Purple power! Portland's Rose City Rollers rolled over the Denver Roller Dolls this weekend in a resounding win over Colorado's closely ranked roller derby squad. I think derby fans were expecting more of a squeaker on the scoreboard after PDX's all-star Wheels of Justice barely beat Chicago's Windy City last month in an astounding last-minute tooth-and-talon jam from Rose City's Scald Eagle. Plus Denver was feeling pretty fabulous after a 235-97 thrubbing of Bay Area in April. And they beat Rose City the last two games they've played. But get this! Final: Rose City Rollers' Wheels of Justice 151, Denver Roller Dolls' Mile High Club 115. No questions there—Wheels be winners. Couple that with Friday's hometown victory against Denver's B travel team and everything came out smelling like roses. Final: Portland's Axles of Annihilation 158, Denver's Bruising Altitude 130. Rose City's jammers were streaking 'round the flat track during both games, with SoulFearic Acid making a familiar appearance in the lead-scorer stat box (66 points) and B-team lead scorer Honey Hellfire with an amazing 101 points. Throw in some tough, tough blocking from PDX, and it was enough to send Denver back home disappointed.
Portland highlights: Texine doing the worm on the track. An eight-year-old girl winning retired skater Rhea DeRange's jersey. The Wheels of Justice's intro was totally epic, like 2001: A Skate Odyssey. The strong man during halftime balanced a humongous kayak on his face... no big deal. Pugacorn! Frenchie, Penny Dreadful, Mel Mangles, Mercy, Scylla Devourer... Rose City has got a buttload of fierce and effective blockers. Denver highlights: Denver fans are loud! Bruising Altitude's coaches looked like adorable Oompa Loompas. And Gator Dunn's got some flair.
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