This weekend I witnessed a first in Kansas City. Granted it wasn't like the late 90's television show (with curved walls) or the extremely-glorified movie version (or the lousy remake), but Kansas City has its own Roller Derby.
For most of you wondering, yes, this was a little bit strange to witness. After you get over the initial weirdity, it's really kinda fun to watch. The league here is an all-girl league (I'm not even sure if there is a guy league out there – I'm not even sure guys would want to play this) but don't even think that some of these girls are too prissy, because they're falling on that wooden floor all night. Falling hard. I suppose that's why most of them wear ass pads, buttocks blockers, prosterior protectors, booty booties or tush cushions.
There aren't too many matches during the year, maybe one per month for four months, but there's a lot more going on than just roller derby action. During Halftime #1, The Kansas City Marching Cobras (web site down) performed... and if you've never seen them, you're missing out. During Halftime #2 a local Kansas City band, It's Over, performed. See, lots more than just the game.
The game itself is much fun, too. The girls can get quite vicious in there (not surprising). I think there's an element of scripting going on, maybe not to the extreme of who's going to win, but the "fights" didn't seem too real.
Really, it's fun and if you're in the Kansas City area you should go check it out. There's one more match this year, in June, but I can't remember when right now. Just keep your eye on the Kansas City Roller Warriors web site to find out.