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Welcome once again to the Frisky Power Rankings, where I rank women’s flat track roller derby according to my whims/in-depth knowledge.

Seems like there wasn’t a ton of top-level action in July. You had your last-moment games for playoff rankings in June, and then you’ll have your tune-up games in the next month or so. Because…

PLAYOFF SEEDINGS CAME OUT. Who has plane tickets? GUESS WHAT. I’M GONNA GET PLANE TICKETS. Yep, to champs, I think. Stay tuned.

  1. Gotham. They’re having some friends over on Coney Island this weekend. Sounds pleasant.
  2. Rose City Rollers. Playing in London on the 8th. Eeeeep!
  3. London. Eeeep!
  4. Victoria. Getting coached by Mick Swagger right now. That usually works out for them.
  5. Ice cream. Ice cream cones. Ice cream bars. Ice cream sandwiches. Gimme.

    a dog dressed as a banana split!

    Ice cream pup! Photo by Katherine McAdoo via flickr creative commons

  6. Denver. Games against Philly and Gotham will give us a good idea of where they stand at the moment.
  7. Texas. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were a bit higher in the next month or two. I’m just saying.
  8. Angel City. Nice win over Minnesota. 
  9. Philly. Games against Montreal, Charm, and Denver will give them plenty to think about/work on.
  10. Arch Rival. No jokes because they’ve had a tough month. <3
  11. Montreal. Always a bit of an enigma, non? But they beat Charm City by 200 points? Right time to get neon hot.
  12. Jacksonville. They get to go to their own playoff! That’s fun/stressful!
  13. Popsicles. Sometimes you just need to cool down a bit, but you  just had ice cream. Just kidding. OR AM I.
  14. Bay Area Derby. They should be fine with their #2 seed going into Playoffs. Can they get whatever hasn’t been clicking to… start clicking in the next month or so? PLAYOFFS: THE ENCLICKENING
  15. Minnesota. Yep, they lost to Angel, but that’s not such a bad thing.
  16. Sun State. *Twiddling my thumbs* Is it September yet? I want to seeeeee.
  17. Stockholm. See above re: Sun State. Yeah, I could watch archives, but who has that kind of time? What do you want me to do, NOT watch Chopped every night after the kid goes to bed?
  18. Air conditioning. Sweet, sweet air conditioning.
  19. Team United. The TURD/Arch Rival game is probably my priority first round matchup. What’s yours?
  20. Atlanta and/or Tampa. You two are pretty close tbh.
  21. Rocky Mountain. Losing to good teams is not a bad strategy for them at this point.
  22. Rat City. Fared a bit better at home against Rose than I expected. Excuse me while I gaze out my window and ponder this quietly.
  23. Terminal City. They better hope The Enclickening doesn’t take place.
  24. Dallas. Okay, my twitter friend always asks about Dallas. This month, they’re in! Once again, RollerCon results are shaky data points, but they do have a #6 seed in their hometown playoff. They could do some stuff if Philly’s not careful.
  25. Windy City. They get a decent seed for playoffs, so who knows? Would you want to play against them?

Not listed:

  • When playoff seedings came out, my husband asked me about Oly, and all I could say was ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • The “we’re having so much fun on our trip” social media posts from Rose people. I mean, I don’t daydream about trips to Vegas in July, but London? *digs toe in ground, closes Facebook*
  • “Everyone else.” In rankings past, I’ve listed “everyone else” to differentiate between the top tier and the rest of the pack. The top four this year seem fairly clear, but Denver and Texas aren’t that far behind. Following closely is the expanding middle, with plenty of competitive teams that could make it to champs. THIS RULES.
  • The weather in Portland. Um, it’s hot.

What do you think? Who has power?  Let us know in the comments. Dish freely, or send me anonymous tips at @littleanecdote so I feel cool. (It doesn’t hurt to ask.)

Did ya’ll have fun last weekend? I know a bunch of you went to RollerCon. This year didn’t seem like the barrage of “OMG WE’RE HAVING THE TIME OF OUR LIVES” social media onslaught that I’ve seen in the past. And maybe Facebook realized that I don’t need to see every single tagged photo of Scald Eagle this year. (I love you, dear bird, but I know what you look like.) What I got from this year was that there was a lot of walking involved, which seems like a lousy thing to have to deal with in July.

RollerCon is fun. Skating is fun. But it’s not the only fun.

