I appreciate what we have!

For the last two hours I have been watching the USA-UK game from London.  There is about 8 minutes left and the US is ahead about 207 to 70 something.

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But it is great Roller Derby.  No Stroller, stop, whatever, and the officials let them play.  When it is slower the teams are playing the game as it was intended:  keep their jammer in, get your jammer out, and help or stop when they get to the back of the pack.  And regardless of the score (I don’t want to bring up the power jam again), the Brits are showing how far the game is advancing elsewhere.

Not that the US are slouches:  they are better than they were in the World Cup.  And they have skated twice a day over the weekend against European teams, scoring over 600 against Sweden.

But the English have skated an extremely well-planned defensive game; how do you match up against Bonnie (now Williams) Suzy (thank providence that this lady and Roller Derby found each other) and the other top skaters in the world that make up the US team.  And the charismatic Raw Heidi is quite an athlete for the Brits.

It is the first time I have watched RDUK.tv, and the announcers are quite skilled and do a great play by play and analysis.  We can learn from them.

I now truly believe that these women equate themselves against the other top athletes in the world.  The game is in a 500-seat basketball gym and none of the trappings signifying an event this important that is the equal to many of the games recently held in London.

I was so proud watching all of them today, regardless of country affiliation. They are showing the highest skill, conditioning and knowledge.  I honestly believe it is up to everybody to perform as close as possible to this type of game and for those who can, spread the word about what is going on in this little-known world of ours.

Regardless of the differences, can’t we all get together on this project to permanently insure the future of the beautiful game.


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23 comments on “I appreciate what we have!

  1. Since you didn’t bring it up I will 🙂

    Could you imagine how much more amazing it would be if the pivot mattered and these amazing athletes (I had the amazing pleasure of skating with Suzy once, and she is certainly amazing!) were actually battling for points on every jam instead of accumulating points on power jams?

    Could you imagine how much more impressive it would be to win a hard-fought 50 or 100 point win where the under-matched team was still in the game?


  2. As a Team Sweden-supporter I feel an obligation to correct you: the score between Team USA and Team Sweden was 419-29. You’re probably thinking of the score betweet Team USA and Team Finland which was 639-6. [http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/scores]

  3. The venue was pretty much all that was available to them, due to the Paralympics being held in London this weekend. A shame that larger venues (like Earl’s Court) weren’t available. They sold out within 15 minutes of putting them on sale.

  4. If I were on a team who was behind by over one hundred points, I’d leave the track. What’s the point? I really couldn’t get excited about a game where I know I’m going to lose…but that’s just me.

  5. @David We saw awsome derby that would not have happend if the skaters had your attitude. The one point cheer at the worldcup would not have happend either. I will skate my heart out for every point I can win, I will fight to the last for every single one and as long as both teams do that there is awsome derby being played whether the diferential is 1 or 200.

    • Well we each have our opinion as to what makes a good sport and what is exciting. What I said is my opinion. As an athelete I wouldn’t be interested in a game with the possibility of that big a difference between losing and winning. As a fan I would not want to watch a sport that is played that way. That’s just my opinion. If I were involved in a league like that I would work to change the rules to make it more interesting because the way it is just isn’t to me.

      • Mhm I think it is a matter of skill rather than just rules. If you pitch a world class football/soccer team again a regional club there will be big differentials just the same. But they sure will die trying getting a goal. And will not neccesarily be boring. I have played evenly matched bouts that came down to 4 points we have lost bouts with 100+ points differential and I still tried my hardest to the end of both ( and then cheered the other team). If you just want to know who wins well safe yourself the trouble and just check the results.
        Don’t get me wrong everyone is entitled to their opinion and yes the ruleset is an evolving thing but I just can not share your view that it is less rewarding to play ( to the point where you will quit) if I am loosing by 200 points or to watch for that matter. One team might lose the bout but that one time the jammer jumped the apex or juked so well the blockers did not know where to look first might have made that bout.

      • I agree with part of what you said. I have watched some girl games on video and the skill level seems lacking at times. I really can not understand how a jammer could be so much better then the blocker that they could score huge amounts of points on one jam. I never saw anything like that in real derby. A skater didn’t even get on a team until they were at a particular skill level and they didn’t play positions if they weren’t good enough. A skater would not be a blocker if the jammer always got by, or become a jammer if he could never score. I guess from skating and training as long as I did I just can’t comprehend playing a position if you can’t do the job.

