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Helmet Hellcats 

Wednesday, Oct 1 2008
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Before Extreme sports with a capital E, there was the extreme sport (little e) of roller derby, where ladies in roller skates bash, shove, elbow, block, and pile-up on top of one another in 30-minute bouts. If you thought that the only place to see a good she-fight was in a Lifetime movie, you haven't seen the Bay Area Derby Girls (B.A.D. Girls) go at it. See Swoozie Hurtz attempt to cold-clock Nancy Drew Blood! Witness Roxie the Riveter try to gutter Chesty Gillespie! Revel in the brutal girl-on-girl ballet that is roller derby! Tonight’s Bay Area Derby Girls 2008 Championship Bout features two teams, the Oakland Outlaws and the Richmond Wrecking Belles, both 3-1, battling for the prize (the third team in the league, the S.F. ShEvil Dead, sadly didn't make the cut). Probably the only thing more interesting than the sport itself is the audience that it brings in, which includes some of the most enthusiastic fans this side of the Oakland Raiders (and yes, some of the drunkest). Halftime highlights are performed by the all-male rah-rah squad Cheer S.F.
Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., 2008

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