Real Name: Keith
How did you choose your name?
In my day job I routinely use the phonetic alphabet, with [V]ictor being one of the more common designations I refer to. So I chose Victor Won as it was something I figured I’d readily respond to, and because the double meaning of victor, as in winner, and won as the past tense of win.
When was your first live derby game watched? Announced?
The first live derby bout I watched was on September 26th 2010 at Riverside Arena in Livonia Michigan, and it was Detroit’s Motor City Dissassembly Line vs Kitchener’s Tri-City Thunder. It was a great bout, with Tri-City eventually winning 136 to 124. I certainly didn’t understand everything I saw, but from the suicide seats it was still amazing fun to watch.
The first bout that I announced was just shy of the 1 year anniversary from the first bout I saw live. It was the Border City Brawlers debut bout, August 20th 2011 at South Windsor Arena. It was the BCB’s 2 original teams the 519ers vs the Hiram Stalkers. The day went purple with the Stalkers taking the win 63 to 60. A great day of firsts.
What was your favourite game to announce? Why?
At the moment I have announced 78 bouts, and almost all of them would tie as my favourite.
What’s your most important tool as an announcer?
An easy to read, and accurate, printed roster. I have a spreadsheet laid out that presents the skater’s names & numbers in a personal format that I find very simple and easy to read. It’s great for referencing during bouts when often times I won’t recognize the skaters. After that a Sharpie to fill in the inevitable last minute changes at bout time is essential.
Why’s it easy? Why’s it hard?
I’ve had a lot of fun announcing, but I wouldn’t say I’ve ever found it easy. 3 years in I’m still learning new things I ought to be doing, or just as likely ought not to be doing, at every bout.
As for why it’s hard, tongue twisting derby names, rule changes, inaccurate rosters, skater injuries, score blowouts, and venue acoustic deficiencies are the primary causes of ulcers among announcers.
Do you have a derby hero (player, announcer, anyone)?
Be you’re own hero.
What derby name cracks you up?
My fave derby name is Scratcher In The Eye, from Rose City.
Is there anything better than a cat?
Cats are great. But dogs are too. In fact, most critters are great in their own way. But cats know it.