We saw how well the London Roller Girls did in their regional…..They almost toppled Denver (one of my all time favorite leagues!), and probably learned a lot about the style of play and officiating on this side of the pond.
I hope to be in Salem for the regional there in a few weeks. Once again there will be a lot of interest on the Victoria (Melbourne) team. And I feel they will do very well and will get to the Championships. (I picked two out of three finalists from Ft.Wayne! Ohio was really such a long shot I honestly didn’t consider them, but they are a real threat in Milwaukee).
The full balance of talent is not world-wide yet, but it will be. Maybe someday we will see 6 10-team leagues worldwide in a Division 1 situation. I predict it will happen within 5 years, with another 2000 leagues in 60 countries that will be Division 2 through Division 10.
Forget the Olympics…….the boulder rolls on unimpeded!
Three prime-time stars have left their team to join Oly just in time for the Nationals.
My good friend (and Pastor) Dumptruck calls it a douchebag move, and it does seem to give the Washingtonians an unfair advantage.
But let us look at a couple of things. There apparently is no money involved, as I believe that would be illegal under WFTDA rules. And as more and more players are trying to take advantage of their star power to add to their income and careers, the only true national showcase for coverage is the Championship tourney. Look what the game has done for Suzy Hotrod, although I personally feel she (and Val Capone and some others) have done far more for a game that does not seem to be actively promoting itself.
And this activity seems real small potatoes when on this day the LA Dodgers picked up a quarter billion dollars in payroll to acquire three players from the Red Sox who they feel will lead them to the pennant this year.
Now having watched the 2010 championship in Chicago, it appeared that Oly might have been jobbed on some questionable calls, and the fact that present rules don’t stipulate a jammer on every jam, they had to face the final play with only RMRG having a jammer on the track….guess who won? And by the way, I felt that Rocky Mountain was a great team that year, but this could be motivation for Oly this year.
And I haven’t seen Oly skate lately, but if they are not doing stroller derby, stop derby, and conga line, that should give them a bye to the championship game and bring fans back to the game.
Just my opinion.