Roller Derby is alive and well! Once the hottest sport in the 70's it is quietly making an underground resurgence in numerous cities across the US. Before social media and cable TV many Americans tuned in every Saturday night to watch this high impact entertaining sport. I was too young to remember any players but do recall watching with my dad a few times as these female gladiators dished out the pain in gritty competition. Its like WWE on roller skates.
Roller Derby origins date back to late 1800's and has made an impact over last century. In 1935 a structured event in Chicago was created where teams of 2 had to skate an oval circle over 11hrs per day.. crazy but groundwork was laid for birth of sport. Later in 1948 CBS aired first live viewing in New York. Few had TV sets and had to watch in bars or storefronts. A year later 55,000 gathered at Madison Square Garden to watch a 5-day event. In the 60's it was switched to video tape format for better quality.. visually and technically.
Fast forward to now and sport is still thriving. Thanks to friend Lorean Celeste I've been reunited with sport and look forward to following it. She's in a league and we recently caught up with her for one of our infamous '5 question interviews'. Here we go!..
G4R: What got you interested in Roller Derby and how long been participating?
Lorean Celeste (LR): I fell in love with derby 2006 when I saw a reality show named 'Rollergirls' that took place in Austin, TX. I've been a part of of the roller derby community for 5 years.
G4R: Who is your fave player/ idol?
LR: My favorite skater is, there are too many to name from Juniors, Female, and Male teams. I have so much respect and love for anyone who laces up skates and is on the track.
G4R: When not on the rink what is your fave hobby?
LR: When I'm not on the track I am gaming! PS4, Nintendo64, Xbox360 and a regular at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. [Ed. note: girl after our own heart haha]
G4R: What advice can you give anyone looking to follow this path?
LR: You got this! Roller Derby is for everyone. No matter your age, shape, gender or color. Anyone can play roller derby! Its empowering and cheaper than therapy. An amazing outlet and you get to hit your friends who become family!
G4R: How can people find league, is there a link or page where they can follow?
LR: I skate with River City Rebels out of San Antonio, TX. We are a co-ed and female team. You can find us on Facebook or Instagram @ RiverCityRebelsrcrd.
That's a wrap people special thanks to Celeste for taking time out to chat with us. Prayers to families in Houston, TX and neighboring communities God speed to all. If need a little uplifting and able to check out this venue tomorrow tell em G4R sent you. While researching topic I came across a few FB friends who enjoy sport in their local communities too. Will be sure to send article their way.
Ed note: Feedback from research has yielded a few requests to do follow up featuring other cities and teams.
F*ck racism and anyone who stand behind it. As kids every Friday night we use tune in to 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and huddle around TV for latest episode and quality family bonding time. If born circa 80's you probably enjoyed it for pure entertainment value too.
Before a**holes made the Confederate flag a symbol of ignorance this was an ok family show depicting underdogs that saved the day, a fast car that outran cops and insane jumps.. oh and birth of Daisey Dukes shorts. Little older and wiser now but still miss the innocence of childhood. Still want this model car tho.. its badass.
Jaron Baylor local B'more baller turning heads. As a fellow Baltimore resident what good is running a company if you can't support local talent? G4R has mentioned him before on our pages but now that he's a senior getting ready for college it's more important than ever to spotlight this young man. At 5'9 he's showing skills larger than much bigger guys.. I see a promising future for Mr. Baylor and G4R would be dropping the ball if not getting the inside scoop on this phenom. King of the 5 question interview G4R recently caught up to him and his latest endeavors, here we go!
G4R: Where ya from and what High School you go to?
Jaron Baylor (JB): I'm from Baltimore, Maryland I go to Forest Park Senior High School
G4R: At 5'9 you play bigger than most guys at position what's your motivation to excel?
JB: My motivation to excel is I look at every situation I'm put in as a blessing nothing is a disadvantage.. make my height an advantage on speed definitely defense against taller point guards they hate crossing over when a person is smaller and if I dip my shoulder a scoop layup is hard to block at my size.
