I started out as a sports photographer. My first assignments involved Notre Dame football. I used to imagine sports photographs I could take — capturing the perfect catch, dunk, whatever. The more gigantic lenses I could carry, the better. I photographed Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen during their last Chicago Bulls championship. I was kinda nuts about the Bulls. The paper would not pay for flights to away games, so fellow photographer Jon Konstantaras and I once drove from Chicago to North Carolina to cover a Bulls-Hornets game — then drove back that same night.

Somewhere along the line, I started to lose interest in what was happening on the court or the field. It's not that I can't do it. I just find the culture that surrounds the sport more interesting than the game itself. I still dream about covering the Olympics or the Super Bowl, but in a different way — more around the edges than on the track, the court, the pool, the ice.

Lately, I have photographed more bike races than football or basketball games. If you are interested, take a look at the PDXCROSS section.

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