Photography: Frustration turns to Joy

Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA;  New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) celebrate the New Jersey Devils 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center.   Copyright: Ed Mulholland **NO UNAUTHORIZED USAGE**
Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) celebrate the New Jersey Devils 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center. Copyright: Ed Mulholland **NO UNAUTHORIZED USAGE**

Shot the New Jersey Devils win over the Ottawa Senators last night at the Prudential Center, and much like my golf game, I hacked it around all night. Devils touted rookie Reid Boucher scored his 1st NHL goal and I was on the wrong end of the ice. In the second, I left my spot with a couple minutes left to move some images and get set to run upstairs for the third and 30 seconds after I left Damien Brunner scored a goal…it was that kind of night.

But just like my golf game…
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On Assignment: Separating the Personal from the Professional #KidsInSports

Jersey Hitmen goaltender Cole Mulholland (53) sits on the bench after the Hitmen were eliminated from the One Hockey Elite Tournament in Marlborough, MA.  Shots like this are hard to take and submit because the subject matter is personal and you never want to make them look bad.  Photo: Ed Mulholland for ESPN
Jersey Hitmen goaltender Cole Mulholland (53) sits on the bench after the Hitmen were eliminated from the One Hockey Elite Tournament in Marlborough, MA. Shots like this are hard to take and submit because the subject matter is personal and you never want to make them look bad. Photo: Ed Mulholland for ESPN

In the beginning of May, I received a call from one of my photo editors at ESPN with an assignment. I was to follow around the Jersey Hitmen, a Tier 1 youth hockey team for ESPN’s #KidsInSports initiative. I love shooting this type of assignment which allows me to get some behind the scenes looks, as opposed to the normal “action” shots I am usually capturing. The cherry on top? My 14yo son Cole is one of their goaltenders. Turned out to be harder than I thought…
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Arturo Gatti Enshrined in Hall

June 7, 2003; Atlantic City, NJ;  Arturo Gatti (left) fires a left hand to the head of Mickey Ward (right) during their second fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.  This weekend Gatti will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Photo: Ed Mulholland
June 7, 2003; Atlantic City, NJ; Arturo Gatti (left) fires a left hand to the head of Mickey Ward (right) during their second fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. This weekend Gatti will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Photo: Ed Mulholland

** This is an update to a blog I did back in ’09

I was caught in the middle of a railroad track…Thunder!
I looked ’round, and I knew there was no turning back…Thunder!
My mind raced and I thought what could I do? Thunder!
And I knew there was no help, no help from you…Thunder!
Sound of the drums, beatin’ in my heart, the thunder of guns!
Tore me apart…
You’ve been – THUNDERSTRUCK!
— AC/DC
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GAA Gaelic Football: A Sunday in the Sun

May 5, 2013; Bronx, NY; USA; Leitrim's Paul Brennan (10) is defended by New York's Jason Kelly (11) during the first half at Gaelic Park.
May 5, 2013; Bronx, NY; USA; Leitrim Paul Brennan (10) is defended by New York Jason Kelly (11) during the first half at Gaelic Park.

Last year I had the opportunity to shoot my first GAA Gaelic Football match, at the time I had never even heard of Gaelic Football, but I had a great time covering the game between Sligo and New York. When I received the call this year to cover the Connacht SFC Quarter-Final match between Leitrim and New York this year I was downright excited. It’s a pretty wild sport to cover, a mixture of soccer, Australian rules football and basketball, while the setting inside Gaelic Park is more the atmosphere of a tailgate than a sporting event with grills creating smoke and smells that linger over the field, a lot of Irish folk with beer and elevated train cars.
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Rios-Alvarado 2 Lives Up to the Hype

March 30, 2013; Las Vegas, NV; USA; Brandon Rios (left) and Mike Alvarado (right) managed to match the intensity and drama of their first fight in their HBO Boxing rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO **HBO USAGE ONLY**
March 30, 2013; Las Vegas, NV; USA; Brandon Rios (left) and Mike Alvarado (right) managed to match the intensity and drama of their first fight in their HBO Boxing rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO **HBO USAGE ONLY**

