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Thu, Mar. 16th, 2006, 12:18 pm
Come over tonight for a live roller derby webcast!

Tonight I'll be putting the Lonestar Rollergirls vs. L.A. Derby Dolls bout webcast up on my tv, so feel free to come over and watch with me. I'm thinking pizza and shitty beer will go perfectly. Email hurtreynolds (at) gee.cx for directions.

Dunno exactly what time the stream starts, but the event details say "doors at 7pm Central" (5pm Pacific) so I'd imagine bouting will be getting under way right about the time I get home, which will be 6pm on the dot!

Fri, Mar. 3rd, 2006, 02:47 pm
arena bound

After a fantastic performance by the all-star team at the Dust Devil, the Rat City Rollergirls are primed to kick off the 2006 season with a BANG at tomorrow's Charity Exhibition Brawl. It's gonna be a wild ride for a lot of reasons:

  • First bout under the new rules, which have been adjusted to largely conform to the WFTDA standard;

  • Communicating penalties from refs to scorekeepers live via hand signals, and pulling foulouts off the floor midjam;

  • Working in a venue we've never used before, with all the associated confusion about what goes where and how things work;

  • Playing to a larger audience than ever before, possibly *much* larger;

  • Setup and teardown all on the same day as the bout;

  • A whole lot of rollergirls still recovering from either participating in or cheering at the Dust Devil.

Hang on, I need to call my broker and pick up some Red Bull shares.

From what I've heard third-hand, we've already sold tickets in excess of our maximum capacity for last years' bouts. The record attendance so far for a flat-track roller derby bout is 3200 in the crazy half-arena used by the Minnesota Rollergirls. We're almost certainly gonna beat that and we may well blow it clean out of the water. Yikes. It's starting to act like, you know, a real sport.

I have a lot to do yet. I need to finish up the revised score and penalty tracking sheets, make adequate copies, get covers, get pop-lights for ref clarification requests, check into radios, get some fabulous western-wear, and about 18 other things I can't remember right now because I left my list at home. This has been fun as hell, but I'm sure looking forward to the coming week when I don't have any obligations other than work! I'm running out of steam here.

Brand new bed being delivered on Sunday, though, that's gonna feel awfully good by then!

Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006, 05:04 pm
more photos

I've added more photos, including the first entries in the "rollergirls and me" series. It should be easy enough to crop me out of those :)

Mon, Feb. 27th, 2006, 11:10 pm
Departing Arizona

The team flew home today, exhausted but happy. I can't imagine a better way to kick off the Rat City Rollergirls' second season than the excitement and success of the 2006 Dust Devil Tournament. If you haven't seen it, check out the Seattle Times feature, which was updated regularly throughout the event by Times reporter Jack Broom and photographer Ken Lambert.

Fun facts from the Dust DevilCollapse )

The more I think about it, the more proud I am of our team! As was commonly assumed before the tournament began, the Texas Rollergirls are indeed the team to beat. Also as expected, Arizona and Tucson are top-tier teams able to defeat anyone else currently playing. What no one would've predicted before this weekend was this: The Rat City All-Stars are the only team able to give any of these three teams a real scare. Without any previous interleague experience, our girls are already first-tier national competitors.

Of course, this is only the beginning! The hard work continues this week, as the league prepares for Saturday's season-opening Exhibition Charity Brawl at Everett Events Center. Tickets are selling fast, so don't let EEC's 10,000-seat capacity fool you into assuming they'll be available at the door! Regular-season bouts begin three weeks later at Magnuson Park, but keep in mind that Hangar 30's 2000 seats always sell out in advance, so you'll have to act quickly when tickets go on sale.

Finally, check Tuesday's Seattle Times for an event wrap-up and pictorial, and watch the Times and www.ratcityrollergirls.com for an exciting special announcement!

Flight leaves in 6 hours, off to sleep for me.

Sun, Feb. 26th, 2006, 02:58 am
Dust Devil Single Elim Round 2: AZRD 95, RCRG 93

(crossposted from my forum post at www.ratcityrollergirls.com)

I could fill paragraphs with adjectives and still not adequately capture Saturday's Round 2 bout against Arizona Roller Derby. Suffice to say, this may have been the closest, most exciting, hardest-fought bout in the history of modern roller derby. Despite a heartbreakingly narrow loss, your Rat City Rollergirls have left no doubt in the minds of rollergirls everywhere: they are ready, right now, to stand toe to toe with the best in the nation.

I will follow up with a full recap on Sunday. For now, just know that the Rat City All-Stars left Bladeworld tonight with their heads held high, ready to celebrate a showing stronger than anyone would've predicted. RCRG is *the* story of Dust Devil 2006.

Please, if you haven't already, get your tickets now for the March 4 "Charity Brawl" exhibition bout at Everett Events Center. Tickets are available at http://www.everetteventscenter.com. The Rat City girls will still be riding this weekend's high, so you're sure to see something special!

Sat, Feb. 25th, 2006, 01:15 pm
Dust Devil photos

I've posted a handful of photos here: http://flickr.com/photos/29862398@N00/

I'll be adding more in the next few days.

Sat, Feb. 25th, 2006, 12:05 pm
Dust Devil Single Elim Round 1: RCRG 208, Sin City 67

(crossposted from my forum post at www.ratcityrollergirls.com)

As you can tell from the updates that trickled in through this bout, the matchup against the team from Vegas was very exciting and very fun to watch. We've been going through large quantities of cough drops just trying to keep our voices functional!