I spent the week at the coast, hanging out with my kid and a little bit less with my husband (who was working). It was our longest and farthest trip yet as a family, and it was GREAT. I didn’t work for a whole week. I didn’t think about skating. I did think a lot about tsunamis. I learned a bit about cattle ranching. Mostly, we threw pine cones in the ocean, fished them out, then threw them again.

You all had fun, too: hiking, hanging out at home, and spending time in nature. My very favorite photo, though, came from Chelsea, who went to ride roller coasters with her cousins. Congrats Chelsea, who started Fresh Meat training last week, too!

excited people!

Keep enjoying your summer, internet friends, and I’ll be back on Friday with the August Power Rankings.

Not all of us are going to RollerCon. Maybe you can’t afford it, or you have other responsibilities, or you just don’t feel like going to Las Vegas in July. Or you don’t prefer not to. All fair and valid life choices.

However, I think the rest of us should have some fun—just like last year and the year before. There are hundreds and thousands of other ways to have fun, so let’s do it! I’m gonna have fun, too! And since it’s more fun if we do this together, share your pictures of all the fun stuff you’re doing, so we can live vicariously through you.

Even more fun? If you share your picture, you can win your choice of a signed copy of Roller Derby for Beginners, a One Hydra Percent WOJ shirt, or a MYSTERY PRIZE.

How to enter:

  • Have fun between July 22nd and July 26th. Take a picture that features you and your fun activity.
  • Send me the picture by 11:59pm Pacific on July 27th (via facebook, tweet @littleanecdote, or email frisky.sour at gmail).
  • I’ll post my favorite pictures. A winner will be announced and notified on July 29th. Maybe runners-up if you all are really compelling.

That’s it! Now go out and have some nice safe fun. Feel free to tell us all about your plans in the comments.

Photo by Calvin Fleming via flickr

Photo by Calvin Fleming via flickr

Stay cool.

WFTDA RANKINGS AND PLAYOFF SEEDINGS ARE OUT

ARE YOU EXCITED

I AM EXCITED

FLIGHTS FROM PORTLAND TO DALLAS ARE CHEAP

I’M JUST SAYING

 

Okay, we don’t have to yell for the ENTIRE post.

I’m happy that flights are cheap to Dallas (Rose has had less-fortunate travel plans the last few years), but that lineup is looking daunting. If anyone’s going to jump in the rankings, my money’s on Sun State. Watch your backs, Texas and Philly.

What playoff looks like a cakewalk for the top three? Who has reason to be scared? Which matchups are you most excited about?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

There are two kinds of people. Just kidding: There are way more than two kinds of people. And all of them would get roller derby nerves in some capacity.

But for our purposes, let’s say there are two kinds of people.

Both are planning their first plane trip. One type says, “Yay, a plane ride! That’s exciting.” The other one might be glad to get to go on a trip, but they worry about all the things they don’t know about. How early should I get there? What if there’s a delay? How do I do this? I mean, they’re glad you get to go on a trip, but you might be a bit nervous about the whole thing. Because you tend to get nervous about things. This is who you are.

I used to think of myself of a laidback person, but as the unending march of time plows on, evidence is starting to mount to the contrary. Did I ever go with the flow, or am I getting more stuck as time goes on? Either way, I get nervous, stuck in my own brain, and pick things apart a lot these days.

If you’re a naturally nervous person, I feel you. So you over-analyze everything. I gotcha. You can still do this.

Dog hiding in grass

Don’t worry! Photo by Crazybananas via flickr.

Remember it’s only natural.
You’re not the only person who gets nervous about doing things that seem simple to other people. And besides, pretty much everyone has nerves about playing roller derby. It’s new to everyone. Sure, some people come in with experience in contact sports, or skating experience, but rarely both. You’re all in this together.

Be yourself.
Maybe the best way for you to relax is to pretend that you’re not actually nervous at all, ha ha! If that works for you, do it. But you don’t need to act any certain way to fit in with others. You can be your very own nervous self as much as you need to be. You don’t need to come off as “tough” or impress anyone. Just do what you have to do. That’s tough enough.

Don’t dwell on the nerves.
It’s okay to feel nervous, and part of anxiety* is that it’s a self-feeding loop. Disrupt it when you can by focusing on the task at hand. Roller derby needs all of your attention when you’re practicing or playing, so give yourself a new mental loop to play if you feel yourself start to unravel. When you start to hear, “OMG, I can’t do this,” take a breath. You CAN do it. Consider enlisting a buddy to check in with you to make sure you’re mentally on task.

