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    Roller derby

    This weekend I accompanied Junior’s Cub Scout den in the local Holiday Parade. We were positioned roughly in the middle of the parade. In front of us was the local roller derby team. I confess I’ve never watched roller derby in person and have only seen a few minutes of the sport played out on tv; from what I saw, though, the action was fast and abundant. I’m surprised the sport hasn’t achieved greater popularity.

    After a cursory read on wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roller_derby , it appears the sport has evolved over the years, early on it resembled professional wrestling and had pre-determined winners. They scrapped that, and now the sport seems to be experiencing something of a renaissance during the last decade among amateur circles. The fact that my two-horse town has its own team that actively participates with other teams from nearby cities is further testimony to its grass-roots appeal and growing popularity.

    Based on the wiki article, the sport appeals to third wave feminists and has punk overtones. That certainly seemed to be the case with the group in the parade this weekend. The ladies were an assortment of butchy-punk ‘enforcer’ types, sexy ‘bad-girl’ types, and a handful of curiously ‘ordinary’ types.

    Have you ever watched roller derby, and if so did it interest you as a spectator sport? Do you have any local amateur teams in your neck of the woods? Have you ever met anyone who has participated?

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    I went to one a few years ago in Chicago. Never did quite figure out how it works. One of the few sports where there seems to be more interest in the woman's version than men's...

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    We have a fairly popular roller derby team here that has been around for quite a few years. Derbies are pretty fun to go to, but were definitely more interesting to me in my twenties than my thirties.

    You are spot on with the feminist/punk rock undertones Maister.
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    Back in the day, it was on television for a while. Although I put it in the same category as pro wrestling, I found it more entertaining. I actually went to one match in Detroit during grad school with some of the other TA's. I think it was at the old Olympia and it was another excuse to drink beer. As if we needed one.
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    We have a local team, the Cape Fear Roller Girls, who are quite active. They are also very big into charity and all proceeds after the events goes to local charities. I haven't been to an event yet but maybe in the next year I will...

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    We have the Jersey Shore Roller Girls in Asbury Park, NJ. It's a great thing to watch. Really! And we get to do it at the beach
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Based on the wiki article, the sport appeals to third wave feminists and has punk overtones. That certainly seemed to be the case with the group in the parade this weekend. The ladies were an assortment of butchy-punk ‘enforcer’ types, sexy ‘bad-girl’ types, and a handful of curiously ‘ordinary’ types.]
    That's the case around here. It's a small town, but roller derby is extremely popular, especially among younger lesbians and the "riot grrl" crowd; like you said, third wave feminists. There's two women's teams, and men's roller derby is even gaining some traction.



    Never saw the roller derby live, though.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Off-topic:

    I suppose asking "do you intentionally seek out excuses to post pics that feature Volvos and Subies in Ithaca?" is akin to asking me "do you intentionally create polls that serve no apparent purpose"
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Off-topic:

    I suppose asking "do you intentionally seek out excuses to post pics that feature Volvos and Subies in Ithaca?" is akin to asking me "do you intentionally create polls that serve no apparent purpose"
    I find it hilarious. It makes me want to visit the town just to laugh at people driving around in the same cars. Then again, a lot of folks in Detroit have ten year old grey Sables like I do, so thats kinda funny too.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Off-topic:

    I suppose asking "do you intentionally seek out excuses to post pics that feature Volvos and Subies in Ithaca?" is akin to asking me "do you intentionally create polls that serve no apparent purpose"
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    You have got to be kidding me-too funny.
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    Jersey Shore Roller Girls plays matches against Ithaca's team
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    You have to have leather balls to play rugby but you don't need balls to play roller derby. Probably part of the attraction. Just an observation.
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    Roller derby is pretty huge in Austin. I know three women that play, one of which is a librarian in real life.

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    My sister is on a roller derby team in the town btrage works in. She has been on the team for about 3 years now - since its inception. I have never gone to watch any of their matches. We tried to go to one of her first ones and there ended up being a blizzard that day and we could barely make it out of the driveway. After driving about 3 miles, we decided to stop at California Pizza Kitchen instead. I've never made much of an effort to attend one of her matches since then. It just doesn't interest me.
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