OK, where have I been since last year….been a while


Some I can tell you, some I can’t…….a fire chased me out of Sonoma for a month, and I should be back next week.

and other stuff.

So there has been nothing new on here for quite a while, but I have been observing.

I never think of any of my frilends or followers as skaters……that is really their avocation…..I think I know many better than friends I actually see occasionally.  Life is rough, but you all seem to be a hardy – and caring – bunch.

It seems all that someone has to do on facebook is reveal something about themselves, and they get positive reactions from all over the skate world.

And I sense a new feeling about how the Game will go in this year.

The World Cup did a lot more than bring in 30 countries to play each other; it really connected all of you a lot more.  And there is definitely stretching going on out there:  teams representing states (men and women) playing in Florida, V-Diva and the Pennsylvania All Stars  hosting ten eastern states teams created from skaters from all leagues for this kind of play, and my darling wifey Val Capone (I am her “husbitch”) miraculously returning to the track last weekend as the Chicago Red Hots sold out the Cicero Stadium playing the Bruise Brothers….and she acquitted herself wonderfully in this USARS event.  You can see some of the action on my facebook page (Jerry Seltzer, of course) and Fernando Reguirio will be adding more later.

I enjoyed the World Cup and equate that game because of the strategy and skill as almost more of an outgrowth of rugby than original Derby…..with the jammers carrying most of the motion on the track.  The USARS (and MADE) game when played by skilled athletes is fast and hard hitting with more of the players involved since the pack has to keep moving. And virtually all of the Red Hots are also on WFTDA teams.

Guess what, you can like one or both; they both are Derby.

I know the ranking system is effective in getting the teams to the Championships, but it is also restrictive in which teams may play each other….that Is why I personally like what some of the players above are doing to expand their skills and the ability to play more games by forming or joining other teams outside of their leagues.  I think the more skating you can participate in, if that is what you want, the better an athlete you will be.   It would be great if every state had teams composed of some of the best players from leagues within.

Just my opinion….but did you really expect different?

Roller Derby, World Cup and more….upon reflection


Jerry Seltzer:

video just added!

Originally posted on RollerDerbyJesus.com:

I think it has taken at least a week to try and process the amazing, overwhelming effect of the World Cup.

this video will give you a feeling of country against country:

Obviously, great praise to the four finalists, Canada, Australia, England and the USA;  there is no doubt that the USA team was the best compilation of players ever, but it also is obvious the rest of the world is getting closer in the ability to play Roller Derby.

And how could you not love the presence and efforts of the other 26 leagues.  Many had to overcome such obstacles to even get to Dallas; yet you know that this tournament was a defining moment in their lives.

And for me also.

There is no doubt that I have felt the game must be changed to be successful as a fan favorite.  But I was shown to forget that…

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Roller Derby, World Cup and more….upon reflection


I think it has taken at least a week to try and process the amazing, overwhelming effect of the World Cup.

this video will give you a feeling of country against country:

Obviously, great praise to the four finalists, Canada, Australia, England and the USA;  there is no doubt that the USA team was the best compilation of players ever, but it also is obvious the rest of the world is getting closer in the ability to play Roller Derby.

And how could you not love the presence and efforts of the other 26 leagues.  Many had to overcome such obstacles to even get to Dallas; yet you know that this tournament was a defining moment in their lives.

And for me also.

There is no doubt that I have felt the game must be changed to be successful as a fan favorite.  But I was shown to forget that aspect in Dallas by the players themselves.  Whether Chilean or South African or Puerto Rican or Welsh, these people owned this game and loved it.

And isn’t that really the important thing about modern Derby?

As time goes by, the game will evolve to what the players want, and I and others am certainly free to comment upon it as we would on any other sport.

But during my endless conversations with members of almost all the teams represented, it became more and more obvious that this game connects them to what is really important in their lives, whether in the Outback or in Paris or in London or Sao Paolo.

There was such love and sharing in Dallas amongst people who never knew each other before but were joined forever.

I apologize.

And the games will continue. Thanks to all of you.