September 16, 1979 the Oakland Raiders blew into Seattle’s Kingdome and were treated to a typical rousing reception by the early 12th man Seahawk fans. Quarterback Ken Stabler, nicknamed “The Snake” was in his last year with the raiders and was under Seahawk defensive pressure the whole afternoon led by defensive tackle #74 Manu Tuiasosopo. The Seahawks won 27-10 behind Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. Stabler, who was just recently nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was born on Christmas Day 1945 and died July 8, 2015 – too soon for one of the most colorful and controversial but talented quarterbacks to play in the NFL.
I was a sports shooter early in my career. The action and challenge was worth the frustration of deadline pressures and sometime physical abuse. The movement. Had to do with the movement.
Every once in a while a photo assignment from the sports department would be be dealt to the photo department that was more than routine. Rugby football. Now that was tantalizing. A rough and tumble international outdoor sport I might not ever get to photograph again. I never did.
All I can remember almost 40 years later is that two Eastside Rugby clubs were set to face off and a sports reporter planned to write a feature story on the exhibition that was open to the public.
Recently as I rummaged through some sleeves of black and white negatives from those early days on one sleeve I had scribbled Rugby..just the name. No date, time, place, anything else, just Rugby. I wasn’t very good at Meta data back in the day.
These photographs are from the six film strips that survived. Tri-X, ASA 400.