St. Drewcifer

How did you get into derby?

My wife (Chainsaw) told me she was trying out one day, and it took a few conversations to understand what she was trying out for. That was years ago. The day after being told she made the team, she found out she was pregnant with our first child. Three years later she tried out again, and I couldn’t resist the magnetism to become a part of OHRD myself.

Do you have any other hobbies?

If you’ve seen my intro you know I love playing guitar. In the last decade I’ve been branching into drums and picking up the bass again, too. Each year I’m able to log about 6 hours total of Legend of Zelda playing time, which is a lot for me.

What has been your favorite derby memory thus far?

There are too many to have a favorite. Among the best memories are seeing Chainsaw nail some solid hits and heavy power jams, getting my picture taken with fans like Columbus’s Expanding Your Horizons, getting legitimately beat up by Ohio Krav Maga… but from watching to participating, I love it all.

Who inspires you?

Every skater, NSO, ref, volunteer, and their significant others. Every one of us sacrifices something personal to contribute to the league, and each contribution is an inspiration to my involvement.

Oh, and Joe Satriani.

How/why did you pick your derby name?

You make ONE joke about buying the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia greenman costume and creeping up on fans during a bout, and a persistent person convinces an introvert to throw t-shirts to fans during all of OHRD’s home bout half-time shows while wearing a revealing Spandex suit… but aside from the homage to one of my favorite shows, the name and costume is very fitting for the Ohio Roller Girls!

Do you have any pre or post bout rituals?

A common pre-bout ritual involves stretching, jumping jacks, plenty of air guitar, and trying to pull a zipper from my lower back to the top of my head. Post-bout rituals invariably involve spending time catching my breath.

How has derby impacted your life?

Being a fan of derby has proven to be an exciting hobby. Volunteering for OHRD has expanded my social life, stimulated my mind, challenged my body, improved my health, increased my charity work, humbled my ego (it’s that Spandex suit…), and solidified my happiness.

 

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