Derby Name: Marie Buttah Fury #52
Real Life Alias: Erica Stewart
Freshie Year: 2014 with ARG
Number of Tattoos: 2 (with plans for 2 more)
You may have heard that the Co-Captain of our Boone Shiners team is smooth like Buttah, but only because she is. Sometimes you come into fresh meat with a nick name in mind like Buttah did in October 2014, but one of the All-Stars announced that she was smooth like Buttah and the nickname just stuck [Buttah admits she may have been too intimidated by said All-Star to object to her name being changed]. She’s made good sport of it, and combined her love of the female physicist/chemist Marie Curie and her smooth nature to become a leader of Appalachian Roller Girls B Team, the Boone Shiners.
Buttah is currently a student at ASU and the team is considering bribing a professor to fail her so that she cannot graduate in May [we kid]. Her molecular biology degree is leading her towards a future doctorate that will have her bouting with another league, and ARG will be sad to lose her. But as long as we have her we are going to keep her on the roster and in the gym. Buttah is an extremely dedicated teammate who claims that all she does with her time is roller derby. And if you have seen her interview about our speed dating event, you will know her claim is true. Like Boom, Buttah has her mind on derby, and derby on her mind.
Also like Boom, Buttah’s favorite venue to bout in is our home, Holmes Convocation Center at ASU. So if you are thinking of transferring your skating status to ARG, know that our venue is apparently the best [from completely unbiased sources]. Her first season was abbreviated, but this season Buttah thinks she might actually have enough fundamentals down to be a “decent” player. When she isn’t skating derby you will most likely find her in class, in the gym, or at work at Panera Bread in Boone. She is even manning our fundraiser with them [for which ARG is very grateful]. But in the less than five percent of the time she isn’t doing one of those three activities Buttah is a most likely to be found next to a microscope with an instrument in hand.
Okay, maybe we are exaggerating. Buttah has been playing violin since she was 5 though, and she also plays cello, ukulele, and guitar. In addition to being musically gifted she is extremely passionate about molecular biology. How many other twenty-somethings do you know that own their own microscope? Just don’t ask her to pick a favorite anything [we asked instrument, we asked book, we asked movie. She got a little exasperated with us]. She will probably being doing her research as a geneticist one day while playing a quiet piece of Mozart, or perhaps Csardas by Monti [a personal favorite for Buttah]. Or maybe she will be blasting movie scores. It’s hard to tell with Buttah. For someone who is extremely analytical and precise [she will make a great scientist, but trying to interview her was similar to pulling teeth] she is very passionate about her music. And her dog Sadie, who is immortalized as one of her tattoos. Buttah has not always know what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she’s here, she has discovered her niche.
Another thing Buttah recently discovered is that she has asthma. Derby helps people learn new and interesting things about themselves [just not always fun things]. Playing soccer in middle school only lead her to discover that she hated running. But when she started training to skate derby she discovered the slight hitch of asthma. She hasn’t let that stop her though. Struggling with endurance during her time as an unassessed freshie only made her stronger and while she still has to work on endurance and staying low, she has certainly conquered her first hurdle. Her first bout is still a blur to her. It’s best to hear about her home bout in Buttah’s own words, “Uh, what was my first bout? I think it was a home game? Yeah! That was it. We did a home bout. And I really don’t remember who we played against, but I remember they were a very big and intimidating team just like very sturdy. And we lost by about 300 points. But we were very excited because we broke 100 points. We got to 100 points! But every time we tried to hit them, we just bounced right off them and they didn’t even move. Everyone expected us to be really upset. But when they came over we were just like ‘ALRIGHT, GUYS! WE GOT A HUNDRED POINTS!’” She’s been a derby addict ever since.
Her derby addiction competes with other additions. For instance, if you wanna take Buttah on a special outing fly her to the Daintree Rain Forest in Australia, take her on a nature walk where she can nerd out on endemic species and all the various shades of green [her favorite color], and let her get to train with Scald Eagle of the Rose City Rollers. That is her number one derby crush. Buttah calls her “Life Goals”. She keeps a picture of Scald Eagle as a background on her phone for motivation. Her derby big is another huge motivating factor as well, since PYT (Patty Young Thang #711) is her derby big. PYT, Nerdfighter, and Public Jenemy have strongly influenced her skating style, as well as Honey Boom Boom, whom she considers her derby Mom [which she says makes Wookie Mistake her derby Papa]. She got herself a derby wife in her housemate [one of three] Bullyt Bri. (Bullyt conducted most of Buttah’s interview, thanks Bullyt!). Her derby little is the Notorious D.O.U.G., whom we all call Dougie. All in all, a huge derby fam that only gets bigger because she considers all of October 2015 freshies as her derby children. And has taken us all under her wing to impart her derby knowledge to us.
Buttah’s derby knowledge is wide and varied because Buttah splits her time between jamming and blocking equally, and can’t decide which she likes better. She worries that this will make her mediocre at both rather than excellent at one, but ARG appreciates her dedication to the sport. We might even make her a big thing of Pasta Alfredo, a giant bowl of salty snacks, get her Juan Anna coffee from San Lucas Guatemala [she has had a hand in the process of making those coffee beans and knows they are the best], put two creams and one and a half sugars in the coffee and not judge her for not being able to cut the sugar down any more. We also just might get Buttah her very own polar bear so that she has her spirit animal with her at all times. We will not get her ketchup or mayo though, according to Buttah, “It’s not even real.” When you get her a grilled hotdog, she’ll take it mustard only.