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Hello! I’m Blue2, the official mascot of Butler University. Just thinking back off the top of my furry head, some of the obvious things that come to mind are my appearances at Butler sporting events. Whether it's leading the football team onto the field, greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my "tricks" during a timeout at center court, or serving as the halftime entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer techniques, those are all great instances where I steal the show. Of course, there's more than athletic events, there's also the performing arts. I've been a part of the limelight at several events such as YMCA Geneva Stunts, YMCA Spring Sing and JCFA's REJOICE! where the students sang "Blue Christmas" and I came out on stage riding a sleigh with Santa Claus. I also make appearances at university/campus events for University Advancement, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. Basically, I do it all. If you are on campus, be sure to stop by my office and bring me some treats!

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Archive: February 2008

My Raider Romp

 

Remember the Wright State Raider that was lurking near my cage yesterday? (See post below for visual.) Yeah, he got dealt with…

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Here’s hoping my fellow Bulldogs do likewise on Thursday evening (9 p.m. EST) at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

By
the way, no actual Wright State Raiders were physically harmed in the
making of this film. All harm was inflicted figuratively.

And
yes, Wright State considers the “Raider” to be a wolf. I don’t get it
either. Perhaps the Wright State Mangy Dingos would be more descript.
They actually changed from a red-bearded Viking to a wolf. The wolf is
now known as “Rowdy Raider.”

Here’s a picture of WSU’s current (middle) and former mascots…

I
see why they switched from the crazy-eyed Viking. That thing is sure to
scare all small children. I believe that to be what a suspect sketch
artist would draw if you said the criminal resembled the off-spring off
a Keebler Elf and one of Willy Wonka’s Ump-Lumpas. (Sorry, that’s the
best I could come up with this close to bed time.)

Regardless,
somewhere Wilbur, Orville and Ovid are sitting around a table, smoking
pipes, wearing distinguished suits and asking each other who came up
with “Bulldogs” and “Raiders.”

Oh well, at least WSU’s “guy in a
suit” actually resemlbes their mascot…which is more than we can say
for a certain school in Des Moines, Iowa. (For visual, see post
below…again.)

Enough about the Raiders, let’s just settle this on the court Thursday night.

In case you missed it, I was featured in Sports Illustrated.com’s photo account from the Bulter/Drake game this past Saturday.

The picture taken by John Biever can be seen here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0802/campus.superfans.feb26/content.5.html

Also, mad props to A.J. Graves and Drew Streicher for
being named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America
University Division Men’s Basketball Team, chosen by CoSIDA (College
Sports Information Directors of America). The two Butler
student-athletes were among 15 players chosen to the honor squad, and
Butler was the lone university to have more than one player selected!

Nice
work fellas…not only can you challenge opponents in a game of hoops,
but you also can dominate in the occasional standardized test-off.
Clearly old “Dawgs” can learn new tricks!

Blue II

Tread Lightly Young Raider

 

I hate to dwell too much on the men’s basketball team, especially when there are so many other great student athletes on campus, not to mention so many other great students who don’t even play a sport.

However,
this time of year, it’s inevitable…especially given the success of
our team and the fact that their games are a big part of my life.

Well, the Butler men’s squad took one on the chin against
the Drake University Bulldogs on Saturday evening. It was Bulldogs
versus Bulldogs in a dog fight that would make even the likes of Michael Vick blush.
It was indeed a hard fought game and while Drake gave us all we wanted,
perhaps it was our own mistakes that cost us the victory. Or maybe we
had some help too. (Yeah, I said it.) You decide…

More game pictures by Brad Ward at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradjward/sets/72157603974817341/

Oh
well, if we had to lose, I suppose there’s no shame in losing to our
own kind. I’d rather go down to a fellow Bulldog than some joke of a
mascot.

Speaking of mascots, I almost had the last laugh against
“Spike,” the Drake Bulldog, on Saturday night. This embarrasing
representation of the breed nearly left part of his leg in Hinkle
Fieldhouse courtesy of my teeth! Hey what would you do if that deranged
looking Eastern Grey squirrel came charging you and your mom in the
stands?

Turns
out he was just rallying his fellow Drake fans, but I thought he meant
blood. Luckily my mom pulled me off just in time. Sorry Spike!

