The weekend of wacky things

22Mar10

For the past six years, many analysts would say that Carleton University would walk away with W.P. McGee Trophy. But, like in 2008, when Carleton was looking to make it five straight years on top of the CIS Basketball world, they fell short.

OTTAWA - Head coach of the Carleton Ravens, David Smart reacts to the Ravens lost to the University of Saskatchewan, 86-82 during the semi-final game at the 2010 CIS Men's Basketball Championships. March 20, 2010. CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/ THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Back in 2008 I was covering this tournament for The Charlatan, Carleton University’s student newspaper. I became so attached to the Ravens. Following them for six months, getting to know the players, and even traveling with them at some points.

When Carleton lost that iconic game to Acadia I had no idea what to do as a photographer. Sitting in front of the Ravens bench with my 24-70 fixated on their faces as they watched their dreams slowly diminish like the time on the scoreboard, I became a spectator…not a journalist.

OTTAWA - Derek McConnery (left), Micheal Kenny (center) and Kevin McCleery (right), sit in the locker room, dejected after their lose to the University of Saskatchewan at the 2010 CIS Men's Basketball Championships. March 20, 2010. CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/ THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Before the tournament started this past weekend, I told that story to The Charlatans photo assistant, who was covering the tournament this year. I had a gut feeling that the Ravens would faultier again. Sure enough they did losing to the University of Saskatchewan Husky’s, who went on to win the 2010 W.P. McGee Trophy.

With a gut feeling, knowledge of pictures made from previous years and a will to get the best possible photo, I went in for the dirty work. Getting up in peoples faces when they’re upset is not the best way to get your dejection photo. Put on that 24-70 or 70-2, and take a step back to blend in with everyone. I hate the feeling when you know someone is upset that you took his or her photo but I also love the feeling of getting a photo that tells a story.

Working as a team, John Major (Ottawa Citizen) and I covered our bases that night. John – getting U of S celebrating their win over Carleton and myself – capturing Carleton’s grief as they fall short of another national title.

The tournament leaves the Nations Capital next year and heads back to Halifax. Maybe next year I will be a happy alumnus.

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