I enjoyed the TV series Rollergirls. I found it entertaining so I decided to check out the flat-track roller derby here in Toronto. Unfortunately I found flat-track and it's rules to have made the sport as boring as hell. First off flat-track slows down the pace of the game considerably to the point it looks like roller derby in slow motion. Then there are the strict rules that have skaters penalized if they so much as look at another skater funny. Kinda hard to enjoy a roller derby match when the bulk of both teams are in the penalty box.
Not saying it needs to be as violent as the stuff down in Texas but you know I want to see some heat in those heated rivalries.
The "heat" does tend to vary depending on the league - I'm guessing that TO will have to lay off on the penalties fixation once the Canadian leagues start competing with each other and with the US leagues on a more regular basis.
I've been to the roller derby here in Raleigh and let me tell you...FREAKIN AWESOME. The amount of people that showed up (not to mention the amount of amazingly beautiful women) that showed up to watch was absolutely mind blowing. I can't wait to go again! Watching and cheering is a sport in itself!