Obviously this ain’t the way to go. But you see lots of folks in the stands aiming digicams at the action without using the zoom. What do they do with all those images of tiny stick figures frozen on the field? Methinks they’d be better off shooting a hot dog vendor, or capturing the reactions of the fans. Pros use big glass for action, like a 400mm lens mounted on a monopod. Remember the slogan “up close and personal”? Well, that’s where you want to be when you’re shooting sports. Without a press pass and long lens you have to look for peripheral photo ops, and with thousands of people hanging around in funny hats there should be plenty. Or bring a squirrel with a cam strapped to its head and let it loose on the field. You never know.
Actual tip: crank up your camera’s ISO.