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Hey there, derby fans! I’m Big Dan Hero (“Hero” for short) and I’m one of our skaters here at Cleveland Men’s Roller Derby. I’m going to be blogging here at CMRD every now and then to talk about derby-related stuff like rules, equipment, strategy, and community.

I grew up here in Cleveland and fell in love with roller derby in 2011. I grabbed a pair of skates, some pads, and a striped shirt and became a referee for a WFTDA league. I couldn’t keep the idea of seeing men’s derby in Northeast Ohio out of my head so once I finally got connected to the right enthusiastic dudes we started this thing we now know as CMRD.

My next post is going to be a crash course in basic derby gear so if you’re looking to join us but have no idea about what gear you need, stay tuned!

In the mean time, my section of our blog needs a name! Do you have any fun, silly, or witty ideas for what to call it? Leave your ideas in the comments below. If it’s awesome enough, I might just use your name!

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