This assignment originated from Jennifer Grad at Sports Illustrated whom I had never worked with before at the time. As always is the case when working with a new editor, you really want to impress and come back with something special. UConn had won 90 straight games before running into Stanford that evening. We knew it was going to be a great game because they were the top two teams in the nation at that point.
For me, the game was going fine, nothing spectacular had happened yet in terms of action, but as the game wound down, and the score was close we were heading toward a great finish. I was positioned near the Stanford bench, knowing that at the end of the game they most likely would react in that direction. My intuition paid off, as their star player celebrated right toward me as the clock ticked zero. I remember Jennifer's words clearly after she saw the image "A perfect picture for a perfect ending." It wound up running as a two-page spread in "Leading Off" the following week.
Jed Jacobsohn graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in psychology and a minor in photography and currently resides in Berkeley, California. A multiple photography contest winner he has covered everything from the Olympic Games to the World Series and the Super Bowl for editorial and commercial clients including Time, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times.