Sunday, October 07, 2012

Familiar stripes

"NFL referee Gene Steratore, a 10-year veteran, walks onto the field before the Cleveland Browns play the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Usually there is a strong hate for the men in stripes. Boos, yelling and a lot of cursing - especially in Baltimore.

But following a three-month lockout of the league's regular officials, an agreement was met. All order was restored. Nothing but cheers echoed throughout the stadium before the Cleveland Browns took on the Baltimore Ravens.

As all of us photographers ran around trying to make features of the referees before kick-off, even camping outside the locker room door, this image just happened right in front of me.

And as it goes, it was a serendipitous moment that I liked the best. Almost an introduction for the refs if you will.


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