Thursday, April 5, 2012

Roller Derby in DC: We Be Jammin'

Check one more thing off my list of things to do.

I recently attended a Sunday-evening edition of roller derby at the DC Armory. This is a fun punk, feminist, dramatic-leaning sport to watch, and the people-watching is great too. There are hardcore fans for this Will Ferrell-esque sport. It's almost enough to make me want to watch the Drew Barrymore roller-derby movie, Whip It.

My son Jackson was pretty excited to get his picture taken with Scare Force One's dominating MVP Lenore Gore.

Something I wouldn't mind doing again, since there is much more to learn. "Jamming" is the key term and I still don't fully get all its intricacies.

Another interesting tidbit: Roller Derby Worldwide claims there are more than 1,200 amateur leagues throughout the six inhabited continents. Perhaps another reason why nobody could explain how the competition I watched fit into the national or global context of roller derby. Like I said, still lots more to learn.

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