DNN Best of 2012 Poll: Results
Bout of the Year (Women’s)
Winner: WFTDA Championships 3rd Place Bout: Denver 210, Texas 199 (435 votes, 18%)
2. Windy City 155, Minnesota 155 (385 votes, 16%)
3. WFTDA East Regionals 3rd Place Bout: Charm City 183, London 159 (369 votes, 15%)
For the second year in a row, a WFTDA tournament season consolation bout takes the prize for best women’s bout of the year.
The Texecutioners came into Championships unfancied after a lukewarm season but, over the course of three games, showed they are still a force to be reckoned with. Their quarterfinal win over Bay Area was sweet revenge for their 159-88 home-turf loss back in July at the hands of the Golden Girls, and it looked for all the world like they were going to take third place at championships until a 44-point jam from Sandrine Rangeon turned the bout on its head.
Was it the improbability of a Texas team that had looked so frail dominating a Denver team that had looked so strong that made this game so compelling? Was it the physicality of the packs, led by some of the hardest hitters around, that kept derby fans around the world glued to their screens and everyone in the arena on the edge of their seats? Maybe it was the spectacle of one of derby’s most established stars, Olivia Shootin’ John, going point-for-point with rising breakout star Sandrine Rangeon, or perhaps it was waiting for the big jam that never came from the misfiring Juska.
Whatever it was, it was enough to just edge past the only tie in WFTDA history--a momentous game that looked, for much of the year, like it would be a shoo-in for this award.
Bout of the Year (Men’s)
Winner: MRDA Championship Bout: Your Mom 136, St Louis 135 (433 votes, 28%)
2. Men’s European Roller Derby Championship Bout: Southern Discomfort 256, Toulouse Quad Guards 254 (263 votes, 17%)
3. MRDA Championships 3rd Place Bout: NYSE 199, Magic City 157 (235 votes, 15%)
For anyone who watched it, this result should come as no shocker. For the second year in a row, the MRDA Championship bout is the Bout of the Year. It looked like tournament-host St. Louis GateKeepers had the game in the bag with five minutes left and a 20-point lead--and when Your Mom jammer Peter Pan burned two minutes off the clock in a 2-0 penalty-time-killing jam, the GateKeepers’ win looked even more imminent.
But, the heroics of Your Mom’s Frank Notsohotra and penalty trouble for St. Louis’s jammers contributed to the unlikely outcome. On the penultimate jam, Notsohotra tallied a 14-0 power jam. Down by four and with time at a premium, Notsohotra kept the star for the final jam as well and added five points with GateKeepers’ jammer Magnum P.I.M.P. in the box to give Your Mom the highest honor in men’s roller derby, 136-135.
The runner-up wasn’t quite as close--but nearly! This was a championship bout from the other side of the Atlantic decided by a whole two points. London’s Southern Discomfort Roller Derby beat Toulouse Quad Guards with a sky-high score of 256-254, taking the inaugural Men’s European Roller Derby Championship in a bout that really showed off European men’s derby at its very best.
Winner: Everyone / Oly (811 votes, 34%)
2. Windy City / Minnesota (516 votes, 22%)
3 Bay Area / Rose City (281 votes, 12%)
Once you nominated this rivalry, there was only ever going to be one winner. For the third straight year the Oly Rollers found themselves as one half of this category--but rather than splitting it with one other team, this time they have to share it with the world.
In a year where the talk about Oly was dominated as much by controversies off the track as by their skaters’ indubitable skill on it, their victory in this category was inevitable. Oly were roundly booed during tournament season and took on the haters by skating out in their now-famous ‘Sold Out’ shirts.
Will Oly vs The World still be such a thing next year, or will personnel changes, fading memories and action on the track mean the hard feelings will fade in 2013? Only time will tell.
Winner: Dumptruck (659 votes, 28%)
2. Val Capone (405 votes, 17%)
3. Plastik Patrik (320 votes, 14%)
Oh, Dumpie. The gravel-throated master of ceremonies might have been absent from WFTDA tournaments this year, but that didn’t stop his winning this category with ease.
He takes the Best Announcer category for a third straight year with Val Capone--the only other announcer to have taken home this award--in second place.
Winner: Arena Berlin - Berlin, Germany (427 votes, 22%)
2. Roy Wilkins Auditorium - St Paul, MN (402 votes, 21%)
3. Craneway Pavillion - Richmond, CA (394 votes, 20%)
The first European winner of the night is the Arena Berlin, the graffiti-covered warehouse where Bear City’s Berlin Bombshells occasionally ply their trade. This year it was most notable for hosting Track Queens: Battle Royal, which gave everyone a pretty good look at what European Regionals might have looked like if they had ever come to pass.
The atmosphere inside the dark, noisy and industrial venue was phenomenal--the passion and sound of the raucous crowds ricocheting off the brickwork combined with the atmospheric location to make for a truly memorable derby-watching experience.
Best Regular Season Event
Winner: East Coast Derby Extravaganza - Feasterville, PA (816 votes, 35%)
2. Rollercon - Las Vegas, NV (442 votes, 19%)
3. Midwest Brewhaha - Milwaukee, WI (266 votes, 11%)
Despite competition from all corners of the globe, ECDX once again stormed to victory in this category that celebrates the best of derby outside of playoffs and championship events.
Given the second-place finish of RollerCon, we reckon anyone looking to organise an event to challenge in this category next year had better include a swimming pool in their plans.