Archive for November, 2011

The Firestarters Junior Roller Derby League bouted during the preshow for Black & Blue 6.

Black & Blue 6 took place Nov. 19 at the Wolstein Center, and fans and skaters agree it was one of the most exciting B&Bs to date.

The Firestarters bouted first during the preshow, splitting into teams Black and Pink.  

Great blocking and awesome strategy were used by the junior derby league.  Team Black won 43 to 39.  Take a look here at one particularly exciting jam.

Next up, the Burning River Roller Girls divided into Team Black vs. Team Blue.  The skaters took off their regular team colors and, in some cases, traded in their skater names for new ones and thrilled the fans with an action-packed night.  

Bi-Polar Bear (The Killustrator) of Team Black scared the crowd with an early injury (but thankfully she came back a few jams later).

Also for Team Black, Maul-ibu Barbie, a new transfer to the Burning River Roller Girls, made a great first impression on the crowd with her quick and wily jamming skills.  

Team Black took an early lead, but at the last whistle in the first half, the scoreboard read 40 -43 in favor of Team Blue.

Halftime was no time to relax and grab a beer. It was the moment many waited for all year long — full-contact musical chairs!  The newest members of the Pyromaniacs, BRRG’s farm team, were divided into two teams (you guessed it, Team Black and Team Blue) and battled for the honor of claiming the final chair.  Pinching, kicking,  pushing, you name it, the new recruits were feisty!

After determining the final six, the skaters fought it out for the sash, tiara and pink wand!  Watch …oooh SHINEE! vs. Kelly Wilms in the final round!

...oooh SHINEE! is presented the Musical Chairs crown from last year's winner Bad Mooney Rising.

And …oooh SHINEE! wins!

It was hard to believe there was still more derby after such an exciting halftime show!  A power jam started the second half, allowing Team Blue to maintain the lead.

With 17 minutes left, Blue had a 10-point lead, and the spread continued to grow when Team Black’s Premo Donna was sent to Jammer Jail for a penalty.

Boots had a stellar jam for Team Blue, as she scored 20 points, increasing Team Blue’s lead to 95-65. “It’s like she’s got wheels on her feet,” one announcer declared.

Mae Burnya rounds the track.

But Team Black closed the gap again, and at the 2.5-minute mark there was an 11-point spread.  Team Black jammer Mae Burnya was sent to the penalty box, but the pack held back Team Blue jammer Hellz Kellz, and Burnya was able to round up some more points when she re-entered the jam.

Team Blue took a time out before the last jam with a score of  97, Blue to 91, Black.  Maul-ibu Barbie jammed for Team Black and Pixie Lou for Team Blue, and the jam ended with a dispute in points for a finale that had fans on their feet.

Ultimately, the officials awarded eight points to each team, and Team Blue was declared the winner.  Final score 105-99.

Team Blue and guest coach Robert Deadford show off their trophy!

Thank you to all of the fans who made this charity bout successful!  We’ll soon be announcing how much money was donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio. 

And we’re looking forward to seeing everyone again as we kick off Season 6 in March! Don’t forget to save yourself a lot of money by buying your 2012 Season Passes now!


It's true. Photo by Robyn Beck / Getty Images

Do you love the Burning River Roller Girls?

Of course you do. That’s why you’re here.

What if we told you that you could get into three bouts for FREE during Season 6. And you don’t have to wait in line at 3 a.m. to get this deal!

Sounds pretty good right?

Well, that’s exactly what you get with our 2012 Season Passes.

This season will include our traditional five home team bouts, in which the Hard Knockers, Cleveland Steamers, Rolling Pin-Ups and Hellbombers battle for the Hazard Cup. But also, for the first time ever, the league will host two travel team events at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland!

Our travel teams, the Burning River All-Stars and the HazMat Crew, are the best of the best of the Burning River Roller Girls, and never before have they been able to challenge their rivals at this venue. These bouts are part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rankings for our All-Stars and could advance our skaters into regional, or even national, competition.

All events are double-headers, so you get double the derby action for one low price! A perfect gift for a derby lover or for yourself.

Plus, did we mention, when you buy a season pass, it’s like getting three games for free, compared to day-of admission!


