Archive for Death Row Dames

Sports Day in Canada – Derby Style!

Posted in Roller Derby with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  Mutiny on the Track was featured as part of a CBC video spot on Hammer City, and the girls of Tri-City can be spotted as the opponents in the game footage. It’s a well-balanced piece that doesn’t veer too sharply into the whole “librarian by day” shtick- check it out:


And that’s yours truly callng the play.

Mixed Results, Mixed Feelings as Club Season Ends

Posted in Roller Derby with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by Lightning Slim

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Mutiny wasn’t the only thing on the track as the seasons for the TCRG club teams came to an end last weekend, with blood (of the hot kind, but still on the inside) sweat and tears all making appearances as well.

For the record: The Venus Fly Tramps lost another heartbreaker to the Deathrow Dames of Hammer City 88-80. The Vicious Dishes avenged their comrades with an efficient handling of the Hamilton Harlots for a 137-53 win.*

Numbers, however, never tell the whole story, and although it would be naive to say that winning and losing don’t matter to athletes (of course they do!) they certainly aren’t the only or even the most compelling reason to follow or participate in sport. Although I can never aspire to the work ethic, dedication and passion of the thousands of amateur flat track roller derby players currently tearing up the track in a grassroots sporting revolution, as an announcer, volunteer and husband I do get a window into a world that cannot be defined by results.

We are forced to use the inadequacy of words to describe ephemeral situations which can never be repeated in order to make those situations easier to digest. Undefeated. Winless. Domination. Heartbreak. For some, these soundbites may describe the 2010 season in a nutshell, but anyone who looked a bit closer knows that the sheer effort on the inside was completely nuts.

I applaud the women of TCRG and everyone who ever put eight wheels to the track and found that something about themselves had changed for the better. I salute all the volunteers, sponsors and fans who help make it all happen.

And we’re not done with you yet! Thunder still has a game in Detroit against the Motor City Disassembly Line on the 26th, and on Oct. 16th they return to New Hamburg for their final game of the season against the CN Power of TORD. We would love to see all of you there for the Silver and Black Attack!

* I’ll have more about the games themselves soon. – Lightning Slim

Thunder Win Streak Halted by Sexpos

Posted in Roller Derby with tags , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by Lightning Slim

 photo by Midnight Matinee

All good things must eventually end, and Montreal proved once again to be a stumbling block on the path of Thunder’s journey to derby domination with a 115-46 win over the TCRG squad.

The August 28 bout, A Fistful of Brawlers, saw Montreal’s second-tier travel team the Sexpos head west to make things wild. Given MTLRD’s meteoric rise up the WFTDA standings it’s safe to say that this “B Team” would be comfortable against almost anyone. Thunder’s ferocity and determination not to be subdued by their erstwhile mentors made things a very entertaining evening. My announcing duties were shared with Plastik Patrik, who made my life easier not only with his tremendous play-by-play skills but also by looking so good in an Evel Kinevel-style jumpsuit that I didn’t have to think about  putting mine on.

Also making my life easier: a fabulous, detailed examination of the proceedings over at Derby Spotlight. Thanks, Joe Mac!

Next up for TCRG – a double-header of oceanic proportions!

TCRG Takes the Split in Rainy-day Double Header

Posted in Roller Derby with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by Lightning Slim

Check out the Derby Nerd’s game recaps here.  Thanks to Hammer City for great games and great hospitality!

Double Header in the Hammer Awaits

Posted in Roller Derby with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Lightning Slim

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I’d try to plug this further, but I think the sweet poster says it all.

While we realize not everyone can make the trip down to Steeltown, be sure to make the time to pencil us in for August 28 as Thunder takes on the Montreal Sexpos!

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