Monday, September 30, 2013

Hidden City Double Header 9-28-13

Thanks to Rowdy's unfortunate injury a week and a half ago (that poor Achilles tendon), I got asked/chosen/punished to be the Head Ref for Hidden City Roller Girls "Circus of the Scars" double header this past Saturday.  Fortunately I had a good ref crew and Rowdy himself was around for the first bout. as well, which I appreciated.

Friday, September 27, 2013

damn injuries!

Injuries always suck.  That's something we can all agree on.  This time it's not me or Litl Rampage, but Rowdy Rodbuster who tore his Achilles Tendon last week.  He's having surgery soon and will be out four to six months.

Of course, this blog is all about me so now I have had to take over the Head Refship of tomorrow's Hidden City double header up in Oceanside.  Good thing I love those Hidden City girls (and I like Rowdy too, despite him doing this to me...) enough to take on such an awesome responsibility.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Roller Derby Girls by Rubber Gun Squad

It's music video time again! Here's a fun little song and video out of Dallas TX. Looks like the band is a fan of the Dallas Derby Devils. It's fun to see all the bands that write songs for a team. I think I'd like to try that some time. Fun, upbeat and power poppy, gotta love that.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Co-ed bout 9-21-13

Yesterday SDRD had their first ever full co-ed bout.  It was played against The Undead Betties and the Skaters Grim who were from the San Francisco area.  This was a pretty action packed bout between the two teams.

It was also a pretty clean game, which I was very happy about.  My ref crew was great, but I think I had the most experience of all seven of us out there.  They did a great job, but I do wish I hadn't had to head ref from the jam ref position.  It had to be done so being the team player I am, I  stepped up and did it. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Cover photo has been chosen!

But it's not this one, as cool as it would be to have it on the cover of my book.   Heck, getting a C&D from KISS would be some great publicity, wouldn't it?  If we were all in stripes I'd think about it.

Probably best not to go that route, though.  I'm keeping the picture as a surprise, though perhaps it has been seen before. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Feel the Burn... out

Remember when you started roller derby?  All the excitement and fun of the brand new sport in your life?  How much you loved it and would never ever get tired of it, not for a million years?  I remember it well.  There's the whole derby buzz going on, where all you think about is roller derby, especially after a practice or a bout.  You just can't sleep even though you are exhausted.

And you love it!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Ref Tool

Ever notice how some derby players never seem to hear the whistle when they commit a penalty?  The ref has to go chasing them half way around the track before they actually go off to serve their time.  This is even worse when it's a jammer who turns on the jets after leaving the pack.

"Oh, you meant me?" or "It's so loud on the track I didn't here my color and number" are some of the many excuses that I've heard over the years.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Writer's Block

I've been writing so much recently on my book (have I mentioned I'm writing a book?  Pretty sure everyone knows I've been writing a book) that most of my great ideas for blog posts are going in there.  I have taken some of my former posts and elaborated on them as well, expanding and expounding upon all sorts of great stuff.  I hope I'm not overselling how great this whole thing will be.  There's pictures and contributors and it's over 19,000 words already.  How much more awesomeness can anyone take?

(Hopefully the tongue-in-cheekness of this first bit will be readily apparent.  I'm only really arrogant when I'm on the track reffing and people have to listen to me.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ref Food

Writing a bit about pre-bout nutrition for the book, as in "what do you eat before a bout?"  Refs don't quite have the same energy output the players do, but it's still really important to have enough food in one to get through the entire bout, since it's true that we skate every jam.  (Yeah, I know, it's a cliche, but it's a cliche because it's true.)  Sometimes we have a pre-bout or even a double header, and eating something then is really important since that's a lot of skating to get through.  I've seen a few players  skate double headers and I have no idea how they do that.

That's an amazing feat.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sure, blame the refs

Sure, I get it.  Refs are never on the side of your team.  I'm a football fan, and unless you cheer for the Raiders (who always cheat, according to Lisa Simpson) then you know that the refs always help the other team.  It's just how it is, even if your team is winning by 30 points, you know that nose tackle didn't really deserve that five yard penalty for an off sides infraction, the ref just did it because he hates your team and wants to punish them.  It's just basic (and ridiculous) sports fan logic.  The refs always hate your team.  This is true belief in any sport, for any sports fan.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SDRD Labor Pain International Tournament Day 3

So the last day of the SDLPI featured the bouts between the 5th and 6th place teams, the 3rd and 4th place teams and the battle for first place.  It was a morning full of derby action from start to finish.  Yeah, I'm using the same picture because I can.

By Monday morning, everyone, skaters, refs and NSO were pretty tired.  None the less, every person involved in the tournament was ready and prepared for the final three bouts early that Monday morning.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SDRD Labor Pain International Tournament day 1, 2

San Diego Roller Derby is two thirds of the way through their inaugural Labor Day Tournament.  Six teams from as far away as New Mexico are playing.  There have been a total of 15 bouts played so far over the last two days and a lot of great derby played in those bouts.

I was designated tournament Head Ref and have been working with a great crew of talented people, both on skates and off.  This picture by Celtic Knotty is of eleven of us, with six or seven not pictured.  It's been a long two days of derby.  I've learned a lot about doing so many 30 minute bouts in two days, that's for sure.