winning goals.. for the wrong team

The Oilers can’t get a break lately, and I’m sick of getting the oppositions’ winning goals in the late stages of every game.

Maybe the Oilers will read this, and win, if only to make me happy.

..maybe :) DJL_2994NN.jpg

 

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Dallas celebrates breaking their 13-game road losing streak

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Daniel Sedin puts the one-timer past Devan Dubnyk, who is still looking for his first NHL win

On a different note, I’ve got a bit of a problem with the photo the Edmonton Journal published for the Canucks @ Oilers game on January 20.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen such a bad choice of photography to use for the game.  The headline is “Can’t win for Losing”, and the published photo is pictured below:

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This is exactly how it was published in the paper, same crop, same headline, same caption.

Does this seem like a poor choice to everyone else?  We passed it around at work, and everyone was a bit surprised at it.  How does this make it past an editor?  I have a few issues:

The crop is really strange.  Both players are cut off, there is no apparent action.  You can’t tell whether Daniel Sedin is passing it, shooting it, waiting for it, nothing is obvious and it’s impossible to know the context.  I understand that it is impossible to get every goal, and that the best photographers in the world will miss lots of important action.  I understand that it was a pivotal moment in the game, the game was decided on this overtime goal.  I understand that they want to use a relevant photo.. but it just doesn’t work.  It’s printed quite large, there is so much useless negative space, it really just doesn’t flow.  Beyond the photo itself, I don’t think it fits the caption at all.  “Can’t win for Losing”, seems like something that should be paired with the disappointed face of an Oiler, or the jubilant face of an opposition player.. not a static shot that doesn’t show anything unless it’s explained by a caption.

I’d like to quickly stress that I mentioned “I understand that it is impossible to get every goal, and that the best photographers in the world will miss lots of important action”.  Bruce Edwards is a great photographer, and puts out quality photos every time I see them published.  I’d assume this is a decision made by an editor or something.. I just wanted to vent about how surprised I was that this was the photo they felt best represented the game.

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