The CRG roller derby scoreboard captures a ton of cool data, but it's kind of tricky to work with. I made Python tools to suck out all that juicy data and build plots: penalties per team and per skater, time to initial pass, mean net points per jammer, and lots more. I made it dead simple to use. [more inside]
On the brutal art of roller derby. "The whistle blows and total chaos follows—you run forward, try to run, are hit down in a quick business-like way, economically, before you manage a second step. You stumble up, no-handed, as practiced—better than expected—but already others are ripping past you, the whole pack is churning: you will be left behind. You are skating forward somehow, swimming towards safety, when you are walloped—there’s no other word for it—clear off the track. A soft ribbon is driven from you, half a spoonful, maybe, of urine..."