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Philly Upsets Gotham for Eastern Regional Championship, 90-89

RALEIGH, NC -- Philly and Gotham provided what was by far the most dramatic bout of the Eastern Regionals, trading the lead all through the second half -- and 4 times in the last jam alone -- before Philly scored a one-point upset of Gotham to end Gotham's two-year, 18 game winning streak by just one last-second point, 90-89.

See DNN's archived boutcast here.

In the first half, it looked like Gotham had a small but meaningful advantage over Philly, as they were able to hold the lead for almost the whole opening 30. Their largest lead of the bout was 33-14 with ten minutes to play, but the crowd exploded late in the first half as a power jam put Philly in the lead 39-35 with about 2 minutes to go, though Gotham's Beatrix Slaughter took advantage of some musical chairs in the penalty box and scored 4 points on the half's final jam to leave the game tied at halftime, 39-39.

By the second half, Gotham chose to start running a two-jammer rotation -- they dropped Em Dash and Beatrix Slaughter from the jam rotation to run Bonnie Thunders and Suzy Hotrod for the entirety of the half. Two jams deep into the second, the teams traded 3-0 jam wins to put it at 42-42, but a Shenita Stretcher trip to the box allowed Suzy Hotrod to run up a 9-0 to put a tiny bit of daylight between the teams at Gotham 51, Philly 42. Bonnie extended it by 5 more with a grand slam over Mo Pain, leading to a Philly timeout with 23:29 on the clock and the score Gotham 56, Philly 42.

Power jams became a factor soon afterwards, as Gloria Grindem had some time to work alone and run up a 9-0 for Philly before hitting the box on a late-jam track cut that gave Gotham's Bonnie Thunders an unopposed jam of her own. However, Philly was up to the challenge there, with blocker Heavy Flo being a major element of Philly's ability to hold Bonnie to just a 5-0 in a jam that went the full 2 minutes. and gave Gotham a 10 point lead at 61-51 with 18 minutes left to play.

The underdogs had an enormous jam to follow up, as Philly put up an extremely rare double grand slam against Suzy Hotrod, who was totally unable to break the Philly defense, tying the game yet again at 61-61. Philly's defense stepped up again with Gloria Grindem, Dara Licks and Teflon Donna doing the impressive job of stifling Bonnie Thunders and allowing a 8-0 run for Persephone, moving the score up to 69-61 favoring Philly.

Suzy Hotrod finally managed to get a lead jam call with a athletic jump to get out of the pack, but Gotham could only get a 3-2 win out of it. They nicked away again with a 2-0 for Hotrod, narrowing the margin to 71-66 for Philly with about 11 minutes to play and Bonnie added 4 more on the following jam to get within one point at Philly 71, Gotham 70 with 9:42 left.

Still no team could establish an advantage, with Teflon Donna only able to turn lead jammer status into a 3-2 win -- and finally Gotham took the lead back as Bonnie Thunders took a 4-0 to put Gotham ahead 76-74 with 6:30 to play, and Suzy Hotrod adding 4 more to bring it to 80-74 Gotham. Gotham stole a 1-0 to follow, but things turned in Philly's favor when Gotham's jammer Suzy Hotrod was taken down on the opening lap by a trip from Persephone and Mo Pain lapped Suzy twice in the course of of a 10-0, putting Philly up 84-81 with 1:43 on the clock.

Teflon Donna went to jammer defense off the line to start the final jam, making Bonnie Thunders ineligible for lead by knocking her out of bounds -- but Bonnie got out of pack first and Teflon was not awarded lead jammer either, forcing a 2 minute jam that would run out the clock With Philly up by 3, the result was that Bonnie's 4 point pass to start put Gotham up 85-84, but Teflon's answer a few seconds later gave Philly back the lead, 88-85. Once more, Bonnie came through to add 4 more and give Gotham the lead at 89-88, and as the clock ticked down, Teflon Donna needed to pass just one Gotham blocker to force overtime. She got the one, but couldn't get the second before time expired ... but with Gotham's Sweet Sherry Pie in the box, Teflon was awarded the extra ghost point -- just what Philly needed to turn a overtime game in a one-point Philly win for the Eastern Region title.

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Awesome.

Congrats to both teams for putting on a hell of a show!

WOW!

OH MY GOD!!! What a nail-biter!!! Thanks DNN for the coverage and great job to both teams for a phenomenal fight!!! WOW!

Oh. Mah. Gaw.

