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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Independent Weekly's Kicks & Flicks continues with Victory, Winning Isn't Everything

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeGregory Richardson of the Carolina RailHawksWe'll be pimping our Indy Flicks & Kicks ESPN World Cup bracket challenge for the next couple of days. We're even giving out prizes in the form of gift certificates to Eurosport, the better for you to build your wardrobe of Arsenal and Barcelona and USA! USA! USA! soccer kits. And there's no excuse: You don't have to know a direct kick from a corner kick to decide whether you like France better than, say, North Korea. Sign up right here—we're trying to get to 40 today! Last night's screening...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

World Cup T-minus four: Pelada tonight @ The Pinhook; Join the Indy Kicks & Flicks bracket challenge

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Courtesy of Pelada Gwendolyn Oxenham in BoliviaThe 2010 FIFA World Cup starts Friday, June 11, and the Independent Weekly and its sports coverage department, Triangle Offense, is girding for battle. With the co-sponsorship of Eurosport and the Carolina RailHawks professional soccer team, the Indy is presenting a series of films and other events called "Indy Kicks & Flicks." *Tonight at The Pinhook in Durham, the kickoff event begins at 8 p.m. We'll be showing PELADA, the fine new documentary from the quartet of ex-soccer players-turned-filmmakers Gwendolyn Oxenham, Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson and Ryan White. Pelada is Brazilian slang for "pickup...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Indy to join with Carolina RailHawks in celebrating soccer with new and classic films

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM

courtesy of PELADAGwendolyn Oxenham, co-star of the documentary PELADA, in Uyuni, BoliviaWe're just three weeks away from the start of a little soccer competition in South Africa. The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins June 11, and to mark the month-long occasion, the Independent Weekly and the Carolina RailHawks will partner to sponsor a series of soccer-themed films. The schedule includes such classics as Bend it Like Beckham and Victory, and the venues include the Galaxy Cinema in Cary, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Lumina Theatre in Chapel Hill and The Pinhook bar in Durham. Additionally, area...

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Story in Photos: Tar Heels lose another to rival Wolfpack

Posted By on Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Here's a link to Joe Schwartz's half-time report and post game article....

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Olympics fever: Catch it ... or don't

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 9:24 AM

UPDATE 11:44 am: Chicago was "stunningly eliminated" in the first round of voting, as was Tokyo. UPDATE 2 1:08 pm: It's Rio. This morning we step away from the hurly-burly of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary sports to consider the big question of the day: Which overreaching metropolis will earn the right to build billions of dollars of new infrastructure, displace neighborhoods, clean up its slums and become a two-week platform for the Olympic spirit and a future superhuman like Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt? Yes, the 2016 Summer Olympics are up for grabs. In the running are...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just a thought...

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Noted without comment ... UPDATE: Here's someone else's commentary, published on Huffington Post. Turns out that TARP money is being showered widely over the sports biz. Some think it's not such a bad thing. And, I didn't know Bank of America sponsored Liverpool (but not on the jersey). That gives last weekend's game, a 4:1 thrashing of the Mancunians by the Merseysiders, a whole new dimension: Bank of America>AIG....

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Friday, March 13, 2009

ACC Tourney, Friday open thread

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Well, as correspondent Adam Sobsey just emailed me, this second Friday of March should be a state-wide holiday. There was some basketball yesterday: NC State is done for the season, while Clemson's NCAA seeding probably took a big hit with that loss to Georgia Tech, while Virginia Tech polished off Miami's NCAA hopes before scaring the bejesus out of UNC earlier this afternoon.  Ex-Indyite Besha Rodell is at courtside for Creative Loafing Atlanta—we hope to have new posts from her today. Besha? Let us know in the comments. What's your take on the empty seats at the Georgia Dome? The...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fines for broadcasting Williams' f-word? WTF?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 8:48 PM

WRAL explains why broadcasters likely won't face punitive action for transmitting UNC coach Roy Williams' indiscreet use of a word that has been part of the English lexicon for several centuries. But then, ours is a culture in which CBS was assessed a $550,000 fine by the Federal Communications Commission for unwittingly broadcasting an image of Janet Jackson's nipple. (The fine was tossed out by a federal court last year.)...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mayors of Durham, Chapel Hill to gamble on sports outcome

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM

A high-profile game sure brings out the politicians. Super Bowl winners often get face time with presidents (or voice time with them), for example. Sometimes politicians even want to be seen with athletes who've just disgraced themselves in front of the entire planet: In 2006, after Zinedine Zidane notoriously headbutted Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, French politicians eager to be seen with a French Arab hero rushed to Zidane's side. Still, it doesn't always benefit the politician to be at the ballgame, of course. Especially when the team is the Philadelphia Flyers. Just ask Sarah Palin.  The stakes are a little lower down...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Big week in soccer opens ...

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

  ... and we're not even talking about the USA-Mexico friendly qualifier set for Wed. Feb. 11 (which conveniently starts and finishes before the Other Big Game that night). Nope, today is opening day for the Carolina RailHawks preseason training camp. As I type, the team has been going at it on a gorgeous, precociously verdant morning at the WakeMed soccer complex. We're told that in addition to the players that have popped up on this blog in recent weeks, such "recent college graduates like UNC’s Michael Callahan, Garry Lewis and Brian Shriver, and NC State’s El Hadj Cisse’" will...

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Hoop Dreams director to curate sports films at Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 6:10 PM

  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced today that Steve James, director of one of the most successful documentaries ever, the 1994 epic Hoop Dreams, will curate a sports-themed program at this year's festival, which runs April 2-5. James' sidebar will be called This Sporting Life, and will not be limited to documentaries. Instead, the series "will include some of the lesser-seen dramatic films that take place in the world of sports. Selections will include those that specifically anticipated the emergence of the sports genre in documentary filmmaking, which continues to be honest, vibrant, and original." Any suggestions for Mr. James?...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

UNC defeats N.C. State 38-17! (So says NCAA 2009 video game)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Ed. note: N.C. State travels to Chapel Hill tomorrow for a noon showdown against the Tar Heels, which will be broadcast on regional televlsion. Jake Swiger, a UNC student who runs his own blog, www.tarheelbuckeye.blogspot.com, kindly sent us the results of tomorrow's clash, as played on NCAA 2009, a video game from GamePlay Video. Thanks, Jake! EA SPORTS World: NCAA Football 09 Video UNC vs. NC State NCAA 2009 Simulation In a battle between one of the nation's best secondaries and most efficient quarterbacks, the Carolina defense prevailed, picking off Russell Wilson four times and returning two for touchdowns as...

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin makes her NHL debut

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Elsewhere in the NHL tonight, Sarah Palin dropped the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers' home opener against the New York Rangers. One wonders who thought the notorious Flyers crowd would cotton to the world's most famous hockey mom, even with Piper and Willow in tow. (Note the Obama signs in the background, by the way.) According to New York Times' Lynn Zinser on her Slapshot blog, the booing was much louder than is apparent in this video. She wrote: hen Palin came out onto the Wachovia Center ice Saturday night - greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos from the...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Kimbo Slice blues

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM

[/caption] If you don't follow mixed martial arts fighting, you probably haven't heard of Kevin Ferguson, aka Kimbo Slice. According the hype, Ferguson-or Slice, if you prefer-was going to rule the MMA (mixed martial arts) circuit for years to come.  The buzz was enough that I noticed it, and I watch MMA only in the rare case that I have nothing better to do and there's not a thing else worth watching. But Kimbo? I noticed him. First of all, the guy is 6' 2", 240 pounds, insanely ripped and has a huge black beard.  He looks great on...

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