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  • What is the easternmost island in the Caribbean sea?

  • The answer to that trivia question is the site of our first report today.

  • I'm Carl Azuz; welcome to the show.

  • The island we're talking about is Barbados.

  • Until Tuesday, its government was a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, and that monarch was Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, but no more.

  • In removing Britain's queen as its head of state, Barbados has officially become a republic.

  • The queen's role there was mostly a symbolic one; Barbados got its independence from Britain in 1966, and the island's governing power lies with its prime minister, Mia Mottley.

  • It's replaced the queen's ceremonial role with that of a new president named Barbara Mason, but Barbados' prime minister will still have most of the governing power.

  • This Caribbean island was uninhabited before Britain established a settlement there in 1627.

  • Historians say British sugar plantations worked by African slaves became a source of private wealth for Britain.

  • Slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834 and, in more recent decades, after it achieved independence from Britain, tourism and manufacturing became more economically important to Barbados than sugar production.

  • As the island prepared to become a republic, Barbados's leaders said the time had come for it to fully leave its colonial past behind by removing the Queen's symbolic status.

  • But Barbadian critics say the public should have had more of a voice in the process, possibly through a vote, instead of having it handled completely by the Barbadian government.

  • For its part, the British monarchy had said the decision was up to Barbados and that the issue had been discussed for a while.

  • It was a friendly parting; Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, traveled to Barbados to attend the transition.

  • 10-second trivia: The malleus, the pinna, and the stapes are all parts of what?

  • Foot, orchestra, ship, or ear.

  • If you're a mammaland you areyou have all of these as part of your ear.

  • But in their 12-0 season that brought them to a championship game, the football team at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside didn't need the use of their ears.

  • The entire team is deaf, their coach is deaf, but they've been able to use that to call plays without huddling and purportedly read other team's body language better.

  • Nick Watt covered their championship.

  • The Cubs in their school's 68-year history have never, ever, not even once made it to a championship game, and here they are.

  • Their opponents, Faith Baptist, have won this southern California Championship about a dozen times in their history.

  • They're good.

  • Tickets for this blockbuster game sold out in 45 minutes; they had to move it to a nearby high school, bigger bleachers to seat the growing fan base.

  • Many of them are standing. A lot.

  • But today is the biggest crowd I've ever seen.

  • It is just... because you have not only people that come to this school, you have other deaf people that come from different schools, because whenever there's a deaf event, people just want to be there.

  • Now, we caught up with the cubs for the mid-week team talk...

  • ... and practice.

  • The voice you'll hear is a sign language interpreter.

  • We're making history here, and if we do lose, I'm still incredibly proud of this team.

  • If we win the championship game, that would just be that much more awesome.

  • Here is the already awesome backstory.

  • The CSDR Cubs, in the past, lost a lot.

  • The team stunk, quite honestly; CSDR were often viewed as... as kind of the laughingstock, right?

  • We're always gonna have these lousy seasons, but that has not been the case this season.

  • First game, a 68-to-zip victory.

  • Yeah, that's a six.

  • This is not a well-funded, fancy-pants program.

  • Why are you guys doing so well? What's the secret?

  • We've practiced strong, we work together, we've got this sense of brotherhood amongst us.

  • We're a family.

  • Next up, drubbing, then, shellacking.

  • Their season so far? 12-0.

  • You're not just a good deaf football team; you're a good football team.

  • Exactly right, exactly right.

  • We've played against other good teams, let me say, but we just keep beating them.

  • Back at the championship game second quarter, the Cubs are down 28-0. Oh, boy!

  • Typically for our games, we are winning by a pretty, you know, 20, 30 point margin by halftime, and this is definitely a very different vibe.

  • And then, hook-and-ladder play sparks a startling rally.

  • Suddenly, it's 28 to 22; the crowd's going nuts.

  • But how do the players feed off that?

  • With their eyes.

  • During your breaks, during halftime, you look around, they're cheering, their hands are waving in the air.

  • You see their energy and... and that's just... that feels so good.

  • The Cubs' average winning margin this season?

  • Nearly 50 points.

  • Have you yourself scored any touchdowns this year?

  • More than 15? I... I lost count.

  • Nice.

  • These kids were already confident; they didn't need this historic run to prove their worth in the world, but some opponents underestimated them.

  • Badly.

  • I think they do dismiss us oftentimes; they think we're a deaf school, no big deal.

  • Then I think it's a lesson learned for them that deaf people out there and other programs can do better than they are doing.

  • Back to that championship game. Halftime, Valencia, Touchdown King, is iced; he's out.

  • Kaden Adams is limpinghe's the coach's son, by the wayand his brother, starting quarterback Trevin, takes a hit.

  • His night is over; the limping Kaden has to take his spot.

  • Now, to most of us, a football game sounds like this.

  • With these kids? Well, turn off the sound.

  • That could be a disadvantage.

  • They make it an advantage.

  • During the game, we're able to throw out plays, exact playshearing teams don't understand what our plays are, what they're... what's being shared on the field.

  • Tree, that's the part of their play, is tree.

  • Watch the ball; watch the ball.

  • This is our first language, it's our native language.

  • We're using our native language on the field.

  • And visual acuity is more alert, uh, than your hearing opponents, typically, and so, that we use as an advantage, yeah.

  • To go from laughing stock to media darlings, moving merch.

  • Now we've got TV producers, movie producers reaching out to us; it's just... it's endless.

  • Yeah, it definitely feels like we've reached celebrity status.

  • I don't think the media and... and everything is getting to their head; they're just focused on the game.

  • But with two key Cubs stars sidelined, those bearly Faith Baptist boys proved just too much.

  • A second half blow act.

  • The Cubs distraught.

  • They weren't in this for a heartwarming story about deaf kids against the odds.

  • - They were in this to win... - ... and I'm very proud.

  • They defeated us, yes, but they've taught us a lesson.

  • That means that the expectation is going to be higher next year.

  • And get this.

  • There were only two seniors on this Cubs team.

  • Next year. Maybe. Just maybe.

  • This dude named Michael Pick said he had a choice: Practice and get better at shooting with a regular NERF gun or build a bigger NERF gun.

  • He did the second thing.

  • Designed on a computer, built using plywood and 3D-printed parts, it's 12.5-feet long and weighs more than 200 pounds.

  • It's powered by electronics and a paintball air tank.

  • Unlike regular NERF guns, it is not a toy, but it can wreak havoc on water balloons.

  • You can't buy it, either, because "NERF" would "ner-fer" sell it; they probably wouldn't have the "nerf" to build it and it would make your mom really "nerf-ous".

  • Is it "nerf-arious"?

  • Only if its holder gets "nerf-arious", so you don't wanna get on his "nerfs", if you know what I'm saying.

  • Mods of these toys are "nerf-er" ending, so we'll keep an eye out for what people build on their own "nerf".

  • I'm Carl Azuz.

  • Bexley High School gets today's shout-out; it's great to have you watching from Bexley, Ohio.

  • We hope you and everyone else returns again tomorrow.

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