Roller Derby's most awesome tournament: The Big O


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/03/roller-derbys-most-awesome-t.html


#2

I had no idea modern roller derby was done on flat tracks


#3

I think it is the “Flat Track Roller Derby Association” iirc.


#4

I have fond childhood memories of watching my favorites, the Green Bay Bombers, on TV… and me, a Brooklynite back then! The best part was when a teammate would be ‘whipped’ through the wall of blockers, and always at the last second! Almost as if it was… faked?


#5

If you just happen to be in the greater Eugene metropolitan area

And Eugene is in… ???


#6

there has to be some inside joke on it being named The Big O.


#7

Try the first sentence of the post again. I don’t wanna give away the secret.


#8

Do they use Big O notation?


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#10

I re-read that a few times and i didn’t see a location (my powers of observation are beyond measure). Granted i knew i could open the link to the derby or googled it but didn’t do so :stuck_out_tongue:


#11

The wonderful thing about Flat Track is - at least when I went to see the Rose City Rollers - you could sit on the floor right near the track and see all the action. And possibly get plowed into by a skater. Not a whole lot of sports where you can be so close to what’s going on.


#12

“most awsome”? I don’t know… I was a spectator at a couple of East Coast Derby Extravaganzas…I even watched the famous “slay ride” bout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1uVC0VlqwY


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#14

I beg to differ. On May 19th-21st Battle on the Bank X is happening in Phoenix, AZ.

http://battleonthebank.com/

If you are used to flat track derby, the banked track is a completely different animal: faster paced, and more fun to watch, IMHO.


#15

There are actually a number of ways to get The Big O - inside, outside, sometimes just by thinking about the right things. You might even get it in your sleep. :slight_smile:


#16

I have a friend who does derby. Her team went to Eugene a couple of years ago, and had a fantastic time.


#17

I once sat next to a guy and his dominatrix girlfriend in Austin’s sorely missed Waterloo Brewing and he started talking about how he was going kickstart a Roller Derby revival. I mistakenly then thought that he was even more of a flake.


#18

How could you possibly say that!

With stage names like “A” cup annihilator, A Fist Called Wanda, and Afternoon DD lite, why would you think that there may be puns or double entendre involved in something derby related?


#19

My wife plays Flat Track Roller Derby. It’s a skilful and tactical sport that she thoroughly enjoys. It’s also done marvels for her fitness and she’s put on muscle and improved her waist:hip ratio in ways I find highly aesthetically pleasing. :kissing_heart: :grinning:

But I do wish she’d wear a badge that says “My husband doesn’t beat me, I play Derby” … :fearful:


#20

Man, I feel for you. My wife snowboards, and thumped herself pretty well one trip, getting a black eye. Unfortunately right before a vacation. The death stares were a real thing, and someone actually handed her a note in an elevator with a number to call if she needed help.

Good that there are people out there looking out for potentially abused women, but man, I wish I had a shirt that says “She’s a psycho and rides a stick down a cold low friction steep mountain. I was safe and warm at home when she did this to herself!”.