DENVER — Photographs tell stories about a frozen moment in time. It's up to the photographer to make sure that they choose the right moments to tell the right story.
There's a certain power that exists when using photos to tell stories because people trust the photograph. They see that frozen moment as an absolute that doesn't carry the subjective weight that words do — whether deserved or not.
The truth is that images can be chosen to tell different, unauthentic stories. If a receiver loses possession of the ball as he hits the ground, ruling a catch incomplete, an ideal frame to use would be one that shows the loss of possession and not one that makes it look like a catch occurred.
What you see above is the complete opposite of that. It's of James Washington laying out to haul in a pass down the Steelers' sideline, eyes on the ball, defender watching helplessly. Catch of the day, right? Except that it wasn't.
When Washington hits the ground and loses control of the ball ... it becomes a nearly worthless photograph. On the live file, I mentioned that this would have jumped into photo-of-the-year contention if he made the catch and made it a photograph worth actually writing about.
He didn't catch it, though, so I had to write about the reason it shouldn't be used instead.
Following the almost spectacular photograph is the rest of the action from the Steelers' loss in Denver.