- Chris Wage
- NRG strategizes in a break during their upset of Carolina
Earlier this summer, I wrote about the Nashville Rollergirls' early-season sweep of the Honky Tonk Stomp
, and the potential for the rest of the season to help NRG emerge from the shadow of their reputation as the perennial underdog. Since the tournament in June, they seem to have risen to the challenge. They snagged two huge wins over Chicago (115-89) and Carolina (143-112), and a much narrower-than-expected defeat by then No. 16 Minnesota (130-84). The result has been a widespread re-evaluation of the Nashville league, and a whopping six-slot bump in the September DNN Power Rankings
, from No. 25 to No. 19. (Think of the DNN Power Rankings as sortof the BCS ranking system of the derby world, with a more realistic emphasis on human opinion.)
This brings us to the weekend's upcoming bout against No. 17 Naptown — the last of the regular season before regionals and national championships. Naptown, although highly ranked, has been on ice, without a WFTDA bout since May, so no one is quite sure what to expect. The competition will undoubtedly be a closely watched nail-biter. In other words: You want to be at this bout. You won't have another opportunity till next year.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Municipal Auditorium. The Music City Brawl Stars will take on the Chattanooga Roller Girls, followed by the main event vs. Naptown. Be there.