Legendary football clubs Manchester United and Celtic FC played a rare match in Toronto July 16, 2010. Star staff photo Tara Walton was on hand for the action.
Dimitar Berbatov of the Renowned English Premier League club Manchester United puts one past Scottish power Celtic FC's keeper Friday July 16, 2010 at the Rogers Centre in a rare appearance by these two legendary football clubs in Canada. Toronto Star/Tara Walton
Steve Russell - Toronto Star
The Toronto Argonauts bring a 1-1 record into their home opener at the Rogers Centre.
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos
UPDATE, well it seems that Michael Jordan heard my plea and killed the Jose deal!
Toronto photographers rejoice!
Re-UPDATE, January 30, 2013, Jose Calderon rumored to be trades to the Memphis Grizzlies with Ed Davis for Rudy Gay, Jose is also rumored to being flipped to the Detroit Pistons. See the bottom of the blog for my favourites of Jose over the past two seasons.
Photographers that cover the Raptors have suffered their second big loss.
A lot of us will mourn the departure of Jose Calderon.
Jose and Chris Bosh both had what photographers love in a player, Great Face!
They did not play the game with straight faces.
Their faces showed us how much effort they put into a play.
They showed us the emotion, a look at their faces and you knew how the game was going.
I always felt good knowing that I was a tad taller than Jose,
I look at him and dream that if I was about 40 pounds lighter, quicker, had a better vertical, had a jump shot and could dribble that might be me in the NBA! I'm sure that is a dream shared by many!
While the jury, or fans are still out whether Chris Bosh will be booed whenever he visits the Air Canada Centre, I know Jose's visits will be welcomed like Matt Bonner's. Either way the departure of the pair makes my job a little tougher.
I'll also miss Jose for the small reason that he gave the Toronto one more cheer other than the "Go Raptors Go!" and "D-Fence!"
Buena Suerte en Charlotte, ....er, Memphis, ......, er, Detroit, Jose!
November 23, 2008 - Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon sit on the bench for the last three minutes as the Toronto Raptors are punished by the World Champion Boston Celtics 118-103 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. While it was a possiblility I hoped that the Raptors would have kept one of the two.
January 25, 2008 - Chris Bosh, 32 points-7 rebounds and 3 assists and Jose Calderon, 11-3-12, laugh as a video of Andrea Bargnani's head on a dancing Napoleon Dynamite plays on the scoreboard as the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-75.
April 18, 200 - Jose Calderon sports a Jorge Garbajosa #15 sweatband in support of his injured teammate inbounds the ball as the Toronto Raptors lose to the Philadelphia 76ers 122-119 in the final game of the season at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, April 18, 2007.
During a game, Jose's face is a barometer of what is happening in the game.
I would love to play poker against Jose!
Uno, Dos, Tres!
Along with the "Jose, Jose" song fans serenaded him with when his game was on, Calderon gave Toronto fans a new way to celebrate from beyond the arc.
The Past Two Seasons
October 29, 2010 Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon (8) ends up in the fans feet in the second half as the Chris Bosh-less Toronto Raptors thump the the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers 101-81.
Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon tells the referee that their still should be time on the clock, 0.3 seconds were added to the first half action as the Toronto Raptors played the Washington Wizards. February 3, 2012.
November 19, 2010, With the team up late in the game Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon (8) gives his teammates some encouragement as the Toronto Raptors win their second game in a row after beating the Houston Rockets 106-96.
Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon celebrates Amir Johnson's key basket as the Toronto Raptors break their 13-game losing streak with a 111-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Toronto. February 4, 2011.
Bryan Colangelo fist bumps with Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon (8) as the Toronto Raptors hold Media Day to kick off their 18th campaign at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. October 1, 2012.
Rick Madonik, Staff Photographer
Earlier this week, Queen Elizabeth completed yet another trip to Canada. It could, very well, be her last visit to the former colony. Then again, her mother lived to a ripe old age (over 100) and although Elizabeth is well into her 80s she continues a hectic schedule of appearances and travel. Most of us would be lucky to enjoy her mobility (and I'm not referring to the chauffeur driven cars, motorcades and private airplane) when we are her age. She climbs flights of steps and continues to ride horses. So, I wouldn't be surprised if there was yet another tour in the years ahead.
Having missed most of the antics of the week before (I was lucky to have been off during the days of G20 Summit in Toronto) the crowds associated with HM's visit were quite small and very well mannered.
Because I was not properly accredited for the Royal Tour, I went into the public gallery outside St. James Cathedral on the Sunday morning when Elizabeth and Philip attended Sunday service. I was able to find out where the planned walkabout would occur. I soon realized my luck being almost next to a man named Ian Macdonald. An avid photographer, Mr. Macdonald had shot both the Queen Mum and Elizabeth over a number of Royal Tours. Hanging over the fencing, facing out toward the cars assembled on the street, MacDonald hung a 4 foot picture of Elizabeth's mother. It was a picture he took in 1989. There was a very good chance the photograph would catch the attention of Her Majesty. It did. Macdonald then presented her with an envelope of various other pictures he had taken over the years. For me, it was almost perfect (being on the other side of them would have worked better) as she stopped to speak with him. For 15 seconds, Elizabeth was just a few feet away and conversing with a commoner.
