The Seattle Seahawks kicked off the 2014 season against the Green Bay Packers. I shot the game with the Lytro light-field camera. Lytro pictures are interactive photos built for the web. The camera incorporates a new technology known as light-field photography.
The National Football League may be billing this game as the rematch of the "Fail Mary" replacement referee debacle, but true pigskin lovers know it's an eagerly anticipated battle of mercurial offense versus terrifying defense.
Think Seattle and you think: Seahawks. Space Needle. Microsoft. Crummy weather. Not so fast. The Pacific Northwest's Emerald City actually has a ton of sparkle.
Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.
It happened. I met Russell Wilson (and hugged him twice), live on the Huffington Post.
Football, granted, is just a game, but it's a big game on a national stage, and sometimes, what happens on the field can become a life lesson for the rest of us.
She heard the words "no," "impossible," and "never" more times than most, but she believed that with the help of others, she could make a difference, and she was right.
Were the Seattle Seahawks ever both feared and respected throughout the 2013 NFL regular season, or even up to the day before the Super Bowl?
Last Sunday delivered a swinging pendulum of emotions. On one extreme was Seattle's stirring Super Bowl trouncing of Denver. In addition to what I'm told was good defense, it turns out that one of the Seahawks' not-so-secret weapons was yoga and meditation. Coach Pete Carroll had wondered what effect building an organization that "really cared about each and every individual" would have on his team's chances. Question answered. On the darker side of the ledger was Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death. He captured the public imagination both in life, where he found the full humanity of every character he played, and in his death, which crystallized the growing sense that something is very wrong in a culture rife with addiction. Indeed, from 1999 to 2012, drug overdoses skyrocketed 102 percent, and became the leading cause of injury or death. There's no easy fix, but connecting with the empathy to be found in Hoffman's on-screen legacy is a start.
The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys. Sure, there are lessons that we can all learn from the Super Bowl -- lessons about being a good sport or how practice pays off. But there were also some players in the final game that can be used as teaching tools for our teens.