Tonight, all the practices pay off. All the personal sacrifices that have been made, all the innumerable bumps and bruises, the sprains, the broken bones, the bloody noses -- they're all paid for tonight at the Arch Rival Roller Girls Championships
. The first bout is the consolation round, starring the Stunt Devils and the Rebel Skate Alliance. After that comes the main event, featuring the M-80s versus the Smashinistas. The Smashinistas are the reigning champions and would love to hold the title for a second year, but you better believe the M-80s are hungry to wrest the crown away from them. The M-80s won it all in 2012, so a return to glory would cap off their season rather nicely. But roller derby is a lot like the movie Highlander
, in that there can be only one when the dust settles. Also, the music of Queen goes well with both, but Queen goes with everything -- particularly the coronation of a roller derby queen. The games begin at 8 p.m. at Chaifetz Arena (1 South Compton Avenue; 314-977-5000 or www.archrivalrollergirls.com
), and tickets are $6 to $25.
Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., 2014