As Kurt Russell (or USA hockey coach Herb Brooks) said in Miracle, “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” By no means would I compare my NDSportsBlogger career to team USA defeating the Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics, but that quote came to mind as I was thinking about these photos (and to be honest, I just really like that speech).
Looking back through hundreds and hundreds of pictures – many of them shared on Twitter or Facebook, many more not even worth saving, yet for some reason, still on my hard drive – I thought about how almost all the great photos were the result of being in the right place at the right time and having the opportunity to capture something special.
Here are a few from some of my favorite moments while with FIDM.
My first game on the job. Little did I know the experiences I’d have over the next two seasons.
A Notre Dame pep rally on the National Mall
George Atkinson III shows off the leprechaun gloves in Dublin.
Celebrating the win at Michigan State.
Skylar Diggins interviewing “The Admiral,” David Robinson, at Notre Dame Stadium.
Manti Te’o and Louis Nix (presumably filming an episode of Chocolate News) during the walkthrough at Soldier Field.
The Irish Guard outside Soldier Field
The view from the press box following the pandemonium at the end of the Stanford game. At this point, I was really surprised my phone still worked. I was drenched.
The atmosphere at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium was off the charts. Easily one of the coolest games I’ve ever witnessed.
From the OU press box. What a sight.
Mike Golic Jr. and former teammate Kyle Rudolph celebrate in the closing seconds of the game at Oklahoma.
The alma mater sounds oh so sweet when it’s being sung loudly at an opponent’s stadium.
The support from Irish fans in Norman was incredible.
The scene when Notre Dame arrived back at the Gug after the huge win at Oklahoma.
Manti Te’o’s final introduction on Senior Day.
The alma mater always sounds great, but it’s even better after a victory, especially a 38-0 one on Senior Day.
Gleams thy gold and blue…Carlo Calabrese raises his helmet after the Senior Day win over Wake Forest.
Zeke Motta shares a moment with his father and teammate Robby Toma on Senior Day.
Way back in November, the Irish took down the defending champs on a blackout night at Purcell. Of course, Kentucky ended up having a mediocre year, but this moment was still a memorable one.
Lil Wayne was courtside at Purcell Pavilion for the game against Baylor in December 2012.
One of the unique additions to the FIDM Wall of Fame – ESPN’s Sam Ponder signed a ping-pong ball for us when she was back on campus during basketball season.
If the home team wins in five overtimes, I don’t think the night can end any other way than with the students rushing the court.
Five overtimes. The scoreboard says it all.
The Irish took on Miami (OH) in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Senior Night alma mater at Purcell Pavilion.