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Roller Derby's L.A. Ri-Ettes Reign Victorious Over Santa's Little Helpers

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by Sheri Zampelli

"It's about time the Jews win," said a roller derby fan while leaving Saturday night's match between the L.A. Ri-Ettes and Santa's Little Helpers. The L.A. Ri-Ettes are "A-team" skaters chosen from the Los Angeles Derby Doll league. They adopted a Jewish theme for the evening wearing blue t-shirts and sporting a star symbol with a skate in the middle. Fans and Derby Doll volunteers put stickers with menorahs and dreidels on their shirts. Jewish rocker Gene Simmons of KISS, accompanied by actress Shannon Tweed and their daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons, led the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem. Then, the crowd watched a video of Santa's plot to "bitch slap L.A." and Hanukkah Harry's plan to save it by forming his own derby army in "hot pants and tights".

The L.A. Ri-Ettes won the game but the road to victory was marked with rink rash, an oxygen tank and some help from the EMT's.