Walkabouts for Royalty are fairly routine. Where they stop and chat is often a crap shoot and you either end up in the right place, or totally blocked by the pool photographers or security detail.
This walkabout was a far cry from the last Royal visit of 1997. At the time I was working in Ottawa and was positioned on Parliament Hill where she and the Prince would leave the landau. As she began to climb down, my camera refused to work. It was a bad moment as I hit the camera several times, lobbied a number of four-letter words at my camera and eventually picked up a 2nd camera, switched lens to my wide angle, and managed a couple of not-very-good frames before she filtered away in the mass of people. Five minutes later, I was on my phone talking to my then girlfriend who immediately said, "you had problems with your camera." I asked her how she knew that and she said, "because you were live on TV looking down at it and saying something."
Thankfully, the TV coverage didn't pick up my very inappropriate, monosyllabic cursing.
This tour went much smoother.
Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
I have to confess, when I came into work and saw I was assigned to the Toronto FC game and not the Toronto Blue Jay game I was thankful. A year ago I wouldn't have cared.
Toronto FC now plays on real grass.
I know that athletes perfer to play on the real stuff rather than the synthetic stuff and for totally different reasons photographers would rather shoot the games on the real stuff.
Real grass absorbs the midday sun, the fake stuff seems to reflect it. Shooting a Blue Jays game in the high afternoon sun means that pretty much anything that happens in the outfield will look out of focus. There are ways to get around it, shoot from a higher vantage point helps.
Stefan Frei makes a big save as Nana Attakora looks on in the injury time. This an image that I never would have gotten last year at BMO Field, the save is shot across the field and the keeper is close to the ground, on the old BMO turf this would have been a nighmare.
Great Sportsmanship, Marvell Wynne helps out former teammate and game winning goal scorer Fuad Ibrahim with a cramp after Toronto FC extends their unbeaten streak at home this season with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
Steve Russell and Tara Walton - Staff Photographers
Covering the Queen's Plate is always a fun and special assignment. Having the Queen in attendance at the 151st running of the race, the oldest throughbred race in North America makes covering the race a logisical challenge.
The first Queen's plate was awarded by Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II has attended the race four times in her reign.
TARA WALTON - Queen Elizabeth II shares a laugh with Frank Stronach and Roger Attfield, owner and trainer of the horse Mobilizer, who raced in the 151st running of the Queen's plate at Woodbine Racetrack. Mobilizer was sired by the Queen's horse Motivator.
A little late, but here are some of our favourites from the Month of June.
TARA WALTON - Residents of Leamington's Forest Ave. work together to clean up debris left behind from a violent early morning storm Sunday June 6, 2010, leaving millions in damages. A state of emergency has been declared in the City of Leamington following a severe storm and possible tornado touchdown overnight on Sunday June 6, 2010. The storm hit the city of about 30,000 residents southeast of Windsor around 3 a.m., downing trees and scattering debris along the lake shore. No injuries were reported in the storm, but millions of dollars of damage have been estimated around the lakeside properties.
STEVE RUSSELL - June 4, 2010, Gerry Tremblay has a smoke near the Copper Cliff Smelter entrance as picketers on the graveyard shift settle in as Vale and USW Local 6500 are to resume negociations in a strike that nears a year in Sudbury.
RENE JOHNSTON - June 6 2010. New York Yankees' manager Joe Girandi gets in the face of home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman after many close calls over the plate for strikes not in the favor of the Yanks in Toronto on Sunday. He was tossed from the game.
TONY BOCK - Demolition started on a historic three block section of Colborne Street in downtown Brantford. Burlington painter Scott Anderson still has time to paint the streetscape, featuring the Esquire Theatre (left). Demolion will not be complete until the autumn.
RENE JOHNSTON - June 10 2010. Kyle Rae will be receiving Pride Week's Lifetime Achievement Award. We meet him in the heart of the gay community, which is in his riding and where his political career also took root, at the 519 Community Center in the Village.
CARLOS OSORIO - June 11, 2010 A Toronto man, Azam Mahmood, who received emergency aid from the city after a 2008 apartment fire has been told by immigration that the benefit makes him ineligible to sponsor his Pakistani wife to Canada.
RICHARD LAUTENS - June 11, 2010 - Nicole Waskul 17 shows off her favourite band (hedley) and her desire to be part of the MMVAs. The Much Music Video Awards will be held this weekend. Thousands started camping out to get into the MMVA in front of CITY TV at Queen and John thursday morning.
