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March 26, 2009



"Currently, the Bruisers’ roster is comprised of roughly 80 freewheelin’ females between the ages of 21 and 50, all ready to raise some hell."


Karen, if you were a derby girl what would you name yourself?


I haven't been to one of their "bouts," mostly because it was pretty hard to find information about them. I actually didn't even know they started in 2005. Guess I should get out from under this rock...

Gary Powers, Natonal Roller Derby Hall of Fame

The original Roller Derby never went bankrupt and did not end because of a lack of popularity. Roller Derby was a family-run business and the family decided to close their business in 1973. Roller Derby sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City (19,000+ seats) on a monthly basis and had over 50,000 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago for a game in 1972.


This is awesome! I really like their rink names. Terror Lapinski and Ivanna Smackdavitch are pretty cool.

After reading your review I was trying to think of what I'd call myself if I was a rollergirl. As it turns out, I'm not very creative.


Hello Gary- Thanks for the comment. I just want to clarify a couple of things, though.

First, I didn't say the roller derby ended because of “lack of popularity.” I actually said it was popular nationwide... Either way, I appreciate you sharing those statistics – Very cool.

Second, I had read in several sources that the roller derby went bankrupt. I never saw anywhere that it was closed by the family that ran it. My bad. I didn’t mean to misinform folks, but I’m glad we all know now.

All in all, I’m delighted that roller derby made a comeback and that Milwaukee has a diverse and vibrant team of strong and skilled women who not only entertain hundreds of fans at every bout, but help support our community.

Thanks again for your time, Gary.


Sign up, be a skater! It is a blast. Great article, it's true that the athleticism often surprises people.

I'm the ref in bunny ears (center picture) and have been with the league from the start. It is such an amazing outlet for women. Building confidence, keeping you physically active, and having an absurd amount of fun while doing it.

Hope to see you at future bouts whether on or off the track.

Also, keep an eye out for our travel team (all star team)


Hi SwingWreck, I remember you – love the ears!

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I definitely plan to attend future Brewcity Bruiser bouts and will look for the traveling team... As far as trying out to actually *become* a Bruiser, well, that’s still something I have to chew on for a bit – I'm not a very skilled skater. But! I might go to one of the boot camps this summer, so we’ll see...

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