Monday, March 7, 2016

Roller Derby Review

Back in the day, roller derby was a full contact sport for females, kinda like hockey for dudes. I realize I'm showin' my age when I tell ya I actually used to watch this exciting sporting event on TV with my Dad. We would hoot and holler when the ladies would throw elbows, pull hair, push and trip each other, and clap and cheer when fights would erupt. Sadly folks, times sure have changed.
My friend Melissa and I attended our local Cape Fear Roller Girls roller derby on Saturday for something new and exciting to do. With names like Bella da Brawl, Blew Mountain Bomber, Busty Rhymes, Cinderwreckya, Punky Bruise-Her, Kat Von D-Linquent, Hawaiian Puncher, and Raven Madd just to name a few, I was ready for a serious smack down. However, other than butt bumps and hip pushes, that is really the extent of the body contact. You throw an elbow and you will land in the penalty box. BUMMER!
One thing I will say is that there is actually strategy and skill involved to earn points, and these chicks obviously practice their blocking maneuvers. And it is clear the women have a devoted fan base and are a tight knit group. I applaud them for committing to a sport while holding down day jobs.
But dang, is nuthin' sacred anymore?




19 comments:

  1. It went from a spectator sport to a real athletic sport. I know we make fun of the WWF for not being real, but hey, who didn't enjoy the cat fights?

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    1. I know right? There was even security at the door and there was a 3 beer maximum so I thought this is gonna be serious, but nuthin'!

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  2. I didn't realize there were still roller derby teams. I, too used to watch roller derby on TV way back when just because they are fun to watch. Gotta love the names. My mom grew up in Chicago in the 40s and was involved with roller derbies. She was so stereotypical of the type that would be. She hauled her kids to skating rinks before we could hardly walk.

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  3. I don't even think they've ever had them around here. It sounds like it still takes skill with no brute force allowed haha

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    1. I wanted to see some real live action. But, it was still fun to see the crowd get so excited.

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  4. I heard of it, but never watched one in person

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  5. Make 'em topless and you got yourself a deal.
    W.J. Clinton

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  6. Make 'em topless and you got yourself a deal.
    W.J. Clinton

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  7. It used to be on the TV right after wrasslin', but that was in the black and white days of yore.

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  8. I don't remember televised roller derbies. Perhaps it was on when my dad was watching golf or Hogan's Heroes.
    Contact is being taken out of a lot of sports. Yes, it's good for the athletes, but what about us spectators? ;)

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  9. Why is that man in one of the photos wearing a jacket with flipflops?

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  10. It's because there's more than one variation on the sport, the names of which I'm not remembering right now. But I can tell by the floor, you saw the same kind of event I did last year, the slower type of derby. We're going to the first match of the season for our local team this weekend.

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  11. We have a local roller derby team that one of my friends is on. Maybe that's why I'm not thrilled to watch. I don't want to see her get hurt. That's tough business. I would like to see Cinderwreckya do some damage, though.
    Have a great week, Deb.

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  12. I'd forgotten about this! This goes way back...and I'm old enough to remember it! I had no idea this is still going on.

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  13. But without gratuitous violence, what's the point in watching?

    Sincerely,
    a hockey fan

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  14. To be honest, I didn't know this was a sport until the Ellen Page movie came out. **puts head down and walks away**

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  15. Welcome to the same in NFL. Knock a guy down and penalties. It's nuts.

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