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    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    No Holds Barred: Why Roller Derby Means Happiness, with Dainty Inferno 

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins with a discussion of just why the sport of roller derby means happiness. The sport itself, its humor and culture, and the atmosphere around it, provide a unique sense of joy to those who watch and participate in it.

    We then demonstrate this further by reviewing the 2009 league championship game of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby.

    Held Saturday night, November 21, before a standing room-only crowd at the Hunter College Sportsplex in New York, the Bronx Gridlock captured the league title with a 116-105 come-from-behind win in a wild game with numerous lead changes. Bronx was trailing 81-39 at the end of the first half, but had a spectacular second half to win the title and close the 2009 season.

    Right after the game, we spoke with skater Dainty Inferno of the Bronx Gridlock. We discussed how Bronx adjusted after falling so far behind in the first half, what we might expect in the 2010 season which starts in the spring, the growth of roller derby as a sport, the loss at the 2009 national championship tournament the previous week of the Gotham Girls to the upstart Oly Rollers, and much more.

    If you want to learn more about roller derby, the fastest-growing sport in America, No Holds Barred is the place to be.

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