To properly curtsy, a lady must bend at the knees, sweep one foot behind, then brutally clothesline anyone who happens to be passing on her right. Inject a dose of kinetic girl-power into your life with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to the Oklahoma City Roller Derby (up to a $30 value). Each Groupon is good for two seats to the May 21 double-bout, as the OKC Lightning Broads take on the Springfield Battle Broads at 6 p.m. and the OKC Tornado Alley Rollergirls face off against the Springfield All Stars at 7:30 p.m. Kids 12 and younger enter free with a paid adult, and a portion of the derbys proceeds will go to aid the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For the uninitiated, Maura Fliction, Kitty VonKlobber, Sweeney Quad, Taryn Bonesapart, and their fellow home-team derby girls will wage territorial track war for two 30-minute periods in each roller rumble, during which a designated jammerusually the fastest, nimblest two legs on eight wheelsattempts to skate her way from the rear of the pack to lap opposing rollers. Running the gauntlet, the jammer must evade sexy but deadly hip thrusts, clotheslining arm guards, and a bank full of bounced body-checks (deemed void if cashed from behind). Points are rewarded each time the jammer passes an opposing skater, and the highest score wins the derby.
Ladies have been steamrolling one another on skates for decades, and with the sport's popularity growing steadily in recent years, these unconventional athletes give budding riot grrrls a role model they can relate to. Grab today's Groupon to the Oklahoma City Roller Derby and take advantage of an opportunity for fathers to bond with daughters, daughters to bond with sisters, and sisters to sublimate any pent-up rage caused by tea-party-crashing little brothers.
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