Archive for July, 2012

Want to hang out with and help out the Burning River Roller Girls?  Well, here’s your chance.

What: Burning River Roller Girls Fundraiser and hang out and food and beer and prizes!

Where: Uncle Joe’s Bar and Grill

6211 W. 130th Street, Parma Heights

When: Saturday, August 11 @ 6 p.m.

How much?  $20 will get you in the door and you will be able to eat delicious food and drinks.  All the delicious food that you want!  Did we mention drinks?  You’ll get free drinks too.  Wow!

We will also have raffle baskets and prizes!!!  What more could you ask for!  Come out and support your Cleveland Roller Derby!!!

Want to spend more time with BRRG skaters?  Don’t forget about our one night only screening of Derby Baby: A Story of Love, Addiction, and Rink Rash on August 16 at the Capitol Theatre!! 


The Burning River Roller Girls is hosting a screening of Derby Baby: A Story of Love, Addiction and Rink Rash, a documentary about the rise of roller derby around the world.

The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Capitol Theatre.

Our league is very excited to host this screening, but we’re even more excited to meet you! Your favorite skaters from BRRG will be on hand to meet fans and answer questions about roller derby. If you have any friends who want to know more about roller derby or who wonder what it’s all about, this is a great chance to show them!

The documentary explores  everything from the estimated 20,000 women playing the sport in the U.S. to last year’s first ever World Cup. Narrated by Juliette Lewis (Whip It), Derby Baby takes viewers on a quest to learn why women’s roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the world.

This event is one-night only, though, so make sure you save the date and buy your tickets now!

What: Screening of Derby Baby: A Story of Love, Addiction and Rink Rash
Where: Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th Street, Cleveland
When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 children. Tickets and more information are available at

Well hello Miss Pin-Up 2012

Posted: July 11, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, General, Interviews
ImageLast weekend Burning River Roller Girls were in full force at Spitfire Saloon in Cleveland for the 3rd annual Mods vs. Rockers weekend!  Merchandise and baked goods (baked by Burning River Roller Girls!) were sold and our own West Nel Virus entered and won the first ever Mods Vs. Rockers Miss Pin-Up contest.  We asked her a few questions about her win:
Katniss Evermean: How does it feel to be Miss Pinup?
West Nel Virus: To be honest, my entry into the contest was rather last minute, which made winning all the more surprising.  Having won, I am flattered and honored to be the very first “Mods v. Rockers Ms. Pinup.”
KE: What kind of questions were you asked?
WNV: (these are paraphrased, as I don’t recall exactly how the questions were worded, and I was so excited/nervous when  providing answers.)
Q:What would you be if you were a dessert?
A: I’m not much of a sweets person, so I would be sweet potato pie, as it’s sweet and a lil’ spicy (wink, wink)
Q: If they made a movie out of your life, what would the title be?
A: Hot Mess – life can be a handful between keeping it classy at the day job, and being a rough and tumble derby girl at night.
Q: Why do you wish to be crowned “Ms. Pin-Up 2012?”
A: Rosie the Riveter comes to mind, not because of her pinup “look,” but because of the strong, independent woman she represents.  I would like to portray those same ideals as Ms. Pin-Up.
KE: How did you feel your chances were vs. the other contestants?
WNV: It’s hard to say, some girls brought their A-game – did you see those victory rolls?!  I did have the support of my BRRG – they certainly made me feel confident.
KE: Did you have any coaching from the sidelines?  I hear you had a stage mom?
WNV: Speaking of supportive BRRG members… I’d like to thank my stage momager, Mandy Maggots, for giving me not-so behind-the-scenes hints and tips along the way!
KE: Any advice for future pin ups?
WNV: You’re playing a character of sorts, put on a show for the spectators and judges!
You can visit Spitfire’s blog to read about the day.  And the most exciting thing other than the win?  West Nel Virus will be on their next  t-shirt! We will post details once we know them! Until then, enjoy photos of the contest and our gorgeous girl West Nel Virus!

July 21 bout canceled

Posted: July 9, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, travel teams

Travel team bouts

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Burning River Roller Girls regretfully must cancel the bout against the Windy City Rollers of Chicago July 21 at the Cleveland State Wolstein Center.

Those who have season passes or have already purchased tickets for this event will receive a refund through the Wolstein Center. Purchases made using a credit card online, on the phone or in person will be refunded automatically within 7-10 business days of today to the card on which they were purchased. You don’t need to do anything.

Tickets bought with cash at the box office must be returned to the box office to receive a refund. Refunds can be obtained within a year of the event date during normal box office hours (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.). The Wolstein Center box office also will be open Saturday, July 21 from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. for refunds.

Also, as a gift to our dedicated fans, those who purchased season tickets or advance tickets for the July 21 bout will receive a free ticket to Black & Blue 7, the league’s annual charity bout, which will take place later this fall. A date has not been solidified at this time. For more information on how to claim your ticket or any other questions, email

Until then, Burning River Roller Girls has plenty of fun events planned this summer. The travel teams will have more away bouts both far and near. And the league will be hosting a special screening of the film Derby Baby, Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Capitol Theater. Check back on our website for all the upcoming details!

Thank you to our fans for your understanding and support. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Brother Ed

Posted: July 8, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in General
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Eddie, Me-Ow and their son.

“Ed kicked cancer in the balls for 2 years, he was a brave inspiration to all who knew him.”

That line from the obituary of Edward Wille Jr. speaks volumes about a man who many of us knew as Brother Ed. Always a fighter and always an inspiration, Ed’s passing has left a huge hole in many hearts throughout Northeast Ohio.

Brother Ed was active in the Cleveland music scene as a drummer for Uncle Scratch’s Gospel Revival, where he got his nickname. He touched many lives through his music and by the way he lived his life, with great love and dedication to his friends and family.

We were honored to have gotten the chance to know Ed here at the Burning River Roller Girls. His wife, Natalie, is better known to all of us as Me-Ow, one of our founding members and a huge part in getting BRRG off the ground. Ed was extremely supportive during this process and was a big fan of the league. Years later, those who knew him still speak fondly of him and Me-Ow and share stories of their legacy with new league members.

Our hearts go out to Natalie and their son, Angus, and the rest of Ed’s family and friends. We know the sadness we feel can only be a fraction of what you’re all feeling, and we offer any support we can.

We’ll be updating with ways you can monetarily pay tribute to Brother Ed, but in the meantime, feel free to leave a comment sharing a little love.