The First Ever Roar of the Tigers Photo Contest of Incomparable Awesomeness

So here’s the deal, folks.

I have prizes. You want prizes. I want to have fun. You want to have fun. I want to look at funny/pretty/cute/interesting/otherwise somehow engaging pictures. You want to look at them too. It is November and we are baseball fans. All this adds up to something very simple:


Holy cats, you say, I want to be a part of this incomparable awesomeness! How can I go about doing so? It is simple, friends. Below this paragraph you will see several Terrible Cartoons of several of our favorite Tigers. Clicking on each image will take you to a clean page where you can easily print it out. Once you have your Tiger or Tigers printed, cut ’em out, and take a picture of your Tiger(s) in an interesting place, in a funny situation, being eaten by your cat, whatever. I’m not necessarily looking for the artistically composed and professionally shot image (although if you want to go that route, more power to ya). I’m looking for something eye-catching, cool, hilariously funny, just incredibly weird, etc. Be creative, be smart. I know you cats are both!



The winner, as determined by me and my cats, will receive a copy of the 2010 Bill James Handbook. It’s got my photos on it. If the winner wants I will deface his or her copy with a Terrible Cartoon of the Tiger of his or her choice on the inside cover. Two runners-up will each receive a 5×7″ print of one of my photos of the Porcello/Youkilis fight. SO EXCITING, NO?


–You must use at least one of the Tigers that have been provided to you. You do not have to use all of them, but you can if you want.

–Images must be at least 400 px in their shortest dimension, and cannot have any dimension larger than 1024 px. If you really, truly do not have a way to resize your images, you can send them to me anyways and I will do it, but I would prefer to not have a zillion enormous files piling up in my inbox, you know?

–Images may be captured in any reasonable way. These are not being judged on image quality, you don’t need a fancy camera or l33t kamra skillz. You can use a cameraphone or a webcam or whatever you’ve got… but the image MUST be clear enough and bright enough to be seen. A dark pixelly mass is no good to anyone.

–Keep it (reasonably) clean. All images must be worksafe.

–You can use a little Photoshop to brighten an image or fix the colors, things like that, but don’t, for instance, just ‘shop Justin Verlander onto a photo of the Tokyo Dome (unless you’re in Japan, and you go out and photograph him by the Tokyo Dome for real). That’s cheatin’.

–Pro-tip: To keep the Ugie that I photograph in various places in good shape, I printed him out, covered him entirely in clear packing tape, and THEN cut him out. It’s like lamination for cheap people.

–Two images per person. You can enter just one image if you want, of course, but not more than two.

–The winners will be posted to this blog, so that all may view their majesty. Make sure you let me know what name (your real name, or a pseudonym) you want attached to your image. A number of additional runners-up may be posted as well, if I get a whole bunch of entries and feel like it.

–All entries must be in by December 10. That gives you about 3 weeks.

Got it? If you have any questions, feel free to ask ’em in the comments. When you’re ready to rock, send your image in an email, as an attachment, to bluecatsredsox at gmail dot com, with the subject line “roar of the tigers contest entry“.

Feel the excitement, Tigers fans! Feel it, participate in it, and ignore the heck out of those Edwin Jackson trade rumors.

10 responses to “The First Ever Roar of the Tigers Photo Contest of Incomparable Awesomeness

  1. Oh man, so looking forward to seeing these.

    And I might print out all of the toon!Tigers just to play with them… :D

  2. HaHaHa… This is going to be great!

  3. Question! Can we “modify” the cartoons by adding something to them, like a base of some sort, so they stand up on their own?

  4. Good question, and yes, that’s totally cool.

    You all better be formulating ideas for this now!

  5. My evil little brain is percolating like a coffee maker full of evil little ideas.

  6. Anyone see this regarding Curtis?|wbml-aim|dl2|link5|

  7. ivan, GOOD! :D

    Jules, oooo, I hadn’t seen that. Anything that gives us more Curtis on TV would be a good thing in my books. (grrrr for them crediting that photo to ‘’, though…)

  8. OMG! We’re going to Cooperstown today. :-D

  9. Err, well, it seems I have no kamra skillz at all. Looking back over Ugie’s adventures, I can see that it’s possible to have both the close-up and the far-away in focus in the same shot, but I haven’t got a clue how to do it. My (borrowed) camera does allow some manual settings. Can you provide or give a link to a quick-and-dirty lesson??

  10. I don’t know how much control you have over your camera, but basically you need a smaller aperture. I think most non-SLR cameras use f/4 or f/5.6 as the base? but you want that number higher– f/8 or f/11 or even higher if you can get it to go there. You might be able to control this manually, depending on the camera… if not, it might have a landscape mode (usually the icon looks like mountains?) which should (theoretically) force it into a higher f-stop.

    I can go into the reasons behind this if you want! :D But regardless of how much you want to know about it, this does mean you’ll need more light. If you can’t increase your light you’ll want to increase your ISO from 100 or 200, which is probably where it automatically is, to something higher– 400, 800, 1200, whatever. You should definitely be able to control that.

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