Timing is every thing. It is the art of capturing the peak of action (or the agony of defeat) that makes a sports photo pop. Be it a horse over a jump, a receiver and a ball, a fist and a face. The awkward non-peak times are moments that just are not traditionally considered "pretty."
That being said, awkward can equal funny. There is something about the moment of the ball mashed on the floor that makes me chuckle. My timing is usually so that I don't capture this moment, so to do it (nearly) so many times in one game stood out.