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Best Roller Derby Team 

The Hellbombers

Years before roller derby became a big-screen Hollywood subject, it was a way of life for women who had to blow off some steam on the weekends. More than 60 rough-and-tumble girls from all over Northeast Ohio compete on the four teams that comprise the Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland's first all-female, skater-owned, flat-track derby league. Stocked with beauty queens and bruisers, the league includes colorfully named teams like the Cleveland Steamers, Hard Knockers and the Rolling Pin-Ups. For three years in a row, the three-peat champs have been the Hellbombers, who conduct circuitous full-contact under roller-names like Magic Lee Malicious, Buggie Smalls and Ivanna Destroya. The season won't start again until spring, but check their website for special one-off events. ( Ferris

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