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Black and White Scrimmages, You have my heart. When I was younger, I was scared of the feelings you engendered in me. I was afraid to rise to the occasion, intimidated by the experience I saw all around me. I was scared to jam, and scared to say no to jamming. Now I’m older, and I’m […]

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Before last week, the last time I had played roller derby was a bout in August 2012. Just as I’ve been threatening to do for months, I finally made to Wreckers (Rose City rec league) practice last week. I had no idea what to expect out of myself or out of the practice, but I had already made up […]

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Plenty of leagues have DJs come in to play at bouts. Not many of those DJs are dedicated enough to volunteer for the league in other ways, or to create a roller derby soundtrack for run-of-the mill scrimmage practice. Rose City is spoiled in a lot of ways. This is one of them. Keary, aka DJ Secret Agent […]

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Yoga Nabi Sari (Nabi for short) is a co-captain of Rose City’s Guns N Rollers, a member of the Axles of Annihilation, and a pretty kickass human being. I got to coach Nabi when she was on Fresh Meat, and was always amazed by her positive attitude and work ethic. She was one of those people who […]

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If you’re regular readers (hi, friends!) or you’ve poked around a bit, you probably know that I played roller derby for a while. In August, I stopped, with the intention of getting knocked up. This goal has been achieved. This August, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be birthing a future roller derby player, […]

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Sitting in on some Rose City Rollers scrimmage time a couple of weeks ago, I kept seeing a strategy that used to be all the rage: when your jammer gets knocked out of bounds, you, as a blocker, knock the opposing blocker out of bounds, allowing your jammer to come back in play legally. It’s […]

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You guys know Scarlene, right? If you do, you are welcome. If you don’t – she’s a skater with Rose City, formerly of the LA Derby Dolls and Angel City. She’s fun but pretty serious about being good at roller derby. Good combo. I asked her a few questions about mental training, or as we’re […]

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Let’s chat WWS! This year, a lot of skaters got their derby skinz in a bunch after it was announced that there wouldn’t be any challenge bouts, as the challenge hall was not available or too expensive. This is a sincere bummer. Some great roller derby moments were played out in that challenge hall. I […]

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Bashonista owns Left Turn Clothing, the company that you asked about on the internet after you saw how how stretchy the Wheels of Justice’s jerseys were. She also skates for the High Rollers, a Rose City home team. This week she took some time out of making new uniforms for the Break Neck Betties (there are […]

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Alternate title: Never let the other jammer catch you. A couple of years back, Bonnie Thunders and OMG WTF came to Portland for Derby Daze and stayed over a little while. Like a lot of skaters hanging around Portland, they came to our regular Wednesday scrimmage. At one point, I ended up jamming against Bonnie. […]

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