Furious, blinding speed.
The myth about Puget around the derbyverse is that Puget Sound is made up of men who are all former (or current) speed and stunt skaters recruited by Quadzilla LK to play. Even when you look at the uniforms, they are striking as a speed skating design. The truth is that yes, they do have a fair few speed skaters, hockey players and jam skaters. There are also guys who had the Whip It “Strap on some skates and do it” experience as well.
(When I asked the guys about them all being speed skaters at the Mohawk Valley Cup afterparty, they all thought it was funny that the East Coast has this perception of them).
Teams that toe up against Puget have to enact a strategy of containment. The jammers of Puget are excellent at balance and finding small holes to push through or around. Small jammers like newcomer (and head turner) Dilly Dally and crowd favorite, RyRod, find spots in walls that look impossible to get through. Vets like Speed Dealer and Scott Slamiton are able to use strength of balance and leverage in speed to navigate the edges of the track easily.
On the defense, walls of two strong blockers seem to be the default for Puget. Jammers always have trouble dealing with Radillac, and when he’s paired up with blockers like Cory Pain or Quadzilla LK – the front of the pack becomes considerably more annoying to offenses.
Watching Puget play is like watching a race. While all the top teams in the MRDA are fast, Puget has the speed skate stride and aggression in their blocking and recycling motion. Their communication on the track is highly non-verbal and their spatial awareness is top notch.
The vets and coaches of Puget have obviously worked very hard to bring every skater on their team to the highest level of performance, speed and balance in the shortest amount of time possible. For as good as Puget was this year, I am more excited about how they are going to improve over the next year: they are not to be taken lightly.
Puget squares off against the St Louis Gatekeepers in the first round of MRDA Championship game play at 10:30a Central on October 19. Tune into http://www.WFTDA.tv to watch live.
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To learn more about the MRDA Championships, visit the event website.
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