After having a love-at-first-site moment with the sport in Montreal (and becoming a huge La Racaille fan during their 2008 run to the MTLRD championship), the Derby Nerd moved to Toronto in time for the 2008 playoffs and has been following the sport closely since.
Inspired by the style of analysis beginning to be published in the US by DNN (Derby News Network), the Nerd decided to help fill the void in Canada, starting in Toronto. With a desire to put collected stats to good use, and armed with a background in writing, the first Derby Nerd post was published in March 2010, introducing the JQ (jammer quotient), a stat used to compare the relative value of a jammer to her team.
Branching out to the broader derby scene (though with a focus still largely on Canadian derby), the Derby Nerd also reports and interviews for ToRD.TV and provides play-by-play and colour commentary for Canuck Derby TV, Rogers TV, and in 2012 made his WFTDA.TV debut. The Nerd is a certified member of AFTDA (the Association of Flat Track Derby Announcers).
As D.D. Miller, the Derby Nerd is also a writer of fiction. His first collection, David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in spring 2014.
The Derby Nerd’s mandate is to promote Canadian roller derby. Respectful disagreement and debate is encouraged.
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