Some things are better left black and white. The dynamics of this photo, that ran on the sports section in color, don't do it justice. No knock to me, Nikon, The Chronicle or the sports dept. Just, when viewed in black and white, it reveals a diffrent 'feel.'
Some photographers have said black and white reveals the 'soul' of the photo. I tend to agree. Not in all cases. But this was one of them.