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Underdog Tough Cookies Win 2008 Derby Dolls Championship

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Story by Sheri Zampelli

The LA Derby Dolls 2008 Championships were like an emotional replay of last week's presidential election. The Tough Cookies, who have never won a championship, faced off against the 2007 champion Sirens. "Cookie's in '08" election-style posters have been plastered around the Doll Factory for nearly a year, and as attendees filed into the building for Saturday night's bout they received "I voted Cookies '08" lapel stickers.

The Tough Cookies skated out in their all new, patriotic, red-white-and-blue uniforms with American flags in hand. Their team chant was, "Yes We Can!, Yes We Can!, Yes We Can!". Despite their enthusiasm, it was the final jam of the contest that decided who would reign victorious. One thing was clear, the Sirens weren't going to give up their championship status without a fight. Sirens came out strong and maintained a lead most of the game.

In the words of Tough Cookies jammer/blocker Krissy Krash, "This game was literally a race against the clock. We were back and forth all night. Whichever team was ahead when the time ran out was going to win."