First, let me say I have the utmost respect for anyone who's brave enough to get out there and skate in public, much less in a pack, with people pushing and shoving.
But let me start at the beginning.
We got to the auditorium and were kind of surprised to see that this was going to be a flat track, rather than the banked track we were expecting.
To keep spectators off the actual skating floor, they had colorfully dressed "guards" posted all around the perimeter. I found them almost as interesting at the skaters.
Some wore tutus
Some were in mean looking boots.
And some even wore these.
Attractive, but there was a lot of standing.
These wouldn't be my first choice,
but then, what price beauty?
Finally, the girls took the floor.
They came in all sizes,
some large, some small.
But once they got out on the floor,
they went for it.
Elbows weren't allowed
And if you fall, no one stops,
they just go right over you.
The girls with the stars on their helmets are the scorers,
also known as jammers.
All of this would have been fine, but I swear, the time outs were worse than football (not that I've ever seen a football game . . . ).
If they were ever out there for longer than 60 seconds, I'd be surprised. Someone was always calling a time out, or a foul, or stopping the action for one reason or another.
For me, it made it pretty boring. I didn't go to see blood and guts, but it would have been nice to see some hard core skating, and this just wasn't the venue.
Terry and I both think it would be more exciting to see roller derby on a banked track.
Now for the fun part.
I loved all the names!
As you can see here,
Hester Sinn, Adultr8
the Secret Cervix
and my favorite
We had fun, but it won't be part of our regular routine.
Now, if a banked track showed up in the area,
that might be another story.
But that's it for tonight.