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Chicago’s season of wins

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Chicago, Illinois

By Jim Young

16 wins: that's how many victories it takes for a team in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs to hoist the “Cup”, the oldest trophy in North American sports.

I remember playing hockey all-year-round growing up in Canada, from the rinks and ponds in winter to the side roads in summer. I have photographed hundreds of NHL games but there is nothing better than the race for the Cup. With the Chicago Blackhawks setting a record by starting the shortened NHL season by going 24 games without a regulation time loss, there was some great anticipation on their post-season hopes.

They got through the first round against the Minnesota Wild in a relatively easy five games. In round two, they needed a huge comeback against Detroit after being down 3-1 to finally win in seven games, and the Kings were done in five. During the regular season and in the first round of the playoffs, I would self-edit the images for our wire but once we got to the Conference semi-final, we switch to using our remote editing software so our editors and processors across North America can push out pictures to our clients after every big play throughout the period.

Game 1 of the final against the Boston Bruins started off in a major fashion with the Blackhawks taking a 4-3 win in triple overtime. My eyes were dried out and I was exhausted after shooting one of the longest Stanley Cup Final games in history.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures 10 October 2010

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North Korea opened its doors and the internet to the World's media to allow a glimpse of the parade which marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party. More importantly, it gave the world its first independent look at the protege Kim Jong-un. China based Chief Photographer Petar Kujundzic took full advantage of the opportunity.  The warmth of the picture of the women soldiers smiling - a rare glimpse into the world from which we normally only get formal, over compressed and pixelated images.

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North Korean female soldiers smile before a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Joburg goes crazy for Bafana Bafana

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SOCCER-WORLD/What started as a hunt for Mexican fans became a front row seat to one of the greatest street parties ever seen in South Africa as World Cup fever cranked up several notches on a sun-kissed afternoon in Johannesburg yesterday.

As I strolled the street looking for sombreros all I could find was a sea of green and gold as tens of thousands proud South Africans roared on their team, passing by in an open top bus.

from India Insight:

Is the Republic Day parade still relevant?

A tableau from the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) with a theme of global warming is displayed amid heavy fog during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2010. REUTERS/B MathurIndia's cultural diversity was once again on display in the main streets of Lutyens' Delhi as the country proclaimed itself a Republic for the 61st time.

Men, women and children in uniform and vivid attire marched along with their tableaux as the armed forces turned out in full battle regalia.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama saluted by marching bands, dancers, mower drivers

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More than 10,000 people from across America -- an Eskimo dance group from Alaska, a high school band from Hawaii and enactors of a black Civil War regiment from Massachusetts among them -- OBAMA/were in the inaugural parade Tuesday for President Barack Obama. 
 
There were cultural groups, members of the U.S. military, drill teams, Indians, floats, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Alabama teenagers dressed in vibrant organza hoop skirts and a band of Illinoisans pushing whimsically decorated lawn mowers and carrying brooms among the 103 units from all 50 states in the parade.
 
It took three hours for them all to travel the 1.5 mile route, mostly on broad Pennsylvania Avenue, from the Capitol to the White House.
 
Some of the groups could claim a relationship to the new president.
 
The first band in the parade was from Punahou School in Honolulu, where Obama was a student from fifth through 12th grades.
 
Also in the parade were members of the Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, where Michelle Obama, the president's wife, was a student from 1977-81.
 
Some of the links were more light-hearted. Obama marched with the "World Famous Lawn Rangers," the lawn mower team from Arcola, in east-central Illinois, during the 2003 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago.

 
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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and family watch inaugural parade in front of White House Tuesday evening)

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