I had the pleasure of spending my weekend with Brynn Paulin and Dakota Rebel who came for a visit. I had a fantastic time with these two. There was much food, even more laughter and there was the roller derby. I didn’t even know Grand Rapids had a team – but we do, the Raggedy Girls and they’re good. More surprising to me was the fact that I liked it. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo not a sports girl, but despite that, watching the roller derby was insanely entertaining. Even better than the skating action itself was the people watching. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such and interesting mix of people.
There were the skater chicks – tough and super competitive. Those women are absolutely amazing to watch. There were the refs – my favorite was the dude who wore an itty bitty gold lame bikini Ala Rocky in the Rocky Horror Picture Show during the first half and pink ruffle-butt panties during the second half. There were the skater groupies – both men and women, many of them heavily tattooed and pierced. Some were clearly family and others definitely groupies. There were people that looked like they’d stopped by after a PTA meeting and those who were heading to the biker bar afterward. There were little kids and one little old lady who was celebrating her 79th birthday by seeing her first roller derby bout.
After talking about the derby with several women I know, I discovered that many of them wanted to be roller derby skaters when they were kids. I wonder what it is about this sport that interests so many. So what about you? Did you ever have any burning desire to be a derby skater? Or to participate in any other relatively dangerous sport?
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I’m sorry I missed your Hot Spot yesterday. Hope you are no longer lonely. 🙁>>I’ve never wanted to DO roller derby but I’d sure love to see one one day.
I was a lacrosse goalie. For one day.>>NEVER AGAIN THE HARD RUBBER BALL HITTING ME IN THE FACE TIMES!
God I’d have killed myself just getting to the rink. But I can so imagine the blast you all had watcing it!
Roller Derby used to be big on television back in “My Day”. We lived in Chicago then. It was rough and tough. There both male and female teams. >>Of course, roller rinks were big back then, too. When the hunk and I were dating, that’s one of the things we would do.
What a fun time. So glad you had fun with the buds:)
I think a lot of girls wanted to do roller derby because we were always being told to be good, be lady-like, not act like boys (and have fun). Here were women who were rough and tough and obviously having a good time and on skates no less, so we wanted to do it.
I never knew what a derby skater was growing up, but if I did I’m sure I’d want to give it a try. >>The closest I’ve been was playing rugby – sort of like American Football without any padding. Lots of fun 🙂
Ooh, I am envious. See, I just finished a roller derby girl story. I would love to do it, but have trouble maneuvering in my own home on bare feet let alone on skates with people trying to knock me down! But it is fun to watch. And the girls rock.>>xoxo>s