| Dan Curran
Savage is on a mission to highlight players from our sponsored teams across multiple sports. Catch this and other "7 Questions from Savage" as we take you into the minds of athletes around the world! In preparation for the MLQ Championships, we continue the series with MLQ player Augustine Monroe.
VII: Augie, please tell us a little about yourself.
AM: I've been living in Austin, Texas for awhile now, but I'm from Brownsville, Texas. I play for the Austin Outlaws in the MLQ and the Texas Cavalry in the USQ. I was on the first Team USA for Quidditch. I also work for a nonprofit as a social worker and case-manager. Hope for the Warriors is a nonprofit based out of Virginia that provides services to wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action.
VII: How did you find your way into the world of Quidditch?
AM: Growing up I was never a standout athlete. I was in the shadow of my older brother who was a star quarterback. But I worked hard at developing athletically. I played some football, ran some track, and played a little JV basketball in high school. When I got to college, I kept training for general athleticism, not knowing how I would apply it. Quidditch presented itself—a friend of mine was telling me about it. Though I didn't know what the hell he was talking about, I gave it a shot. I was by far one of the worst, but the people were great and I wanted to stick with it. I loved the physical contact and the all-inclusive nature of the sport. It aligned well with who I am as a person.
VII: And it's paid off. Can you tell us about those accomplishments?
AM: I played and co-captained or the University of Texas and we won the USQ championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Now I play for the Texas Cavalry and we won the championship in 2017.
VII: Do you count one of those as your favorite memory on the field?
AM: When we first won the USQ championship in 2013, we dominated. We had lost the year before to Texas A&M... We had the same corps of players and we waited and trained. We'd also been recently recognized by the University, so when we won we got to light the UT-Austin tower. Anytime a sports team wins a national title, the tower lights up orange. We did it three times, but the first, yeah that was the best.
VII: Do you do anything special after a big win or prior to games?
AM: Before games, I like to stay to myself mostly and get my head right. I might listen to some music; I appreciate "Ante Up." After wins, I do a little binge eating. I keep a list of foods that I put off and I spend some time knocking things off that list.
VII: If you could liken your style of play to any animal, what would it be?
AM: A deer? I guess some people might want to be like a bear or something, but I typically avoid contact offensively. I'd say I'm difficult to get a hold of... like a deer.
(Edit: Augie wanted to text SAVAGE with a follow-up answer. A fox
VII: Anything final you want those listening to know?
AM: Don't underestimate women. I grew up in a place with a lot of machismo, so one of my favorite things about this sport is getting to see women knocking dudes on their ass.
Find Augie in League City competing with the Austin Outlaws for the MLQ Championships August 12-13. He'll be the one that's playing like a deer.