"(T)rading the lead...4 times in the last jam alone..."

No wonder my brain shorted out. Thank heavens for DNN boutcast archives.

If there's anything left in my PayPal account, it is SO yours. Thanks again - and again, and AGAIN! - for the rock star coverage!!!

Top-notch

Everything.
This bout, the coverage, the speed at which the site is being updated. Just phenomenal. Yay and stuff.

Yeah, the bout was

Yeah, the bout was phenomenal, but the fact that it was so well covered and that so many people got to share it made it that much more special.

That was awesome

I'm sure we've all had close, last-jam winning games, but never against Gotham. Well done Philly! Teflon Donna's Jammer D made a big difference. Coverage was great, surely earned another contribution from me.

Incredible!

That was some fine quality derby. Seriously the best I've ever seen. DNN will be recieving a big donation from my end of town real soon so I never have to miss another bout!

This is going to make nationals very interesting. I have now moved being in Philly for Nationals to the top of my "to-do" list. <3 Derby. <3 DNN.

absolutely amazing...

wow. watching that game about made my heart stop. both teams brought incredible, brutal, smart gameplay to the table. nationals is going to be verrrrrrrry interesting this year. thanks DNN, for making the bout available online. that made my weekend! :D

O_O

What an exciting game, well worth staying up till 3am for!! Best game i've ever seen!

best bout ever!

so good, i was late to work cause i refused to move until it will over! i love my philly derby sisters! such an amazing bout!

AWESOME.

Amazing bout. Simply amazing. I'm sure everyone can recall their Facebooks blowing up with nothing but status updates saying PHILLY.

And the coverage, phenomenal. The camera angles were awesome, the text updates were fantastic. I LOVE the new site layout. DNN is getting my money for sure.

Sucka D
Memphis Roller Derby

THE BOUT SENT CHILLS UP MY SPINE,PROUD OF U ALL

PHILLY ROLLER GIRLS YOU LADIES PLAYED YOUR HEART OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. IAM PROUD OF YOU ALL I KNEW YOU LADIES COULD DO IT .I WATCHED FROM HOME ON LINE IT WAS AWESOME , SIMPLY THE BEST BOUT I EVER SAW. NINAKNOUT aka MY JELLYBEAN IAM ESPECIALLY PROUD OF YOU I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.PAUL AND PJ YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME AS WELL AS SMART. GREAT JOB TEF, MO PAIN, HEAVY FLO ,PERSTEPHONE ,GLORIA, ELLE, DRUGS, SHENITA , VOILET TEMPER, FACE, GINGER, DARA,DOTTI , FIST,IVANA ROCK, AND THRASH I TRIED NOT TO MISS ANYONE IF I DID IAM SO VERY SORRY. ENJOY YOUR MOMENT AND RELISH IN THE VICTORY . YOU ARE FINALLY #1 ON PAPER !!!!!!!WE ALL KNOW YOU LADIES BEEN #1 LONG BEFORE THAT . GREAT JOB AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

THE BEST DAMN DERBY EVUH!

O-M-G!!!! That bout was sooooo amazing! Everyone played like their lives depended on it! The best bout I've seen! Thriller from beginning to end and WELL worth the long drive back to DC and lost voice. Telfon Donna, Nina Knockout, Robin Drugstores from Philly - amazing play!!!!
Candy Kakes, Hyper and Snap in the packs and Bonnie and Suzy on the jammer line for Gotham - just super!!! Wow, wow, wow!
Both teams played with all heart and had loads of class in the middle for trophies!
SO IMPRESSED!

Camera work

It would be a huge treat if the same camera crew could cover the other regional (and national) tourneys. Excellent work. I love that near the end we were getting tight shots of skaters going to the benches after jams. Very professional. Woo hoo! I can't stop buzzing from last night's championship bout.

Excellent Camera

I really appreciated the positioning of the camera-horizontal to the track angle, medium shot and a medium to high angle that captured 360 degrees of the derby action. Hopefully all of the tournaments will follow suit if possible.

Great final eastern champion bout too.

Eastern Regionals on DVD?

I agree that the camera work was very well done, and much easier to watch than two-camera setups that are constantly cutting back and forth.

There was talk during the boutcast of the video being made available on DVD. Any more info on that? I'd love to rewatch this bout in higher-quality video.

DVD

I have been informed by a member of the Carolina league that it will become available on the Carolina Rollergirls web site. Watch for it there. www.carolinarollergirls.com
I can't wait for my copy!

