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Sioux City Roller Dames use nicknames to spice up the sport

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The Sioux City Roller Dames use unique nicknames to spice up their sport. The Sioux City Roller Dames use unique nicknames to spice up their sport.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Roller Derby was a popular 'made for TV' sport in the 1970's but it's making a comeback in Siouxland. The Sioux City Roller Dames are in their seventh year, with a big match coming up Saturday.

If there's one thing that makes athletes cooler, it's their nicknames. LeBron James is usually referred to as "King James." But in Roller Derby you never hear players called by their given name and there's a reason for that.

KTIV's Nick Filipowski gets a crash course in nicknames 101.

The definition of nickname is 'a descriptive name given instead of or in addition to one belonging to a person place or thing.'

Natalie Hattorf is known as 'Gore May'.

"It used to be Morticia, but it just didn't feel right," said Hattorf. "I ended up brainstorming with some friends and with my parents. So I ended up picking one out of a book I read in high school. It was one of those thriller books where guys are trying to hunt down people online.  I like it more. I usually just get called Gore instead of Gore May."
 
Kate Estes goes by the name is 'Ruff N Tuff'.

"When I first went into boot camp (in the Navy) everybody would bark at me," said Estes. "Ruff was my last name.  When it came to the day that I had to pick my name for roller derby, automatically I went to that because the only other nickname I had was spoon."

"I've had sprained ankles, bruised up knees, whiplash, concussions, busted fingers a black eye."

The Roller Dames play Quad-City at 7 o'clock Saturday at the Long Lines Family Center in Sioux City.
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