Archive for January 2012

"Do Men Expire at 40?"

"Do Men Expire at 40?"
Below is book excerpt originally titled “The 60 Second Rule and Expiration at 40″, part of a longer fiction piece about Tugg Woodward, a sports writer preoccupied with women, age, and anything remotely linked to sports. At age 18 men are long since out of puberty. You’re a man. Or at least that’s what you... Read more »

Papa Doc: Roller Derby Team Doctor

Papa Doc: Roller Derby Team Doctor
Check up on Peyton Manning and you’re likely to find a slew of press on his injuries, progress and prognosis for next season. You’re also likely to hear about fully stocked medical staffs from the NFL to Top 20 prep football, from PGA Golf to collegiate lacrosse. But roller derby, which competes at just a... Read more »

War Games: From Afghanistan to Roller Derby

War Games: From Afghanistan to Roller Derby
“Police Line – Do Not Cross” read the yellow band. And knowing a little about who I was meeting with that morning, I thought it wise to proceed with a soft step. Two months earlier, I saw her at a roller derby bout wearing a trilby hat, carrying black and white checkered crutches. So I... Read more »
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Rollerskate Sensation: Jackie Daniels

Rollerskate Sensation: Jackie Daniels
Before she arrived in Chicago back in late 2009 Jackie Daniels was already a burgeoning force in roller derby. She is recognizable as a star of the Windy City Rollers, one of the country’s most established and competitive leagues right here in Chicago. Jackie was also named last season’s League MVP, the second time she’s... Read more »

Kidnapped Dogs and How We Get By in Roller Derby

Kidnapped Dogs and How We Get By in Roller Derby
Though glorious, roller derby still has its lags both immediate and long-term. Choice gems such as “My legs are no longer working“, “everything hurts“, “I smell like pad stink“, “there are inexplicable scratches and bruises all over me“, “this crap has taken over my life“, “my friends and family never see me“,  “I don’t even remember my... Read more »

Chicago Roller Derby Week, Part 3: The Chicago Outfit

Chicago Roller Derby Week, Part 3: The Chicago Outfit
Founded in 2007, The Chicago Outfit set up shop when a group of women  –later known as Charlenne in Charge and Althea N. Hell–   joined forces. It was during the years when the Windy City Rollers were holding their bouts just outside Chicago proper in Cicero, IL, that The Outfit began holding open skating... Read more »
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Helmets, Skates & Pads: How to Suit Up for Roller Derby

Helmets, Skates & Pads: How to Suit Up for Roller Derby
Last week, I stopped by Rebel Rebel, Chicago’s premiere roller skate shop located at 2048 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. I spoke with the shop’s general manager, Dirty-Cate Caliber, who is also a skating official (or referree) for the Windy City Rollers. Cate came on board during the shop’s recent opening when Rebel Rebel’s... Read more »

Roller Derby: Why We Skate

Roller Derby: Why We Skate
Three practices a week at two hours each. A 45-minute commute each way to practice, and five to 10 hours a week on volunteer things. That’s 20 hours of just roller derby stuff each week. It’s fair to say this is a minimum for many of the tens of thousands of women that play roller... Read more »

Chicago Roller Derby Week, Part 2: Derby Lite

Chicago Roller Derby Week, Part 2: Derby Lite
Part 2: Derby Lite – A little derby, a lot of fun. After taking a spin through the Windy City Rollers league and how their teams stack up yesterday, it’s important to highlight that roller derby isn’t just a spectator sport. If you’re like me then watching a bout will make you crave to get... Read more »
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Girls on Film: Roller Derby On-Screen

Girls on Film: Roller Derby On-Screen
Ever since Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut called Whip It! hit the silver screen in 2009, the conversation about roller derby has gotten louder and more profound. Starring Oscar nominees Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page, and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, the film has spurred more attention toward the world’s fastest growing sport. Currently, a few independent... Read more »