Chicago Bruise Brothers Break Big Leagues to Start 2014
Chicago, IL — After a 2013 inaugural season and a year of rapid growth, the Chicago Bruise Brothers will kick of 2014 with a packed schedule of bouts both home and away. Since the end the 2013, which concluded at home in October, the club has been accepted into the Men’s Roller Derby Association.
Founded in 2007 (originally as the Men’s Derby Coalition), MRDA is the established authority for men’s roller derby across the world, and holds an annual championship tournament to determine the sport’s international champion and runners-up. The Chicago Bruise Brothers’ move into MRDA constitutes as step up into the big leagues of roller derby as well as a number of exciting opportunities to play roller derby.
The Bruise Brothers will break the first whistle with a road trip in which they will meet the Cincinnati Battering Rams in their first MRDA bout on Saturday, March 1st in Cincinnati. The next morning, The Bros will play a MRDA-sanctioned bout versus the nationally ranked Race City Rebels, from Indianapolis.
The remainder of The Bros’ season holds other challenging fixtures, including another away trip on June 28 to St Louis, to take on the B-Keepers, as well as three bouts against the club’s arch rivals, the Capital City Hooligans from Springfield, Ill to determine the winner of the newly established Illinois Cup. First, The Bros will travel to Decatur, Ill. to play Capital City on March 22, followed by a rematch in Lombard on April 19 to start off the home season. The third bout of The Illinois Cup date is To Be Announced. In 2013 the two teams met twice, with Bruise Brothers conceding a one-point game 177-176 to Capital City in Decatur in June, followed by a last minute nail-biter on October 13 in which the Hooligans skated away with the win.
In the works for The Bros are more road trips, possibly to upper Midwest and a few invitational tournaments, to be announced officially in coming weeks. The team will also participate in exhibition bouts, including the coed black-n-blue Rhythm & Bruise bout in Rockford, IL and The Corruption Cup, tentatively scheduled for October 25 in Lombard, Ill.
At the beginning of 2014, the Chicago Bruise Brothers elected two new captains, Princess A. Pauling and Steampunk Willie.
The Chicago Bruise Brothers play and practice every Wednesday and Sunday at the Lombard Roller Rink at 201 W 22nd Street in Lombard. If you would like to join The Bros for a skate or participate in one of our open practices, please email training@
Equipment Matters; Adjustments Matter More – The Mandozer
I’ve been off-skates for a few weeks. Sunday morning I got my skates back.
I’ve owned three pairs of skates in my time as a skater the last couple years; an old pair of two sizes too large skates with some unknown plate and an older boot with any branding warn off, A newer set of skates, a Riedell 465 boot with a Revenge plate, and my latest set of skates, an Antik AR1 boot with a slightly oversized Revenge plate.
We Are Members of the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA)!
The Chicago Bruise Brothers have been working over the last couple years to build our team, our officials, and our support staff and to both travel to and host bouts against teams in the Men’s Roller Derby Association with a major goal of gaining membership ourselves.
We’re happy to announce, we’ve made it!
2013.09.14 – Rhythm & Bruise Co-Ed Roller Derby: The SlowJams v. Rhythm & Bruise
September 14th, the Chicago Bruise Brothers, Rhythm & Bruise Co-Ed Roller Derby put on an exhibition bout to open the Aurora 88s home travel season closer bout and hey… we have photos! More >
Rules Update Podcast!
If you’re interested in listening to the June 2013 rule updates instead of reading them, our own The Mandozer has been putting his mouth to the mic! He is currently recording the June 2013 changes, and will record the 2014 rules as soon as they are out! More >
Recruits, Check Us Out on Oct 9th!
Are you interested in joining the Chicago Bruise Brothers as a Skater, a Referee, an Non-Skating Official (NSO), or as volunteer? More >
2013.08.17 – Chicago Bruise Brothers vs. Race City Rebels: Photos, Video
Saturday, August 17th, the Chicago Bruise Brothers hosted a bout against the Race City Rebels.
The Rebels won the bout 375 to the CBB’s 85, but we will be back for more!
Check out bout pictures at:
Facebook, via Travis Taylor Photography: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.667732643254499.1073741842.578835652144199&type=1
Facebook, thanks to David Grelck: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.502581283165929.1073741830.211484282275632&type=3
Flickr, thanks to David Grelck: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xystance/sets/72157635852957286/
Check out bout video at:
YouTube, thanks to Bill Hamilton: http://youtu.be/v_a7rZr_f6U
Bout Weekend! (9/14) Chicago Bruise Brothers Co-Ed Bout with the Aurora 88s!
The Aurora 88s are hosting a double header event this weekend at the Aurora Skate Center. We will be there!
Co-Ed Scrimmage with the Barbed Wire Betties (9/7)
Last Saturday, September 7th, we sent five skaters to Sycamore, IL to visit the Kishwaukee YMCA. While we can always use a good workout and swim, we visited to scrimmage women from multiple other local roller derby leagues in a Team Shockwave vs. Team Rolling Thunder event!