Plan as much as you can.
Hmm, maybe you should buy a book about roller derby for beginners, I don’t know? (That’s my book! I wrote that! I get like $6.41 every time someone buys one, yaaay!) When you’re new, find someone you can talk to in your league, or at least someone who answers their emails, so you know you can get answers when you need them. Later, make sure that your coaches or captains know the best ways to communicate with you, and what information you need in order to prepare and feel comfortable.

Practice relaxation.
Visualization always worked for me. Professional athletes use focusing and breathing techniques before games, too. If you work well with routines, create some for getting ready on practice days. That’ll keep you feeling a bit more in control, and a bit more relaxed.

What do you do to calm your nerves before practice or a bout? Please share in the comments!

*Anxiety and anxiety disorders are a whole other ball of wax that I’m not qualified to speak to. If you would like to talk more about that, let me know and I’ll try to gather up some expert opinions for ya’ll.

Welcome once again to the Frisky Power Rankings, where I rank women’s flat track roller derby according to my whims/in-depth knowledge.

  1. Gotham. They might be even better than last year? This does not seem fair.
  2. Rose City Rollers. Invited BAD, Denver, and Terminal to town, made them bout in 90-100 degree heat, and beat them all by a lot of points. That’s borderline rude, Rose. (j/k ilu)
  3. Victoria. Slip from first due to impressive months by Gotham and Rose. Also, they beat Denver and BAD by slimmer margins than Portland did. So there.
  4. London. Hahahahahaaha London, you are clearly a WFTDA Playoff #1 seed. Sorry about last month. We won’t talk about it again.
  5. Ice cream. Now more than ever.
  6. Texas. Losing to Rose by 26 points is not looking so bad these days.
  7. Denver. How about that Bucsek, huh?
  8. Bay Area Derby. Not able to get much offense going against Rose. This could be a problem.
  9. Angel City. Furrowing my brow and copying and pasting above and below Philly. Remembering that I’ve underestimated them in the past. Control-v right here.
  10. Philly. Comported themselves well at ECDX, with a big loss to Gotham (hey, you know?) and a big win over Detroit.
  11. Arch Rival. Not a bad showing in June. Not bad at all.
  12. Jacksonville. A joke about “blowing out Windy City.”
  13. Minnesota. Flat Track Stats dropped them this month, but those results look just fine to me.
  14. Montreal. Geez, the Mick Swagger effect is pretty strong. Just ask Victoria and Montreal what happens when she coaches.
  15. Sun State. It’s so hard to tell with you Australians. They beat the VRDL B-team, though, and that is something.

    fluffy kitty pile

    Sun State (of cats). Photo by lovecatz via flickr

  16. Stockholm. Hi, I’m a little Swedish. Let’s be friends.
  17. Terminal City. Terminal City, you’ve been working on some things up there, haven’t you? We noticed!
  18. Team United. Still on the radar.
  19. Atlanta and/or Tampa. I can’t figure either of you out, so, tie!
  20. Rocky Mountain. They keep taking on really good teams and losing, but sometimes that pays off at playoff time… if you don’t get a nasty matchup due to seeding.

Not listed: Windy City. They dropped out of the top 40 on FTS (!), and lost Dr. Josie. It’s looking like a rebuilding year.

What do you think? Who has power?  Let us know in the comments. Please feel free to dish freely, or send me anonymous tips at @littleanecdote so I feel cool. (It doesn’t hurt to ask.)

I posted something about livetweeting games and roller derby social media in 2012 (where does that time go, that’s bananas), so I’ve had three years to get annoyed and think about this more. TL;DR—stop live tweeting on your main handle. -Frisky

Are you on Twitter? Me, too! I like it! I tweet all the time, and enjoy the tweets of others. Like me, you probably follow a few roller derby leagues, and maybe have muted and unfollowed a few in your time, too.

I’m certainly no expert on this, but I have some opinions on what works well and what doesn’t for roller derby leagues using social media, especially when it comes to Twitter.

Know your audience.

Why is your league tweeting in the first place? Is there a plan in place, a strategy? Are you trying to entertain, engage, or both? Who are you talking to?

Take a deep breath, because this might hurt a little: No one cares about your tweets. At least, not that much.

In my estimation you have a few different kinds of followers: mildly interested (sounds cool I might check out a game sometime), roller derby collectors (gotta follow ’em all!) or die hards.