Eastern Regionals on DVD

Sweet, the Eastern Regionals DVDs are now available at http://www.carolinarollergirls.com/shop.htm

Philly v Gotham

Just order my copy!

Can I still watch this bout somewhere?

When I follow the link above to the archive, DNN's logo is displayed in the viewing area with text in the right top corner that says it is offline.

sorta

I've embedded the first clip into that archived boutcast now, but you'll have to do some navigating past that to find the other clips on our Justin.tv page. We are very, very much looking forward to the day, which we think has almost arrived, when we can embed a full bout's video into the archived page after the fact without jacking up a whole bunch of other things on either the channel or the site.

But what you really want to do is buy the DVD, which you'll find partway down the page at the Carolina Rollergirls online store. Full resolution, supports the tournament host league, and you can easily hand it to your friends to hook 'em on derby.

Solid fist/ loud echo

I know we all love DNN to death for giving us all kickass tournament coverage (and chuckleheads like me love DNN to death for giving me an audience to display my mad crazy typing skills)-- but when it's possible, please support the tournament hosts and buy a copy of the champs bouts or your favorite semifinal on DVD or something like that.

Because without tournament hosts?
No tournaments.

Host leagues work tirelessly all year to prep for the big shows and sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Buying some merch after the fact? Just a little way to say "Thanks yo!"

xo,
Loco

North Central DVDs are up as well.

The link is:
http://shop.mnrollergirls.com/collections/brawl-of-america-dvds

Because of the setup that we had with B2TV (not justin.tv), there won't be archives online. I suppose there might be a chance that B2 will eventually show those bouts like they do with MNRG past bouts, but I wouldn't count on that possibility.

Also: our contact with B2 in MNRG recently asked me for feedback regarding the B2's feed.

I've already noted with her:
- the problems with the feed being switched from archived to live on the first two days
- the tape delay
- the occasional audio drops
- the OS transparency issues (.wmv feeds not playing as nicely with non-Windows boxes)

I would be very interested in additional feedback, both positive and negative, with your experiences with the feed. Drop a note to webmaster@brawlofamerica.com if you've comments instead of replying here.

Best,
-Garrison Killer

Go here Pain!

http://www.justin.tv/clip/c6e11ed4d010bc82

Send the link to every derby girl and fan you know!

Post WWE depression...

Thanks DNN and everyone else that made sure we could see it that bout! Philly so rocked it! I walked around all day thinking derby...is time to Brawl yet?

Thank you G. No!

I've never been able to find the DNN archived boutcasts (user deficiency?).

Thank you DNN for broadcasting these amazing bouts! I didn't get to see the last jam of the Philly v Gotham bout. Sounds like it was UNREAL, so I'm glad I can go back and seeeeee it!

9 Points or 10?

Someone check my math on this but in the second to last jam, Mo Pain laps Suzy Hotrod only once, yet she earns 10 points.
I've checked and double checked, but the jam starts with Philly having 74 points and ends with Philly having 84, but by my count Mo should have only earned 9 points. 2 scoring passes and 1 lap point.

Checked

Ragnar Danneskjöld wrote:

Someone check my math on this but in the second to last jam, Mo Pain laps Suzy Hotrod only once, yet she earns 10 points.
I've checked and double checked, but the jam starts with Philly having 74 points and ends with Philly having 84, but by my count Mo should have only earned 9 points. 2 scoring passes and 1 lap point.

I count 9 too.

oh boy

yeah, it was 9, she got through with lead, lapped suzy 1x and then came up to the pack again, but suzy got out way before mo finished her pass. The announcers called it as a grand slam.

counting numbers

fun times!

well... you could indeed be right.
however, nobody is perfect, not even the refs or scorekeepers.

plus now going over the numbers ~ no one has discovered this sooner, like during or right after the bout?
usually contentious moments are disputed pretty much immediately.
or shortly thereafter.

and if you really want to split hairs, i bet you could find instances on each side where something happened that could make a point or a few in either direction contentious, e.g. someone may have cut the track but not been noticed and scored a point somewhere too. or not received a point they should have gotten.

so hmmm. should make nationals more exciting anyway!

refs aren't perfect, have you seen the baseball playoffs?

no one discovered this error before? It's been on DNN for weeks now. It makes me wonder how that last jam would have been different, and makes their possible rematch even more exciting.

I remember

This like it was yesterday....tied at the half, down to the last jam...what every game should be like.