I remember when derby hit the scene in the 505. Reporters covered it from many angles, but no one could seem to get a handle on whether this was hot chix with crazy socks on skates or a real sport. And maybe we’ve learned, finally, that it can be both.
The Alibi’s first article on the subject asks the question: What the hell is roller derby? It was October 2005, and it was a legit query.
2008 saw the league lose its home. Players got too brutal to practice around the poles of the makeshift Midnight Rodeo rink. On the flip side, travel team Muñecas Muertas started brutalizing squads in other cities.
The Santa Fe Disco Brawlers made their debut in 2009. And the Alibi’s Simon McCormack covered every bout that season.
April: Muñecas Muertas vs. San Diego Wildfires, and Disco Brawlers vs. Ho-Bots
May: Muñecas Muertas vs. Seattle’s Rat City, and DoomsDames vs. D.I.A.
June: Muñecas Muertas vs. Dallas Derby Devils, and D.I.A. vs. Disco Brawlers
Late June: Muñecas Muertas vs. St. Louis Arch Rival Roller Girls, and Ho-Bots vs. DoomsDames.
Then the season was postponed because DCD had to leave the Santa Ana Star Center.