I skate for the Nashville Rollergirls, but all opinions are my own. Expect derby and lots of it. Possible musings as well. Donno.

 

Posted this on FB, but I feel it needs to be said here

I donno how much I can say in public, but I somehow found myself in fairly regular contact with people on both sides of this, and I was shocked yesterday. There are just… Ugh.
Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and I can’t believe how people are jumping down the WFTDA’s throat about the decision of a third party.

Running a website is hard. Covering sports is hard. Running a volunteer website with no funds, covering an amateur sport that is spread out over the world, interacting with a well meaning but new governing body…..?

That sounds heartbreaking and horrifyingly difficult.

Are there things the WFTDA might have done better? Possibly.. But for fucks sake people, it is a heavily volunteer organization who’s primary responsibility is the governance of the sport.

Are there things that DNN could have done better? Possibly, but for fucks sake people, it is a volunteer organization run by people who, by their own description, are burnt out and exhausted.

Let’s get our shit together, stop turning on ourselves, and pack the fuck up. Support DNN and the people who ran it for so many years and gave us so many good things. Support the WFTDA and all the hard work that the people involved in making sure we can play.

This shit is hard. We all know how hard running a league is. I am in constant awe of all the people at the local levels who dedicate large sections of their lives to making this wonderful thing happen. When I started doing more for the WFTDA, I became even more in awe of the scope and difficulty of the work that is completed.

I can only imagine that the same is true of DNN. That is certainly what their statement implies.

We all know growth is painful. It comes with its fair share of setbacks and things that could have been done better. It also is a process.

ETA:
It has been pointed out that parts of this post create a false equivalency between the WFTDA and DNN in terms of staffing. This wasn’t my intent, and I respect the FUCK out what the much smaller DNN team accomplished.

AND SO BEGINS THE DEATH OF FUN….R.I.P. DNN

fuckyeahjenocidal:

TEAM NO FUN ISN’T SUPPOSED TO FUCKING WIN :(

Thanks guys! It was awesome while it lasted!

I donno how I feel about Framing DNN closing down as “Team no-fun winning”.  Running a site is hard… running one that tries to cover an international sport with no travel budget, no real development expenses, and no $$ to pay writers sounds…  Heart breaking.

zuriya:

this isn’t shade to anyone, but yall need to stop acting surprised when your fave celebs fuck up. they’re part of a ruling class who are thoroughly isolated from concrete global issues and catastrophes and actually rely on the disenfranchisement of others to sustain their status. their entire persona is inherently problematic as ultimate beneficiaries of capitalism. what ethics do you expect, idgi

http://zebra-1039.tumblr.com/post/97049968512/made-a-no-call-on-a-dramatic-but-ultimately

zebra-1039:

Made a ‘no-call’ on a dramatic but ultimately no-impact action - got singled out by a spectator for some personal abuse lasting 10mins, using my first name. Have an impromptu banner made up to abuse me when I’m on the far side of the track.

Skater takes a massive floor hit to the head. Gets up…

Read. Important.
Team zebra is needed.

patrickshand:

Another from ROBYN HOOD: THE ONGOING SERIES #2!

In this one, Marian falls in love with the wicked art of roller derby.

Written by me, art by Claudia Balboni, colors by Slamet Mujiono, letters by Jim Campbell. This will hit your local comic shop 9/24/14.

Woah. That is the most accurate 5 seconds snapshot I have seen in ink. I instinctively started to read the pack for what they were intending to do.

Creepy good

douche bag derby

tearobite:

derbydeets:

I abso-freaking-lutely hate this new thing where blockers think it’s ok to forcibly shove jammers backwards with their arms.

I don’t give a shit if it’s legal or not cause I’ve been elbowed FORCEFULLY in the face twice in one hour and winded by and elbow to…

It depends on how you do it, but I wouldn’t do a double block, a simple single block combined with a roll off or a shoulder to the stomach on the way through should work. The shove is actually fragile, it mostly works because people don’t know how to deal

douche bag derby

derbydeets:

I abso-freaking-lutely hate this new thing where blockers think it’s ok to forcibly shove jammers backwards with their arms. 

I don’t give a shit if it’s legal or not cause I’ve been elbowed FORCEFULLY in the face twice in one hour and winded by and elbow to the stomach.

You’re not being clever. You’re being a dick. 

Don’t tell me it’s my fault either. If everywhere you go smells like dog shit, chances are it’s on you.

rant over.

I’ve been working on ways to counter this.  :D

Next Level Skate Shop!

max-welp:

Hey y’all!! I’m working on getting a skate shop off the ground in Columbus, OH!

I know there are presently other things in the world that we could all be putting our money towards, but if you have even a little bit to spare I would be incredibly grateful.

This is what I want to do with my life. Derby is everything to me and has changed my life in the most amazing ways… From helping me recover from an eating disorder, to being there as I found and explored my trans identity! And I know that it will continue to be an amazing source of empowerment for many many people. Starting this shop, however, means initially spending a lot of money that I don’t have right now, so I figured I would reach out to this community in hopes that some of you folks could donate or share this!

Thank you for your consideration!!

YOU SHOULD HELP OR I WILL IN MOR POSTS OK?

Can’t get back to sleep, even though I am tired. Pup has had two pooping-in-her-crate episodes recently, can’t tell if something is wrong. Also, internal clock set for 5:30 now. Blah.

Watching WFTDA playoffs at home.
Prepping for evansville.  Woo WOOO. :D

Watching WFTDA playoffs at home.

Prepping for evansville.  Woo WOOO. :D