Congrats to Drake and good luck in the NCAA tournament.

Left
dispirited from the loss, I can’t help but consume myself with the
thought of cleansing my palate from defeat’s bitter taste. What’s the
best way to overcome defeat? Through victory, of course!

Next
victim: The Wright State Raiders. Remember, they took us down by one
point earlier in the season at their place. Combine our angst from
Saturday with our loss to them earlier in the season and this could get
ugly.

I even saw a Raider lurking around my den earlier this morning. I will share his fate with you later in the week.


The game is scheduled for this Thursday at 9 p.m. (EST) and will be aired on ESPNU. It’s also Young Alumni Night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. I will be there and I hope you will be too!

After all, you just might end up on camera! That’s right, Kelly of The Indianapolis Star will
be following me around to shoot more video for my profile. She hung out
with me around the office and at home on Friday afternoon and is coming
back for some game footage on Thursday. The profile should be featured
online sometime during the NCAA tournament, next month.

Well, as The Bangles once said, “it’s just another manic monday,” and I’ve got work to do…and so do you!

So have a great week and I’ll report back soon.

Blue II

P.S. If you are a runner and are in the Indianapolis area, then you need to get yourself signed up for BUSF’s 16th annual Bulldog Jog!
Originally held during Homecoming weekend, will take place on Saturday,
March 1 on the Butler campus. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk will
benefit the Butler University Student Foundation Book Scholarship.
Visit here for details to sign up: http://www.butler.edu/alumni/index.aspx?pg=4393

More snow pics (2.20.08)!

There were some students playing around in the snow yesterday, so I grabbed my camera and took a few pics.  THEN Butler Blue II showed up and got in on the fun. Good times! It was so nice out with the sun shining.

 

 

Cardboard Box Destruction

 

An Anonymous reader recently asked, “Blue II–Why do you hate/destroy cardboard boxes?”

First of all, I don’t hate cardboard boxes, however, I have been known to destroy a few in my day.

I’m
not really a destructive dog. I know what’s mine and what isn’t. I’m
not one to chew up shoes or things around the house. I stick to my own
toys and leave much of everything else alone.

Except for the
cardboard box. When I see one, I can’t help myself. It’s just so much
fun to just let my canine instincts run free for a bit and sink my
teeth into that corrugated fiberboard.


I
don’t remember how that actually got started. I think just working in
an office environment kind of led me to that routine. There’s always
plenty of boxes around and sometimes I feel the need to let out some
aggression or draw some attention to myself, so it works.

Enough
talk about it already…it’s better if you can behold the wrath of
destruction on video, so I’ve posted one below. I went ahead and used a
“Drake University” box and pathetic stand-in of “Spike,” the Drake
Bulldog, for this rendention of box obliteration.

I used Drake in honor of Butler’s game against them on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, as a part of ESPN‘s Bracketbuster Saturday. You could easily insert any other rival or opponent.

Also, no Drake Bulldogs were harmed in the making of this video, but a cardboard box most definitely was.

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I hope you enjoyed the video. It was my pleasure to make for you, trust me!

Speaking of videos, my dad says I’m going to be the subject of an Indianapolis Star video profile very soon. Stay tuned for details on that!

Blue II

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The weather forecasters in Indianapolis finally got a snow prediction
correct this winter! And while it wasn’t much, it was more than we’ve
seen in a while, so I decided to make the most of the fresh snow.

On my way into the office (read Jordan Hall) my dad let me off the leash and I enjoyed a little frolic on the campus mall.

Below is a picture a and a video of the adventure…


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As you can see in the video, I’m really into just
eating the snow and rubbing my face in it. It’s like one giant
sno-cone. Just imagine if you could get a big jug of that flavoring
syrup and coat all of that snow and then plop down and just eat it.
Maybe I’m the only one that thinks of these things, but that would be
soooooo gooooood! Granted, it would probably give you a pretty big
stomach ache, but it would be worth it.


How
do I know about sno-cones you ask? I go to Butler games…I get in on
that action! Although, I think they call it a “shaved ice” in Hinkle
Fieldhouse.

