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Re: “Game Changer

I cracked wise my fair share of derby jokes until i checked out a bout and have been a fan ever since. There are still plenty of people that I know, both men and women, who shrug off derby as some sort of "grrrl power" platform. It's definitely NOT that. It should be seen for what it is: a highly competitive and physically demanding SPORT. to any naysayer, I say: put on a pair of skates and get back to me.
I see it as a good alternative to "legit" sports, and by legit i mean spoiled, slackjawed and overpaid dog fighters/date rapists shooting steroids. Naturally there are moments of unsportsmanship and trash talking, but those instances are few and far, but for the most part the players have high regard and respect for each other. That said you might find the lack of scandal in derby rather refreshing...or boring if you really can't break with tradition. I will also add that the west coast style (if you want to call it that) is complete loop hole BULLSHIT and I hope they get their asses handed to them at nationals.

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Posted by meathead on 10/21/2010 at 1:39 PM

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