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Chuck's rowdy roller derby experience

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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD/CBS) - In late 2003 a dozen local women attended a meeting with a rolling and rambunctious goal in mind.

Present at this meeting were names such as, Whiskey Mick, Sassy Sue, and Moscow Minx; They called themselves the Furious Truckstop Waitresses. Their purpose, forming an all-girl roller derby league.

It's a sport from the past that just keeps rolling along. There was a time, when roller derby ruled the rink, when fans stacked the stands, and cheered 'til their throats went raw. Tucson Roller Derby, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is roller derby revivin'. In 2004 the league's second team, the Iron Curtain, came into to play in the Old Pueblo, and the bouts began.

Today the league consist of five teams, and after all these years they still get asked the same question. Is roller derby fake? Their web site gives a clear answer to that, "Nope! The flat-track roller derby we play is a real sport with no choreographing - except from the half-time entertainment."

Roller derby in Tucson has expanded. Now Tucson is the first city to support a women's league, "Tucson Roller Derby", a junior league, "Derby Brats", and a men's league, "Dry Heat".

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