G4R: Vid below is nice, what goes through your mind when putting up a shot?
JB: I don't really think when I shoot because I've been shooting a basketball my whole life its just repetition I believe in myself, trust my abilities.
G4R: G4R has seen a few of your training vids and applaud your work ethics.. any advice to young'uns following in your footsteps?
JB: I work hard because I have talent but they say hard work beats talent and its a lot of people that got the work ethic but talent is slowly growing. If I mix the talent with the hard work its no limit on my future, I set the standards. Advice I would give to the younger ones is time is short so whatever you doing make sure you go your hardest.. most definitely school because it will catch up with you. High school is very fun but very easy to slip up on I had to stop being a clown myself and focus up and tell my friends when they were skipping school like no I'm staying. They might tease you but if they don't support they not real friends and be the example for your friends and family once you start doing good you could motivate others.
G4R: Every great man has a supportive woman behind him, is there a lady in your life?
JB: Don't go searching for a woman while you're young let situations involving women come to you enjoy life a little bit first. I've been with a girl since 9th grade I'm going into my senior year and never publish your business relationship status and the things yall do behind closed doors. If your woman isn't willing to help you improve your grades and she tries to harass you to do things that could affect your grades or opportunities for success.. she isn't the one for you. My woman always keep on top of me with school work, basketball and timing with when and how I should do things.
There you have it words from Jaron himself. He continues to impress us with his mentality and drive especially the importance of school. (Will make sure my nieces read this -Ed.) In this era of social media its easy to get derailed from your dreams while trying to be popular with your peers, often times not in your best interest. Sure part of the fun of being a teen is goofing off and making mistakes but to have the mindset to stay focused on whats important speaks volumes about his character. Kudos Mr. Baylor! Would love to hear from some of your coaches and mentors in the future too. Save us a court side seat when drafted to the NBA! Staff at G4R look forward to featuring you many more times in your prosperous journey. Podcast interview in the works.
The '70's popular sitcom 'One Day at a Time' still holds memories for me. The mother, Bonnie Franklin, had the boyish hair cut. The brunette bombshell daughter, Valerie Bertinelli who later went on to marry rock legend Eddie Van Halen and... you know what I'm not doing this lol, I'm not going to list every actor on the show you can Google them yourselves. Netflix has done a complete remake of show and its somewhat intriguing. I will try and not spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet.
Ahh where to begin?.. First the family is from Cuba and features the lovely albeit older Rita Moreno as the grandmother. The rest of cast is a hodgepodge of new talent. The premise is the same as older version, single mother and two kids. The eldest is a 15 y/o daughter who's a feminist activist ahead of her time and the younger a 13 y/o boy more concerned about his looks than grades. Next is the superintendent Snyder who seems to be a middle aged yuppie whose parents own the building. Sets the tone for popping in/ out whenever he wants much like the original Snyder.
The show is 13 episodes and touches on a cpl modern day issues but lacks overall stamina to make it on regular networks. All in all a good wknd killer if stuck at home with nothing else to watch. My Netflix rating is 3 out of 5 stars. Seriously gotta create a G4R emoji for ratings.
New feature.. G4R has teamed up with local comic store Twilight Comics and will dish out a free action figure for fan who dresses up as hero of choice, currently Thor and Captain America. Basically you or your kids dress up as either hero and best dressed wins figure. Contest runs til Aug 5th. Snap a quick pic on phone and send to Gaming4respect@gmail.com. Summer fun and easy way to score a free toy.
GaminG4Respect (G4R) was formed Jan '10 while I was out of work playing video games to pass the time. It was during a game of Madden while I was winning when my opponent pulled the plug and quit. I noticed this was happening a lot and decided to create a gaming co. where guys could play w/o the worries of this happening. At first it was just a GoDaddy domain name and Facebook page but as I invested time and friendships, it grew.