Very few of these people are die hards. And even of those, they probably don’t want 308 boring tweets all up in their timeline when they’re just trying to check in with their twitter world.

You can’t keep everyone happy and endlessly entertained with every single one of your tweets, but you can annoy people less by not flooding their feed with tweets that they don’t care about. Speaking of which…

Don’t flood the feed.

Guess what? If you tweet every day, or a couple of times a day, with stuff that no one cares about? No big deal. It’s easy to tune out. If you tweet 43 times within two hours with stuff that no one cares about? You’re gonna get muted or unfollowed. Either way, your message is not getting out there.

someone did a bad job at twitter

Hm, cool, good to know, thanks.

A huge increase in tweets in any given time period is going to lose you followers. This goes for one-time events, live tweeting, technical glitches, and really excitable additions to your social media team.

Live tweeting = roller derby social media danger.

I STRONGLY recommend getting a separate twitter account that’s used for live tweeting games, for all the reasons above. If you want to live tweet games at all. It isn’t even required.

Once you do…

Have you ever read a play-by-play that was just a play-by-play? It’s pretty dry stuff.

not-so-good tweets

These tweets are not my favorite tweets.

This is why we have play-by-play and color announcers in sports. One person tells you what’s going on, and the other person gives it context. Give some context.

Think about what you would want to know about if you weren’t able to watch the game—big takeouts, injuries, ejections, anything especially cool that happens (pegassists?), high-scoring jams, and most lead changes. A 4-0 jam might be noteworthy at the end of a game, but you don’t necessarily need to note each and every one. A 30-0 jam is always noteworthy. You want to have pack some information into your tweets, people. There should be a narrative. Who’s blocking well? Who did a sweet spin move? What will people chat about in the 30 seconds before the next jam starts?

Update the score frequently, along with the time remaining in the period.

MNRG tweets good

Here are some nice tweets.

If you’re not using a secondary live tweeting account, you can update the score with 2-3 tweets per period and leave a tweet or two for editorializing, jokes, and commentary on the dance moves being performed during official timeouts. Any more than that is pushing your followers’ patience.

Link social accounts with care.

You can make it so all your Instagram and Facebook posts go straight to Twitter. Should you? Maybe. There used to be a general feeling that one shouldn’t duplicate posts, but hey. People are busy. They’re not going to spend all day tracking down your stuff. Give fans a few little Easter eggs here and there—content that’s only available on their social media account of choice. They’re following you because they feel postitive about your brand. Make a connection, and then give them something to deepen that connection.

Also, Facebook. (Sigh.) They want you to pay for ads, so they don’t show all of your messages to your followers. You can send all of your Facebook posts to Twitter, and it won’t be a duplication for most people. HOWEVER. Let’s avoid situations like the above, with the “I posted a photo to Facebook” nonsense. Please.

Tweet back.

If you have a Twitter account, you should have a dedicated person or team of persons making sure that questions are being answered, and mentions are being attended to. A personal touch is really what brings people into your next bout, whether that’s tabling at your local sports expo, or a personal invitation sent by your twitter account. Make sure your league has standards and training, then bring some friendly faces aboard.

 

Do you follow live roller derby coverage on Twitter? If so, how do you use it? What’s lacking? What works well for you?

Also, follow me @littleanecdote, please, hi.

I moved a couple of weeks ago. We’re still living out of boxes, between the toddler and the heat and the lack of time and the fact that we can’t use our stove anyway due to electrical issues. You want to hear all about it? Do you know anything about grout?

Fine, we’ll skip the New Homeowner chat and get to roller derby. Let’s talk about moving leagues: transferring.

I’ve only made a move from a small league (my class doubled its size to maybe 30 skaters) to a large one (Rose City, which was once and may be still the biggest WFTDA league there is). And I’ve seen all kinds of transfers come in from all kinds of leagues to Rose City, with varying degrees of success.

Let me tell you about my experience moving from a small league to a big one, then you can tell me all about what you learned when you transferred. Cool? Cool.

Remember, when you’re transferring, your new league might know next to nothing about you. They might ask for proof that you left your previous league in good standing. They might ask you to try out with all the other newbies. They might not. Just like I tell all new skaters: Find out as early as possible. If your new league has a strict tryout policy and they only take skaters twice a year, you don’t want to find that out a week after the cutoff.

Pupster buddies

Time to make new friends! Photo by Marcus Peaston via flickr.

