The Harrisburg Area Roller Derby (or H.A.R.D.) is having their recruitment night this evening.
Now who to try out for? The Nuclear Knockouts? The Fallout Femmes? I think I may be leaning towards the Atomic City Rollergirls. Mainly because their colors match my motorcycle.
Roller derby - not to be confused with Rollerball, which used motorcycles, so you know I had to be interested in that too.
I have to admit, I didn't know much about roller derby before a few days ago. So, what was an ill-informed twenty-first century gnome to do? Duh. Wikipedia! (You thought it'd be a trick question, didn't you?) Anyway, here's what wiki has to say:
Contemporary roller derby is an American-invented contact sport with roots in sports entertainment. The game is based on formation roller skating around an oval track by two teams. Points are scored when the designated scoring player (the "jammer") of a given team laps members of the opposing team; hence offense and defense typically occur simultaneously.
So the jammer gets flung forward around the track, trying to get past the opposing team as they block and try to get their jammer past first.
This is definitely a full contact sport.
These gals have spunk, style and stamina. What's not to like? I just hope they'll give me a tryout, even though I'm only three foot nine (with the pointy hat).
And besides . . .