2015 BAD Derby Champs

Last week I met sports journalist Justine Gubar. She wrote the book “Fanaticus, Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan.” The book is about crazy fans. Last night I watched the Major League Baseball playoffs. Toronto fans threw beer cans and other debris onto to the field after being upset with an umpire’s call (but mostly the fans hit other fans, including kids). Toronto eventually won, otherwise the fans might have thrown kids. Last weekend, I photographed the Bay Area Derby Girl roller derby league championships. Some fans cheered. Some drank beer. Some fans brought their kids (or some kids brought their parents), but nothing unusual happened… except that The Berkeley Resistance won their first league title.

The Berkeley Resistance defeat the Oakland Outlaws 161-143 to win their first Bay Area Derby League Title at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. (bryan farley)

You can view more photos of Berkeley’s first league celebration and 161-143 victory over Oakland at the gallery here.

The Richmond Wrecking Belles defeat the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 187-139 for third place in the teams' final league bout of the season. The Bay Area Derby Girls Championships were held on October 10, 2015 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

You can also view the third place gallery between The Richmond Wrecking Belles and The San Francisco ShEvil Dead.

During half-time of the Berkeley Resistance and Oakland Outlaws league championship bout at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, contestants played "Hungry Hungry Human." Berkeley won their first league title 161-143. (bryan farley)

During half-time of the championship, adults played a version of a kid game. It was called Hungry Hungry Humans. Three of the four teams might have been disqualified for breaking the rules, but nobody tossed beer at other fans. (Now that doesn’t sound like a bad half-time game – “beer toss.”)

The Richmond Wrecking Belles defeat the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 187-139 for third place in the teams' final league bout of the season. The Bay Area Derby Girls Championships were held on October 10, 2015 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

For some reason, I am still surprised to see little children at roller derby. When I take my children, other people seemed surprised. Why is that? Children attend major league sports. At major league sports, adults insult players and officials. Fans fight each other in the stands and the parking lot.

The Berkeley Resistance defeat the Oakland Outlaws 161-143 to win their first Bay Area Derby League Title at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. (bryan farley)

At the end of most bouts, the fans congratulate the athletes. Perhaps we should reconsider how we view this ritual. Perhaps we should also consider that the athletes are congratulating the fans for another well behaved contest.

The Richmond Wrecking Belles defeat the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 187-139 for third place in the teams' final league bout of the season. The Bay Area Derby Girls Championships were held on October 10, 2015 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

Derby fanatics are funny and creative.

The Richmond Wrecking Belles defeat the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 187-139 for third place in the teams' final league bout of the season. The Bay Area Derby Girls Championships were held on October 10, 2015 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

I don’t usually understand some of their comments, but even their catcalls are painless.

The Richmond Wrecking Belles defeat the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 187-139 for third place in the teams' final league bout of the season. The Bay Area Derby Girls Championships were held on October 10, 2015 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

The little fans look up to the skaters, figuratively and literally (and yes, I know what literally means.) I look up to the skaters too, especially those whose persona uses my all-time favorite animation series.

The Richmond Wrecking Belles defeat the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 187-139 for third place in the teams' final league bout of the season. The Bay Area Derby Girls Championships were held on October 10, 2015 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

Some skaters are more animated than other skates.

The Berkeley Resistance defeat the Oakland Outlaws 161-143 to win their first Bay Area Derby League Title at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. (bryan farley)

but the players skate together, regardless of their background

The Berkeley Resistance defeat the Oakland Outlaws 161-143 to win their first Bay Area Derby League Title at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. (bryan farley)

and everyone, fan or participant, is comfortable flying their own flag.

NOTE: I have edited this post a few times since originally posting it. I added the comment about throwing kids and I corrected the spelling of the author’s name (it was the least I could do). At her book signing/reading, we talked about several topics, including my conversation with Bryan Stow and our favorite baseball teams. She likes the team that remembered how to score from third last night with less than two out. I recommend her book too. After reading it, I was surprised that Toronto allowed beer cans. There is a reason that beer bottles are not allowed in stadiums. Fans throw beer. Fans throw beer a lot.

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  1. Alice says:

    Just checking in.
    Love you.
    Mom

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