Best of 2009

University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown rallies his players during a game against Wyoming.

Fireworks explode during the playing of the National Anthem for game three of the 2009 NLDS between the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate with champagne inside the team clubhouse after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 in game four of the 2009 NLDS at Coors Field.

Major Michael Emerson of the Wyoming Air National Guard embraces his two daughters Zoe and Paige after departing a C130 in Cheyenne. Thirty military personnel made a return trip home concluding a 120-day deployment at Balad Airbase in northern Iraq.

Laramie Colts Kyle Roliard waters around the infield bases prior to the Colts vs. Greeley Grays baseball game at Cowboy Field.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney smiles during a dedication ceremony for The Cheney International Center on the University of Wyoming campus.

A go-go dancer poses while performing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Gerardo Jerry Diaz, right, rides next to his wife Staci during the Mexican Extravaganza Rodeo during the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella pinches his nose after being ejected by second base umpire Chris Guccione in which Cubs catcher Koyle Hill was called out at second base. The Cubs lose to the Colorado Rockies 11-5 at Coors Field.

Kyle Despain celebrates after his team placing a pig in a bucket during pig wrestling at the Grandstand Arena of the Albany County Fairgrounds.

Ruth Williams, right, has a laugh with Emma Potter, left, and other children enrolled in Puddleducks A Fun Family Daycare.

A rider progresses to the top of The Snowy Range on a trek between Saratoga to Centennial on U.S. 130 during the 2009 13th annual Tour de Wyoming. Up to 350 cyclists are taking a 370-loop through four mountain passes back to Laramie.

Jim Weger with the University of Wyoming uses distilled water to clean a 92-inch mirror located at the center of a 2.3-meter telescope at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory on the summit of Jelm Mountain.

Wyoming guard Ryan Dermody dunks the basketball while playing Boise State at the Arena-Auditorium.

Slade Elementary School fourth-graders Garrett Scott, left, and Wyatt Rockey, right, share a magnify glass while counting their bluish-color taste buds during a science fair experiment.


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