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Friday, June 23, 2006

Rat City Rollergirls Crash the National Press

Posted by on June 23 at 11:50 AM


Just in time to hype their blowout bash tomorrow at Magnuson Park (here’s my Stranger Suggests on the bout), the Rat City Rollergirls—Seattle’s ass-kicking women’s roller derby league—are featured in a splashy, multimedia story on MSNBC. (The primary talking head is a derby queen from Austin, but the majority of the action footage in the video was shot at the Rat City Rollergirls’ stomping grounds at Magnuson Park’s Hangar 27.)

FYI: Tomorrow’s bout is completely sold out (good for them, sad for you), but you can catch the ladies in action at both of this weekend’s Pride Parades, and stay updated on the array of future bouts and appearances through their website.

(Photo credit: Joe Schwartz.)

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Fat, ugly chicks on wheels: another thing to hate about Seattle.

Dear Gomer: You totally deserve the lonely death by masturbation that is your fate.

Ignorant, misogynistic trollfucks - another thing to hate about blog comments.

Well, there you go.

You can be a snob about many things at the Stranger, but you must NEVER insult the hags.

Oh, you CAN. It just makes you an asshole, which other people are then allowed to point out.

Now you've gone and hurt my feelings!

This is a fun argument with easy positions to get behind.

Gomer: just a little overweight and used to be a little cute, but sadly socially wrecked by his alcohol consumption. He's managed to hold onto his cube farm job, but he's not getting any raises and his co-workers have been whispering for a long time. He'll eventually be asked to leave, nicely, and will embark upon a three month road trip to ride all the rollercoasters in the US or something. He hopes that when he returns, his peers will think he is a changed man. They hope so or don't care, and he will be, but not for long.

Rat City Rollergirls: badasses whose events are almost impossible to get into because they are constantly sold out, which is frustrating. Ladies who merge a sense of humor with dead serious athleticism. It's like watching Charlie's Angels, Full Throttle, 'cept with girls who actually beat ass.

I went to my first match about a month ago and was blown away. The women looked incredible, the crowd was absolutely jazzed, and I had three derby girls land in my lap during one bout. How many sports can boast that sideline treat?

Cienna: not nearly enough.

In case anyone misreads the typeface, Gomer B and I are different people.

I personally say huzzah to the RCR and wish everyone involved a festive, action packed and violent night of roller derby.

I'm sorry, Cienna...did you actually use the word "sport" in the context of roller derby? Har.

I suppose that next, you'll be telling us that Anna Oxygen shows are a good example of aerobics.

Nobody is either Gomer or was dumped by a rollergirl or both.

And is also, probably, a little bitch.

I want to go on a tour of all the roller coasters in the U.S.! But I am most decidedly NOT Gomer.

Nobody: roller derby IS a sport, no matter what the detractors say. We train hard to be able to compete, and we have to do it all while keeping our regular day jobs. Just because we wear fishnet tights and short skirts, doesn't mean that the aswesome skating and ass-kicking aren't real.

Cherry Jubilee #42
Derby Liberation Front

Yeah, don't diss us roller coaster fans, Westy -- some of us are derby fans too. (Granted, my road trip was only two months long, and I rode only half the coasters in the US, but you get the idea.)

BTW, more

BTW, more of my derby photos are available here:

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