Prepare to adjust the volume of your voice.

One of the strangest things about moving from a small league to a big one was that no one cared what I thought anymore. That’s overstating it, but when you’re one of 40, you’re expected to have an opinion on just about everything. You have league meetings where everyone can express an opinion. When you’re one of 100, 200+, you need to trust more in representational democracy.

Expect an adjustment period.

Your new league will probably have a different culture, and a different organizational chart. What you might think of as “the way roller derby is” might be completely different across town or across the country. I’m going to age myself here, but when I started, a lot of terms, moves, and strategies were very regional. We learned things in Indiana a different way… and sometimes, I found out later, in a really weird way. The internet is the great equalizer these days, of course, but people in different leagues still use different terminology and slang.

Beware big fish, small pond syndrome.

I don’t mean to scare you, but if you’re moving from a smaller or less-competitive league to a bigger or more competitive one, you might get a bit shocked at first. Unless you’re a superstar with a reputation that proceeds you, you’ll have to work to prove yourself as soon as you arrive. A superstar jammer in a small league might show up to scrimmage at a top-ranked WFTDA league and find themselves very frustrated, very quickly. If you want to play in the big leagues, it’s going to be a steep learning curve, but if you’re into the challenge, it’s a great opportunity.

On the other hand, if you’re going from a competitive program to one that’s less so, you can’t go around yelling at everyone because they’re not executing a strategy the way your old teammates would have. You’ll need a bit of patience, but your new buddies will appreciate your experience.

 

Have you transferred? What was your experience? Let’s chat in the comments.

 

 

Hi everyone! We have a lovely guest post today from Meryl, my twitter buddy who’s a roller derby beginner. Just about anyone who wants to play roller derby can do so, no matter how well they can hear. Tell ’em gurl!

What It’s Like To Be a Hard of Hearing Roller Derby Skater

I only started skating a mere six months ago with Derby Lite, here in Chicago. I’m new, but now like so many others who skate, I can’t imagine my life without it. I also wear hearing aids, and have since I was 14. I’ve been hard of hearing my whole life. After a series of short-term fix ear surgeries and a couple of bouts of cholesteatoma, hearing aids finally proved to be the long-term solution my family and I were looking for. It’s not great having to rely on hearing aids, but it’s also not so different from having to rely on wearing glasses or contacts every day.

Not being able to hear well by no means rules out skating for me, or anyone else. There are tons of deaf and hard of hearing skaters, and they kick ass.

Because I am still learning the basics of roller derby, I haven’t come across as many scenarios where calls are being shouted. When that time comes, I plan on following the guidelines suggested by the Deaf and HoH Roller Derby Skaters Worldwide, an excellent resource for all Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing* skaters, NSOs, and refs. Their mantra is that skating should be inclusive, and I completely agree. This group provides several documents, including tips for leagues, players, skaters and fans. Some tips offered to players like me include things like finding a buddy who knows what’s up and can make sure information is being communicated to you on the track. You might also choose to wear a sweet sticker bearing the International Deaf and Hard of Hearing symbol – or maybe not. That’s totally up to you and how you feel about identifying or not identifying.

logo for Deaf and HoH Roller Derby Skaters Worldwide

Logo courtesy of Deaf and HoH Roller Derby Skaters Worldwide

 

Here are some other tips they suggest, specifically for use during bouts:

  • Watch your Bench Manager, particularly if you are jamming.
  • When your line-up is getting ready to go out on the track focus more on your pack and less on what is happening on the track. You need to know what your pack needs from you when you skate out. This is true for all Skaters – Deaf, HoH or Hearing.
  • Be alert to your Jammer or Pivot – whoever is making the calls for your pack.

Some tips down the road might mean telling my league about my situation and possibly asking my teammates to learn a few signs. In recent years I have taken American Sign Language classes, and luckily the Deaf and HoH Roller Derby Skaters Worldwide page offers a ton of resources for learning derby-specific signs in a range of sign languages. In case you didn’t know, not all nations’ signing languages translate to ASL. Signs even vary across regions within the United States — like accents!

I personally have not made my hearing loss public to my league because I am still just learning to play. Sometimes I have trouble hearing at practice, but my skate buddy Lisa is great about making sure I am up to speed.