Anyway, my morning snow adventures
only left me craving more time outside so I met up with some students
on the mall this afternoon for a snow ball fight. Unfortunately, some
of the snow had evaporated by that point, but we still had fun. Below
are some pictures by Brad Ward of the Office of Admission. Good shots,
Brad!

Can you tell that I like the snow?! For more of Brad’s pictures from today, click here: http://flickr.com/photos/bradjward/sets/72157603949018228/

Also, here’s a video from our little snow ball fight…

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That pretty much sums up my day, and the good news is,
supposedly more snow is on the way! According to the our local weather
forecasters more snow is expected after 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon in
Indianapolis. Although, that is supposed to change to freezing rain at
some point. That’s been the case that last couple of storms and we
haven’t got but a dusting of snow, so I’m not holding my breath.

If it does snow and and we get a fresh layer on the ground, you can bet I’ll be out eating my fair share of it!

Okay, well, I’ve got a Butler game to watch right now on the Horizon League Network so I’m going to sign off for now.

If you’ve yet to vote for me this week in the Bissell MVP contest, please take a second and vote… You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

Blue II

 

 

 

 

The Portrait: Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) & Butler Blue II

 

photo by Brent Smith (Butler University)
 

Friends in High Places

Retired General and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell once said, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Sounds like a good plan to me, after all, as the old saying goes, “you are the comapny you keep.”

So,
I did just that, I spent my Monday with some pretty significant and
successful people…the type “who take their work seriously, but not
themselves.”

Maybe you will recognize some of the people I spent my day with yesterday…

That’s right, I got to spend the day with THE Colin Powell; Butler head men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens; 2003 Butler graduate and IndyCar Series driver for Vision Racing, Ed Carpenter; the entire Butler men’s basketball team; and Indianapolis mayor, Greg Ballard. That’s just how I roll!

It started out as a typical Monday…lots of sleeping in the cage that’s in m dad’s office, a lunch time appearance at the HRC, and more sleeping for the afternoon. Settling into the work week after a busy weekend has never been one of my strengths.

Then,
come late afternoon things started to get interesting. My dad and I
headed to the car and made our way to my favorite building, historic
Hinkle Fieldhouse. Once there, we met up with Ed Carpenter and headed
into the arena to watch the men’s basketball practice.

You see, last May Ed gave A.J. Graves and the coaching staff a tour of the Vision Racing garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when
A.J. waved the green flag to start practice for the Indianapolis 500 .
This time the Bulldogs returned the favor by inviting Ed to come watch
practice, tour the locker room and basketball offices, etc. I was
fortunate to get to tag along.

Here’s a picture of Ed and Coach Stevens discussing the incracies of Butler’s motion offense and which Horizon League member
institution has the best cafeteria food. No, not really, but those
would be things I would like to talk about with the coach.


After that it was over to Clowes Memorial Hall where General Colin L.
Powell, USA (Ret.) was scheduled to enjoy dinner with some VIPs and
speak to a capacity crowd as a part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

That’s
where I ran into General Powell and Mayor Ballard, as well as some
other Butler and community big whigs like university president, Dr. Bobby Fong, and the Butler Board of Trustees.

I
even got to take a picture with General Powell! Unfortunately, I do not
have the picture to post right now, but I will do so in a future blog.
It was sweet. All of these important folks got to meet General Powell
and get a picture with him. I’m pretty important, so yes, I got a
picture with him as well.

When I arrived, he smiled, kneeled
down, clapped his hands once and said, “come here boy!” So I quickly
ran over (when a General calls, you come) and he proceeded to pet me
and love on me a little. He then stayed in a kneeled position and we
took a picture together. It was cool.

Here I am, just an English
Bulldog from Indiana who ended up mascot of Butler University posing
for a picture with the one-time military leader of the free world. Eat
your heart out “Spike,” the Drake University bulldog!

Yeah, we’ve
got a big game against No. 16 Drake on Saturday at Hinkle, so I am
starting to prepared for that. It airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EST) and has
been billed the best ESPN “Bracketbuster” matchup ever…of course it
is, after all, both teams are represented by the English Bulldog! By
the way, the Bulldogs of Butler are ranked a school-high No. 8 this
week in both polls. That’s pretty impressive! Go Dawgs!

