OKAY, so, I got to see Team USA play London Brawling and Team England on Monday. It was something approaching mind-blowing (I had to have a little lie down in the gap between bouts, it’s true).
BUT, when Brawling actually scored more points against the USA than England did, it got me thinking, and I came to a conclusion that many people have probably already come to before me:
Final scores don’t actually mean anything. It’s the points differential that actually matters.
So I googled stuff like “TEAM USA POINTS DIFFERENTIALS” and “B&T WORLD CUP SCORES”, gave up because there was NOTHING, and the hit DNN to gather some stats because I WANTED TO KNOW, GODDAMNIT (this could be a bit of an overreaction to some fairly obvious stats, but I WANTED THE SPREADSHEET, and if you didn’t know, here’s your heads-up: I am a massive nerd for rules, stats, wheels – If it’s to do with derby and it has numbers, I will be all over that shit).
All this to say, I made a spreadsheet.
Here are the scores for bouts that have been played against Team USA from the start of the World Cup, sorted from Highest to Lowest by Opposing Score:
As you can see, Brawling beat out England, ans Scotland come last with their hard-fought point.
Re-order it by Points Diff, though:
England jump up ahead of London, which if you saw both of those bouts, is exactly how it should be.
Interestingly Scotland actually move up of Australia, even though Australia finished 4th and Scotland came 11th. Obviously, we can’t judge final rankings from just one bout, but it does beg the question of where Scotland (and Australia) might have come had Australia been the team to take on USA in their Group round (Australia beat Scotland by a wide margin, so this shouldn’t be taken to mean that I think Scotland would have finished better than Australia, I think that the Top 4 were exactly right).
So. Long post. And boring to most people, I’m sure, but if you aren’t one of those people I’d be really interested in hearing your thoughts on final scores vs points diff for grading the quality of roller derby.Tags: blood & thunder, London Brawling, london roller girls, LRG, nerd, points, roller derby, scores, stats, team england, team usa, thinky things, thoughts, world cup
Quadzilla entertaining the crowd before 3rd – 4th Playoff bout in Toronto
(Video Credit John Quinn)
Quadzilla is unfuckingreal.
If you haven’t watched Quadzilla jumping people before WATCH THIS NOW. I think it’s 8 in this one. There does exist video of him jumping 10 people, somewhere on youtube. Amazeballs.
… Realising that I am going to be playing in a bout against the Dublin Roller Girls in three weeks.
And then realising that EIGHT of their players? Yeah, they are on Team Ireland.
Holy. Crap.Tags: bout, brighton rockers, dublin roller girls, roller derby, roller girls, roster, team ireland, world cup
I have to say, this is probably the worst logo I have ever seen for a sports team (and probably worse than a lot of logos for other things too)
I have to say I agree. This is… not good. I’m pretty sure I could come up with something better, even just using this colour pallette.
Edit: to prove the point, I did. Total time: 17 minutes. And I’m not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination. Obviously all things artistic are subjective, but still.
Tags: ENGLAND, roller derby, sports, world cup
“Dee-mise – RCRG
el VISIOUS – HH
Feral Fairy – RCRG
Fox Sake – LRG
Frightning Bolt – LRR
Grievous Bodily Charm – LRG
Hustle Her – CCR
Jack Attack – LRR
Juicy Lucy – ARRG/LRG
Kamikaze Kitten – LRG
Metallikat – LRG
Missy Rascal – RCRG
Ninjette – LRG
Raw Heidi – LRG
Rogue Runner – DRR
Shaolynn Scarlett – LRG
Stefanie Mainey – LRG
The Mighty Mighty Bash – LRR
Vagablonde – LRG
Violet Attack – BBD”
Team England roster – Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup 2011!!!
U GUYS. The Mighty Mighty Bash is the Brighton Rockers’ coach. My coach is on Team England. This is awesome. AWESOME. Also, Jack Attack. I love me some Jack Attack.
Now, what can I sell to make enough money to get to the World Cup? Maybe my sister? 😉Tags: 2011, blood & thunder, derby girls, roller derby, roster, skaters, the mighty mighty bash, world cup