Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Last night I was exposed to two sports that are a bit out of the mainstream….The family and I took in a Roller Derby bout in Yonkers, NY and then got home in time to watch Kimbo slice up the ear of James (The Colossus) Thompson.
We saw Jane McManus, aka Lesley E. Visserate (below left), the Jets beat writer for the Journal News and a family friend, compete for the Indian Point Sirens in Suburbia Roller Derby at E.J. Murray’s Memorial Skating Rink. When she wasn’t in the penalty box, Jane was busy taking down opponents from the Country Clubbers and Botoxic Avengers in a three-team exhibition.
When the Derby girls were done with their action, they repaired to Barney McNabb’s bar to watch the big mixed martial arts bout making its debut on CBS.
The fight was stopped 38 seconds into the third round after Slice, a former street brawler from Miami whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, hit Thompson with an overhand right to his giant freak ear.
“Man, that (stuff) was wack, yo,” McManus said in an exclusive interview conducted Sunday over breakfast.
We have to wonder whether CBS will broadcast this “sport” again considering my man’s ear was blown off on live network TV.
Even if it is, the Derby girls won’t be watching it.
“We’re not above trying to clobber each other,” McManus said, “but at least we have rules.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.