- 8:13 AM, Monday,
October 16th, 2023:
- That was one of
the hardest professional days I've ever had. I don't
think I'll fully be able to process it until
I see it in my headset. During the day I was
so focused on the shot, I saw very little else.
Incredibly although I was sore as shit last
night, this morning? Perfectly fine. I may
actually have to write about the stupid diet I'm on
that I was embarrassed about last month but that I can
no longer deny: it's absolutely changed everything
about my body from my joints to my brain. But I'm not
gonna get into it yet...
- So I was
going into this dat way more blind than
I realized. No schedule for what was happening,
no one to talk to the players... this felt like
Meeting Michael in 1995. Like I had a press pass in
1995 but you had to look REALLY close to see it was
radio and I wasn't supposed to be filming...
I just got the shots somehow. Here of course
I have "NFL MEDIA" on me and have field access -
so no one really thought twice... and of course I was
there FOR the NFL. But man, that really doesn't
mean much once they've sold the broadcasting rights,
ya know? THOSE MOFOS have the access. We do too, we're
just a step behind.
- So I bought some
stickers and put a big-ass "VR" on my
- Sentimental note
for LONNNNNNNNG time followers of this crazy journey.
That's the back of one of the original
- I thought of it
throughout the day. 4tvs was another one of those "no
one's done it before" moments in my life and coined
the "Sun TV" moment 25 years ago... goddamn, I
thought of 4tvs on November 3rd, 1998 and then went
and bought those 4tvs. 25 years ago... wow. Sorry, I'm
way off. ANYWAY - it meant the world to me that part
of one of those TVs was on my rig and it made
THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE.
- Right off the bat,
it allowed me to say to Cooper Kupp "Let me know if
I'm in your way, I'm shooting a VR Test and you kinda
need to be close" to which he turned his ass into a
director and started setting up shots where the ball
nearly hit the camera. Unreal. Then he went back in
the lockeroom and told some players what was happening
and they started asking ME about it. It made
everyone more comfortable and they even ran plays that
I was DIRECTLY in the middle of during warm-ups.
I haven't seen this footage yet, but I mean
- if it's half as good as it felt. It's... like no fan
has ever seen this. Even refs aren't this close. I
can't believe I'm even typing this. It changes the
- It continued like
this and what was nice for me was I could follow the
other arm-banded mofos running around. I just follwed
their lead and kept my cool. The gameplay stuff
however was pretty so-so. Shit's just too far away.
They really wanted it, I really tried to tell them,
but we'll see. There's cause for some of it, but
man... it's all about the pre-game. That's the stuff
fans will pay for. And pay BIG.
- So I can't
really show you anything, but I did take ONE shot
as we were leaving the stadium that I'm pretty sure no
one will put up too much of a fuss over...
- It really feels
special. Here's hopin'.
- Oh and putting
that VR on my camera certainly got it some
- That shot from my
perspective is gonna blow people away...