BERNARD WEIL - Aaron Rothstein, of Guelph, plugs his ears as friend David Rubinger, of Winnipeg, blows a tune through a vuvuzela, June 15, 2010, at Dundas Square. The vuvuzela has become both a phenomenon and an annoyance during the World Cup soccer matches.
TANNIS TOOHEY - June 15, 2010. Tara Gardiner, 36, trains at swimming in openwater at Cherry Beach under the watchful eye of her coach Kelvin Landolt, as she trains to compete her first Ironman in August in Louisville, Kentucky.
BERNARD WEIL - Lily, a two-year-old Doodle (half Poodle, half Retriever), cools off on what is likely the only pile of snow in the city behind Moss Park Arena, Toronto. Ice cleaning machines dump the snow there throughout the day, providing a refreshing break for two and four legged locals.
STEVE RUSSELL - June 17, 2010 Using a belt sander, Ted Heeley begins the transformation of former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso into the newly appointed Naoto Kan. Ted Heeley is the sculptor who is fixing the G20 heads and rushing to modify the head of the former prime minister of Japan to look like the new one. Oxfam uses these heads, made of fibre glass to make points for their cause during big summits.
RICHARD LAUTENS - June 22, 2010. Eight-months pregnant Ashley Crain tees off on the 5th hole. The first day of the Toronto Star Amateur Women's Golf tournament was held today at the Weston Golf and Country Club in the Islington and 401 area. There was a slight rain delay in the morning but 8-month pregnant, Ashley Crain still managed to compete.
RICK MADONIK - June 22, 2010. Street theatre happens in the intersection of Queen and University with a fishnet clad Stephen Harper. Queering the G20 protest which went from Yonge and Queen to Univeristy and Queen. Protestors represented Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered people.
DAVID COOPER - June 24 2010. Cleanup begins in Smith's Trailer Park and Camp in Midland Ontario Thursday afternoon. A Tornado crashed through the large group of trailers in Midland Wednesday evening destroying numerous homes. Al MacDonald help search for valuables in his friend Lloyd Scott's destroyed trailer.
STEVE RUSSELL - June 24, 2010. Over a thousand Native Rights advocates march and stop in in intersections along a protest march for native rights that snaked its way from Queen's Park to Allan Gardens in Toronto.
TARA WALTON - June 25, 2010. John Fox of Ajax poses in Allan Gardens during a G20 demonstration. "I am protesting....because I'm concerned about our young people, our children, and the policy of child welfare concerns me quite a bit." Framed portraits of protesters taken in Toronto's Allan Gardens over the G20 Summit weekend to help illustrate the many faces of the "protester". All subjects were asked one question. "Why are you protesting?"
TARA WALTON - June 25, 2010. Pamela Marceau of Montreal poses in Allan Gardens during a G20 demonstration. I am protesting because....."they're talking about women's health in Africa, I'm asking who are these men in ties to talk about women's health? I want the women (of Africa) to speak for themselves and this is not what's happening right now in the G20." Framed portraits of demonstrators taken in Toronto's Allan Gardens over the G20 Summit weekend to help illustrate the many faces of the "protester". All subjects were asked one question. "Why are you protesting?"
TANNIS TOOHEY - June 25, 2010. A tourist places his camera through a small opening the in security fence to take a photo of the Mounted Police in riot gear as they prepare to go on patrol for G20 security.
STEVE RUSSELL - June 25, 2010. The standing plan for the family picture is shown. Prime Minister Stephen Harper leads his counter parts, Silvio Berlusconi, Italy, Barack Obama, USA, Dmitry Medvedov, Russia, Dr. Angela Merkel, Germany, Nicolas Sarkozy, France, Herman Van Rompuy, European Council, Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission, Naoto Kan, Japan, and David Cameron, UK to the family picture as the G8 summit starts in Muskoka at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville.
RICHARD LAUTENS - June-29,2010 - Yolanda Huybh smiles as she comes through a sprinkler. Shadowlake is a summer retreet for people with intellectual handicaps. This year, there are a lot of new "toys" for them to enjoy in the lake. The camp is near Musselman Lake.
STEVE RUSSELL - June 29, 2010. Two women embrace after using smoke to cleanse themselves as Group of protesters and their families and friends attend at "healing circle" at Christie Pits. Some of the people had been arrested during the riot roundups. Some arrestees spoke about how they complied with police demands because they believed police had expanded new powers in Toronto.
RICHARD LAUTENS - June 30, 2010. A resident looks out of her balcony at the action below. The body of an elderly woman was found in an apartment on the third floor at 240 Scarlet road in the Jane and St Clair area. A man in his late 40's is under arrest.
VINNIE TALOTTA - June 30, 2010. Andreas Beyer, right,mast captain and Gerina Vollmers, left, bosun make some adjustments on the Roald Amundsen Tall Ship in Toronto harbour for the Great Lakes Unite Tall Ships Challenge.
Toronto Star Photojournalist Carlos Osorio covered the TFC match at BMO field on Canada Day that had it's fair share of scuffles and ejections.