Yes I know it sounds hokey but sometimes you can be more impressed by the team that loses than the one that wins. That's how I felt last night! I never like to see my Bosses lose but last night those ladies played their hearts out down to the LAST JAM. I was impressed. They could have easily just thrown in the towel and not given it their all. Nobody would have blamed them. The other team was playing dirty and there were a lot of penalties that were not called. The refs were missing really huge obvious calls. *I know reffing is a very difficult job. I've stood in the middle of the track at practices and tried to catch all the madness at once, and it's just not possible but when when the one opposing player is chasing the jammer and the rest of the team is LITERALLY on the other side of the track someone should say something. There was a lot of that kind of stuff going on. The team I was rooting for had 4 blockers out on the track while one sat in the box. Somehow nobody caught it for that entire jam!* Despite all of the missed calls the ladies seemed to have fun and played very very hard.
In the second half of the bout with a huge deficit in score, I could still clearly see the Bosses # 19 Betty Watchett having a lot of fun and keeping a big smile on her face. You could see the determined look on Kiki Mojo's face when she took the jammer line. She almost looked scary except that Kiki is my derby friend and an extremely sweet person and I can't see her as scary. (I DO NOT want to take a hip check from her because she looks like she hits hard but still it's Keeks and I can't be scared of her.) Shank with her scary face paint looked deadly out there as well and played like ever jam mattered.
Ladies, thanks for playing that way because to all of the fans out there, it did matter. VERY MUCH! I don't ever remember a crowd cheering that hard for their home team after such a loss. I have never cheered that hard. It didn't matter to us that you didn't win. You played a clean game despite the other side not doing so. You had a lot of heart and made me proud to be your intro girl/superfan. Thank you for making Houston proud! Bosses, I love you LIKE A BOSS.