Tuesday, September 29, 2015

B-52 Blowout Final Boutdown!

I was a jam ref for the final bout last Saturday, which was kind of a surprise for me, since I thought I would only be reffing the middle two games. It was also a bit scary for me for a few reasons, mainly that I hadn't been a jam ref in ages, and the first three bouts were really close in score.  The last thing any ref wants to do is have an adverse affect on the score of any game.  I really didn't want a repeat of the first bout, what with it ending in a tie and a sudden death overtime jam.  Besides, I don't think Phoebe's heart could stand the strain again I was sure she was going into cardiac arrest for the last five minutes of that bout.  I was a little excited as well.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

B-52 Blowout bouts 2 and 3

I was the front pack ref for the second and third bouts of last week's Boulder County Bombers B-52 Blowout.  These two were also both close games.  The second one determined who would be going to the first place bout and who would be playing 45 minutes later in the battle for third and fourth place.  As mentioned both bouts were action packed and very close.  The entire officials crew was up to the challenge and made sure everything ran smoothly and efficiently.  Gotta love a dedicated officials crew for even small tourneys like this one.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Flat Track Furies comic book

I've been reading comic books as long as I can remember.  This will come as no surprise to any of you that know me even a little bit.  It's been one of the things I love to do the most, sit back with a good story and just enjoy it.   Roller derby has become a love of mine much later on but I can't see ever letting go of that either.  Flat Track Furies is where the two loves of mine intersect in the best way possible (i.e. fun story and cool artwork).  Sure, there has been roller derby featured in comic books before, and I've written about various superheroes and villains using roller skates, but this is the first comic book I know of to be written by and about roller derby.

Disclaimer: I both work and ref with the creator of the series, Moriah Hummer.  And I like her as a person to boot! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Oh, the humanity!"

On Saturday I had my first roller derby announcing gig.  Most of the time I've got a mic in my hands I am singing, so this was similar yet completely different.  It was also very last minute, but as I had mentioned in a previous post announcing was something I've always wanted to do but never have since I'm always on roller skates in the middle of the rink.  Naturally when Bard asked me if I could like to be his color commentator I jumped at the chance, even without as much preparation as I would have liked.  It was a lot of fun and I would happily do it again if the occasion arose.
I was extremely fortunate that Bard himself had done announcing

Friday, September 18, 2015

"oh, give me a break!"

This just in: tomorrow, during BCB's first B tournament (and final bouts of the year) I'm going to be co-announcing the first game of the tourney with the esteemed Bard Up.  This is something that I have always had an interest in doing for quite some time, since nearly the start of my reffing career.  It almost happened once, but I think Hall of Famer John Hall stepped up and did a stellar job, allowing me to ref the bout as scheduled.  Still, I have always wanted to do this job cause it seemed like a lot of fun. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Training a new ref

Earlier today I got an email from Miss Fortune Cookie (sometimes known as MF Cookie) about wanting to learn to ref.  I loved this, as I'm always in favor of players crossing over to the black and white side.  It's always beneficial to both players and refs, since there is always a difference of viewpoints that will arise during any given jam and that's fun to discuss. Of course I thought of several things she could say to players when she was reffing, like "it's just your misfortune to cut today!" or perhaps "That's just the way the cookie crumbles when you forearm someone!"  Yeah, I thought of several more, but I'll stop with those two for the time being, since not everyone has a great sense of humor like mine.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

about last year

Last year this time I was not in good shape, though I didn't know it.  I had no energy after driving to San Diego and back.  This should have been an easy drive, as I've done it far more times than I care to remember or even try to count, including one jaunt with two cats in the car (they were great travelers, by the way).  This was ostensibly to get the rest of my belongings that I had left in San Diego when they couldn't fit in my car the first time.  When I got back I decided I'd never drive back there unless someone was with me, since traveling with a companion is way more fun than alone.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A1 for everyone

Sauce A1 announced her retirement from the Boulder County Bombers yesterday.  Even though I knew it was coming it's still a sad day for the league.  It's been almost two years now since the first practice I attended, and I knew no one there at the time.  I had spoken to the then Head Ref Conner on the phone, but hadn't met anyone.  As outgoing as I can be, that is still a daunting situation to be in.  It was a Phase 1 or 2 practice, that's all I remember, aside from this thing I am about to relate:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday, Thuvia Jane!

It's not derby related, though she has been known to waller on stinky derby gear on occasion, but my orange cat Thuvia Jane turns 8 today.  She's mostly known as TJ since that's easier to spell and I don't have to explain who Thuvia, Maid of Mars is to anyone then.  She's a character from the Edgar Rice Burrough's "John Carter" series of books, for those that have to know such things.  And yes, she is that adorable most of the time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Roller Derby from... Disney?

I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of most Disney cartoons or shows, though I do quite like most of their classic movies (and Donald Duck cartoons, especially when he takes on Chip and Dale).  But this piece of fan art, from the great website Geek Girls (where were they when I was 20? Alas, hidden away it seems) is pretty darn nifty.  If you click the link it will take you to the rest of the article and also individual pictures of said princesses, with some really clever derby names.  Though I might have gone with Mulan Rogue, a double play there as well.