Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Roller derby ain't just for the ladies anymore

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 6:35 AM

click to enlarge KC's ladies won't be the only ones busting each other up on skates anymore.
  • KC's ladies won't be the only ones busting each other up on skates anymore.

Roller derby has long been a staple of the Kansas City underground. And why not? Watching women in tight, sparkly hot pants shove each other while moving at high speed is all kinds of awesome. But now, roller derby isn't just a women's sport any longer.

The Cowtown Butchers, Kansas City's newest roller-derby team, is going to battle it out with Indianapolis' Race City Rebels on March 19. Though the Cowtown Butchers sport the same rough-and-tumble attitude, helmets and kneepads as Kansas City's 80 other Roller Warriors, there is one noticeable difference: They're dudes.

The Cowtown Butchers in action
  • The Cowtown Butchers in action

Here's the skinny:

The Cowtown Butchers Men's Roller Derby was founded in

March 2010 and is working toward joining the national Men's Derby

Coalition (MDC). The Butchers are composed of 15 men who travel

the nation from Boston to Seattle, from Minneapolis to Dallas to play derby.

It's exactly the same game the ladies play -- though most guys admit that they

don't look as cute in fishnet stockings.

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