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DNN Best of 2010 Reader Poll: Results

  • The winner of the 2010 DNN Reader's Poll Best Photo category. Subject: Carmen Getsome, Rat City. Photo: Axle Adams.
  • Second place in the 2010 DNN Reader's Poll Best Photo category. Subjects: Urrk'n Jerk'n As Booty Blockya (Rocky Mountain) and Athena (Steel City). Photo: Dave Wood.
  • Third place in the 2010 DNN Reader's Poll Best Photo category. Subjects: Bonnie Thunders (Gotham) and Frida Beater (Rocky Mountain). Photo: Gil Leora.

Most Underrated Player

Winner: Assaultin' Pepa, Rocky Mountain (50 votes, 9%)

Second Place: Maura Buse, Boston (25 votes, 4%)
Third Place: Juliet Bravo, Rat City (15 votes, 2%)

This category was write-in only, and just like last year, it looks like a lot of poll respondents don't do well with open-ended questions -- we had 512 voters participating in this category (slightly less than 1/3 of the 1569 voters who voted in the rest of the poll). Nonetheless, yet another award goes to the champs from Rocky Mountain, as longtime pack brutalizer Assaultin' Pepa takes honors for most underrated.

Rookie of the Year

Winner: Urrk'n Jerkin As Booty Blockya, Rocky Mountain (546 votes, 34%)

Second Place: OMG WTF, Gotham (180 votes, 11%)
Third Place: Lil' Paine, Boston (116 votes, 7%)

Urrk'n made her debut as a RMRG all-star in August when Rocky Mountain went to Chicago and defeated Windy City 151-56, but it wasn't until a couple of months later at Western Regionals that most of the derby world got a look at what RMRG had added to their roster. Unbelievable footwork and agility (well illustrated in this highlight clip from the Westerns championship match against Oly) made her practically a shoo-in for this year's ROTY award. It marks the second year in a row that a Rocky Mountain player picked up that award, as Whipity Pow took it in 2009.

Most Valuable Blocker

Winner: Psycho Babble, Rocky Mountain (270 votes, 17%)

Second Place: Amanda Jamitinya, Rocky Mountain (209 votes, 13%)
Third Place: Sassy, Oly (201 votes, 7%)

Intimidating, fiery Psycho Babble proved a major thorn in the side of opposing jammers all across the nation this year, but an already exceptional year peaked at the end of the Championships when she helped RMRG short-circuit Gotham's normally overwhelming jammer attack for a critical first-half that gave Rocky Mountain the lead and momentum they'd ride through the second half and into the championship.

Best Double-Threat

Winner: Suzy Hotrod, Gotham (338 votes, 21%)

Second Place: Joy Collision, Charm City (207 votes, 13%)
Third Place: Jackie Daniels, Windy City (204 votes, 13%)

Although she makes her most visual impact with the jam star, Suzy's victory here for the double-threat category reflects the respect she has when let loose in the pack -- that same footwork, acceleration and agility that makes her so hard to stop on offense also makes her extremely hard to keep away from an opposing jammer. Time after time this year, Gotham slotted her in for increased second-half blocking duties against a tiring opponent, and almost every time it contributed to one of Gotham's many lopsided wins.

Most Valuable Jammer

Winner: Bonnie Thunders, Gotham (416 votes, 26%)

Second Place: DeRanged, Rocky Mountain (296 votes,18%)
Third Place: Urrk'n Jerkin As Booty Blockya, Rocky Mountain (213 votes, 13%)

When the flat-track game started to get rolling, skaters usually fell into two categories -- tiny fast jammers and big scary blockers. As the game evolves, we're starting to see teams draw success from larger, more physical jammers who fall in between those two extremes, can smash their own way through a pack and are hard to move off their lines. The slender Bonnie Thunders is a bit of a throwback -- as much as any sport this young can have a throwback, anyway. Her jukes and timing make her the human equivalent of a knuckleball coming through the pack, leaving opposing blockers either to wait too long to engage or miss with a poorly-timed hit -- she's one of the very few jammers who can separate an opposing wall without actually touching it. Along with fellow winner Suzy Hotrod, she's a big part of the reason Gotham has been a serious threat to win it all every year since 2007.

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Wow.

This was a really awesome thing to come home to after fighting with old ladies in a parking lot. Congratulations to all the winners in these categories! It's going to be a kickass year!

What???

Pelvis_Costello wrote:

This was a really awesome thing to come home to after fighting with old ladies in a parking lot. Congratulations to all the winners in these categories! It's going to be a kickass year!

Pelvis,
What have I told you about fighting old ladies in parking lots? You'll never win that way.

Yep!

Glad to see my fave RMRG ladies here. And congrats to everyone else in derbyland for a great year!

Huh.

Going from #4 to #1 gets you "most improved" now, huh? Nothing against the great play of RMRG, but they were great last year too.

Which Dave and Gil photos were #2 and #3?

As I recall, at least one of those guys had multiple shots in the finals.

#3

Dave had #2 and I had #3.

I also was the one with multiple shots in there. Very surprised to say the least but thankful. Thanks everyone especially DNN. This was fun.

No, I meant...

...which shot of yours was voted #3?

It's the "Frida Trying To Eat Bonnie's Face" photo

If you look at the photo slideshow, the top three are in there.

A-ha!

Excellent!

Aussie derby comes 3rd !!!

who'd have thought that an Aussie bout would make onto the DNN best of, let alone slip into third !!!!

awesomenessment !!

Well think about it.

nickyknockout wrote:

who'd have thought that an Aussie bout would make onto the DNN best of, let alone slip into third !!!!

awesomenessment !!

You're playing the sport upside down, hanging from the ceiling/floor by home-made FanJet clone wheels, in the midst of a post-apocalyptic wasteland where motorcyclists with mohawks are so damned evil they make Mel Gibson seem like a hero...

LOL

best comment EVER !!

Australian Derby

Oh my god, YES YES YES to being 3rd! You have no idea how stoked I am that Australian derby got short-listed and then placed for bout of the year :)

And the winner is DERBY!

AWESOME!! So stoked to see such deserving winners!
Congrats to Rocky Mountain for a few more awards to go along with the Hydra!! I'm so frakking happy to see Psycho take out first place and AJ right up there with second, as it was effing hard to pick out of those two for MVB.
I'm a tiny bit sad that Tannible Lecter didn't even place as best double threat, but who can argue with the likes of Suzy?! In Hotgod we Trust.
And YAY for SSRG vs VRDL getting third... One point games really are the greatest - all the cool kids are doing it!!
But really in the end, the winner is Roller Derby! And DNN! THANK YOU DNN for allowing Roller Derby to be broadcast to the world.
Bring on 2011!!
<3

Third! Cool!

3rd place in Bout of the Year! Go Australia! :)

WHAT??? IT'S AN OUTRAGE, I

WHAT??? IT'S AN OUTRAGE, I TELL YOU!!!

Thanks!!

Now, I can hopefully outdo myself in 2011. Thanks to all who voted for my photo and all the other great photos that were taken in 2010.

ECE 2011!

PRG is incredibly grateful and proud to have so many DNN readers vote us Best Event! Thank you!

This year's edition is in its early planning stages, but be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, 2011, for the 5th and BEST EVER East Coast Derby Extravaganza at the SportsPlex in Feasterville, PA!

The Cycrone!
Co-General Manager
Philly Roller Girls

will there be waterslides?

that's the only improvement i can think of.

more eh at ECE

anna wrecksya wrote:

that's the only improvement i can think of.

Or more Canadia. More Canadia on waterslides would be good.

Lippy