I have but one concession to my St. Paul Life (1995-2005) as I live in Duluth for my sixth year: I love Green Mill. Happy Hour apps are $5.99, instead of $5, and the Alamo Nachos is off the list, again, but Green Mill remains a Happy Hour First Choice for me … which explains why, despite that Minneapolis/St. Paul nostalgia, I had a great time tonight rooting for the Harbor City Rollerdames.
The dames slaughtered Delta Delta Di- North Star Roller Girls. Notable shining Dames this time include Wright Round Ya (#40 in your playbook, #1 in your heart), who set the pace eary by racking up dozens of points to bust into the lead. Also shining: the Norwegian Squirrel (#331), Gypsy Roller (#773) and Killah Cleta (#0207), who racked up points of their own.
But this was as much a Pack game as a Jammer’s game. There were (it seemed to me) a high number of fouls and a lot of tumbles, generally, as the Roller Girls pulled out their “A” game. By “A” game, I mean elbowing and pounding and tripping, it seems to me, as those Minneapolitans played dirty. Our pack (which includes jammers when they are not jamming as well as specialists like Devilsmama, Janet Smackson, Thunder Bunz, and others) did their part not just in slowing the other jammer, but also in distracting and shaping the pack of the other team to let our jammer through).
At the same time the Dames partnered with the CHUM center of Duluth as “the spotlighted Charity to help fight hunger in our community.” They held a food drive. I wish I’d had checked the website beforehand, as I would have brought some food.
Our dinner party, which did not join us for the game, asked me: why do you think this is feminist? I blathered a little bit about grrrrrl power, but I admit — I could use a better answer and would welcome some thought.
Sat. Nov. 19, home
Babes of Thunder- from Thunder Bay, Canada at South Pioneer Hall, DECC- Duluth, MN
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