It was another great weekend to be an obsessed fan in Pittsburgh. After our rugby domination of Chessapeake (72-5!) I barely took time to eat tacos at the social so I could dash off to the roller derby bout.
This time, I knew all the rules and was a very confident and rowdy fan. I was horrified to discover that Scary Schiavo wasn't skating. She has a collar bone injury and won't be back until the May bout.
I was still rooting for the Wrecking Dolls, though. They are clearly the best team, with Navy Blue Dickies uniforms with orange trim, power tools, and characters like Elsa Slam and Sharon Fluids.
Yesterday's bout was on a concrete floor, which was exciting because it was very slippery. Corey said, in his monotone voice before the bout, I bet the girls will slide right into the crowd when they go down tonight. His predictions were very accurate! Despite some skaters having special wheels meant for just that very surface, there were some intense collisions. I have a hoarse voice today from all the excitement.
I personally felt the refereeing was terrible yesterday and that the Wrecking Dolls got shafted. This is not because I am an obsessed fan. For example, Sharon Fluids skated tremendously in the third period and I thought she had gotten at least 12 points. After the jam was over, AFTER, the referees gave her a retroactive penalty, which took her up to 12 penalties. She got sent retroactively to the penalty box, was kicked out of the rest of the bout, and only 4 of her points were valid for that round. So not only did they retroactively penalize her, the Wrecking Dolls had to start the next jam with no jammer! Seriously, this was upsetting.
Afterward, I reached a low point in my adult life. I ran to the team area and got my picture taken with Scary and met her mom and dad.
I fear I have ruined all chances to be actual friends with her. I just can't help it. I think roller derby is really fun and I think it is incredible for youngsters to have tough women characters to look up to. Look at this great picture of Scary signing an autograph:
Don't you all wish you had a tough chick with tattoos to look up to when you were small? I think roller derby will change the world. Women are awesome! Especially when they are on roller skates!