Hi Tony, I love photographing this game, and for most of the time I prefer to use the longest lens that I can and to crop even tighter. What I want are the faces, the colours, the tension and effort, and finally but not necessarily the ball. I'd propose an alternative crop. Crop to the linemen only, and chop them off above the knees making the pattern of the linked arms and the shirts the main feature of the picture. Just an idea!
Hi Dave, Here's an alternative crop along those lines.
I do find it fun to shoot these games but it also gets the wthdrawal symptoms going as I want to be on the other side of the white lines again but after 12 seasons in the pit my knees won't let me any more.