Posted by KC Carr on April 16, 2013
We finally have game photos from last weekend’s Kansas City Roller Warriors Game 2 featuring the Black Eye Susans’ win over the Victory Vixens and the Knockouts‘ handy victory over the Dreadnought Dorothys. Photos contained herein:
Click for the full photo album.
The wins for these two extraordinary teams ensure a definite trip to the Rink of Fire championship bout and will bring us a first-time winner regardless of who comes out on top. It promises to be a very tight, competitive bout, given how tough these Susans and KOs have looked so far this season; we’ll know a bit more after the June bout, since they play each other once before the ROF, but we’re predicting a Knockouts win by a slimmer margin than anyone probably expects. Stay tuned, however — flat track roller derby in Kansas City is never very predictable when you’re dealing with talent of this caliber. We’ll be holding our breath with you to see who brings home the trophy.
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Posted by KC Carr on April 15, 2013
Our featured Dead Girl for the month of April is Dixie Danger!
Name: Dixie Danger
Team: The Royal Pains
Position(s): Blocker, Jammer
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 4
How she discovered Dead Girl Derby:
“I had heard about roller derby and done some Googling to see if there were any leagues in KC. I emailed a couple and hadn’t heard back when Colin Mayhem posted on Facebook that he was going to be the announcer for DGD. I told him that I had to go and he should talk to whomever necessary to make sure I could come.”
Origin of her derby name:
“Believe it or not, my day job is not bedazzling. I work for a marketing company doing publicity and promotions for movies. When our office was working on Whip It, my coworker told me that my name, if I ever were to be a derby girl, should be Dixie Danger. I laughed and said sure thing. A few months later, while skating around the rink for the first time, someone asked me my name; I didn’t hesitate when I answered.”
“Knock on wood, nothing. My knees creak, but after all the falling I did my first season, that’s expected.”
“I don’t think I could ever answer this. Seeing so many people come in without the ability to skate and then watch them jam or knock me down, it’s incredible. I am lucky to skate with such amazing people and to learn from them. The talent in the KC community alone is mind-blowing. And then you add in everyone from other leagues across the county — forget it. There are too many extraordinary skaters!”
Proudest derby moment:
“Skating against my sister, Crash AnniliateHer, last night. It was difficult not to start cheering every time she laid a hit (since she is on the Lovely Lethals). And when I took off as jammer, I looked over my shoulder because I knew she would be right on me, chasing me down. She used to go skating at B&D every Friday when we were younger and I was always so jealous, because I never got to go. Now it’s fun to be the one teaching her things and then watch her lay a hit or take off as jammer.”
What sets her apart in Dead Girl Derby:
“It used to be my bedazzled panties that I made for every game. I say a lot of inappropriate things at very inopportune times. Sometimes I just don’t know when to be quiet But it’s usually funny.”
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Posted by KC Carr on April 11, 2013
KC Derby Digest welcomes guest writer Anya Neezenbeg of Dead Girl Derby‘s Pink Ladies, the Lovely Lethals. Anya was a good friend and longtime associate of Joe Schulz, a.k.a. Dr. Awesomesauce, referee for Dead Girl Derby that the derby community lost to tragedy this past weekend.
All photos provided to KC Derby Digest by Anya Neezenbeg; photo credit indicated where necessary.
Photo by Dan Thomas.
There are so many things to say about Joe Schulz, Dr. Awesomesauce and Deerhead Joe. My heart hurts every time I think of him now. The first day I met him before he began playing derby, before DGD was even DGD, he was just a hard core punk rocker. He was scary to look at with his piercings and Mohawk, but on the inside, his heart was full of the sincerest love.
Joe was a one of a kind. I have never met anybody that could make me so angry and so happy all at the same time. We would fight like brother and sister, but there was still always a huge respect for one another. I respected his work ethic and his loyalty. We met before DGD was the DGD it is today, when there was a handful of girls and even fewer refs. We would butt heads on so many things because both of us had such strong opinions; it got worse when we started to work together full time [at Cronin's]. No matter how much we fought, at the end of the day, we would find a balance. If we weren’t fighting, we would always tell each other that we loved each other. He was willing to do anything for anybody. He had the biggest heart and loved so hard.
He was also one of these smartest individuals I have ever known. When he stopped skating, it was extremely sad for him. He truly loved this sport. He loved how it empowered women and gave them such a strong voice. He very much wanted to come back to derby, but he had demons that got in the way of that.
Above all, Joe would never utter a bad word about anybody. He always said such positive things about everybody — even me, even when we were on bad terms. It saddens my heart that the girls this season weren’t able to experience Joe’s kindness and helpfulness at practices. I wish everybody could have known him like the vets knew him.
