'Lady Skaters' And The Rough Pleasures Of Roller Derby

"It is a teeth-jarring sport for skaters who race 30 miles every night," LIFE magazine wrote of the then-young spectacle of roller derby in December 1948. The scene, LIFE noted, features "enough spills and body contact to gratify even an ice hockey fan." » 6/16/14 4:07pm 6/16/14 4:07pm

Maryland's Football Helmets Are Awesome, And They Didn't Rip Off A…

Nobody—OK, maybe Craggs—is more skeptical and mistrustful of the University of Maryland/Under Armour marketing-and-football partnership than I am. I'm on the record predicting shame and ruin for the athletic department in its pursuit of buzz and glory. » 9/07/11 1:50pm 9/07/11 1:50pm

Roller Derby Twins Make Good

That's odd. ESPN's Page 2 has a story from a blonde girl who lives with her twin sister in New York City and tried out for the local roller derby ... heyyyyyyy, wait a second.... » 12/11/09 11:45am 12/11/09 11:45am

When Does "Roller Derby Night In America" Start?

Roller Derby is slowly coming into its own as legitimate sport—with national tournaments, big-time media exposure, and no more fights! All they need is a Versus contract and they're bigger than the NHL. [NYTimes] » 2/05/09 4:30pm 2/05/09 4:30pm

Roller Derby Girls Have Issues, Growing Fan Base

I won't say roller derby's Suzie Homewrecker is an Amazon chick from hell, but I think I just got herpes from visiting her Myspace page. The demur Ms. Homewrecker is one of the founding members of the Arizona Derby Dames, an all-women's amateur roller derby league based in Phoenix, Ariz. I learned about her through… » 11/12/08 3:30pm 11/12/08 3:30pm

Caution: This Man Is Not 100 Percent Pure Beef

You may know Dave Wasser as the world's foremost collector of North American Soccer League game tapes » 11/10/08 10:15am 11/10/08 10:15am (who doesn't?). But there is much, much more to the Austin, TX resident than that; he's a true Renaissance man. Just look at the photo above, and when your realize that he's not one of the chicks, it hits you. Dave…