Texas Shootout Bout Preview: (West #1) Rat City v. (East #4) Detroit
Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 27, 2007
On paper, it would appear that Detroit has got the roughest assignment on the Texas Shootout’s first day. They’re matched up against the #1 ranked team in all of roller derby in Rat City — and Rat City earned that title by not only defeating both Texas and Tucson in the Dust Devil Western Regionals, but by defeating them both on the same day. Detroit had to fight tooth and nail for their own berth in the Eastern top four — while Gotham, Windy City and Carolina all punched their tickets by relatively large margins, Detroit needed overtime to squeak by Boston in the first round 104-99, and had a tough battle with Minnesota before knocking them off 99-77.
There are some factors working in Detroit’s favor, though. Like most Eastern travel teams, they’ve been much more active this year than the West teams. Rat City hasn’t played a single travel team bout since their Dust Devil victory over Tucson, while Detroit has gone up against Carolina (twice, both losses), Charm City (notching a 124-107 win in at the East Coast Extravaganza in March), Boston, Minnesota, Grand Raggidy (a 105-87 win in May) and Gotham. They also are one of the most physical teams in the East and demonstrated astonishing endurance during Heartland Havoc, which will help them out against a very strong Rat City team. Finally, they’ve got the Heartland Havoc MVP in their phenomenal jammer Racer McChaseher, who never seemed to lose a step no matter how many times she went to the second line.
Rat City, of course, brings a number of phenomenal players of their own to the first day’s last bout, notably the crushing sister act D-Bomb and Blonde An’ Bitchen (update: and Femme Fatale — thanks for the family tree, Muffin) and speed demon jammers Miss Fortune, Pia Mess and Valtron. At Dust Devil 2007, Rat City demonstrated themselves to have possibly the highest average speed in derby — while Detroit may be able to match up with them in terms of strength, the bout may come down to whether the Detroit jammers are able to put on the explosive speed required to break away from the Rat City defense. The winner of this one gets a date with the winner of Texas / Windy City at 1:30pm on Sunday.
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