One last time, for nostalgic reasons, I decided to create one final Northwest Roller Derby All-Star Team. I say "one more time" since, as some of you know via my discussions with you one way or the other, I'm not doing 5 states/provinces again. There were times when I really enjoyed piecing everything together, other times I pretty much loathed it along with several more times I was just plain too tired to have a feeling about it one way or the other. In other words, it was simply too much work for one person to handle along with a job that requires 10 hour days (plus the hellish commute to and from work that requires me to drive through downtown Seattle...which easily adds another 2 hours to my day a lot of the time) and coaching a junior team that's 45 miles away from where I live.
But while looking at all the totals one day a little over a week ago, I put things together and found that, even with all the votes from all the different areas, the list for a "northwest" team was pretty well-rounded when it came to states/province being represented. There was one small problem, though...I didn't have any for Oregon. And since Oregon is part of the northwest, it really wouldn't have been a "northwest" all-star team without them.
So I contacted James Brains to see what he thought about my little idea (BTW...especially in Oregon...if you don't subscribe to his articles, you really should. He's putting out some awesome stuff there in Eugene). James liked it, so we knocked our heads together. After hearing nothing but hollow echoes while knocking our heads together over this project, we turned to our notebooks and exchanged voting numbers instead. And, well, the results of that comparison are posted below.
It was actually a pretty simple process; we took the 20 skaters who collected the most ALL-STAR votes and voila! We had ourselves a team. Votes for Most Valuable Player did not come into account in this process. Although the one who did get the most MVP votes was Lex Celerator. Again, she won the entire thing by quite a landslide. She actually garnered more MVP votes than the 2nd closest skater had in the All-Star voting. So, I guess if you want some sort of unofficial "Northwest Most Valuable Player," it would be Lex Celerator.
Anyway, here is the list in the order of the number of votes each skater got. The one with the most (Lex Celerator) is listed first. And the one who picked up the fewest votes to make this team is last (Jesus Feist...and how ironic it is that this list is book-ended by a pair of junior players). So, here we go......
2012 Northwest All-Star Team Starters
Lex Celerator (I-5 Rollergirls)
On'da Sligh (Oly Rollers)
Lady Viper (Flathead Valley Roller Derby)
Carmen Getsome (Rat City Rollergirls)
Screaming Beaver (Hellgate Rollergirls)
2012 Northwest All-Star Team Bench
Mala Justed (Squamish Roller Derby)
Deuce Gunner (Rage City Rollergirls)
Kim Janna (Terminal City Rollergirls)
Beretta Lynch (Terminal City Rollergirls)
Boioioing (Magic City Rollers)
JENetically Evil (Rage City Rollergirls)
Scald Eagle (Rose City Rollers)
Thai Grrr (Rage City Rollergirls)
8 Mean Wheeler (Terminal City Rollergirls)
2012 Northwest All-Star Team Reserves
luludemon (Terminal City Rollergirls)
SoulFearic Acid (Rose City Rollers)
Giggles (Apple City Roller Derby)
Sassy (Oly Rollers)
Scarlet Danger (Treasure Valley Rollergirls)
Jesus Feist (Portland Rosebuds)
So there you have it. All the top vote-getters combined into one nifty little list. Perhaps you're scratching your head wondering why a certain skater didn't make the list or why certain leagues didn't have more skaters on the list? It's an easy answer...not only get your votes in, but spread the word around about these things. Although I think the list is pretty solid, I still get complaints up the you-know-what when these things are finalized. And, not too surprisingly, they come from people associated one way or the other with leagues whose voter turnout was lower than others. The formula is that simple.
Anyway, James and I would like to thank each and every one of you who did take the time to vote! Yes, it made our lives difficult at times putting our lists together. But, at the end of the day, they're still a ton of fun to put together! Also, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read our articles! I know on my end, this years series has been the most successful to date! And, hopefully, next year will be just as successful...only spreading the wealth (if you want to call it that) around to other people willing to step-up and do these for their states and provinces!
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Also, follow me on Twitter. As of this moment, the recaps from me this year will be fewer and further between. A lot of you know that, frankly, they're boring to me at this point. However, I will be writing recaps for bigger events (like the NW Junior Championships...a no-brainer in my book) and, if invited, for interleague bouts (especially if I'm invited to cover a closed bout like I was last year for the Jet City/Naptown bout in Everett). But, at the same time, I can't just attend a roller derby event and simply sit there watching it. So at this point the idea is that I will tweet frequent updates on the bouts I attend around here. Which means that if you want some updates on bouts around the Puget Sound area, follow me on Twitter and you should be getting quite a few updates as the nights go along.