In October of 2012, I was assigned to shoot the Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado fight at the Home Depot Center by HBO Boxing. It was thought it would be a good action fight, and it surpassed those expectations, landing several nominations for the Fight of the Year, and should have been, in my opinion, a unanimous selection.
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On the Cover of “The Ring” – It’s ALWAYS Special

February 12, 2013; The latest issue of The Ring arrived at my doorstep, with my cover shot of Bernard Hopkins.  Grew up with this magazine, so it's always a fun one for me!
February 12, 2013; The latest issue of The Ring arrived at my doorstep, with my cover shot of Bernard Hopkins. Grew up with this magazine, so it’s always a fun one for me!

Wandered out to my mailbox yesterday to find the latest issue of “The Ring” awaiting me, and was greeted with a photo of mine gracing the cover once again. This was from a shoot I did with the legendary Bernard Hopkins a couple years ago in Philadelphia, PA. I grew up reading this magazine, so this is always a fun one for me.
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NHL: Ahhh…Back to Work

Jan 22, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) scores a penalty shot goal on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) during the second period at the Prudential Center. Photo: Ed Mulholland
Jan 22, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) scores a penalty shot goal on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) during the second period at the Prudential Center. Photo: Ed Mulholland

Well the NHL and the players finally came to their collective senses and got back on the ice this past weekend, and thankfully sent many of us back to work on a regular basis! I was getting a bit restless sitting around and trying to fill time with other work. While my family is happy with the newly painted kid’s room, Kitchen and dining room, I was missing the time behind my camera. So this season I’m back on the New Jersey Devils beat again, and it got off to a pretty good start Tuesday night with home game #1.
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Photos: Jets McElroy Adds Life to a Bad Game

Dec 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) took over for much maligned QB Mark Sanchez in the third quarter and led the team on a touchdown drive to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 7-6 at MetLife Stadium. Photo: Ed Mulholland

Dragged my tired body to MetLife Stadium today to shoot the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets, after a late night covering the Austin Trout-Miguel Cotto fight at the Garden (more on that in another post). As expected, it played out like a game between two struggling teams is expected to go, multiple turnovers, missed field goals, and poor offense, until…
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Bello Family Relief Fund

A few days ago I was alerted to a relief fund started by photographer Donald Miralle for fellow photographer and our friend Al Bello. Last year Al’s home suffered tremendous damage from Hurricane Irene. Al and I were both in Rio shooting the UFC’s big foray into Brazil when the Hurricane hit. Both of us were scrambling to contact our families, check on our houses and arranging flights to get home since most were cancelled. While I lived in one of the most affected areas, Pompton Lakes, NJ, my house was spared any damage. Al was not so lucky in Merrick, NY. Al and his family rebuilt and he never once complained about what they went through. Last week Hurricane Sandy hit the east and again Al and his family were hit badly.

I sent Al a text after the storm asking how he was and how he got through it, and he simply replied “We are safe but house killed again. You guys ok?” No complaints, just wanted to know if we were fine, that’s the type of guy he is. Al had offered a lot of guidance and advice to me when I hit the photo scene, and over the years has become a very good friend.

Now he can use everyone’s help, so please read on about how to do so from photographer Donald Miralle.

On November 5th Donald and his wife Lauren posted the following on Facebook.

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Fight of the Year: Brandon Rios & Mike Alvarado Go to War!

BACK AND FORTH — October 13, 2012; Carson, CA; USA; Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (white trunks) and Mike Alvarado (blue trunks) trade punches during their 10 round fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Ed Mulholland/HBO

I shot the much anticipated HBO Boxing after Dark card this past Saturday night in Carson, CA, and to say it lived up to expectations would be an understatement. In the main event, Nonito Donaire was impressive stopping Toshiaki Nishioka in the 10th round, but the real story was the co-feature between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike Alvarado, which in all likelihood gave us 2012’s Fight of the Year.
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