my first time alone

Saturday night, March 9th I single handedly announced the season opener for the Cen-Tex Rollergirls. Stash I doff my hat to you good sir. That was my first time on the mic all bow wow self.

Little background, Stash Merkin announced a bout all alone that I was jam reffing in Lafayette last season. I believe that it was against Mississippi Roller Vixens. I told him then and I say it again, good job. I didn’t get kicked off the mic… Prolly cuz there wasn’t anyone else to take over. Although I had a good time rocking it.

2013 Cen-Tex Season Opener Flyer

2013 Cen-Tex Season Opener Flyer

Before the bout I was told that there’d be some comedians that have been on HBO/Bet who’d join me. Which would have been great because any questions they had, I could’ve explained to the audience to fill time and not be doing a play by play all night.

They didn’t show up but I still manage to throw in some derby knowledge and ref signals out there and tossed in a few jokes with the refs.  I’m no Chip Queso or Dump Truck mind you, but with a referee background I know the hand signals and constantly have to fight the urge to tell a skater to watch her the opposing Jam ref. I could go on a tirade on how much information a ref gifts(thats not a typo) skaters by hand signals and their eyes. Especially when you have Quicksilver as your Jammer ref. She has pack awareness and opposing skater awareness.  In any case I got some feedback that I did well,  and I’m more than welcome to get on the mic again.  So that’s reassuring and I look forward to it.

I’m scheduled to co-announce later this  month and then back again at Cen-Tex in Jul for their bout against Alamo City Rollergirls.

One thing that had me a little excited was that the South Texas Rolleristas skaters and staff go by their last names this season. Bucking the “skater name” trend and I learned the real names of a few friends. I might make that leap some day, but I like being able to easily separate my several hundred Facebook derby friends, from just over a hundred friends and family.

One last thing to note, a shout out to Bear and Cubby I have a shirt idea for you guys “‘I Announced the CRAP outta that game!”



One thought on “my first time alone

  1. Thanks man! Now that you’ve done it once, you never have to worry about first-time solo jitters again 😀 Love the shirt idea! Maybe do several of them; Announcers do it loudly? If I told you that you had a beautiful microphone would you hold it against me?


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