Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bosses Trade Tantrums for Points

Before I start this rant, let me say: Best bouts, Best venue, Best crowd, and most fun ever had watching Houston Roller Derby. Houston has turned the corner. Way better than Verizon days. Good job fans. You all look amazing out there circling the track. Looks amazing from the stands.

Now, on to the bad news.

Death by Chi Chi was the death of the Bosses. Seven trips to the penalty box. Ridiculous taunting when the Bosses were down by 30, and even when the Sirens were still up in the final seconds. And intentional, flagrant fouls.

The poor sportmanship of the Bosses is embarassing. How can my children watch her play.? What kind of role model is she?

I really enjoyed watching the Brawlers, Sirens and Honeys. All classy teams. The Brawlers were down nearly a hundred, and playing like it was still a 5 point game. (Savage, you are awesome.) The Honeys were up by a hundred, and still played hard, and never tried to humiliate the Brawlers. (Unlike the Bosses did against the cupcake tweens they played...). And the Sirens, despite being up nearly the entire game, never taunted or wagged a finger, or flipped their hands in the air. Great role models out there....Carmen and Get Me, Tex on a Bender, Bush Whack on Me, Hot Sweaty Rods.......all great.

Those teams are full of the kinds of girls that I want my kids to look up to as role models. I will tell them never be like Death by Chi Chi. Other Bosses don't even act like this. Look at the classy behavior of Naughty, Bootylicious, or Lead Head. Class acts. Lead Head had a wicked game, and I think was the high scorer, but never embarassed her team, her fans, or fans of the sport.

Death by Chi Chi really blew it for her team. She put her ego in front of her team. Oh well, I wonder if the rumors are true. Too bad the Bosses didn't get to take on the Sirens without the reckless behavior of Death by Chi Chi. They might have had a chance in the end.

Winner: Houston Roller Derby.
Loser: Death by Chi Chi.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Big Game .... Big Big Big Game

So, big game on Saturday night. Sirens taking on the Bosses. Well, I guess its not that big. Bosses have some injuries, uh, well, certain undisclosed types of injuries that aren't appropriate for posting on this board. But it certainly gives the Sirens an advantage. Plus, this is really the Bosses first bout of the year, so they probably have some cobwebs to dust off.

The big question I have is whether the recent swell of infighting in the Bosses (those that have been questioning DBC's ability to lead the team) will undermine the bout this Saturday night.

Of course, the Sirens aren't bulletproof. We all saw some mental mistakes during the bout of the century. I wonder if the largeness of the Bosses, like DBC and Booty, will be difficult for the smaller but much faster Sirens?

It really comes down to the refs. Will the refs allow the rough play of the Bosses, which will definately give the Sirens problems, or will the game be called clean, which will take away the Boss's "large marge" game plan. If the Bosses can keep up the rough play, I think the Sirens may have difficulty.

There are three Boss plays that frankly will cause the Sirens fits:

(a) Crawling Elbows. The bosses continue to work on the use of elbows to crawl through the pack. Half the time, the curl of the elbow around the chest above the waist will cause the opponent to become destabilized. We saw this in the pre-season twinkie game, and against the Brawlers too.

(b) The Shoulder Elbow. Definately a no-no, but not really called in this league like it is in other leagues. The bosses teach their girls to separate the elbow from the body when they lower the shoulder. The Sirens will have trouble with this, as they lack the "gordo" of the Bosses.

(c) Grabbing the Shirt and Pulling you Down Play. Its illegal, but the Bosses will be happy to give up some penalities to save a few points. We saw this play alot last bout.

It should be a great game to watch from the top row of the stands. Daddy shark and mini-me shark will be rooting for the Bosses. I, however, just want to see my Brawlers win. Oh, they aren't playing a cupcake team either....Snap.