Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hot Summer Fights Roller Derby Bout Recap: Gainesville Roller Rebels 120, Bradentucky Nuclear Bombshells 78

Author's Note: Okay, here's Yankee Tripper's second go-around at writing a bout recap and found it a bit challenging since the Bombshells lost :( but don't you worry, the Bradentucky girls will be back stronger than ever!

Check out photos by Invertebrat over here on Photo Bucket.

Bradentucky, Fla. (August 27, 2009) – The Hot Summer Fights roller derby bout on August 23 at Bradenton’s Florida Wheels Skate Center was an opportunity for the Bradentucky Nuclear Bombshells to redeem themselves over the Gainesville Roller Rebels. Sadly, the Rebels were victorious over the Bombshells, 120 to 78.

It all started once upon a time - well, May 17, 2009, to be exact – when the Bradentucky Nuclear Bombshells caravanned to Gator Country with a mission of taking on the Gainesville Roller Rebels on their home track. The result was a Rebels victory and their first-ever win. On a quest for a vengeance, the Bombshells trained their skates off for the past three months in anticipation of a rumble rematch to defend their home winning streak. Unfortunately for the Bombshells, the Rebels had been training for Hot Summer Fights, too.

Although the Bombshells put up an incredible fight, they were outskated by the Rebels. Lead jammer positions during the first three jams were captured by the Bombshells, Nikki Strick-9 and Yakuza Girl, yet the Rebels outscored the Bombshells thanks in part to the incredible Gainesville walls. The first half saw 18 jams while the second half had 17.

Gainesville’s lineup consisted of blockers Black-Out Brady, Handi J, Hershall Stalker, Laura Ingles Piledriver, Lethal Dose, Matriarch, Patsy Close Line, and PocaHotAss. Serving double-duty as blockers and jammers, as proper roller derby girls do, were Suzie Bonebreaker, Brawlin Brat - a Fort Myers Palm City Punishers skater making a special appearance - and Demonimia. Also making a special appearance from Fort Myers in the Gainesville line up was blocker AliSkater.

Bradentucky Nuclear Bombshells’ blocker lineup consisted of Co-Captain Prosehack, Blaque Jac, Dita Von Cheats, Malice in Rollerland, Shitz N. Giggles, Suicidoll Hotline. Alternating between jammer and blocker positions for the Bombshells were Diva Does Derby, Ester Gin N’Juice, LuLu LaRue, Nikki Strick-9, Signal 20, Toxic DeMeaner, and Yakuza Girl. Making her first ever roller derby bout appearance was a true terror on the track, Ariel Nightmare. Co-Captain Mia Psycho, Vixen de CrusHer and Head Coach Bryan Wilkes kept the Bombshells in check.

To say Hot Summer Fights was a physical bout is an understatement. Both teams demonstrated they could hit and girls frequently ended up in the suicide seating zone. The Gainesville Roller Rebels’ win can be attributed to the cohesive game-play. Although most times their jammer was left to fend for herself, the Rebels’ solid wall and angle blocks limited the Nuclear Bombshells scoring efforts and kept many of the girls falling within the track.

Unfortunately, the Bombshells’ Malice in Rollerland and Blaque Jac didn’t finish the bout due to injuries sustained on the track but they went down fighting. Indeed, Aug. 23 was a sad day for the Bradentucky Nuclear Bombshells, especially on the home track, but a learning experience to move forward in kicking more roller derby butt.

First Half Highlights:

Twenty seconds into the bout’s first jam, the Bombshells’ Nikki Strick-9 captured the lead jammer star yet the Rebels demonstrated some fancy skate work and moves when Matriarch slung Suzie Bonebreaker to advance her to the front of the pack leaving the score Bradentucky 2, Gainesville 5;

The third jam was a power one for Gainesville as Nuclear Bombshells’ Yakuza Girl was serving time in the penalty box for bad behavior during jam #2. The Bombshells prevented the Rebels’ Demonimia from breaking through the pack and once Yakuza Girl was released, she showed off her stealth ninja skills and with blocking assistance by Nikki Strick-9, easily captured the lead jammer position;

Diva Does Derby demonstrated sassy diva blocking on the track during the sixth jam as she helped push Nikki Strict-9 through the pack with Signal 20 and Ditea Von Cheats executing a barrage of hits against the Rebels;

Suzie Bonebreaker captured lead jam status for the Rebels during the seventh jam with the Bombshells’ Shitz N. Giggles and Arial Nightmare sitting in the penalty box. Prosehack and Suicidoll Hotline executed tag-team blocking to slow Suzie;

Jam 11 was a boondoggle of mayhem with derby girls hitting the floor every which way. Ester Gin N’Juice battled for lead jammer status against Suzie Bonebreaker with Suzie capturing the lead star. Diva Does Derby placed a solid block on Matriarch which allowed Ester to break through the pack.