At this point in my skating career, my main concern is protecting my hearing aids. They are like very tiny, expensive computers, except way less fun than my Macbook. But whether I like it or not, they’re crucial part of my life, and I need to keep them safe. My helmet does a pretty good job of covering them, and mine are luckily pretty water-resistant (aka, sweat-resistant). My next helmet, however, will probably be a hockey one – those often come with ear guards, which can offer them an additional level of protection.

Maybe you’re reading this and you’re a hearing skater. Thanks for reading! Here are some tips for you and other hearing folks:

  • If you skate with a Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing person, I would suggest you do whatever you can to treat them the way you would any skater.
  • You should also note that being deaf, Deaf, or hard of hearing are all different things – it’s a lot to learn, but the difference is pretty important in the culture. You can read more about these differences here.*
  • I personally have zero qualms about letting people know what’s up and answering questions, but know that not everyone feels that way and that’s their right.

Just as it is for anyone, it can be tough to admit you need a hand. Respect that, always be sensitive, and try to support your fellow skaters however you can. Roll on!

Meryl in her gear

Meryl!

About Meryl:

Meryl Williams is a Chicagoan who’s moving to Portand, Oregon in July. She can’t wait to transfer to the Rose City Rollers, but for now she loves her Chicago girls. She blogs at The Sleeper Hit and writes regularly for HelloGiggles and the Addison Recorder. For more of her writing, subscribe to her TinyLetter.

roller derby for beginners

 

Welcome once again to the Frisky Power Rankings, where I rank women’s flat track roller derby according to my whims/in-depth knowledge.

Sorry sorry sorry, these are totally late this month. We bought a house and moved last week, so all my actual paid work was getting done at 11pm instead of power rankings. My comeuppance is that I have to take the Midwest Brewhaha results into consideration now, too. My poor aching brain.

  1. Victoria. I wouldn’t bet on them against say, Gotham, but they sure have the momentum right now. POWER.
  2. Gotham. Finally, they played a few games. And they beat Denver by more points than the last time they met in the fall, so we’ll say they’re probably still preeeetty good, despite big personnel changes.
  3. Rose City Rollers. Lookin’ good, lookin’ good. You’re still number one in the power rankings of my heart, but other teams are rolling in power this month like whoa.
  4. Ice cream. In a waffle coooooooone.

    frisky acting like a nerd again

    Waffle cooooooone

  5. Denver. Strong and shiny. Denver vs. BAD is coming up in Portland. That would be a fun game to attend in person. It really would.*
  6. Bay Area Derby. Very good at The Big O, but maybe not as dominant as one might have suspected.
  7. Texas. Stumbled a bit at The Big O, but I trust that they’ll find their way.
  8. Philly. Oh snap, they’re looking good this year with a big win over Minnesota in May.
  9. Angel City. “What’s up, Angel City?” “Oh, you know, beating Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tampa.” “Pretty chill, pretty chill.” I do not know what people actually talk like in LA.
  10. Arch Rival. Zipping up the rankings, making waves, gettin’ paid*. (*Probably not getting paid much, if anything.)
  11. London. I KNOW. This seems low. It’s just that everyone else is so good. This happens every month to some awesome team. It hurts me as much as it hurts you. Unless you’re really sensitive.
  12. Sun State. Holding pretty steady due to a win over Paradise City. Apparently that team is pretty good, too.
  13. Jacksonville. FTS has them at number 7, people. I put less stock in blowouts, but we’ll just see. Math is sometimes smarter than me.
  14. Minnesota. Performed maybe a smidge below expectations lately, but we’re keeping a watchful eye on the aqua and army.
  15. Relaxing near bodies of water. Chips and beer encouraged, but not required.floating in frog lake
  16. Windy City. Still hangin’ in there with a bit of power, despite a rough start to the year.
  17. Rocky Mountain. Some decent wins and respectable losses in May. 
  18. Team United. Last thing they did was have a fairly close loss against Arch Rival, a team that’s since gone on a bit of a tear.
  19. Tampa. Beat Atlanta!
  20. Atlanta. You heard me!
  21. Rat. Oh, hi, Rat. Nice to see you back here and playing games and stuff.
  22. Santa Cruz. Putting together a string of respectable victories…

Not listed:

*Realizing that you can’t go to any games at Hometown Throwdown because your husband is working again, Damn you, successful in-demand husband! I love you! Wait, are we mad? Why do I feel like smooching now?

 

What do you think? Who has power? What did I miss in my new homeowner haze? Let us know in the comments. Please feel free to dish freely, or send me anonymous tips at @littleanecdote so I feel cool.

 

 

 

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