Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Skatember Roller Derby Fun.


If you are a derby addict like me, you noticed an open weekend in the September derby action. Oh sure, after the Rosebuds Sugar High Showdown on the 20th, there's online derby viewing with South Central Smackdown on DNN the following weekend, but nothing beats sitting on the track where the action is.

On September 26th the action is on the track at the Linn County Fairgrounds. The Sicktown Derby Dames will be playing host to the Lava City Roller Dolls at the SkatemberFest in Albany, doors open at 5pm and tickets are only $10 (Advance). It's a single bout event, which means you can "get your derby on" and still make it back to the city in time for some more evening fun or "hop'n bars". If you missed the open scrimmage at the Oregon State Fair last weekend, here is a chance to redeem yourself.


Of course this weekend kicks off the first of four consecutive weekends of high powered roller derby fun. The WFTDA Regional Tournaments begin this weekend with Wicked Wheels of the East in Carolina, the top ranked team in the Eastern Divisions playing for a slot at Nationals. Thanks to a pledge drive of sorts, DNN will be providing online coverage of all the tournaments beginning tomorrow at 8:15am (noted times are PST) with 9th ranked DC Rollergirls facing off against the 8th ranked CT Rollergirls. The big name bouts of the day are 6th ranked Providence taking on #1 Gotham at 11:45am. #2 Philly taking on the winner of the days second bout (#7Steel City Derby Demons vs #10 Dominion Derby Girls) around 3:15pm. They did save the best "rematch" for last, with #4 Carolina trying to prove to #5 Boston that the last time they met it wasn't just last jam luck. That potential nail bitter starts around 5:00pm. All of which narrows the field for Saturday's Final Four bouts which start up around 3:15pm. .

Check out all the brackets at WFTDA's fancy new website and find the boutcasts at DNN's fancy new website. Damn, did all of derby get a website face lift in the last week? Even our Rose City Rollers rolled out a new interweb look. Maybe I should talk to Ye'Ole Coroner about keeping up with the rest of the derby world...

8 comments:

Sharkey said...

Let's not forget Emerald City is having their championship bout the 19th.

Rainy City also is having a bout that same day. (19th)

12th - Dockyard Derby Dames are having about.

Guess it all depends on how far you're willing to go, eh? :)

George said...

I'll definitely be at Emerald City championship and at the Sicktown bout. Love those Sicktown girls. Yeah, RCR did a facelift to their website, but it SUCKS! Who was the colorblind idiot who decided to make the text the same color as the background? And it's not the browser that I'm using, because I have viewed the website from my Mac, several PC's, and my Blackberry and it looks the same. White letters on a white background??? WTF? I'm old and have trouble seeing as it is. You don't need to make things harder on me.

The Coroner said...

As far as redesign, I've been talking with the FTR team, specifically Ringer. There are a couple of other priorities, though, like retooling the subscription feed so it alerts subscribers to all new posts, not only mine. And giving a "read more after the jump" feature to front-page posts so that long posts don't intimidate readers, and the ledes give a reader the option of reading more or skipping to the next post.

Those and a few other items (better two-way integration with our Facebook and Twitter feeds, posting of the copious stats that Ringer has provided) will take precedence over a redesign of the look, which really is not too shabby.

This site is barely over a year old, maybe time to look at a makeover, but as far as "keeping up with the derby world," well, congratulations to those other sites for finally revamping their four- and five-year-old looks. This blog was the first RCR individual team blog, and two teams still don't have blogs as far as I know. The Heathers had the first fan page on Facebook in the RCR.

Who exactly should try to keep up with whom?

The Coroner said...

Gee, sounded a little defensive there, didn't I? Well, in my defense, I'll say nothing so as not to compound the error.

Anyway, that's what we'll be doing with this blog in coming weeks.

Thanks for the posts, JeLLyPig!

Noz said...

If think the Coroner is on drugs.

Which isn't a bad thing, just
sayin'...

The Coroner said...

I admit it: I dipped into Harm's private stash. Not quite sure what I got.

JeLLyPiG said...

Well, I was just shit talk'n about the makeover...cause that's sort of what I do.

The Coroner said...

Well, keep doin' it, JP.