I sat with my camera during Nolan's first football game of the season, without even shooting any pictures for the longest time. The team seemed to stay at the line of scrimmage without moving much from there and our view was limited from where we sat.
Without the action falling into my lap I wasn't all that focused on the game. I had two cute girlies sitting next to me keeping me quite entertained. But at some point I decided to get up and move down to the other end of the field.
I tried to grab a few shots of Nolan in motion, in action as the quarterback, but my camera was too slow. There is a delay between the time I press the button to the shutter actually opening and taking the photo. In other words, I wasn't getting anything. I turned to go back to my seat.
And then Nolan got to play defense. I lost him in the line up and couldn't see his position. I watched the football get snapped from the center on the other team and put in the hands of their running back. In two seconds flat the play headed straight towards me... the running back and the middle linebacker from our team, hot on his trail, grabbing him and moving him with the ball out of bounds at my feet. I snapped as I looked at the number on the back of the jersey.
#57. It was Nolan literally at my feet with a good play. With the score at 13-12 with our team, the Redskins in the lead, we had to hold them to win the game. A few short plays later it was over and the victory was ours.
It was really such a small moment, and yet, everything lined up to ensure that I was in the right place at the right time. I found out later, that Nolan had maybe 3 plays like that during the game. I just happened to have one of them land at my feet.
When was the last time everything lined up just right for you?
Nolan getting ready to play defense...