I'm not where I found the time amidst all the television shows I used to watch, but I have vivid memories of watching Roller Derby on tv when I was a kid. If memory serves, it would be late at night, presumably after our regular shows had ended, or maybe it was a weekend thing.
I just remember watching and rooting for the LA T-Birds. I seem to remember their main rivalry was with a Chicago group, but I could be wrong. I just remember being so enthralled by both the men and women's competition.
Kind of like wrestling but on skates is probably the best way to describe Roller Derby back in the day. I don't know if I realized how "dramatized" it was, but I do know I had tremendous fun cheering for our team and being outraged whenever an opposing member would pull a dirty trick or send one of our heroes over the rail.
I bring this up because a friend mentioned that Long Beach has a Roller Derby team. While I can't say as I've had the pleasure to check them out, I am assured by my friend that when his girlfriend attended, her and her friends had a blast.
So keep an eye out for Roller Derby in Long Beach, and if it's fun, shoot me a note. Maybe I'll find a new teem to root for.
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