Thursday, April 30, 2015

Angel City Derby Girls - Rocket Queens vs Starlettes (04-24-2010)

This was what roller derby was like when I started reffing. I'm not at this bout, seeing as how I was only about three months into my reffing career, but I saw a lot of bouts like this as a jam timer. I really don't miss a lot of this- two whistle starts, minors and such, but I do miss the sheer DYI of it. It's hard to believe it's been five years ago and so much has changed.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Derby Daughter

I've known KGB since she started skating at SDRD, from about her first day, if I remember correctly (and I'm pretty sure I do, my memory is mostly excellent).   I had skated up to her to ask her who she was and how she liked being at Skateworld.  I think she had just "graduated" from the Derby Dolls Jr program.  Little did I know that she would become my second derby daughter in a short time.   She also has a rather old soul, but that's a different post.  Last night she got her first MVP jammer award.  She has no idea I am writing this, as I asked her to do a guest blog about it as well, but I am very proud of her.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The ref as an example...

I'll admit it, this is a bad example.  I'm not wearing a helmet during practice, which is something I always do now.  Granted, SDRD wasn't a WFTDA sanctioned team at the time, and I had USARS insurance, but I wasn't setting a good example for anyone.  Sure, this was after my first helmet and skates got stolen and I really didn't care for the loaner I was wearing at the time (and wore until I got my wonderful new hockey helmet (or as they call them in Canada, a helmet)) but these are no excuses.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Muscle Leanie 117 Profile

Real Name: 
Ali Taylor

What is the origin of your derby name and number? 

I speak Italian and wanted a name that had something to do with Italy, so I chose to do a play on words of Italian dictator Mussolini's name. my number 117 reflects the year of the height of the Roman Empire, which Mussolini was trying to recreate during his dictatorship.

What did you do athletically before you got into derby? 
Swimming, competitively since childhood. Was still swimming and competing in masters swimming swim meets when I started playing derby.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MOTW- Manda

Manda, the "thousand meter serpent" as it was described way back in an issue of Japanese Giants (maybe #6, I think) first appeared in the excellent movie Atragon (1963).  The monster was kind of shoehorned into the movie, since it really wasn't necessary to have Manda in there, though for us monster loving kids it was always nice to have one show up.  Manda really doesn't do much in the movie at all, it's not even a match for the great undersea battleship Atragon- one blast of the freeze ray and Manda is down for the count.  Still, it's a great design, huh?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ref Appreciation by Stryker

They do it for free and for the fun of the game,
they get lots of grief and often carry a funny name.
They come early, stay late and some travel from afar.
If they're lucky and appreciated they may get a little gas for their car.

Monday, April 13, 2015

MF Cookie profile

Real Name
Laura Howe

What is the origin of your derby name and number?
My name is just a silly thing I made up with help from my friends. I like to bake and cook, so there is that, I guess.  I am mostly known in the league as Cookie, but my teammates often call me Cooks or Cook.  I will never forget the first moment one of our coaches, JD, yelled “Cookie, something something” [that’s not a direct quote, btw] at my first scrimmage.  I felt different inside and it was awesome.  More recently I have been going by MF Cookie.  When we got our white jerseys printed, MissFortune Cookie would not fit on the jersey so we had to come up with a shortened version.  I’m pleased with how it worked out.  It gets me a little closer to being as cool as one of my favorite skaters and jerseys – Suz Long of DRD.  Her jersey says S.H. Long.

I would also like to mention that people, particularly derby people, talk about cookies a lot (Her She Bad, for example) so it’s confusing because I think they’re talking about me.

As for my number, I am the youngest of 5 children and we actually refer to each other by number. My brother Pete will call and say, "What's up #5?  It's #4!”  It’s ridiculous.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dacya Clementine

This really has nothing to do with roller derby, but I'm posting it anyway.  Aside from it being my birthday today, it's my tortoise shell cat Dacya's birthday as well.  She's nine years old now, and has been with me since she was seven months old.  She had such huge ears when I got her I wondered if she would ever grown into them.  But she finally did, after some rather awkward teenage years (she had a big body and a tiny head for about a year).  She's been my constant companion through a lot of stuff in both of our lives.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

rookie skaters as NSO

I NSO'd for a long time before ever reffing a bout.  Looking back I was ready to ref earlier than I thought I was, but for whatever reasons I can only guess out now I just didn't do it until about 9 months in.  I didn't mind then and I'm glad I got to learn to be an excellent jam timer during all those months.  Remember, this was back when we had two whistle starts and minor penalties.  Don't miss either one of those one bit, though I do miss pivot line starts.  Give the jammers a chance to build up some steam, willya?  It would make the game more exciting, and the refs wouldn't all be crowded around the same area by the jammer line.  But I digress, as is usual for me.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Learning Opportunities

I got this the other day from my derby daughter KGB, along with a note in the IM that said thanks for explaining various rules to her.  I don't take any credit for her becoming a better jammer, she works and trains hard to do that, but it was nice to get this from her.  I always try to make myself available for rules and penalty explanations.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

B and C scrimmages

Since the All-Stars were in Arizona winning the Dust Devil Tournament, the last two scrimmages were populated by the Bombshells, Daisy Nukes and Shrapnellies.  These are the B  and C teams and the scrimmages were a lot of fun.  Several of them were playing for the first or second time ever, and since it was a smaller group we let them have some extra time outs, due to jammers needing some extra time here and there.  I think on Sunday we gave them 45 seconds between jams as well.