Posts Tagged ‘football’

Day 131 – The Blues Celebrate
11 June Day 131

Day 130 – Spider listening to Eminem
10 June Day 130

Day 129 – Self-Portrait at Glenelg Beach
9 June Day 129

Day 128 – Blues Rehearse Flash Mob
8 June Day 128

Day 127 – Lara and I with Aboriginal Elder Auntie Josie
7 June Day 127

Day 126 – Blues board the plane to Adelaide
6 June Day 126


Day 145 – Friday Night Football

I was taking some pictures today as a kind of photo diary-lead up to game project so needless to say football was on my mind for most of the day! As I was on the bus I took a picture of the people facing me wondering what they were thinking, somehow I doubt it was anything to do with football!

Quote of the day: Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler – Friedrich Nietzsche

Day 111 – Footie Day!

Wake me up when Saturday comes could be the motto for my life! The routine of the day, the preperation, the excitement threatening to bubble up into stress, pump up songs on the ipod, putting on the footy gear and stepping onto the pitch! Of course then there’s the matter of playing good or bad, winning or loosing, and the enivitable hours long chats about the game, tactics, training and where it all went right or wrong in the pub after!

I’m even more into the whole sport buzz at the minute because of a book that my lecturer gave me, to help with my project, called Fever Pitch. For those of you who haven’t already read it I’d recommend it! It’s such an honest, self-critical and insightful take on sporting culture, the traditions, routines and their influence on people, and I’m only halfway through!

However today I probably felt more like the umpire does in the picture! Screaming and on the sideline! Injured, I had to watch my team concede about 20 points to nothing before the first quarter ended. But what a comeback was in store! The girls dug in (to the mud!), put on some massive hits and score some awesome scores to win in the end by 8 points. I’m normally hate watching games if I’m injured but this one was inspiring. Thats just the thing about sport, every so often it brings you moments that stand above anything you can experience in life elsewhere. I was so wrecked from roaring after I went home early from the pub, still on the detox of course!

Quote of the day: “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defences, or the problems of modern society” – Vince Lombardi

Project 365 – 15th May 2010

Posted: May 15, 2010 in Project 365

Day 104 – Ladies Day

Football has a lot of interesting histories to it, it actually doesn’t refer to a game that is played by kicking a ball with ones foot, rather a game that is played on foot, as opposed to the horse-riding sports played by the aristocrats in the old days. Sports know as ‘football’ in their popular areas include American football, AFL, Gaelic, Soccer, Rugby League and Union, to name but a few. The earliest civilisations had varieties of games with footballs but in the middle ages attempts were made to ban the game in various parts. In Scotland kings thought it distracted people from practicing archery, which was needed for war.

Schools were responsible for games becoming more civilised and the advancement in transportation meant games between schools were easier to organise. This led to the modern versions of sport we know today. I have left out parts specific to the different codes but thats just a few interesting football facts!


Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck – Don Schula

We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it – John F Kennedy

If two hitherto rival football teams, under the influence of brotherly love, decided to co-operate in placing the football first beyond one goal and then beyond the other, no one’s happiness would be increased – Bertrand Russell

You really don’t want a president who is a football fan. Football combines the worst features of American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings. – George F. Will

“Before the match [against West Ham] my daughter said: ‘Beenie the horse wants to sit next to you by the drinks holder on the touchline’. It is difficult to tell a seven-year-old: ‘This is the Premiership, I’m known as Psycho and I’m a hard man’.” – Stuart Pearce

Richard Keys: “Well Roy, do you think that you’ll have to finish above Manchester United to win the league?” Roy Evans: “You have to finish above everyone to win the league, Richard.”

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society – Vince Lombardi

I certainly didn’t think of myself as gifted. The standards for being gifted in my environment were if you were good in Little League or if you were good in football. – James Cameron

Oh and for some footie photos from the weekend see

Day 5

Funny inspiration for today’s photograph. I went out for a kick around, a death lap and a smoothie around lunchtime with a friend of mine and when I got back I looked at the clock, it was 5.37pm!! The saying is true, time flies when you’re having fun, but it got me thinking about how time actually does pass so quickly. Hence a picture of watches for this blog!

So ya I’m sure you’ve all got the forwarded emails ‘Live like there’s no tomorrow, dance like there’s no one watching, love like you’ve never been hurt’, possibly good advice, though maybe a bit idealistic. (If you lived like there was no tomorrow for very long, you’ll be right, very soon!)

Today did give me a bit of a shock though, when you think it’s about 4pm and suddenly realise its 5.37pm it can be a little disconcerting! It kinda does get you thinking of a lot of things, though even that might be dangerous. How much thinking is too much, when should you stop thinking and start doing, no matter how ill-prepared you are? There are hundreds of questions I could ask similar to that one but few non-refutable answers.

Anyway here are a few quotes about time:

Jeffery Deaver “We have years to converse with someone, to blurt and rant, to explain our desires and anger and regrets – and oh how we squander those moments”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun”

Albert Einstein “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

Henry Van Dkye Time is too slow for those who wait, Too swift for those who fear, Too long for those who grieve, Too short for those who rejoice, But for those who love, time is Eternity”

Anyway time to log off! Haha get it? Ok whatever…

Day 2: Back to Training

After 6 months of injury I eventually made it back to a proper on-field football training tonight! I have to say I was dreading it all day and wondering would I ever regain my motivation for sport, regardless of the benefits. I eventually made myself go, with a bit of self-convincing that I needed to get out of the house to get some photos for this blog, and I must admit I felt so happy I did after. It was great to meet up with all the new people, catch up with the old heads and even just kick the football around, but also for the injection of positivity that it provided.

While improving my photography is the No. 1 aim for 2010, I do think sport can be a help and not a distraction to the same. It improves you in body and mind and pushes you to limits that don’t exist in a lot of ‘normal’, ‘every-day’ life (even just watching on tv now, ‘Solo’ – Andrew McAuley’s attempt to cross the Tasman, reminds me of that). And improving and challenging yourself is central to improving your photography. As Ernst hass said “The limitations of photography are in yourself, for what we see is only what we are”

Anyway, randomly someone asked me last week what kind of life lessons does sport teach you?  Well one from this evening: Persistence. It may seem strange saying that after watching Solo, and giving up can be tempting, but sometimes we don’t know how much we want or need something until we persist and actually achieve it.

2010 resolution #1: Persist in the small things than lead to achieving goals

RIP Andrew