Posts Tagged ‘Roller Derby’

Bay Area Derby “New Home – Old Building”

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Bay Area Derby opened their regular season at the Old West Oakland Train Station ten days ago. The roller derby bout was held outside the abandoned train station on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Here is the photo gallery from the season opener.

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I have also photographed an event inside the 16th Street Station. On November 7, 2015, I photographed a fundraiser when Mayor Libby Schaaf celebrated her 50th birthday at the historic site. 

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This year’s season opener was historic because of the new venue, but the result was also unusual. San Francisco ShEvil Dead defeated the Oakland Outlaws 186-114. The ShEvil Dead victory equaled their win total from the three previous years.

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The new venue seemed appropriate for roller derby. Old and new had found a place to interact and coexist. Nothing felt out of place.

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When I watch derby on a foam surface, I forget that the sport is full of full contact.… Read the rest


2016 BAD Roller Derby Champions

“If the Good Lord had intended us to walk, he wouldn’t have invented roller skates.” (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

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On Saturday, two teams skated in circles and one team would be able to hold a trophy at the end of the bout.

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Last year the Berkeley Resistance won. This year they won again.

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Rocket Dog Rescue also attended the Bay Area Derby Championships. Rocket Dog Rescue attended two years ago. This leads other related questions. If God had wanted us to be alone, would he or she have created dogs? (Or if God had wanted dogs to be alone, would humans have been created?)

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So, walk this way and view the two galleries from #BADchamps2016. I recommend that you play a Gene Wilder movie in the background.

Berkeley v Oakland Final

Richmond v San Francisco 3rd Place

Since the Bay Area Derby championships, Gene Wilder died. The opening quote is from Willy Wonka, one of the first movies that I loved.… Read the rest


Bay Area Derby Pride Double Header

I almost did not photograph last weekend’s Bay Area Derby Pride double header. I would have missed something special.

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My derby photographs were not special, although I took a few decent action pictures somehow. There are two slideshows below the next two photographs.

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In the second bout, Richmond Wrecking Belles defeated the San Francisco ShEvil Dead.

 

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In the first bout, the Berkeley Resistance lost to the Oakland Outlaws.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

A former skater coached the winning Oakland team, and an injured skater coached the other winning team.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

Two contestants won the rainbow whip cream eating contest.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

The bearded man was one of the winners. I have pictures to prove it.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

After the first bout, the skaters gathered while a referee was honored. Then the rest of us were honored to be in the presence of something special.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

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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.… Read the rest


Derby, Dads, Dodgers and Demons

This post might turn out like my dinner tonight. I grilled a cheese sandwich with turkey, garden tomatoes and avocado. The sprouted bread fell apart, the crust became hard and the inside became mushy and cheesy. It tasted good, but I would not serve it to friends. While I rushed my dinner, I have spent several days trying to write this blog post.

I have yet to digest my emotions from last Saturday.

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Before I attended Saturday’s bout between the Santa Cruz Derby Girls Bombshells and the Bay Area Derby Girls Team Gold, I planned a simple post that included galleries from two previous bouts. I would discuss the community based organizations that the roller derby teams supported at recent events and I would mention how my children love attending roller derby too.

Then I met Bryan Stow.

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I am a Dodger fan. I have loved the Dodgers since I was a little kid and moved to Fresno from the San Fernando Valley. When I was a child, I would sit on the floor and listen to the radio at night.… Read the rest


Costume Roller Derby

October 11, 2014

Santa Cruz, California

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Last weekend I photographed the Santa Cruz Bombshells’ final bout of the season. Santa Cruz hosted the New York Bad Apples at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. Because the bout was held in October, there was a costume theme. Because this was roller derby, a costume theme seemed a little redundant… until I participated.

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Almost every roller derby skater and official adopt a persona and name. I have a derby name, (it’s P Giddy), but I have not really lived up to it. I wondered if a costume theme would negate personas. Would some people dress as normal people? What is a normal person? Am I a normal person? Instead, it was double fun.

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The previous weekend, I bought an old train conductor’s hat in downtown Oakland and decided that I would wear a vest I bought twenty years ago. I also bought an antique lighter that I can use for business cards, but I do not really use business cards.… Read the rest


BADG Double Header Bout 1 – Oakland v Berkeley at The Armory

The B.ay A.rea D.erby G.irls held their second Double Header of the 2014 home season in San Francisco at The Armory on Saturday, April 26, 2014. I posted a few photos on my Facebook page already, but the images look better on my derby photography website. I almost always upload galleries at www.AFlatTrackMind.com after a bout. There is a gallery for bout 1. You just need to keep reading.

The Oakland Outlaws skated against the Berkeley Resistance in the first bout of the Bay Area Derby Girls second double header of the season. The bouts were held at San Francisco's Armory on Saturday, April 26 2014. (bryan farley)

This was my first time shooting at The Armory. (This was my first time inside the building ever.) For part of the evening, I almost lived up to my really cool derby name. (P Giddy) I smiled a little more often than usual.

The Oakland Outlaws skated against the Berkeley Resistance in the first bout of the Bay Area Derby Girls second double header of the season. The bouts were held at San Francisco's Armory on Saturday, April 26 2014. (bryan farley)

I met new people who can teach me how to smile even better. I saw familiar friendly faces too. You can probably see familiar faces in the gallery. You need to keep looking.

