Pondered in Tablet magazine. I’d be Golda Slayir, Henrietta Schooled, Sharona Slaychem, Vashti’d Off, Isha Zona, Marjorie Mourning Spar, or, if I wanted to go lowbrow, Torah Spelling. As for my referee name…definitely Morris Ayin. (That was the most inside-baseball joke I have ever made for publication.) There are some great suggestions in the comments, too. Check ‘em out. And some fab ideas from Facebook: Yiddische Slamma, Kiblitz and Kasha Vanquishes. (I want to MARRY Kasha Vanquishes. Delicious.)
I started thinking about Jewy derby names while collecting kidlit derby names, which I started doing after Betsy Bird solicited suggestions for them in her School Library Journal blog. (My favorite there: Knuckle Bunny.)
Here are my fave children’s-book-inflected names from the actual current rosters of all flat- and banked-track teams:
Anne of Mean Gables
Dread Pirate Roberta
Eva Lasting Broadstopper
Laura Ingalls Piledriver
What would your kidlit derby name be? Your Jew-y derby name?