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January Skater of the Month: Specs Offender

[1 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

When he’s not busy coaching the M80s to Arch Rival Roller Girls local league titles or winning GateKeepers’ local league titles skating with the Dogtown Rockets, you can find him skating with the B-Keepers or roaming the bench for the GateKeepers’ Travel Team.  He is the January Skater of the month: Specs Offender!

Why did you get into Derby?
I went to my first ARRG bout in the summer of 2009 and it hooked me in. I didn’t have an understanding of the game except that the girls were on skates and looked like they were having a lot of fun. I sent an email the next day to a friend with ARRG who put me in touch with Magnum. He told me there was not a mens league in the area at that time. A few months later he got back with me to see if I was still interested. Ordered my first set of gear that night and was at our first practice a few days later.
Who do you think has had the most influence on your style of play?
There probably isn’t a guy in this league that isn’t going to name Magnum in this question. I’m no exception to that. He is our foundation but there are two others I think I have to credit, Percy Controll and Juke Block Hero. I don’t think either will take offense to me saying they are not the most naturally gifted athletes nor do they have especially amazing skating skills. I fall into that same boat. What they have in common is that they have great brains for the game, are fierce competitors who work really hard and are two of the best blockers and team players in the game.
What skates and wheels do you use?
Riedell 965’s with Revenge plates and I’m rolling on Atom Jukes.
What was your favorite moment as a GateKeeper?
I have enjoyed many wonderful times in this league but I believe the most personally satisfying moment was when our B-team, the B-Keepers, finished in 2nd place at the Rolling Along the River tournament. That was an event that featured the A-teams from 5 other leagues. We soundly defeated some very good teams that weekend and only lost to the eventual MRDA Champions, Your Mom Men’s Derby. Even though we lost, we gave YMMD quite the scare and sent a message to the rest of the sport that the GateKeepers don’t just have a great A-team but that we also have the deepest talent pool of any league in men’s derby.
What is your pre-bout ritual?
I clean my bearings and drink a Starbucks Doubleshot.
What advice do you have for other skaters?
Nothing is given to you in this game. It doesn’t matter if you are an outstanding athlete or the best skater. If you are not willing to work hard, be open to criticism and subjugate your ego for the good of team you will not get very far in this game.
What is your favorite food?
Sweet potato and red bean tacos.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of Derby?
I read a lot of science fiction and love playing with our two German Shepherds.
If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be?
I’d like to see eye gouging allowed. I think that would give me a big advantage.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
John Malkovich is creepy and bald so it shouldn’t be much of a stretch for him.


There you have it, January’s Skater of the Month.

January 19th, the GateKeepers are back in action as the 2013 Turf Wars season begins.  You can still grab season tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.  Individual event tickets will be going on sale soon!

See you at the bouts!

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