The Oakland Outlaws skated against the Berkeley Resistance in the first bout of the Bay Area Derby Girls second double header of the season. The bouts were held at San Francisco's Armory on Saturday, April 26 2014. (bryan farley)

There was also a cool half-time show.… Read the rest


Keep Calm and March On – Season Openers

On Saturday March 1, I attended two season openers. One was a campaign and the other was a sporting event. There is probably a cheap joke here, but neither event felt cheap.

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In the morning, I attended Libby Schaaf’s “Libby for Mayor Oakland Campaign Kickoff.” (I took a few hundred pictures; here is the edited photo gallery.) In the evening, I photographed the Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener. The events felt similar. There was music. There were people from different ages and backgrounds. Young people held signs. Older people cheered. Everyone seemed committed. Positive.

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As someone who pretends to be a journalist, I do not officially endorse anyone, but I support many people and causes. I support Libby. Before she was elected to City Council, she supported my kids and neighbors. I support people who help my kids and neighbors.

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People at derby support me and my kids.… Read the rest


A Flat Track Mind – The 2013 BAD Championships

Saturday night I photographed the 2013 Bay Area Derby Girls Roller Derby Championships. I am almost a regular.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the San Francisco ShEvil Dead for the 20103 B.A.D. Champions on Saturday August 17, 2013. Oakland won 181-156. (bryan farley)

I will probably always feel awkward referring to a grown woman as a “girl,” but derby is a place where awkwardness is normal.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the San Francisco ShEvil Dead for the 2013 B.A.D. Championships. Oakland won 181-156 on Saturday August 17, 2013 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

I might never live up to my derby photographer name either. I may never grow into P Giddy the way that Ellen Page’s character grew into her character, but she was a real derby girl.

The Oakland Outlaws defeated the San Francisco ShEvil Dead for the 2013 B.A.D. Championships. Oakland won 181-156 on Saturday August 17, 2013 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

I am just a photographer… with A Flat Track Mind.

See more galleries at the link or click on a picture above to launch a gallery.

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A Tale of Two Mayors and a Shadow Photographer

Earlier this month, the Bay Area Derby Girls All-Star team hosted the roller derby club from Montreal. The Golden Girls defeated The New Skids on the Block 217-122 at the Oakland Convention Center.

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During half-time, Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan proclaimed May 11, 2013 as “Bay Area Derby Girls Day” for the entire city. I have known Mayor Quan since she served on the school board (and later as my City Council Member). I have always been impressed with her visibility at community events. At derby, I was impressed by her ability to adapt. She pronounced the San Francisco ShEvil Dead’s name correctly. She asked questions and talked about her mother attending derby.

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Mayor Quan also got close to the floor and photographed action. I think she is ready for her own derby photography persona. (She can probably have mine since I am not really using it.) After the bout, she spoke to reporters and fans.… Read the rest


Rock My Derby

I am like an official women’s derby photographer now. I am more than a little excited. I’m running and I won’t touch ground. Eva Menace, the PR person for The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls, invited me into Saturday’s season opener on March 2, 2013 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. Now I can take photos of REAL LIVE DERBY GIRLS like Lulu Lockjaw. Lulu actually let me take her picture. Wow. What’s a boy to do?

Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener

I think I have a found my derby persona too.  As I understand derby personas, they are like an alter egos. My derby alter ego uses the word “like.” He also has the exuberance of a respectful high school sophomore boy who happens to drop his camera and damage his lens.  (Assuming this never happens again, it was worth it.) If you are one of the five people who read my blog, you know that I usually take my self way too seriously.… Read the rest


Bay Area Derby Girls Advance to Nationals

Since the top two teams at the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association West Region Tournament automatically advance to the national tournament in Atlanta, the third place game between the Bay Area Derby Girls and the Rose City Rollers was probably the most dramatic of the tournament. The bout was especially exciting since the BAD Girls  hosted this year’s West Region Tournament.

The bout was close the entire game (though not as close as the seventh place game) and there were very few two minute jams. (To those who have not watched roller derby, there were not many penalties nor big scoring plays… a lot of field goals.) The home crowd was excited to be returning to nationals. Portland fans are cool too.

For more photos from the evening see this link. Great light at the Craneway Pavillion.… Read the rest


Best Bout of the Besterns

Was there any doubt that the bout between Angel City Derby Girls and the Sacred City Derby Girls was the greatest match of the 2012 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Western Regional Tournament?

The two teams are bitter sweet rivals with a relatively long history. When the bout ended, Angel City’s tournament MVP Jammer Fifi Nomenon fell to the track one point short of Sacred City, but many fans thought Angel City won. The two teams fought, pushed, skated, and tugged the entire game. When Sacred City eventually won, players from both teams cried. Players from other teams cheered.

I love close games and I would watch these two teams compete every day. I also wish my children had attended so my son and daughter could have watched how the players respected each other despite the fierce competition. Despite losing an agonizing bout, Angel City congratulated their rivals. Sacred City celebrated without being arrogant.… Read the rest