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Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Hurt Reynolds


Vintage Have Derby, Will Travel: 2007 Champs Edition

Editor’s Note: Have Derby, Will Travel was Hurt Reynolds’ original derby blog as he travelled across the U. S. and Canada for a year (2006-2007) volunteering for derby leagues and events at a time when derby was spreading like wildfire. In honor of all the women competing in Denver this weekend, here’s a look back at some coverage of WFTDA Nationals in Austin, TX, 2007. It was that same weekend that Justice Feelgood Marshall launched Derby News Network.

Well, this is it. The track is in place, the teams are in town and resting up, the forms are prepped (my piece of the project), and the alarms are set. In just a few hours, the 2007 Texas Shootout WFTDA Championship Tournament gets under way.

For those of you who can’t be here, you can assuage your sorrow with the knowledge that this tournament will be the best-covered roller derby event yet. Here are your key resources for keeping up with the action from afar:

For detailed analysis, please direct your attention to Derby News Network, the ambitious new site brought to you by Justice Feelgood Marshall. “America’s Referee” has been honing his detailed bout recap format since the Dust Devil — no one will give you a better feel for a bout’s flow than he can.

For minute by minute action, tune in again to Lead Jammer. Gnosis will again be liveblogging each bout, as he did to great praise at the Heartland Havoc.

Here at Have Derby, Will Travel, I’ll be providing quick summaries of each bout and score updates by period.

For those of you who prefer your score updates via text message or email, sign up for the WFTDA scores Twitter feed I maintain. I’ll be providing period-by-period score updates there, as well.

Of course, if you’ve just decided you want to be here to see the action in person, that’s a good call. The event hasn’t yet sold out, so you can get tickets at the Austin Convention Center door starting at 9am Central.

Due to the late-September timing of the championship tournament, WFTDA wisely elected to delay their fall rankings ballot (nominally due in September) until after the tourney ended. The results are now in, and they definitely reflect the shakeups we saw at the Heartland Havoc and Texas Shootout!

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I’m turning into a total Google Documents addict, so I pressed on to chart out the progression of league rankings over time. The key drawback to this chart is that I can’t invert the vertical axis, so the highest ranking teams appear at the bottom of the chart. The legend does have the teams in the same order as the rightmost data column, which represents the current rankings, so hopefully you can make sense of it from there.

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