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What they were thinking: Slam time

Aubrey Planitz of the Nutcrackers (left) sends Candy Saunders of the Wicked Pissahs to the deck during the roller derby season opener at Simoni Ice Rink in Cambridge, July 13, 2014.

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Aubrey Planitz of the Nutcrackers (left) sends Candy Saunders of the Wicked Pissahs to the deck during the roller derby season opener at Simoni Ice Rink in Cambridge, July 13, 2014

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What’s up today: Aubrey Planitz of the Nutcrackers (left) sends Candy Saunders of the Wicked Pissahs to the deck during the roller derby season opener at Simoni Ice Rink in Cambridge, July 13, 2014:

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Planitz (a.k.a. Planitz Collide): “The thing I like to do is knock jammers on their [rears]. When she came around Turn 2 I was hoping to lay my shoulder into her. I probably hit her with my right shoulder and I threw my arms up when she started to fall, to rebalance myself after she hit me. I love it, it’s one of my favorite things, that’s why I play a full-contact sport. I work for a trucking company in one of the dispatch offices. I love the fact that I kind of get to be an enforcer on the track. I’m one of the bigger blockers in the league and [Saunders] is one of the bigger, stronger jammers, so whenever the two of us come up against each other it’s always exciting to see what happens. I do talk trash. I like having kind of a zombie look. It creeps out a lot of the skaters. Anybody who is a fan of football or hockey could really enjoy roller derby. You’d realize these girls really are athletes. It’s a lot of work and wear and tear on our bodies. There’s not just a bunch of girls skating around in a circle clothes-lining each other.

Saunders (a.k.a. The Gun Show): “There’s not a lot of thought in that moment, just I’m going down or ‘Oh, shoot.’ I’m trying to pass her and I think at that moment she was backward-blocking and she whacked me in the chest. From what I remember, it was a good strong hit and it was painful. She’s definitely strong. I try not to say anything. I don’t think it’s classy. There are plenty of people in the sport that [talk trash].”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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