Last night at Skate Safe America, we experienced a season opener we will never forget. All members of the league, new and old, arrived early to set up the track, fill the water coolers, put the merch in place, prep the beer kegs and situate all of the FREE food from our wonderful sponsor (thanks to our ref Astra Zombie) Chipotle. The sensational Two Man Advantage, the band who played the first ever Roller Rebels' bout, was back again to start the night off right. Their music put the crowd in the right state of mind for the fall down fun that derby is all about. Shortly following, The Pink and Black teams had their introductions and then it was on to a most exceptional rendition of The National Anthem. Sung with precision and passion by our very own Violet KnockOut, and interpreted in American Sign Language by Muscles Marinara, it was a performance to be remembered.
Then the real action started! Music by DJ Joe Jack set the mood while, the Pink and Black teams battled it out. It was a close and steady game for the most part. Pink racked up way too many penalties (Etta Jams - guilty as charged), losing a few players to ejection, but we still held strong and played hard. There were many rookies bouting for the first time on both teams and I can say with confidence that they proved how well they have learned their skills. In the end, The Black team won. Go BLACK!! Sure pink wanted to win, but we had so much fun playing against our teammates, that we were just happy to be out there on the track with them.
Of course our bouts wouldn't be the same without hearing all of the fun facts and watching all of the antics from our fantastic announcers Jake and Pete, as they call out the play by plays. We also greatly appreciate the help from all of our coaches (Captain Morgan, Mr. Madd, Ruby Redrum and Raven Madd) refs, volunteers, EMTS, stats people, photographers, videographers, etc.
The Roller Rebels would like to thank everyone for coming. Fans are what make our bouts a success! With over 950 spectators there last night, we sold out the venue to all of you wonderful viewers, many of whom also spent some of your hard earned money on our merchandise. For those of you who came to watch us play for the first time, we hope that the action of last night's bout brings you back for our next home game on July 11th. For our loyal, returning fans, thanks for continuing to follow us once again.
Any fans who would like to submit pictures that they took at the bout, to be displayed on the blog, I would LOVE to feature them! You can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you all had as much fun as we all did!!