Derby girls, like every other athlete, have things they believe in, from lucky socks to pregame bizarro rituals. For fun, here is a list of a few of the things that derby girls believe in, but probably shouldn't.
|Do you know these players?|
|I would prefer not to be a part of this picture.|
|I have unlucky bandanas.|
4. Every skater truly believes that the refs are paying her special attention. Who hasn't felt slightly persecuted by the officials? Every once in a while, I wonder if the the refs single me out because I feel like I'm being tagged for everything possible, including breathing wrong on the other team. I know it isn't true, but there is a tiny bit of paranoia that buzzes around my head at times. It doesn't help when I'm getting called on things and yet getting elbows to the nose or low blocked on a constant basis. It's hard to put things into perspective sometimes when you're in the middle of a jam. Just remember that most players have felt this way, and you need to concentrate on the things YOU are doing, not what everyone else is responsible for, including the refs.
|PS...don't make eye contact and then you won't have to jam!|
|The smell of winning...or a zombie.|
By the way, everyone have a great Christmas, or Winter Solstice or whatever you enjoy celebrating during this time of the year!