Today's side deal gets you a close-up look at what future time travelers will call "the laserball of the 21st Century." For $9, you get a ticket to one of three upcoming bouts of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls league, up to a $15 value. Choose from the following three dates:
- June 5: 5280 Fight Club vs. Charm City
- September 25: Rollergirls Home Team Championships
- November 20: Contenders vs. Bruising Altitude
Derby was reborn in the early 2000s as a ferociously fun sport. Nearly all modern leagues are composed of female, DIY-spirited bands of punky costumed, vicious-monikered rascals who shove each other on traditional quad roller skates. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, Denver's original all-women flat-track roller derby league, is operated by the more than 40 skaters who makeup its six teams: home teams Red Ridin' Hoods, Sugar Kill Gang, Dooms Daisies, Kill Scouts, and traveling teams, Fight Club and the Contenders. These fearless athletes leave bouts with sprained shoulders, bruises, and hematomas, which is nothing compared to the competitors' pain (the ladies took home second place in the 2009 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association regional tournament and fourth in the national tournament).
All the elbow-to-the-face action goes down at the Bladium Sports Club, located on Central Park Boulevard. The Rollergirls provide an ample amount of sass to amply accentuate this ferocious sport, ensuring an entertaining evening for all spectators and specters on hand. There is no limit on the number of Groupons you purchase, so grab enough to treat your entire cul-de-sac to a raucous evening or two or three.
- All players have their sassy derby names sewn on the back of their jerseys, a constant reminder that this is no sewing circle. The sport, like hockey, is built on contact — something its fans crave. But the rules are strict, and it's not uncommon to see glossed-but- swollen lips filling the penalty box. – Ricardo Baca, Denver Post
- In its hometown of Denver, the league began chartering a bus to transport fans to bouts from the Skylark Lounge on Broadway. The service has proved a success, not least because riders are treated to free beer. (Told you it gets more fun.) – Quentin Young, TimesCall.com
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