Bruisers roll into Downtown for championship bout

May 7, 2010

MILWAKEE, WI - The Brewers are out West. The Bucks and Admirals both saw their playoff runs come to an end.

What's a sports fan to do?

Well, why not try something new ... like Roller Derby.

The Brewcity Bruisers, Milwaukee's Roller Derby entity, takes center stage Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The sport has a long history at the Arena, which played host to a number of banked-track events during the 1950s and '60s.

Unlike the more scripted, wrestling-style matches of the 1970s, the current inception of Roller Derby is completely genuine competition.

"It's fast-paced, high-energy and full-contact," says Bruiser Servin' Justice - a member of the Crazy 8's team.

The Bruisers are actually a league consisting of four teams - Crazy 8's, Maiden Milwaukee, Rushin' Rollettes and the Shevil Knevils - which play a series of bouts throughout the year.. The league is skater-owned and operated, though an accountant and lawyer are retained for various purposes.

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