But it was civilized - reminded me of a tame, human pinball game. Teams were in 1 or 2 clusters and prevented members of the other team from knocking down the person who was scoring the points. This person (who I think is a called a jammer), skates around the rink. I think they receive scores with each time they lap the other teams. And teams don't block in an aggressive way - they simply team up and keep the other team from skating through. Now last night's match was a little more wild - in fact, I thought at one point there may be a fistfight. But it didn't happen. At the end of the meet, it was obvious that the teams were very kind to each other.
I loved it - totally not what I expected. There were people of all ages, from all walks of life. There were little kids racing around, the die-hard fans with their signs, cowbells, and horns sat in their seats the entire time fascinated by the game. It was obvious that this is a family - they watch out for each other, for each other's kids. Last night they showcased their special guests - Special Olympics participants. There was using during intermission and everyone was dancing - the Olympians, the skaters, the kids - it was fun and energizing and I can't wait for the next season to start.