In January modern Roller Derby will mark its 10th year anniversary.
It started as an extravaganza in Austin at TXRD and somehow organically became 1105 leagues in 38 countries today.
And the end of the 10th year will be marked by several huge events: the WFTDA Championships this weekend in Denver (be there, I will be), the first World Cup in Toronto in December with at least 13 national teams from various countries; the Derby Dolls championship, OSDA, and much more.
I have such feelings for all the teams in the finals: Portland is where I was born; Chicago is where I grew up, the home of Roller Derby, and my first view of modern Roller Derby in 2005. I have met and am in touch with players and friends on all the final teams. And my choice……don’t skip to the end, because you will be cheating.
The Commissioner will see as much Derby this weekend as I can. I love the arena, just the perfect size for the event. about 7000 seats, all comfortable, with a running light board and a huge Jumbotron scoreboard and video. And Chuck Morris, who is AEG-Live chief of the area and of this building, is a great old friend of mine.
So when I am not watching Derby, I will be giving out prizes: I will be handing out badges (not exactly) and lanyards at our booth at 1-1, each one numbered and signed by me. When you come by the booth either to see the unbelievable uniforms of Doug Martin or to try out Mogotix, the ticket system on a mobile phone that requires no additional system, has no paper ticket or will call, or learning about Seltzerbrand.com which will be launching soon with very different apparel and other items (“bringing tradition to modern Derby”).
And we will be giving away some tee shirts, Roller Derby to Rollerjam books, “Derby” videos, Judi Flowers footwear and luggage tags, sample jerseys, headbands, etc. If you are at the games, and are wearing the lanyard, check booth 1-1 in the early and late afternoon each day to see if you are a winner of the dozens of prizes.
I will be selling Lori Milkeris bracelets (see “I like women” posting on this site) for fund raising for her upcoming surgery. Also, $5 of every sale of “Roller Derby to Rollerjam Book” will be donated to Lori……Make certain we see a lot of purple bracelets at 1st Bank Center. And you can leave a check with me for Lori or just go to Lori Aid 2011 to donate through paypal.
In late afternoon each day we will be giving away 1 free (!) Mogotix.com service for any upcoming game….this can handle all of your ticket sales including walkup (people can buy on their phone as they walk to the entrance!), any advance game sale (announce your next game and it will be on sale to the people in the audience) with no fees to the winners. Completely green, no paper, no will calls except on the phone. Be one of the three winners. You will only be charged the credit card fees on ticket sales that you now pay.
And Doug Martin has what I think are the best uniforms, including names and numbers and ways to help teams raise money for them…He also is showing some retro Roller Derby designs.
All right, I haven’t seen all the teams play in person, although I have seen them on DNN or WFTDA.com. I think Gotham will come in with their strongest squad to date, but to me you have to go with the past champions. I think it is between Oly and RMRG with Oly coming out the winner. I am such a fan of all the teams, that I would be happy with great competition, great skating and blocking, and -I hope- no slow play.
Please everyone come up and say hello and if you see me I would appreciate a hug at least.