If a woman at the Funtime Skate Center looks like "hell on wheels", that's not a figurative meaning.
"It's full contact," Wendy Chow said. "It's like football."
"I've been hit all over," Lauren Barranger added. "I've been uppercut during a bout once."
The Tragic City Rollers, which is a spin off of Magic City, is Birmingham's home town roller derby team.
The ladies compete on the flat track by night, but by day, they work regular nine-to-five jobs. Take Angela Dainas for example, she's a marriage and family therapist.
"I'm not so worried about my co-workers knowing, but sometimes my clients know," Dainas said. "They want to know why they're therapist does roller derby. But it's fine."
The basic idea during a "bout", is for the jammer - the skater with the star helmet - to score points by passing opponents, called blockers.
Like in NASCAR, another sports with a track, fans sit back and wait for the next big crash.
"That's really the point of the sport," Dainas said. "To get these people out of the way to get our girl through and try to take everybody down."
"We end up getting scratched all over, not like on purpose," Barranger said. "A lot of times you're getting hit with shoulders and hip checked, with people coming out of nowhere knocking you down."
The team practices taking hits and falling twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, in Fultondale.
Then there's the skater's names, all original, for example, Road Rach, or Punkin Disorderly. The ladies gave me a little help for my skate name. The top three: Jam-burgaler, Bruise-caster and Killer Kyle.
My pick: Bruise-caster.
Tragic City Roller's next bout is Saturday, May 11 at Zamora Shrine Temple located at 3521 Ratliff Rd Birmingham, AL.
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