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Roller derby: It's baaaaaaack
cnn.com ^ | Larry Smith

Posted on 11/11/2007 5:35:06 AM PST by shove_it

Roller derby resurgence 2:01 Women across the country are suiting up for some excitement playing roller derby...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aristotle; euclid; paulbearrupert; plato; skinnyminniemiller
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1 posted on 11/11/2007 5:35:06 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it

p.s.

An ad comes first.


2 posted on 11/11/2007 5:37:29 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: shove_it
I wonder what the attaction is...


3 posted on 11/11/2007 5:42:35 AM PST by Always Right
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To: shove_it

4 posted on 11/11/2007 5:44:05 AM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: shove_it
I don't know what it's evolved into. If it's like our main national contact sport "football" they've now got so many rules that lead to "fouls" they they cannot play without appearing silly.

If Roller Derby has the same affliction it won't be any fun to watch either. But....I remember watching it in the 50's and there was no faking what was going on. The skating skills were real and when you went down at 20 miles an hour it took a while to stop. These were some rough girls. Back then you didn't do it on the "gym" floor. There were special banked tracks for building speed. The interviews here seemed to indicate that the women were having fun.....Derby is not about fun....it's about getting out alive.

5 posted on 11/11/2007 5:56:04 AM PST by n230099 ("If you don't blame the camera for porn, then don't blame the gun for shootings". (Unknown))
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To: shove_it
Joanie Weston and the Bay Bombers.

The original Roller Derby was rough.

Then Roller Games came into existence, and it was about as scripted as one of Hillary Clinton’s impromptu townhall question and answer sessions.

6 posted on 11/11/2007 6:01:01 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: shove_it

I seemed to me that there were only ever two teams—the LA Thunderbirds and the Bay Area Bombers.


7 posted on 11/11/2007 6:02:02 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Building Code Under Fire)
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To: Carl LaFong
"Whoa, Nellie!!"


8 posted on 11/11/2007 6:06:38 AM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: johnny7

Charlie-O! Whuppin up on the bad guys.


9 posted on 11/11/2007 6:06:40 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: n230099
Yeah, yeah it’s not like the old days. But it does involve sweaty women in skimpy outfits on wheels salmmin’ into each other. Thats fine entertainment imo.
10 posted on 11/11/2007 6:08:26 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Carl LaFong
I seemed to me that there were only ever two teams—the LA Thunderbirds and the Bay Area Bombers.

IIRC, Roller Derby emerged in the 20s or 30s and continued into the 60s. It faltered and reformed with about 6 teams.

Roller Games came into existance, but it was more like pro wrestling -- for entertainment rather than gamesmanship. RG had 6-8 teams.

RD was losing ground and sort of merged with RG in the 70s.

The newly merged RG/RD still didn't gain much viewership.

A while later (90s) a female-only league emerged.

Wikipedia has a short history: Roller Derby.
11 posted on 11/11/2007 6:11:36 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: shove_it
"Thats fine entertainment imo."

Excellent point!

12 posted on 11/11/2007 6:13:34 AM PST by n230099 ("If you don't blame the camera for porn, then don't blame the gun for shootings". (Unknown))
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To: TomGuy
Joanie Weston and the Bay Bombers.

Charlie O'Connell, Ann Calvello, Bob (The Bald Eagle) Hein. Good times.

13 posted on 11/11/2007 6:20:00 AM PST by catpuppy
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To: TomGuy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Lane_%28TV_announcer%29

This thread brought back memories, because of announcer Dick Lane.

He was a fellow member, along with my Dad and a ton of others on California's Balboa Peninsula, of the "Goofoffers" - a group that'd get together informally at the Lido Diner and shoot the breeze.

They all had coffee mugs with their names - which reminds me I've got to try and find my father's as a memento; he joined Dick Lane in the celestial coffee klatch just over two months ago, and the mug would make a nice keepsake.

14 posted on 11/11/2007 6:20:15 AM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: n230099
I saw an attempted come-back around 1990. The had a weird track, something like a figure-8 with a jump, iirc.

Didn't do anything for me, but they had Blondie as the half-time entertainment, trying to promote a song, so I stuck around.

15 posted on 11/11/2007 6:21:40 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Always Right

I don’t know, but I’d really prefer my pregnant, and very grumpy, wife could work out her aggression on someone else for a change.

Where do I sign her up?


16 posted on 11/11/2007 6:22:49 AM PST by RangerM
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To: Carl LaFong

In the late 50’s I used to go to RD at the 14th St. Armory in NYC where the NY Chiefs skated.


17 posted on 11/11/2007 6:26:01 AM PST by Roccus (Hillary........brought to you by the PRC)
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To: Always Right
I wonder what the attaction is...

Mark

18 posted on 11/11/2007 6:35:42 AM PST by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: Calvin Locke
“I saw an attempted come-back around 1990. The had a weird track, something like a figure-8 with a jump.”

- I watched it a few times on TV. The rules seemed to call for some of the girls to act as blockers to prevent someone on the other team taking the lead while assisting someone on their own team to come first. My impression was that it was much like professional wrestling, made more interesting for the men in the audience in that it called for the girls to have “cat fights”.
There seemed to be a lot of pulled punches, theatrical landings, howls of pain and much spectacular flying over the railing, but I don’t ever remember anyone being seriously bloodied. And, like wrestling, I suspect the matches were scripted and the winners predetermined.

19 posted on 11/11/2007 6:37:21 AM PST by finnigan2
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To: shove_it
oh, the liesurely, intellectually rewarding pursuits of the modern era.

What would Plato say?

20 posted on 11/11/2007 6:41:06 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (keep the heat on the hillary.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

“more cleavage”


21 posted on 11/11/2007 6:45:19 AM PST by RangerM
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To: finnigan2

“winner predetermined” in wrestling ? When did this happen ?


22 posted on 11/11/2007 6:49:15 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Always Right

Jim Croce song, “Roller Derby Queen”

“She was five foot six, two fifteen,
a bleach blonde bomber with a streak of mean.”

I hope they do bring it back. If only so the radio plays this song again.


23 posted on 11/11/2007 6:51:39 AM PST by live+let_live
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To: RangerM

Exactly! I couldn’t have said it better myself.


24 posted on 11/11/2007 6:52:11 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: RangerM

25 posted on 11/11/2007 7:00:18 AM PST by Always Right
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To: live+let_live
All I can say is:

ROLLER BOOGIE!

26 posted on 11/11/2007 7:37:53 AM PST by jaz.357 (O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!)
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To: TomGuy

Remember “Charlie O” an old roller derby superstar?


27 posted on 11/11/2007 7:39:52 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Queen Hillary faux postage stamps - 0cents.com)
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To: jaz.357
In other news, plans are being made to revive the phonograph, 8 track tape, disco and bell bottom jeans for 1970s era fans.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

28 posted on 11/11/2007 7:41:19 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: ErnBatavia
which reminds me I've got to try and find my father's as a memento; he joined Dick Lane in the celestial coffee klatch just over two months ago, and the mug would make a nice keepsake.

Update from 2007 -- not only did I find Pop's mug, I found his "backup"....so Sis and I both have another treasured memento!

29 posted on 04/23/2010 6:35:29 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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