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|| News Item: Posted 2002-12-31

Sports Shooter news & notes
By Sports Shooter staff

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Canon At Super Bowl XXXVII

Canon will be providing camera clean and check and minor repair service for CPS members, as well as all officially credentialed Super Bowl photographers, at its trailer in the media center at the Qualcomm Stadium, host of the 2003 Super Bowl. In addition, Canon will have EOS film and digital cameras and lenses available for back-up support during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26. Canon will also be hosting its usual Saturday morning brunch at Rockin Baja Lobster 310 5th St (foot of Gaslamp Quarter) from 10am-2pm. Canon recommend that photographers should drop by its trailer for more information and to pick up invitations to the brunch.

(From Canon, USA.)

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AP Staffer Fine After Fall at World Cup Ski Event

Associated press staffer Douglas C. Pizac reports "I'm fine" after taking a spill while covering a World Cup ski event in Utah last month.

Pizac told Sports Shooter that all he suffered was a sprained ankle after "one of the straps on my boot grippers gave way … (and) sliding a couple hundred yards down the course into orange safety netting."

In addition to having some of his equipment scattered across the course, Pizac apparently slid into a photographer from Europe.

"From what I heard, he (Pizac) wasn't wearing crampons, just those little knobby clip-ons, like the luge guys wear," a local photographer commented.

"So Doug slips and starts sliding, and it's all over. There's no stopping now. He knocks into some photographer from Europe. Now they're both sliding down the course, along with the guy's backpack and 500mm lens."

Ever the trooper, Pizac was back covering the skiing after having x-rays taken to make sure he suffered no serious damage.

"My right ankle became entangled and twisted. Everything seemed fine. My ankle was the size of a small grapefruit the next morning. So I shot jubilation at the finish line…" he said.
(From staff reports.)

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Sports Shooter Clarification

In my column in Sports Shooter v.49, in my effort to embarrass the guilty I may have implicated the innocent.

I made reference to two wire service photographers moving two similar, out-of-focus and meaningless action photos from the Chargers-Denver game. The photographers in question were not with the Associated Press.

I want to apologize to AP staffer Lenny Ignelzi and super-stringer Denis Poroy if they received any questions about their work in reference to my comments.

Working out of the AP offices at Qualcomm Stadium, I have first-hand knowledge that Lenny and Dennis put news value and game coverage first while editing and moving images to the member papers.

The two photographers whose judgement that I questioned in my column for putting out two images of the same meaningless play work for Reuters.

Robert Hanashiro.

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