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Chuck Norris Had a Son and His Name is A.J. Graves

 

Section 20, Row AA, Seat 4” writes, “Dear Blue, Why doesn’t A.J. Graves like you?”

Dear,
Sec. 20, Row AA, Seat 4, I assume you are referring to the fact that
A.J. doesn’t pet me during the announcement of starting lineups before
home games.

Well, for those who haven’t been keeping score at home, I’ll back up and set the scene.

Since
I arrived as mascot in 2004, I’ve started a few traditions of my own.
Before basketball games, I make my way out to the court to greet the
starters when the starting lineups are announced over the public
address system.

From there, the players took it upon themselves to give me a pat on the head, and after all of the starters are announced, I run back across the court to the north Dawg Pound where Jake Skierkowski and members of the “Pound” are waiting for me with an oversized rawhide bone.
For
the last year or two, every starting member of the basketball team
makes a point to give me a pat on the head as they are introduced. Even
new freshman starter Matt Howard caught on quickly. But for whatever reason, senior gaurd A.J. Graves has never shown me any love.

While
it has never really bothered me, it sure seems to have the Butler
faithful up in arms. Every game I attend, fans go on and on about how
if A.J. would pet me, they’d feel better, or his shooting slump would
end, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I guess people think I’m good luck. And I supposeI can’t argue with them. Afterall,
I was the one lucky English Bulldog in the world selected to be Butler
University’s mascot. I’d say that’s pretty lucky.

I’ve
had students tell me that giving me a pat before an exam brought them
good results, and plenty of fans at the game say that their visit to
Hinkle Fieldhouse isn’t complete without seeing me.

In
fact, there’s one guy that swears by a game day good luck rub for me.
His name is Arni Sribhen and while he’s a Texas Tech grad, Arni is now
a converted Bulldog fan and season ticket holder. Arni works with my
dad in the IndyCar Series and if
you follow viral internet campaigns, you may remember seeing Arni last
summer in his role as the “Indy Insider.” He’s a pretty funny guy. You
can watch his video blogs here: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=indycars

Anyway,
Arni says, “Butler is 13-0 when I get to play with Blue at halftime.
They are 16-1 when I’m in the house… (No halftime pet vs. Notre Dame,
Indiana and Purdue at Conseco and SIU at Hinkle). “

Maybe
the entire Bulldog squad is feeding off of my perceived “luck.” Since
my first season on the job in 2004-05 and on through January 12, 2008,
in games that I have been in attendance the men’s basketball team
record is 41-7. Overall the men’s basketball team is 78-36 since I
first started.

Okay, I digress, back to Mr.
Graves. Last year I was with my dad and we ran into graduated Bulldogs,
Brandon Crone, Brian Ligon and A.J., at the HRC. Brandon and Brian gave me a warm welcome and some attention, but A.J. just kind of hung back.

Then,
Brandon and Brian started to give A.J. a hard time about it, but he
just played it cool and just said something like “it’s not that I don’t
like Blue, I just don’t really do dogs.” That or said he just didn’t
want to pet me. I can’t remember exactly anymore, but regardless, it
doesn’t matter. I respect that.

How can I not? I mean, after all A.J. has done to lead our team to victory, he could tease me with Milk Bones and I wouldn’t care. We’re talking about the same A.J. Graves that has a laundry list of achievements that makes the Mitchell Report look like a children’s book.

If
he doesn’t want to pet me, then I’m not mad at it. Just keep doing what
you’re doing, A.J.! In the meantime, I think A.J.’s getting covered up
enough by all of those double team defensive schemes from our foes in
the Horizon League, so let’s lay off of him a bit. Shall we?

And with all of that said, I’ll leave you with this, courtesy of http://www.ajgravesfacts.com/

“If A.J. Graves can’t find a basketball he just dribbles a cow until it turns into a leather ball. “

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