Yakuza Girl showed off her karate concentration and agility by weaving in and around the Gainesville pack to capture the lead jammer status during jam 13;

Brawlin Brat was the queen jammer during jam 14 while PocaHotAss stuck to Bradentucky’s jammer Toxic DeMeaner like fly paper until Poca “accidently” tripped the Bratt;

Bradentucky had the power during jam 17 with Nikki Strict-9 jamming alongside blockers Suicidoll, Prosehack, Diva and Signal 20. Gainesville was on the defensive yet Signal surprised Hershall Stalker with a hit that vibrated throughout the rink.

Second Half Highlights:

Angels could be heard singing as Bradentucky took the lead during jam 3 thanks to Signal 20 as lead jammer and solid hits from Shitz, Arial and Nikki. Jam ended Bradentucky 60, Gainesville 58;

Two Bombshells were in the penalty box during jam 5 yet Signal 20 was the lead jammer relying on LuLu LaRue and Nikki Strict-9 to slow the Gainesville derby girls;

Suzie Bonebreaker secured lead jammer status during jam 7 with the Bombshells highlight coming from Esther Gin N’Juice’s defensive moves to slow Suzie. Unfortunately for the Bombshells, following this jam they would no longer lead the game;

Ester Gin N’Juice captured the lead jammer star over Brawlin Brat but her run was rudely disrupted when Gainesville’s Hershall Stalker illegally pushed her off the track;

The century mark was met during jam 13 for Gainesville with Suzie Bonebreaker as lead jammer and the jam ended Bradentucky 74, Gainesville 100.

It’s not very often sports announcers receive recognition but the ones at Hot Summer Fights deserve it. Side of Bacon with Bradentucky and Glyph from Gainesville definitely earn gold stars for their entertaining banter throughout the bout. Commentary covered everything from roller derby strategy to spa treatments to karaoke. Where else but roller derby can this kind of entertainment be enjoyed?

Before the Bombshells skated in their last bout of the season, roller derby fans kicked back cold ones during a lively tailgating party in the rink’s parking lot compliments of Bradenton’s The Distillery Tavern. Prior to the game’s 6 p.m. start, Johnny SxFk infused the rink with a rockin’ beat.

See the Bradentucky Bombers and Nuclear Bombshells on Sunday, October 18 at 6 p.m. at Florida Wheels in Bradenton. This will be an interleague bout associated with the upcoming movie release of Whip It, which is about an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-Texas town by joining a roller derby league. The movie is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cooking Up a Frenzy with Julia Child

Not since I was a kid and obsessed with "Star Wars" has there been a movie that's inspired me. While "Stars Wars" inspired me to ... well... not sure what it sparked in me other than collect action figures, cards and write faux scripts...the flick "Julie and Julia" has inspired me to cook.

Days after seeing the movie I ran out to the local Books-A-Million for Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One (1) (Vol 1). Now, I was almost CERTAIN my Grandma had this book and thought perhaps I now inherited it but checking my book shelf, couldn't find it so it was off to BAM where the cooking aisle was overwhelming with pomp and flash from young gun chefs on the Food Network. There were tons of Rachel Ray cookbooks and Guy Fieri's book was prominently on display but I couldn't find the Julia Child cookbook.

After seeing "Julie & Julia" I have a new appreciation and fondness of Julia Child. She seemed to be an ordinary woman head over heels in love with her husband and vice versa. Now, the celebrity chefs don't seem important. They seem superficial with their easy, quick, 30-minute meals because the message behind the cookbooks seemed to be profit versus good food.