General admission
Adult advance: $12
Adult day-of: $17
Kids (12 and younger): $6
Special group (Student, Military, etc.): $10
Season ticket (seven bouts): $63 – This is 25% off – $9 per bout.

VIP admission
Adult advance: $15
Adult day-of: $20
VIP special group (Student, Military, etc.): $12
VIP season ticket (seven bouts): $78.75 – This is 25% off – $11.25 per bout.

Have a group of 10+ from your work or other organization? Call the Wolstein Center to inquire about special pricing.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Wolstein Center box office, by phone at 1-877-468-4946 or online at*

*Processing/convenience fees apply for online and phone orders.

2012 season schedule (all Saturdays):

Home team bouts

  • March 10
  • March 31
  • April 21
  • May 5 (Semifinals)
  • June 9 (Championships)

Travel team home bouts

  • June 16
  • July 21 


Black & Blue 6 details.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a derby rock for the past couple of months, you probably know that tomorrow is Black & Blue 6, the annual charity bout of the Burning River Roller Girls. This year, we’ll be making a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio out of proceeds from the bout.

Just in case you have any questions before the big day tomorrow, here is a handy guide with links to all of the details you need, so you don’t have to wade through the information on your own.

WHO: Burning River Roller Girls

WHAT: Black & Blue 6 Goes Pink. Sixth annual charity bout. The league will be divided in two for Team Black vs. Team Blue.

WHEN: Saturday Nov. 19. Doors open at 5. Bout starts at 6.

WHERE: Cleveland State Wolstein Center. 2000 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Directions to the Wolstein Center

CHARITY: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio

List of prices 
Buy online
Buy tickets by phone: 1-877-468-4946

SEASON PASSES: While you’re at the Wolstein Center, pick up season passes for our 2012 season! Going on sale online and at the box office starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Season passes will include five home team games (March 10, March 31, April 21, May 5, and June 9) PLUS two Burning River All-Stars/HazMat Crew home games (June 16 and July 21)!

PARKING: There are several options for parking very close to the Wolstein Center.

ROSTER: Some skaters will be using alternate derby names for Black & Blue (just for fun). So the roster has been updated so you can match regular skater names with special names for this event.

CAPTAINS: Find out more about the winners of our captain auction.

PRESHOW: Cleveland Firestarters Junior Roller Derby

HALFTIME: Full-contact musical chairs. On skates!

RAFFLE PRIZES: Two separate raffles. A 50/50 raffle and a raffle for this watch. So make sure you have cash handy for raffle tickets!

AFTER PARTY: Old Angle Tavern, 1848 West 25 Street, Cleveland, OH 44113.

See you Saturday!

Captains Red Devil and Robert Deadford show off their team colors.

It is the opportunity of a lifetime.

OK, well maybe that’s a stretch, but still, can you name another sport that lets fans make their dreams come true by auctioning off the chance to be a guest captain? Didn’t think so.

But that is exactly what the Burning River Roller Girls did for its annual charity bout, Black & Blue 6, Nov. 19 at the Wolstein Center.

Not only did our guest captains (with help from their on-skates co-captains, Eva Lucien on Team Black and Hidden Ajennda on Team Blue) get to draft their teams, the lucky winners also got to attend a team practice and scrimmage this week for an all-encompassing derby experience.

Without any further ado, let’s meet the captains of Team Black and Team Blue.

Tammie Konicki, aka Red Devil, rose to the challenge of leading Team Black after discovering BRRG only three months ago from her friend, our very own Pinky Teasadero.

Tammie spent six years in the Army, leaving with the title of Staff Sergeant and now works in wireless communications. She attended an NEO Roller Derby (our Akron sister league) bout and a wRECk Derby (Northeast Ohio Recreational Derby) practice and caught the derby bug.

She hopes one day to skate for the Burning River Roller Girls and decided to bid to be a guest captain as a way to get more connected.

“I want to stay involved and learn more about derby and this was a great way to do that and help a great cause,” she said.

Team Blue is helmed by Doug McCutcheon, aka Robert Deadford, a longtime fan of BRRG who has only missed a single home bout since 2009!

When he’s not watching derby, Doug plays harmonica and keyboards in several local bands. He also has experience serving our country in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1966-1972.

