Grizzled warrior story: The big veteran-quarterback story this year was supposed to be Wisconsin's departed hero, but Brett cooled his Jets in the stretch. The real-deal old-quarterback story turned out to be Kurt Warner and his Cinderella Cardinals—both late of St. Louis, Mo. Their NFC Championship win over the Eagles yesterday was the best game of this postseason. Photo by Al Tielemans (SI).
Miracle on the Hudson: One commentator said that US Airways Flight 1549 fell into "a river of lenses." This photo by Janis Krums, taken from a nearby ferry coming to offer aid, nearly brought Twitter to a standstill. Here are some more. Captain "Sully" Sullenberger—appropriately—has a safety consulting firm.
The King is Dead, Long Live the King: This is an important week in the life of the Republic in which I live. The United States has changed dramatically from the country I grew up in, and lately not for the better, but the orderly transfer of power mandated by our Constitution is still the best and most enduring feature of our Democracy. It happens tomorrow, and not a moment too soon. The photograph is "Listening to Obama, 11/5/08, 12:15 a.m.," of a small group of people listening to Obama's election victory speech on the radio at the Lincoln Memorial, by Matt Mendelsohn.
(Thanks to Ken and David)
Featured Comment by Curtis Clegg: "There is quite an interesting story behind Matt Mendelsohn's photo at the Lincoln Memorial. The column gives us inspiration to look in 'behind the scenes' places for photo opportunities, and to always have a camera handy."