Some people are going to say M(u)RDA, I prefer to call it Mr. Da. Yes, yes, yes.
Personally, and this isn’t the opinion of the New York Shock Exchange, just Filthy McNasty, but I don’t think the MDC needed a name change, is recognized throughout the roller derby community, and to change it would only confuse things, plus make a lot of unnecessary work in changing websites etc. But I don’t vote on these matters. I’ll support the name MRDA going forward. I’m really excited to see all the teams come together at Spring Roll in May.
That a sportswriter would discover a sport by watching an in-flight movie says something about roller derby’s place in the public consciousness. Roller derby—or more properly, the twenty-first-century revival of a mid-twentieth-century entertainment that was as much exploitative spectacle as sport—is a mash-up of nostalgia, irony, and female empowerment. (The revival has even spawned a men’s league, but when they play, they are the opening act.)
“In the world of roller derby, women rule. There are more than 400 women’s teams in the U.S. alone, with thousands of skaters. Now, men are getting into the game. About 30 men’s teams have sprung up in the past few years, and some of those men will go to great lengths to play.”