Patty and me at the Cotton Bowl in Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012.
Patty shoots photographs of K-State and Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
Two of Patty’s images from the Cotton Bowl are published in the K-Stater magazine.
Patty, my wife, excels at everything and if she doesn’t do it well, she still manages to have fun. Maybe it’s a family trait because her father, mother and sister are all great big kids themselves. One thing that Patty does well is bring out the best in me. She makes me laugh louder, love deeper, and try harder than anyone else. I’m her biggest fan and I’m blessed to be her husband.
Recently, Patty traveled with me as my photo assistant to shoot K-State and Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012. We treated the week long assignment in Arlington, Texas as a short vacation together. When I was covering practices or press conferences, she would enjoy shopping or dining with the other wives in the K-State Athletics Department.
When it was finally game day, Patty and I arrived hours before kickoff to set up inside the stadium. I learned the Cotton Bowl has a rule mandating they have “working sidelines” which meant Patty had to be shooting the game anytime she was on the field and not just carrying my camera equipment. I had no idea how that rule would work to my advantage during the second quarter.
Unfortunately, K-State was losing 2-19 with 26 seconds left in the first half. Quarterback Collin Klein snapped the ball on the Arkansas 3-yard line and ran away from me around the right side. Suddenly, he stopped and threw the ball across the field to tight end Andre McDonald who was standing alone in the end zone right in front of me. I reached for my bailout camera and its wide angle lens that hangs around my neck, but I was too late. McDonald had already caught the ball for a touchdown and run past me. It was one of K-State’s few highlights and I had missed it.
After Arkansas won 29-16, Patty and I returned to the media workroom so I could edit the images for K-State’s online photo gallery. Surprisingly, I saw some images of McDonald scoring the touchdown in the second quarter. Patty had shot the play with one of my other cameras while looking over my shoulder. The image was tack sharp and tight. She literally had my back.
We used two of her images in the photo gallery: a wide shot of Cowboys Stadium as the K-State football team ran onto the field during pre-game and the Andre McDonald touchdown photo.
After we returned home from the Cotton Bowl, K-Stater magazine asked me to submit several images for their Spring issue. It was published in early May and I was thrilled to see that Patty’s images had made the spread. Her shot of Cowboys Stadium was the lead photo for the article.
It’s fun to see her images in the magazine. Then again, she manages to make everything fun.