Like brother and sister, we had two families: we had our Cronies family and our derby family. Both sides of our families thought the world of Joe and loved him more than he will ever know.
His daughter, his blood family, and his two step-families are in a world of despair from his loss. I hope he is at peace and knows how truly missed he is.
I will never forget you, Joe. I love you.
— Anya Neezenbeg, Dead Girl Derby
Photo by Brandi Wilson.
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Posted by KC Carr on April 8, 2013
Our featured Roller Warrior for the month of April is Damsel of D’Tension!
Name: Damsel of D'Tension
Team: Black Eye Susans
Seasons with KCRW: 6
How she discovered KCRW:
“I was fortunate enough to be invited to a bout with a friend who was working for Big Brothers Big Sisters. One of the skaters was a “Big,” and had told him what a great time roller derby was. On Halloween we costumed up and made the trek out to Winnwood Skate Center to check it out for ourselves. Needless to say, we had a blast! I was intrigued immediately and thought it looked like such a fun group to be a part of… until I ran into Dirty Britches and my intrigue immediately turned to intimidation. However, I didn’t let that stop me! I remained a fan for about a year until I decided to bite the bullet and try out. The rest, as they say, is history.”
Origin of her derby name:
“I am a teacher, so I wanted something that tied into my profession. After much brainstorming and database checking, I finally found a name that wasn’t taken. I guess that a teacher by day/derby girl by night wasn’t as obscure as I thought it was.”
“Aside from pulled muscles, random aches, and some bruising, I have been very fortunate to not have had any major injuries. I only hope my luck stays that way!”
“I just cannot answer that! I have learned so much from so many people. KCRW has countless numbers of great coaches, teachers, and leaders. I think that I have taken something away from every person in this league that I have skated with or against.”
Proudest derby moment:
“My proudest derby moment was in 2011, when the Black Eye Susans took 3rd place in the Rink of Fire. We were the perpetual 4th place team and just couldn’t seem to shake it. We always fought hard and left it all on the track…. but it never paid off. That year, I guess something clicked. I honestly don’t really remember the game, but remember the feeling of accomplishment afterwards. Since then, we have moved in the rankings every year. I am hoping we stay on trend with that for 2013!”
What sets her apart in KCRW:
“I always have a tube of Carmex in my bra. I can’t skate without it. Everyone knows that if they need some Boobmex, I’m their girl!”
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Posted by KC Carr on March 19, 2013
If you’ve never been to a Blacksnake Rollergirls event at the St. Joseph Civic Arena — or more specifically, if you missed this weekend’s games — then we here at KC Derby Digest certainly pity the fool. Because you missed what will, without a doubt, go down as two of the closest, hardest-fought games of the 2013 season.
The first game of the evening saw the newly-formed Danger Dolls take on the second-year Jesse Janes and win in a fist-pounding nailbiter, 86-84. The second game was even closer than that, literally coming down to the very last jam, a zero-sum event that saw the 2012 champion Venomous Vixens cling to a 113-112 win over the Rushin’ Rollettes that left everyone in the Civic Arena holding their breath on the edge of their seats. There really is no sufficient hyperbole here — the Blacksnake Rollergirls killed it this weekend.
And we have the pictures.
Click for the full album.
The next event in St. Joseph is on April 13th, and we will, as always, be bringing you reminders as the date draws near, as we do with all the leagues. Congratulations to everyone in the Blacksnake Rollergirls organization for giving the fans exactly what they showed up to see Saturday night. We can’t wait to see you again!
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Posted by KC Carr on March 14, 2013
This weekend’s Dead Girl Derby presentation of Game 2: Shamrocks, Shillelaghs, and Shenanigans nearly topped last month’s home opener, and KC Derby Digest was, once again, on hand to witness the madness.
The Deadly Sirens squeaked out a win against the Lovely Lethals 43-41 in a nailbiter that left the Ladies in Pink with an 0-2 start for the first time in their history; don’t expect them to stay there. Next, the Shotgun Sheilas pulled out a modest 21-point win over a Royal Pains team that has never, ever looked better; expect great things from both of these squads this season. Finally, the ultra-tense Throwback game saw the Black Plague snag a last-second win over Gang Green 82-80 that left everyone at Hale Arena breathless.
Click to see the full album of awesomeness.
It was an absolutely phenomenal night of flat track derby action, and anyone who wasn’t there seriously missed out. Tickets for Game 3: Hair Bands from Hale are already on sale from your favorite Dead Girl, or keep an eye on Ticketmaster, where they’ll be available shortly. We hope to see everyone there. The way this season is going, no derby fan in his/her right mind would miss out if they could help it.
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