round of the 2012 Canadian Open in Ancaster, Ontario. Lot of fun, and an interesting experience – it was my first PGA event!
These images are all from the 2010 Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. Teams participating were the Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Chicago Blackhawks.
It’s September – so I know I am!
Here is a little Cup Detail:
Hap Day, Syl Apps, Frank Selke… now that’s Old Time Hockey!
Go Knights- Go Caps!
Well actually me and a few thousand others – I was just lucky to get this shot with basically no one in the background. This was a fun day at the “Chrysler Celebrity Classic” at Lionhead Golf & CC, just outside Toronto, in early July 1993.
Mr Jordan had just won the NBA championship with the Bulls and this was about three weeks before they found his dad. He was basically mobbed – surrounded by body guards and it made me realize how unnatural and challenging a burden that kind of fame can be at times (I’m sure cash and Gulfstreams provide adequate isolation, when desired). Overall it was a great event with many top sports stars of the day.
The best interactive moment of the day came later in the day on the back nine, and sits squarely in the “you can tell from how they treat the little people” category. Famous QB (and now broadcaster) tees off and the errant drive swings over towards a group of four guys standing deep in the (ugly rough) enjoying their beer and minding their own business.
Famous QB could have come up swearing and cursing and complaining about his bad lie and grunted at us and moved on, but he did quite the opposite! QB greeted us warmly (again there was no one else around), told us how much he was enjoying the event and the course, and lingered some as we made small talk about Toronto, us, and his season before making a reasonable lay up and continuing on.
It was so natural and easy a meeting we didn’t want to ruin it by turning it into a photo shoot. So now every time I see clips of – or watch a game called by Phil Simms, I remember how gracious and down to earth he was when no on else was watching! More pics will follow!
Well may as well get the ball rolling on another category (though this will likely be the least voluminous, and again, most are older) – hope to get around to categorizing these before to long (I hope I can do it after-the-fact).
This was before a Rangers-White Sox game at the old Arlington Stadium and I had the privilege of watching a real Texas legend and future Hall of Famer during warm-up, during the game and during our exit, as Ian McCallum who I was staying with in Bedford noticed him pull up *right beside us* in his White Lincoln as we were diving out of the stadium!).