Disappointed I couldn't find Art of French Cooking, I wandered throughout the store and returned to the same aisle just in case I missed something. And then I heard the sound of angels - smack dab in the middle of a shelf standing upright was the cookbook! Not sure if it had been there all along or if staff just stocked it but in either case, I snatched it up.

Next was the hunt for a vintage apron and being impulsive, I forwent the Internet and headed straight to Goodwill where I found a suitable culinary garment.

Off to the grocery store because I didn't have all the ingredients or the cookware. I picked up a nice Paula Deen 3.5 Quart Cast Iron Covered Round Casserole which will come in handy. My cooking frenzy to make Boeuf Bourguignon (beef stew in red wine, with bacon, onions and mushrooms) began at 10 p.m. and either I was channeling Julia Child or was working on late-night adrenaline because I felt like a master chef sauteing and flipping mushrooms, browning pearl onions and cubing my grass-fed beef. By 3:30 a.m., the dish was complete and the aromas infused the apartment in a good way.

Since it's just me, I've been feasting on my homemade creation since Thursday night, not a bad thing. I'm now plotting my next dish, perhaps an nice chicken dinner.

Bon appetite!

And don't forget to check out my new travel blog,

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Big Brother 11: Ice Cream Sandwiches Almost Like Lydia's

Once again I'm sucked into another season of Big Brother. Although the CBS reality show isn't commonly associated with cooking, a Big Brother After Dark episode inspired me to make ice cream sandwiches almost like the ones house guest Lydia - the tattooed special effects makeup artist - made.

Lydia's Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Chocolate Chip Cookies - looked as though she baked them in a pan then cut them into squares.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

My Jazzed Up Version:
Chocolate Chip Cookies - I used the Hershey chocolate chip recipe on the bag and used dark chocolate chips.
Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
My Secret Ingredient:
  • Version 1: melted chocolate chips and spread the chocolate on the flat side of each cookie then plopped the ice cream;
  • Version 2: Hershey's chocolate syrup spread on the flat side of each cookie then dropped the ice cream.
Chocolate Sprinkles

Viola! The Big Brother 11 ice cream sandwich is pictured up top. Look close to see the melted chocolate. And the taste? Definitely a crowd-pleaser. A friend who's a big fan of Lydia was my taste tester and he said both varieties were winners. I realize I have an upper hand over Lydia since the only secret ingredient she probably has is Big Brother slop and maybe an anchovy or two.

Fix yourself a batch for Thursday's eviction, should be another heated episode.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I Can't Tell You About Woodstock, But Mexican Trailrunner Can

Travel is about experiences and meeting new people. When I journeyed to Mexico last November to visit barb, she introduced me to a friend of her's who now has a blog called Mexican Trailrunner. And guess what? She was at Woodstock so in celebration of the momentus 40th anniversary, check out her post called, "I Came Upon a Child of God." (And bookmark her blog about her travels and adventures in Mexico, trust me.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sarasota: Celebrate Woodstock's 40th Anniversary with Yesterdayze, Aug. 28, 2009

Okay all you groovy Sarasota peeps, find the flower-power love to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock with the band Yesterdayze during Friday Fest on the Bay at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, between 5 and 9 p.m.

Spread the blanket out on the lawn, kick off those sandals and move and groove in your bare feet as blades of grass tickle your toes - almost like the original Woodstock - on the Van Wezel's lawn.

Yesterdayze, a six-person band (including one of my uncles!), will play the favorites from the 60s. Check out the band's site for more info about them and can you guess who's my uncle? And Mom, sorry, you can't reply!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Woodstock Party in Walmauma, Florida: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009

Hey, Man. There's like this funky Woodstock Party shakin' in Walmauma, Florida, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. Dig out those bell bottom jeans, flower-power shirts and groovalicious peace symbols to join the fun at Valencia Lakes Community Center and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock with the band Yesterdayze, promising rock & roll for the soul.

Here's the deal:
Where: Valencia Lakes Community Center, 16003 Valencia Club Dr., Walmauma, Florida (on Hwy. 301 north of Sun City)
When: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009; 6 to 10 p.m.
What: Costume Party with Contest, includes food and drink. Cost is $10 at the door, $8 in advance.

For more info, contact 813-634-6800

Disclaimer: An uncle is a band member of Yesterdayze.