The other night I went to women’s roller derby. The Penn Jersey She Devils were playing Canada’s Hammer City. I didn’t have a clue what roller derby was, but I’d been intrigued to read in the local paper that this was National Roller Derby Hall of Fame Weekend, and it was being celebrated in the New Jersey town next to my own.

The game was held at the Mount Laurel International Sports Centre — another surprise. I had no idea there was an international sports centre so close to where I live. As it turns out, I had passed the International Sports Centre many times without knowing it. It was that warehouse-like building next to the strip mall where my allergist has his office.

When I arrived at the International Sports Centre, there were about 50 roller derby fans waiting at the door. They were a lively group, amply adorned… More…