I am on the flyer for our next home bout, which I’m not skating in, because I’m not skating this season.
Kind of bums me out.
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GPOYW: Moxie Crimefighter in bench manager mode.
At the point, I was running on adrenaline, a lot of caffeine, and 4.5 hours of sleep. I’m dancing. Obviously, that is what dancing looks like.
Here’s some super excellent pictures from our season opener last night by A.J. Carpinelli. This guy’s been doing bout photos for us for a bit now and he keeps getting better at capturing some really awesome moments.
My team, the Blitzburgh Bombers - who are in the first part of the set - ended up losing 155-113, but honestly I’m okay with it. There were a variety of factors working against us:
- We underestimated the skill of the Little Steel Rollergirls, who are a really new league and so therefore we kind of expected to be not too amazing yet, but they were actually quite good.
- Quite frankly, the reffing was Fucking. Ridiculous. Tons of penalties not getting called that should have been and then other penalties being called under questionable circumstances. My team spent a LOT of time in the box, particularly in the first half, and this is unusual because it’s not like we play dirty or sloppy. The penalties and constant subsequent short packs really hurt us.
- The Bombers only had six weeks to prepare for this (and by six weeks, I mean we have one hour and a half long team specific practice a week), and about half of the girls currently on the team are new to the team this year, so it’s essentially like we’re in a rebuilding season (again, because that’s what last year was like too). Also, our team only has a roster of twelve skaters right now, and two of them weren’t playing, so we had to borrow four girls from the B-Unit.
But, all those things aside, I’m overall really pleased with how we played. The first half was ROUGH, but in the second half everyone really got their heads in the game and played much smarter and I saw pretty much every single girl do at least one completely awesome thing. Two of our girls made their bouting debut last night, and they were totally awesome and are only going to get better. So, really it’s not about winning - we played a good game and learned a whole lot, and we’re going to work all this out and we have until April for our next bout, so I’m confident that we’ll be kicking plenty of ass by then.
You can read the official bout recap here.
So, I finally finished the aforementioned Whip It apron for my leaguemate Atomic Bombino. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with it. Since I was already looking gross and had my awesome fake glasses handy, I decided to try to replicate that whole “I’m Ellen Page and I’m totally cute even when I’m supposed to be a nerd or something” thing.
The back has these weird crossed straps - you have to put the thing on over your head essentially - and it fits a little odd on me, but the girl I made it for is both taller and bigger than me, so I imagine it will fit better on her.
The Cincinnati Rollergirls, featuring my lovely friends and former leaguemates Poppy and Stabby, present their It Gets Better message.
GPOYW: Derby edition.
This is my headshot for this season, not that I’m skating… but I still get a headshot.
I have kind of a fat head in this picture, but I think that’s better than last year’s attempting-to-look-coy bad posture.
I need to make the elastic on my mask longer, because if I wear it for more than ten minutes it starts to dig into the skin behind my ears.
Work in progress: One of my leaguemates is commissioning to make her an apron like the one Ellen Page’s character wears in Whip It. If you’ve never seen the movie, she works at a diner called the Oink Joint, so her apron looks like a pig.
February 3, 2011
Heather is one of my leaguemates. She is an AMAZING skater and seriously one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Also, she’s a total babe and is an engineer or something impressive. Kudos to her for being the featured skater this month!