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Big Shots for December 8, 2009

This week Big Shots crawls through the mud at the Mud Run Race in Peats Ridge, Australia, dances onstage at the World Cup draw ceremonies in Cape Town, and floats above Ayutthaya, Thailand in the International Balloon Festival. There's all that and a lot more as I prepare my 100 favorite sports pictures of 2009, which I'll begin posting on Thursdays for the rest of this month. ( 34 photos total)

Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics pauses during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena December 1 in Charlotte, N.C. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A competitor crawls through the mud pit during Australia's Mud Run Race at Glenworth Valley December 5 in Peats Ridge, Australia. (Robert Gray/Getty Images) #

Jason Dunford swims the 100 yard backstroke during the AT&T Short Course Nationals at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center December 4 in Federal Way, Wash. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia returns a shot to Park Sung-Hwan of South Korea in the men's single final at the Badminton World Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Bahru, Malaysia December. (SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns against Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic during their Davis Cup tennis final at Sant Jordi Stadium in Barcelona December 6. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) #

A powered paraglider flies next to a hot air balloon during the International Balloon Festival in Ayutthaya, Thailand December 3 during a four-day balloon festival in the world heritage site as part of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 82nd birthday celebration. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #

Alice McKennis wears bandages to protect her face from the cold during the women's World Cup downhill alpine ski race in Lake Louise, Canada. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

John Chiles of the Texas Longhorns celebrates qualifying for the Rose Bowl with a rose after his team beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium December 5 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

James Madison head coach Matt Brady reacts to a call during an NCAA college basketball game against Norfolk in Harrisonburg, Va. December 2. (AP Photo/Daily News-Record/Pete Marovich) #

New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson (center) reacts during an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets December 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #

Everton's Jo fights for the ball during his Europa League football match against AEK Athens at the Athens Olympic Stadium December 2. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

David Ferrer of Spain reacts after winning his match against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during the second single match of the Davis Cup tennis final match at Sant Jordi Stadium in Barcelona December 4. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) #

Australia's Glenn Turner (left) flicks the ball past Spanish goalkeeper Francisco Cortes during their Champions Trophy field hockey match in Melbourne December 5. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (left) tries to get his stick from the Anaheim Ducks' Nick Boynton during an NHL hockey game in Anaheim December 6. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #

Reigning Olympic champion Russ Howard throws an opening rock during the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Tim Horton's Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Edmonton, Canada December 6. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette) #

Sweden's Hanna Falk (left) crosses the finish ahead of Slovenia's Vesna Fabjan during the women's sprint qualification of the FIS cross country skiing World Cup December 5 in Duesseldorf. (LENNART PREISS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Russia's Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov perform their free skating during the pairs event at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating final in Tokyo December 5. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) #

Josh Peek competes during the steer wrestling event at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas December 4. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch) #

Harrow school boys watch the New Zealand rugby team during a training session at Harrow school in London December 3. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) #

Performers dance at the end of the World Cup draw ceremony in Cape Town December 4. The brackets for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa are now set. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo) #

The Miami Dolphins' cheerleaders perform during a stoppage in play as the New England Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium December 6 in Miami. (Doug Benc/Getty Images) #

Lazio's Stefano Mauri (right) fights for the ball against AS Roma's Marco Cassetti during their Italian Serie A football match December 6 at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Boys play football on a dusty patch in Majengo slum December 4 on the outskirts of Nairobi. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A kite surfer rides the waves off the coast of Ashkelon, Israel December 7. (DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mat Rebeaud performs a back flip during the 24th Geneva International Supercross at the Palexpo in Geneva December 4. (AP Photo/Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi) #

Helena Jonsson competes on the way to win the women's 15km individual biathlon December 2 in Ostersund. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Two runners compete in The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships in the Marin Headlands December 5 north of San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Richard Whitehead, a British disability activist who was born without legs, competes in the annual Beirut Marathon December 6. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir) #

Denmark's Christina Krogshede aims a shot versus Congo at the women's Handball World Championships in Wuxi, China December 7. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) #

Israel Odonije of the Chicago Bears (center) rushes against Jason Brown (left) and Richie Incognito of the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field December 6 in Chicago. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) #

Ajax's Oleguer (right) challenges for the ball with FC Timisoara's Winston Parks during their Europa League game in Timisoara, Romania December 2. (AP Photo) #

Afghan horsemen play Buzkashi, the national sport of Afghanistan which translates roughly as "goat grabbing," December 4 in the outskirts of Kabul. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) #

Curitiba's supporters attack police on the field after the Brazilian championship match between Curitiba abd Fluminense at the Couto Pereira stadium December 06 in Curitiba, Brazil. Curitiba's supporters invaded the pitch to beat bthe referee after the match. (ORLANDO KISSNER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kevin Stadler (left) waits on the 13th green before play was suspended due to wind during the second round of the 2009 Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club December 4 in Sydney. (Matt King/Getty Images) #



Great Pics as always, I love the lighting in #26 in particular

Can't wait to see the best of the year.

Posted by AaronD December 8, 09 10:59 PM

Interesting to see how many photographers have there hands, and are using, high ISO cameras. Wonder if the 1DIV is the cause of all this noise (no pun intended :p.

Posted by Geoff December 9, 09 04:33 AM

I'd guess that one of the reasons for the noise may be that these pictures end up being cropped in pretty tightly. That would end up making the noise seem pretty prominent.

Posted by AaronD December 10, 09 01:12 PM
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