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espnW reporter is crazy in love with roller derby

Updated: November 11, 2011, 10:57 AM ET
By Jane McManus

It was nearing 11 p.m., and I was speeding for home with a frozen chicken patty wedged under my freshly broken tailbone after falling while lunging after a jammer. I thought of my job covering sports, my two kids, my Ivy League adjunct position.

My dignity.

"Should I really do this?" I thought, as I painfully punched the clutch to shift gears. "Is roller derby really worth it?"

I'd been playing for only a few months, but it was already too late. ...

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