The Game: Harvard vs. Yale

Some rivalries in sports are so historic that the locals simply refer to the matchup as “The Game.” The annual Harvard/Yale football game is the original example of this. The Game has been played annually since 1875.

For this iteration, The Game was held at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The Crimson came in undefeated, and Yale had only one loss. The winner would be crowned the champion of The Ivy League. In addition, The Game hosted ESPN’s College Gameday, adding pressure to the players on both teams.

This year, I was tasked with spending the whole day shooting the pageantry and atmosphere that surrounded the matchup for Harvard University. For the 12:30 PM kickoff, I arrived at the stadium at 5:30 AM in order to shoot the setup for College Gameday, as well as to capture the sunrise over the historic Harvard Stadium.

The sun rises prior to "The Game," the yearly college football matchup between Harvard and Yale at Harvard Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

The sun rises prior to “The Game,” the yearly college football matchup between Harvard and Yale at Harvard Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

College Gameday is known for having fans with witty signs in the background of the set. As the fans began to arrive around 7 AM, I looked around for some of the best pro-Harvard (and anti-Yale) posters, as well as just general photos of Harvard fans:

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Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014After a long morning, the game was finally about to begin. I spent some time shooting the action on the field before the game:

Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014 Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014 Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014After kickoff, I ignored the action on the field for about the first three quarters. Instead, I walked around the stadium looking for the most passionate fans in the stands:

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Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014As time expired, the fans rushed the field to mob the players:

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Harvard Football vs. Yale 11222014After escaping the fans, the players went to their locker room for a private trophy ceremony and celebrations:

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Thanks to Harvard University Athletics for allowing me to shoot this great assignment, and for the incredible access they afforded me! More of my photos, as well as photos from Harvard’s other photographers can be seen on their website, here:¬†http://gocrimson.com/sports/fball/2014-15/photos/0020/index

Second Chance: The Fall Experimental Football League

The brand new four-team FXFL rolled into Boston this past weekend with a game between the Boston Brawlers and a traveling team, the Blacktips. The league touts itself as “a developmental platform for players, coaches and referees,” essentially giving a second chance to players and coaches who were cut and left out of NFL squads.

Held at one of my favorite stadiums to shoot at, Harvard Stadium, the game only attracted a handful of fans, even though former college football stars could be found on both rosters. Household names of years past, including former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Mizzou kicker Jeff Wolfert, can be found on the depth charts.

While the football was a bit sloppy, the players really got their emotions into the game. These are some of my favorite photos from the night:

A general view of the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A general view of the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Members of the Boston Brawlers warm up on the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Members of the Boston Brawlers warm up on the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A FXFL game ball is seen during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A FXFL game ball is seen during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ashton Cobb #33 of the Boston Brawlers and other members of the Boston Brawlers get ready to take the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ashton Cobb #33 of the Boston Brawlers and other members of the Boston Brawlers get ready to take the field prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Latu #64 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the sideline prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Latu #64 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the sideline prior to the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Johnnie Farms #93 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the side of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Johnnie Farms #93 of the Boston Brawlers kneels on the side of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Joe Clancy #10 of the Blacktips struggles to get rid of the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Joe Clancy #10 of the Blacktips struggles to get rid of the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

David Mims #68 of the Boston Brawlers walks to the sideline after a play during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

David Mims #68 of the Boston Brawlers walks to the sideline after a play during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Randy Richards #65 of the Boston Brawlers reacts to a call during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Randy Richards #65 of the Boston Brawlers reacts to a call during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips falls to the ground during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips falls to the ground during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach Terry Shea of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the sideline during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach Terry Shea of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the sideline during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers is helped off of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers is helped off of the field during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips runs with the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kendrick Rhodes #35 of the Blacktips runs with the ball during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Myron Lewis #30 of the Blacktips tries to avoid the tackle from Wilson Van Hooser #19 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Myron Lewis #30 of the Blacktips tries to avoid the tackle from Wilson Van Hooser #19 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers watches the action from the sideline following his injury during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Wynel Seldon #31 of the Boston Brawlers watches the action from the sideline following his injury during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kyle Auffray #88 of the Blacktips is tackled by Cannon Smith #30 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kyle Auffray #88 of the Blacktips is tackled by Cannon Smith #30 of the Boston Brawlers during the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Tajh Boyd #10 of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Tajh Boyd #10 of the Boston Brawlers is seen on the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Cam White #82 of the Boston Brawlers runs off the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Cam White #82 of the Boston Brawlers runs off the field following the first ever Boston Brawlers home game at Harvard Stadium on October 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Season Review: Major League Lacrosse

I spent the last season covering The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. Before the season, I had never covered a lacrosse game at any level, but it has become one of my favorite sports to shoot. The fast paced game mixed with the relaxed off-field atmosphere makes a lot of moments to capture. In addition, The Cannons play their home games at Harvard Stadium, a picturesque background for the intense games.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the season:

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons and Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons celebrate a goal during the game at Harvard Stadium on April 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons and Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons celebrate a goal during the game at Harvard Stadium on April 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach John Tucker of the Boston Cannons watches his team prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Head Coach John Tucker of the Boston Cannons watches his team prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Curtis Dickson #17 of the Denver Outlaws is hit by Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Curtis Dickson #17 of the Denver Outlaws is hit by Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ryan Boyle #14 of the Boston Cannons is seen in the rain during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Ryan Boyle #14 of the Boston Cannons is seen in the rain during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons is seen following the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Paul Rabil #99 of the Boston Cannons is seen following the game at Harvard Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A general view of the field with players warming up prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A general view of the field with players warming up prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jake Tripucka #7 of the Charlotte Hounds controls the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jake Tripucka #7 of the Charlotte Hounds controls the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Charlotte Hounds looks to pass the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Charlotte Hounds looks to pass the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachuttes. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons runs with the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons runs with the ball during the game at Harvard Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Boston Cannons walks under the stands prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

A member of the Boston Cannons walks under the stands prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jerry Ragonese #37 of the New York Lizards looses his stick while Craig Bunker #22 of the Boston Cannons and Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons surround him during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Jerry Ragonese #37 of the New York Lizards looses his stick while Craig Bunker #22 of the Boston Cannons and Matt Smalley #11 of the Boston Cannons surround him during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

JoJo Marasco #1 of the New York Lizards falls to the ground after scoring the game winning goal in overtime during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

JoJo Marasco #1 of the New York Lizards falls to the ground after scoring the game winning goal in overtime during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Brendan Porter #3 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Brendan Porter #3 of the Boston Cannons greets his fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons gets ready to take the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Will Manny #1 of the Boston Cannons gets ready to take the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons tales the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Owen Blye #20 of the Boston Cannons takes the field prior to the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kevin Buchanan #27 of the Boston Cannons false to the ground during the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Kevin Buchanan #27 of the Boston Cannons falls to the ground during the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

John Galloway #15 of the Rochester Rattlers walks off the field following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

John Galloway #15 of the Rochester Rattlers walks off the field following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Miles Thompson #74 of the Rochester Rattlers takes a selfie with some young fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)

Miles Thompson #74 of the Rochester Rattlers takes a selfie with some young fans following the game at Harvard Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch)ann