Round 1 saw your Rat City Rollergirls defeat not only the Sin City team, but also the scoreboard itself. Bladeworld's scoreboard only goes to 199, so a glance at the final score could be misleading:

Drew Blood has been the standout asskicker so far in Tucson, and this proved even more true today. Already a strong skater last season, she's positively on fire this weekend, skating with impressive speed and slipping swiftly through the lanes our blockers keep providing. She's on *fire* and it's amazing to watch.

Sisters D-Bomb and Femme Fatale have also left their mark (mostly in the form of bruises). In regular season play, they face each other as members of DLF and Grave Danger, but playing together on the All-Stars, they're a sight to behold! When blocking together, they set a wall at the front of the pack that Sin City simply couldn't find a way around, leading to several jams where RCRG scored 10 - 15 unanswered points.

Funnest sister moment: jammer D-Bomb and pivot Femme Fatale taking advantage of the new WFTDA rule allowing a jammer to hand off the helmet cover to the pivot. With their impressive speed, this handoff proved very powerful, as each girl was able to go full out for half the jam while spending the other half at the relatively leisurely pack speed.

Let's talk about speed for a second. The Rat City All-Stars are far and away the *fastest* team here. Only Texas can compare. Pia Mess, Miss Fortune, Drew Blood, Dirty Little Secret, Femme Fatale, and D-Bomb are all skating faster than anyone else I've seen here, and it's definitely a major strength of the team. This shows in the scores, as RCRG turns almost every jam into multiple scoring passes. Furthermore, it shows in the defense, as blockers have the speed to catch up and keep throwing blocks even if initially passed. Knocking down an RCRG jammer really only buys you about a ten-second reprieve, because they're UP and back to the pack just that quickly.

One remarkable sight from last night's minibout against Tucson: Seeing a Tucson jammer get lead status, get halfway around before our jammer cleared the pack, then actually calling off the jam before reaching the pack because jammer Femme Fatale caught up to her and passed her. Tucson may have won, but they were seriously worried and played very tight game control to prevent any explosive scoring jams due to our speed. We want to see this team again, and for the full 60 minutes!

I haven't mentioned every name, but let there be no doubt, every single girl on the team is kicking it in and making it happen. This is a *team* and a very, very good one. It's time to think about a big fat party to show them how much we love them.

NEXT UP: 4th-seeded Arizona Roller Derby. AZRD has the advantage of a first-round bye, meaning they will be more rested at the 6pm bout time than our girls. However, unless they learned something from the close game yesterday against Minnesota and the astonishing tied score with the Bay Area girls, I think they'll face the disadvantage of hubris... they're used to being the old grizzled vets. If I were a betting man, I'd say it's 5 - 4 and pick 'em. This is gonna be a bout for the ages.

Other result from the day: Bay Area Derby Girls put up a strong fight, but fell to the Carolina Rollergirls by a score of around 105 - 75. The west coast has certainly represented. Carolina faces 1st seed Texas Rollergirls at 4pm today, and the winner of that game will be facing the winner of our evening game tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned!

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2006, 11:40 pm
Dust Devil 2006: Round Robin recap

(crossposted from my forum post at www.ratcityrollergirls.com)

FANTASTIC performance tonight Edit/Delete this post Reply with quote

Folks, let me tell you: While the action has been fabulous throughout the day, there have been only two big surprises here in Tucson:

1) The relatively inexperienced Bay Area Derby Girls played extremely strong and smart derby, holding strongly favored Arizona Roller Derby to a tie and advancing to single-elimination play;

2) Your RAT CITY ROLLERGIRLS blew the DOORS off their pool, racking up a higher average point spread than any other teams save Texas and Tucson. Even their loss to Tucson was an extremely strong performance, allowing only an 11-point margin for a team that beat its other opponents by 40 or more. Everyone here expected RCRG to be competitive, but no one would've predicted this degree of domination.

Looking forward:

Saturday is going to be a very exciting day. RCRG is an extreme favorite to defeat Sin City, which made it out of their pool by the skin of their teeth with a record of 1 and 3 (only edging out two other 1 - 3 teams due to better average point spread). That's a damned shame, because the Neander Dolls are a charming group and I hate to see them eliminated, but, ya crush who ya gotta.

In the likely event of a victory against SCRG, 4th-seeded Arizona Roller Derby from Phoenix would be next. Having watched all of today's action, I have to say I feel really good about this matchup. Arizona is a strong, experienced team, but the did not dominate their opposition quite the way Texas and Tucson did. They demonstrated real vulnerability in their matches against Madison and the upstart B.A.D.Girls. They are not invincible, but they will surely benefit from their first-round bye.

RCRG has one other advantage no other road team has approached: a large and vocal cheering section! There are several dozen fans in the Rat Pack, and we generated every bit as much noise as the hometown fans could muster for their team. No one else comes close. The "6th chick" has truly been in play! We're all stocking up on lozenges to try to hang onto our voices for more.

On a side note, the Tucson skater who was carried out and taken to the hospital was Tombstone Teri, a longtime skater here who is talented and popular. No word yet on her condition, but it's true that she stuck her arm straight up to give a thumbs-up as she was carried out. Derby girls are TOUGH.

I'll try to post updates as promptly as I can tomorrow. Stay tuned, and stay excited! We sure are here!

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