As more than a casual observer he’s most looking forward to “coming up with some ideas and making choices that help the team and the overall game. Not to mention the rush of being in the middle of all the excitement and the opportunity to learn more about roller derby.”

Will the instruction of a former Army Staff Sergeant win the battle for Team Black? Or will the passion of a dedicated derby fan lead Team Blue to victory?

Only one way to find out — you need to be in a seat at the Wolstein Center when the first whistle blows this Saturday.

Tickets still available through the Wolstein Center.

Bad Mooney Rising is declared winner of the 2010 Full-Contact Musical Chairs.

So, we must confess, we’ve been holding out on you a little bit.

We’ve announced our captains, our teams, our announcers, our prizes, our charity and many other exciting aspects of Black & Blue 6, Nov. 19 at the Cleveland State Wolstein Center.

But we haven’t delved into the best part yet. If you’ve been to a Black & Blue in the past, you probably know what we’re talking about.

It’s violent. It’s nail-biting. No rules. No mercy.

It’s the initiation of a lifetime.

That’s right. The best part of Black & Blue 6 is the full-contact musical chairs half-time show, a traditional rite of passage for our new recruits. This will be the first time we present the league’s newest skaters to the world, and, boy, what a presentation!

Same basic rules as regular musical chairs … but this isn’t kindergarten namby pamby play time. These girls will wear skates, and they are allowed to do anything, yes anything, to secure that chair when the music stops.

This will be the first time they get to show off their skills and grit to the world. And if it’s anything like years past, what a show it will be!

Check out the video to see the final round of last year’s musical chairs half-time show. Then buy your tickets now to see this year’s event live and in person!

You won’t want to miss the event the roller derby community will be buzzing about all year. We still talk about the Mooney/LuLu showdown and Luz Cannon dancing around her chair!

Watch donated by Steven DiFranco

Watch out! More great announcements about Black & Blue 6 coming your way!

Steven DiFranco Jewelers has generously donated this special pink dial Citizen watch to be raffled off at Black & Blue 6. Tickets for the raffle will be 1 for $1, 6 for $5, and arms’ length for $15. Retail value for this wonderful watch is $325. So make sure you have some cash on hand so you can partake in this great offer! Imagine snagging this as a holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself!) for a cool $15.

We also will be selling tickets for a 50/50 drawing during the bout.

Just a few more reasons to join us Nov. 19 at the Wolstein Center as we help benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio.

Black & Blue 6 details.

Howdy, roller derby fans! We’ve had a lot of posts about Black & Blue 6 and special discounts available for presale tickets. But to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck on game day, here is a convenient list of all the pricing levels for BB6 as well as ways to get your tickets.

Remember, no matter when or how you buy your tickets, a portion of every sale goes to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio.

Game day, Nov. 19, at the door. Individual adult, no discounts. Just show up at the Wolstein Center Nov. 19 before the bout with a smile and payment.

Now through Nov. 18. Individual adult, in-advance discount. Available in advance at the box office during Wolstein Center box office hours , by phone at 1-877-468-4946 or online. Online convenience fees apply.

Now through Nov. 18. Adult tickets, groups of 10 or more, in-advance discount. Available at the box office during Wolstein Center box office hours, by phone at 1-877-468-4946 or online. Online convenience fees apply.

Now through Nov. 19.
-Individual students, with valid student ID.
-Military and law enforcement personnel, up to four tickets with one valid ID.
Available at the box office during Wolstein Center box office hours (including day of the game). No online or phone sales for this deal.

Now through Nov. 18. Groups of 20 or more, in-advance discount. Must be all affiliated with a group, business or organization. Available at the box office during Wolstein Center box office hours or by phone at 1-877-468-4946. No online or day-of sales for this deal.

Now through Nov. 19. Individual child, 12 and younger. Available at the box office during Wolstein Center box office hours (including day of the game), by phone at 1-877-468-4946 or online. Online convenience fees apply.

We’re still looking for volunteers to help set up before the bout and to sell raffle tickets. Contact Danelle Warner (a.k.a. West Nel Virus) to find out if you can help and watch the bout for free!

Click here for Wolstein Center box office hours and information.