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?