      • When Minnesota lost to Windy City by two hundred points in 2008, they didn’t storm off the track and demand to change the rules. Instead, they practiced and trained and played their hearts out, and GOT BETTER. They played Windy again at Regionals in 2009, and lost by a smaller margin. Then again at Regionals in 2010, and lost by an even smaller margin. Again at Brewhaha 2011, and Regionals 2011, and it got even closer. Then in June 2012, they played to a tie. A tie! Can you imagine how exciting that was?

        David, you would deny your team and fans the thrill of being an underdog, continuing to improve over years.

        Some of the best bouts I’ve seen have been blowouts. Old Capitol City vs Minnesota in Old Cap’s first WFTDA bout ever, or Team USA vs Scotland at the 2011 World Cup, where the place went nuts when Scotland scored their one point. The thing about them was, the underdog never gave up, they kept on fighting from the first whistle to the last.

        That is heart. That is drive. That is roller derby.

      • That’s your version of roller derby. I’ll stick with the version that sadly dissapeared because of the monetary problems of the time.

      • There is no real and and not real roller derby .fact :each incarnation iS rollerderby. And for the skill level. People men and women alike all over the world are doing their uttermost to get good at this game but there is somuch that comes with experience that just takes time and really playing the game as such against other teams.How I would wish for the standard that this sport would start in highschools and juniorleagues everywhere and give us people playing this sport for 5 years when they are 23 and big enough numbers in all leagues to have 4 home teams and 2 travel teams but this has to grow and it does and this is good but it takes time and frankly the US had a head start. And even then when we have all this there will be those wonky games where there are lot of mistakes of leagues or skates just starting out. And this is good.I think , and correct me if I am wrong , you want your event back , your “real derby” and everthing is wrong with what we do.But that is ( to use a bit of british trivia here) like wanting the DrWho back that you first started out with. Its not an event anymore its growing into a sport. Don’t you see how awsome that is that an idea ( the idea you seem to love ) that something just a few people did turns into something that thousands of people do and love?. It gets a base it gets roots and hopefully that will mean that it is here to stay. Give it 10 more years maybe 15 and if its still not up to your standards well you could try gardening instead. 😉

      • I loved my father’s “Derby” and mine, but those were different times and different games. Today is the most real “Derby” as it is ground up, do it yourself and has evolved into a real sport. Of course I feel there are some problems with the game and I bitch about them but the game will work it all out, and maybe not the way I like it, but none of us has ownership now except those who play it and those who watch it. The game is a way of life for the participants and they are sure not in it for others.

        I would like to see rules that would make the game more even, but if one team is so much better that might not happen. We all have to wait it out and the fact that it is a “street” sport to so many young players assures its future.

      • Yes, because it is a street sport as you put it, there is a possibility it will always be around..as a street sport. That’s not real derby to me and remember that’s just my opinion. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong and it will become a pro game seen at huge venues and skaters making money. Maybe it won’t.

      • I’m 40 in a couple of weeks. Derby only became available to me at the beginning of this year when a new league set up as there were no leagues within distance to get to practice regularly. I also thought I’d be too old, but I was made very welcome. I started skating again after 27 years off skates. I got into the new league near the beginning, I didn’t train for months and then join the fresh meat, we all learned together. If I thought you’d only be able to play Derby if you could win every bout, I might as well just literally hang up my skates now. I enjoy training. I enjoy the people. I enjoy practices and hopefully when we start bouting I might get picked for the team. Not because I’m amazing. But because I’m there. I know in years to come this will disappear, as younger, faster, more skilled players arrive. I love Derby NOW because I can play NOW. If it had been around 20 yeras ago I’d have been playing then and who knows where I’d be now. But it wasn’t and I’m not. Derby may not be new to some of you, congratulations, you’re lucky. But it is new to the rest of us. I do my best as does every single new player that is making this such a fast growing sport. Cheer every single point in my opinion, because tomorrow you might not be able to score it.

    • having watched a bit of the world cup, and some of the other matches, unless I see differently from Canada, I would call England #2.

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