I was recently looking over the stats from our Instagram account. It was interesting to see what photos had the most likes and most comments, so I decided to put together a "Round Up" of the best Capital City Hooligans pictures. I'm going to combine several pieces of data (Likes, Comments, Followers) and a little bit of personal preference to determine the top 10 shots. Though, you should seriously scroll through our Instagram there is way more gold than 10 photos. I'm not 100% sold on the order, but the fans have spoken with their likes and comments.
ganscorns Invade Midwest Derbyfest
With only one bout under our belts the Hooligans were off to play in our first tournament. The shenanigans that ensued helped to solidify our name. From treating the lobby like it was our own personal locker room. Morning jello shots with the KCRW girls. To endless unicorn photo-ops. It was a fantastic weekend of team bonding and exciting roller derby.
9. The Hoolibus dream is born.
With lots of derby travel on the horizon the Hooligans dreamt of getting a team bus or RV so we could all travel together in one vehicle. Leave it to the Hooligans to come up with great ideas. As the message thread got longer and longer, the ideas got crazier and crazier, until I (Impale Ale) just had to get the ideas compiled into visual form. Watch out… We still might put together a KickStarter campaign for this baby.
8. How time will change a roster.
Only one of the skaters in this photo is still active with CCH. On the far left Lurch McGurk #5198 left the team a while back due to injury and life. But, word on the street is that he will be coming back soon. Impale Ale (me), right in the front is still keeping up with the Hooligans and has entered his 2nd term as the vice president of the Hooligans. That bit of helmet you see between Lurch and Ale is Dread Velvet. He's been gone so long it's possible this was his last practice. haha. The dapper gent in the sleeveless t-shirt and denim jeans is Harvey Dent. Just recently (Jan 2015) we had to sadly say good-bye to Dent due to his moving to St. Louis. Dent started with the Hooligans as a ref on inline skates, finally gave into peer pressure to play with us on quads, and then became an integral part of our line up. He will be greatly missed. Last but not least, leading this little pow-wow is NoFX Shun. FX transferred to CCH from the STL B-Keepers only a couple months before our first bout. Without him the Hooligans would have been a completely different team that first season. He brought years of experience and we all soaked it right up. FX is still around and we hope he will come back some day soon. If you see him let him know his brothers want him back on the track!
7. Gotta move! Gotta do! Gotta CROW!
Central Illinois roller derby definitely caught the coed bug. CCH loves all of it's sisters in derby and Bang-A-Rang is the team that brings us all together. In June 2014 CCH hosted a Bang-A-Rang black vs red bout as the first public bout of our home season. This was the first time there was a public coed roller derby bout in central Illinois.
6. The calm before the storm.
The Capital City Hooligans 2014 season was not only a challenge because of the high caliber of team we were playing, but also because of some roster issues. This photo was taken right before CCH took the track against the Race City Rebels with a roster of 9 skaters. It was a hard game, but we were all very proud of how well we played despite the odds we were up against.
5. CCH Battles the Brits
CCH has had a lot of great opportunities over the years, but one that still sits up at the top was when we had the opportunity to host Southern Discomfort Men's Roller Derby from London, UK. SoDisco was on a US tour that would culminate at Spring Roll 2014 and we were luckily along the way. It was an extremely tough bout, but a ton of fun. They were a great group of guys!
4. Bambi Skates
This is technically our most liked photo. Surprise. Surprise. It's not like she doesn't already have thousands of followers on her Instagram account. Bambi Bloodlust has done sooooo much for the Hooligans since she started coaching CCH, the least we could do is give her a shout out from time to time.
3. After After Party Team Bonding
The Hooligans LOVE playing against the Chicago Bruise Brothers and we LOVE after parties (and after after parties). This photo was a result of both!!! Das Schmidt cuddles up with Wildstyle, who at the time was the newest member of our team.
2. Hoolicorn becomes our unofficial mascot.
After a very long run of only having the standard "Logo Merch" the Hooligans decided to make something completely different that could be launched at our booth during Springfield PrideFest. The Hooligans had already built up a connection to the infamous unicorn (See Photo 10) so it was a natural move to design a unicorn shirt. The shirt was and still is a hit. Watch for a reprint to to come later this season. The design was a collaboration between Bambi Bloodlust (CCH Head Coach) and Impale Ale.
1. Unveiling our logo to the public.
Technically Dago Whomp (has since transferred teams) posted an incomplete version of our logo before this photo, but since it wasn't actually our official logo, I'm adding the likes and comments from that post into this one. This was a HUGE moment for the Capital City Hooligans in roller derby history. Only a few days before our first regulation bout the new logo, designed by Impale Ale (Brian Cassidy) was printed onto our jerseys. This was the moment things really became real!