FORT WAYNE, IN — In the first half of the Cincinnati / Bleeding Heartland opening match in the 2013 WFTDA D1 Playoffs, it looked like the story was going to be Cincinnati being undone by enormous penalty trouble and Bleeding Heartland scoring a kickoff upset. In the second half, though, Cincy’s blockers cleaned up and created a showcase for tireless Cincinnati jammer K. Lethal. Lethal jammed 25 of the game’s 40 jams, went 9 jams in a row in the final 12 minutes, and put up a stunning 176 points — including a 24-0 in the final jam — to lift Cincinnati to an improbable comeback victory, 217-214.
In Indiana this weekend, the derby world will be treated to the very first top-tier divisional tournament. The ten teams competing will have travelled almost 10,000 miles between them to get to Fort Wayne, IN.