Review: In ‘High Flying Bird,’ stadiums are darkened, but the game goes on

Arena lights are off, locker rooms are empty and primetime TV slots are dotted with holes.

We don’t have to be told that explicitly in Steven Soderbergh’s confidently insightful new film “High Flying Bird”. Curiously empty New York City sidewalks and forlorn attitudes tell us what we need to know: Professional basketball games are at a standstill amid a lockout, something seemingly as inevitable as the rising sun or a Russell Westbrook triple-double grinding to a halt. (Translation: Team owners and players’ representatives can’t come to an agreement, putting on-court action on hold.)

But a whole new kind of battle is underway, one the film touts as “the game on top of the game.” And it’s a game that Soderbergh and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney take a magnifying glass to, exposing the centuries-old racial systems that labor relations in pro sports leagues are powered by.

In the hands of a director with trademark kinetic swagger and a screenwriter just two years removed from winning an Oscar for “Moonlight” and channeling his inner Aaron Sorkin, watching the politics of a basketball league (that is essentially the NBA in all but name) play out at a nonstop, infinite dribble is a joy. “High Flying Bird” is like being in a game of pickup where the stud you’re defending tells you exactly how he’s going to score on you, yet you’re still amazed when he pulls it off.

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In battle of backup QBs, UNM dominates UNLV 50-14

David Lynch
October 06, 2018 
Link to original story on KOB.com: https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/in-battle-of-backup-qbs-unm-dominates-unlv-50-14/5098860/?cat=502

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Talk about a rebound.

A week after losing 52-43 in its Homecoming game to Liberty, the Lobo football team used a massive 29-point second quarter to stun UNLV 50-14 on the road Saturday afternoon and win its conference opener.

With starting quarterback Tevaka Tuioti out for New Mexico, Sheriron Jones stepped up and consistently kept his composure in the pocket, throwing for four scores to as many different receivers. The ground game also contributed three touchdowns of its own for a balanced attack against the Rebels.

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Farmington Fuel revelingin CMWS experience

Note: This story was originally published in the Farmington Daily Times, and can be viewed here. Photo by Matt Hollinshead of the Daily Times. 

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Fuel’s first-ever Connie Mack World Series experience is quickly becoming one for the ages.

Just like it did during its City Tournament championship run, the Fuel continues to battle — and thrive — on the big stage.

And after winning its CMWS debut, a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Colton Nighthawks on Monday night at Ricketts Park, this team looks to keep pushing its limits.

But even if they play the iconic event for each of the next 14 years, the chances are slim that they would win again like they did Monday night at Ricketts Park.

“This team, they just battle through anything,” said Fuel pitcher Dawson Merryman, who threw 3 2/3 critical innings in relief. “They believe they can do it. They want to be here, and they want to do it.”

Down 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Fuel looked for some magic. After Cade Acrey and Danny Carpenter both reached base to start the rally, the Fuel seized its chance.

Cameron Stephenson put the ball in play for Farmington with runners on first and second, but the Nighthawks’ third baseman threw the ball to a Nighthawk-less first base.

The crowd erupted as the ball rolled away, and Carpenter fed off that atmosphere and energy from the crowd as he dashed home all the way from first.

“It’s just the fans and the crowd, the experience of being here is amazing. I’ve never experienced something like this, it’s just an atmosphere that’s unexplainable,” Merryman said.

The Fuel last played on July 21, when it beat Flat Bill in the City Tournament finals to earn its golden ticket to the CMWS.

With its first-ever CMWS win in the books, they hope more wins soon follow.

“We know we have an uphill battle, but we have a lot of great kids,” coach Kim Carpenter said. “We have a lot of heart, so we’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to fight as hard we as can.”

David Lynch is a digital producer at KOB4 in Albuquerque. He can be reached via Twitter at @RealDavidLynch.

 

 

Connie Mack World Series coverage (Video)

A video package shot for the Farmington Daily Times at the Connie Mack World Series, between D-BAT and Lamorinda.

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Another package shot for the Daily Times, for a game between the Dallas Tigers and hometown Farmington Fuel.

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