Not to me, as long as Roller Derby wins.
Shortly I will be on my way to Fresno with my granddaughter Sydney……she has only seen one other Roller Derby game and that was the BAD girls at Craneway in Richmond.
And we will see a number this weekend. The powerful Oly Rollers (I love watching Atomatrix skate!), my hometown Resurrection Roller Girls, the Stockton team, San Diego, Oklahoma and the teams from the South.
This will be the first USARS I will see, as will all who will watching on Derby News Network.
Am I abandoning WFTDA? Absolutely not……the 50 or so games I have seen to date have all been WFTDA. Windy City grabbed me first, then Bay Area; both Denver leagues have been so great to me; Sacramento Leagues are nearby, and on and on. What bothers me is why the ruleset differences seem to separate Roller Derby people almost as much as race and ethnicity did our culture.
OK, so I complained about slow play and some other things, but I stopped….I realized that I was attacking what the players wanted to do and have every right. WFTDA will continue to grow in popularity and it is not a monolith; it is made up of people, many of whom I know. But some skaters want to skate banked track; some want to skate other rulesets and they are all out there. Have you noticed, water tends to seek its own level.
I guess what I am getting at is that the sport, regardless of the 1400 leagues in the world, is not at a point where it should try to blow itself up within. I have said before and will say again, if there are no barriers or sanctions from one league playing another, regardless of ruleset, the mixture of both styles will help and the game can only grow.
I have to say I am honored on behalf of my family that I will be presenting the fabulous Seltzer Cup to the champion team on Sunday – my father would be so happy that his game is still around, bigger than ever. I want Sydney to feel pride that her great-grandfather started the path rolling for this now worldwide game.
At the last two WFTDA tourneys I was at I met more friends than I ever knew I had……the heart warming story of the lady from Chattanooga who had won the Seltzer award (I didn’t even know about that!) from her league and we bumped into each other at an after party in Atlanta and were literally crying in each other’s arms. And the Atlanta Roller Girls were such great hosts and went out of their way to greet me and see how I was doing the entire weekend.
I have to put this in the third person: the Commissioner only cares about the good of the players, the game and the exciting future ahead. He is not the enemy. I hope you realize he is bringing far more to the sport than he would ever take away from any of you. And I am working for a company, Brown Paper Tickets, that has been the best support for Derby, and now you can take donations, work fund-raising and a lot more through them…..please check it all out with Bob Noxious, the company representative.
Leo would want you all to be with Brown Paper Tickets. (OK, Jerry, that is just too damn much!)