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First Dates with Fly (Co-ed Crush Edition)

September 7, 2011

Well, well, well, I’m back in the saddle for another edition of First Dates with Fly!  After a long summer of road tripping we finally made it back home to AJ’s on August 27th.  I want to thank all the loyal fans that made their way to the rink despite that jerk Irene.  Blackwater suited up against East Coast Devastation, a co-ed team out of Northern Virginia.  East Coast may have won but to this young lady more importantly two new skaters were crowned MVP’s.  From Blackwater a fan favorite, the one and only Naughty Nini and from East Coast one half of “the Beaver Brothers” Nitro Nate.

FLY: How long have you been playing derby?
NATE: 9-10 months (since his 18th birthday)
NINI: Since February 2009

FLY: How did you get started with this sport?
NATE: Was reminded of roller derby while watching an episode of Phineas and Ferb but also worked as a floor guard at a roller rink.
NINI: My cousin Amy was approached but wasn’t interested in playing so she told me about it.  I was looking for a team sport and a way to make some new friends.

FLY: Did you play sports before derby?
NATE: Cross Country
NINI: Softball, Basketball and Cross Country

FLY: Are there any skaters you look up to?
NATE: Highway Man and Terminal Velocity
NINI: Durga from the Richmond Derby Demons because of her great attitude and sportsmanship and my team mate Mighty Mouse for her explosive power.

FLY: What do you like to do in your free time?
NATE: play video games
NINI: Meditate, be one with nature and ride the motorcycle

FLY: What’s your favorite cartoon?
NATE: Zoids
NINI: Arthur, Word Girl and Sponge Bob (clarification the old sponge bob not the new sponge bob)

FLY: What’s your favorite dessert?
NATE: Cheesecake
NINI: Cheesecake

FLY: What song would you be embarrassed for your team to know you secretly like?
NATE: The Hustle
NINI: Semi Charmed Kind of Life by Third Eye Blind

FLY: Do you have any music that gets you pumped before a bout?
NATE: No but I like 70’s, 80’s and game soundtracks
NINI: Screaming Deftones lyrics while driving to the bout.

FLY: What was your favorite moment from the bout?
NATE: During warm-ups we did a 4 person whip
NINI: During warm ups, Nitro said he doesn’t sweat he glistens, and I looked at him and said, “forget you I sweat like Shaquille O’Neal.”    (This quote has been edited for a younger audience.)

For all you aspiring MVP’s out there you should take 3 things away from this, run, eat cheesecake, and stop sweating and learn how to glisten.  I’ll be back after the 24th of September following our re-match with the Charlottesville Derby Dames.



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