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Posted by Katie Johnston Chase  June 24, 2008 11:06 AM

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I went to my first Boston Derby Dames match recently, and as the girls bumped and glided around the track at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, I found myself yearning to be a part of it – not so much for the skating or the shoving or even the fishnet stockings, but for the names on their backs: Claire D. Way, Triple Deck-Her, EZ Bake Shovin, Jodie Faster, Etta Maims, Wynonna Thud (an awesome ref name).

My friend and I instantly started coming up with our own monikers: Octapushy, Krispy Kreme Ya, Dolly Pardon Me, Crash Potatoes and Gravy, Bruisin' For Chicks, Mary Skate and Ashley Rollsome ...

We couldn’t stop. What could be more fun than coming up with clever, appropriately menacing roller derby names?

The next match is July 19, Boston Massacre (shown above) vs. Ohio Roller Girls, and if you want to do more than watch, league tryouts are in November. I can barely stand on skates, let alone race on them with bodies in the way, so I won’t be there, but if you need a name, I might be able to help.

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