Category Archives: Photo Albums

KCRW Season Opener 2013

As derby fans know by now, the Kansas City Roller Warriors kicked off their 2013 season this past Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium with what is almost certainly the best home opener we’ve seen since we began following the Greatest Sport in the World lo, those many seasons ago.

The Black Eye Susans and the Dreadnought Dorothys took the track in the first game of the evening in a bit of a rout that saw the Susans come out on top 283-115. Insanity ensued between games when the audience was essentially invited out into the infield for an impromptu performance of the Harlem Shake, and afterwards, the 2012 Champion Victory Vixens and the 2012 third place team, the Knockouts, slugged out a stunner that saw the Knockouts take the win by only 16 points, 146-130.

Naturally, we took pictures.

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Thus the season begins with both the Susans and KOs with 1-0 records at the same time for the first time since God only knows when. Both of these teams have come a very long way in the last couple of years, and from what we saw Saturday night, 2013 promises to be a very exciting season, with so many of the house teams apparently so well-matched. The Rink of Fire championship is definitely up for grabs this year. We can’t wait to see who takes it home.

Many thanks, as usual, to the entire Kansas City Roller Warriors organization for putting on one hell of a show Saturday night. We’re already looking forward to April 6th.

Love Hurts: To Hale With It

Derby fans, the season has officially begun, and we here at KC Derby Digest couldn’t be happier about it, for cryin’ out loud. This past Saturday night, Dead Girl Derby kicked off Season 4 at Hale Arena and nearly brought the house down with three memorable, fist-pounding games that began with a throwback of Black Plague vs. Gang Green; the Shotgun Sheilas scored their first win of the season over the formidable Lovely Lethals 113-67; and the Royal Pains took out the Deadly Sirens in a ball-breaker, 55-45.

As always, KC Derby Digest was there to document the insanity, and we have, for your perusal, 200 photos of the madness that gripped the newly-christened Hale Arena in what we hope is the beginning of a very long and fruitful partnership. Congratulations to all Dead Girls for giving the fans exactly what they showed up to see. If Love Hurts: To Hale With It was any indication, 2013 could wind up being the best season yet for this incredible league.

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Butchers Scrimmage in Omaha

Last weekend, KC Derby Digest was invited along on a one-day road trip to Omaha, Nebraska to witness and photograph a mash-up scrimmage involving the Cowtown Butchers, the Sioux City Kornstalkers, and the Omaha Roller Bros.

Twelve-plus hours of combined drive time and derby awesomeness in the Omaha Rollergirls practice facility makes for some happy skaters and fans, and we have the photographic evidence to show for it.

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Big thanks to everyone involved for the hard work and hospitality that went into the scrimmage, and we look forward to many more just like it.

Night of the Rolling Dead photos

Derby fans, if you missed last weekend’s championship game in St. Joseph between the Jesse Janes and the Venomous Vixens of the Blacksnake Rollergirls, you’re in luck, because KC Derby Digest was in attendance, camera in hand:

Congratulations to the Venomous Vixens for pulling out the 2012 championship, and many thanks to all the ladies and gents in St. Joseph for a fantastic first season. We can’t wait to see the Blacksnake Rollergirls in 2013!

Zombie Apocalypse III photos

Derby fans, our photo album from the August 26th Dead Girl Derby championships, the Zombie Apocalypse III, has been posted for your enjoyment:

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Congratulations to the Shotgun Sheilas for an undefeated season and to the Royal Pains for pulling third place right out of their very competitive asses. It’s been a tough season, but the fans have loved every moment of it!