I won't bother you with the details to what brought us here but as of July 11, 2017 GaminG4Respect is officially licensed as an LLC! Nothing really changes for our leagues and communities it's bizz as usual when you play your games but now we can offer up more payouts, contests and rewards! Why? .. Tax write offs and sponsorship baby! G4R has been dishing out standard payouts in the past with no compensation.. basically out of pocket. It was never enough to break the bank and done for pure enjoyment. Looks like our hard work is finally paying off. As of this posting we have custom T-Shirts in the mail to a few select fans and bi-weekly contests every Wed and Sat for followers. This fall we will be branching out to other gaming genres so be on the lookout for our PSN id 'Game4Respect'.
The last year or two I've been watching CW's weekly line up i.e. Super Girl, The Flash, Arrow and DCs Legends of Tomorrow. What can I say I love my superheroes. The only series I didn't catch from the beginning was Arrow so binge watching first few seasons on Netflix has been the staple. Suffice to say Oliver Queen and his entourage has been dancing in head lately and when I find myself facing a small dilemma in real life I ask 'What would Ollie do?' Yeah too much time in front of the television. Anyway imagine my surprise when I found out cast will be in my neck of the woods in September? I hope to attend this festive occasion and have plenty of pics to show for it. Booking info
Roseanne 2.0 scheduled for 2018? I liked the show in the '90s and can hardly wait to see the 'Where are they now?' version of this former #1 sitcom. Its too early to give any real concrete details but from what I'm hearing the original Connor family cast will be back i.e. Dan, Roseanne, Becky, Darlene, DJ and Aunt Jackie. Its been almost 20yrs to the day since last episode aired (May 20, 1997) and most of the actors have aged gracefully... as well as can be expected. Hey I'm not criticizing believe me, I compared a picture of myself 20yrs ago to now and noticed a few wrinkles too. Check out cast on ENews then and now pics.
Anywho I'm just curious to see how this will all come to fruition. The show was cutting edge in its day and crossed controversial boundaries all while making you laugh. Its low-income 'trailer park-ish' attitude resonated with families of all backgrounds trying to make ends meet. Today families face similar issues but the cast is older. Also there's that pesky lottery thing the Connor's won toward end of run. Will they still be rich or have they run through the money? One can hardly wait.
Welp chalk it up to Nordstrom to shock social media aficionados with their newly released 'Dirty Jeans' upward toward the tune of $425. Its fake mud to give you that worn look, how original. Not my cup of tea but I get it, its the current fad I guess time will tell. Speaking of fads every generation has went through one including yours truly. Without googling see if you can tell my era by these popular trendy pants: Parachute pants, Levi 501 shrink to fit jeans, acid washed jeans, biker shorts, pre-cut holes in jeans and zipper pants to name a few.
You wake up in the morning use the bathroom and return back to bed for a few extra mins of R&R. Before you get settled you reach over, grab your phone from the stand and see what you missed overnight. Sound familiar? Well you're not alone.
Seems like everyone has an agenda and platform to showcase it nowadays. It use to be years ago the only way to be heard was by being part of the popular crowd. If you didn't sit at the cool kids table then your opinion wasn't worth two cents. I get it, it's empowering to voice your opinion and have friends and associates react. You're in the driver's seat and they are lining up to take a ride. Heck we all had that one friend who got their car before anyone else and we could not wait to tag along but what happens when everyone has their own car and no one to ride with? Read on...
Less than a third of posts read are from actual friends or relatives the bulk being from associates never met and shared posts. Top three categories w/o looking at my feed are: President Trump and his latest antics, 'Like or Share' if you believe in this or that and 'See what I'm doing right now'. Day or night one of these will be near the top of your news feed... guaranteed. Let me guess you are checking now. As a whole people seek validation and attention nothing wrong with that it's in our DNA. Not everyone but the masses in general. If your post reaches enough to your satisfaction they will return to your car again. On rare occasions I find myself entranced with a post someone has made repeatedly and yet the same people keep responding the same way, odd. Social media is both entertaining and suggestive, you would do well to know the difference. In a way this article could fall under one of these categories it's all about perspective.