Today,
wasn’t quite as exciting, but that’s not to say I didn’t get to have a
little more fun. Each semester, my dad’s favorite professor while in
school, Dr. Steven Vibbert, invites me to come visit his public
relations classes. He usually asks me to come mid to late semester when
the students are starting to get restless. So today I stopped by class,
did my tricks, and got a little love from the students. Below is a
picture of that…

Note
that class size. That’s a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. Nice. Gotta
love a Butler education! Although, it’s not quite as good as my puppy
class, but still, it’s pretty good.

Okay, my bed time is quickly approaching so I’ve got to get going. Thanks for reading and before you leave, please vote for me again this week for the Bissell MVP contest! You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

Blue II

 

Game Day Illustrated

The Butler Bulldogs took down Horizon League conference foe, Cleveland State, on Saturday afternoon by the score of 51-46.
It appeared that a lot of you took my advice and came to Hinkle
Fieldhouse for the game. There was a crowd of more than 8,000, which
included those participating in Alumni Day, so thanks for coming out.

I thought I might provide a quick recap of the game via pictures and captions. Here it goes…

Pre-game nap with my squeaky cow

Packed house for Alumni Day

Coach Stevens speaks at Alumni Day

I ran into my buddy, Julian Phillips, son of my vet, Dr. Phillips, at Alumni Day too.

After
my appearances in the West Gym for Alumni Day and Bulldog Club/OBS
Donor Hospitality, I went ahead and made my way over to see the
cheerleaders to give them a little pre-game pep talk.

After
that, it was game time where I do my usual starting lineup routine, and
stop by the Dawg Pound for the big bone. But you’ve all seen that
before, so here’s a shot during a break in the game…nothing better
than a big crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse on a Saturday afternoon with the
sun shining through the rafters.

Best seat in the house!

A little post-game fun on the court with the kids

After all of that, it’s back home to rest…and another day at the office is in the books for this dog.

Okay,
so there’s a lot of other stuff that goes on that wasn’t captured, but
these were the pics that my dad had time to snap, so they’ll have to
do. I hope you enjoyed it.

Blue II

P.S. Keep an eye on
those NCAA men’s basketball rankings on Monday. In the AP Poll, Butler
is ranked 9th. On Saturday, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Georgetown and No. 10
Michigan State all went down in defeat. We could see a new highest
ranking for the Butler men’s basketball program…stay tuned!

 

A Purple Valentine’s Day

 ll, another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but I must say, I think
this has been the best Valentine’s Day I’ve exeperienced in my young
life. After all, the Butler Bulldogs defeated the Penguins of Youngstown State at Hinkle Fieldhouse last night to the tune of 89-73. A Butler game sounds like a perfect date to me!

However,
it wasn’t just the game, but what went on at the game that made this a
great V-Day…and it all revolved around the color purple.

Of
course, I know that the traditional Valentines colors are red and pink,
but we took those colors, added a little Butler blue and made purple
the color of the day in honor of Relay for Life’s “Kiss
Cancer Goodbye” campaign, which is intended to raise cancer awareness
amongst the Butler community, as well as bring in funds for the American Cancer Society.


Purple shirts were sold, the students participated in events, and the
“day of love” took even more meaning: fighting the cancer that affects
the ones we love. I even did my part and wore a shirt to support the
cause. That’s me and one of my HRC buddies, Hannah Muehlbauer, sporting our purple.


Other
than that, it was a standard V-Day. My dad served my mom breakfast in
bed (Frosted Flakes) while I slept. Then I woke up to give mom her
gift…a bulldog picture frame with dad and I in it, for her desk at
work. I got it for her because she can’t take me to work everyday like
dad gets to, so I wanted her to have something to remember me by when
she’s there.

She’s
a physical therapist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, which means she’s
rarely at her desk, but it’s the thought that counts. Having a mom as a
physical therapist is good, because sometimes those massage techniques
she learned in school work their way into my backside.

I didnt’ get my dad anything, because who gets their dad stuff on V-Day? It’s pretty much Mother’s Day part 2.

Other
than that, it was business as usual for the day. Eat, sleep, bark,
growl, yawn, back to sleep, then off to the basketball game.

Today, it’s pretty much all rest for me so I can gear back up for tomorrow’s game versus Cleveland State as well as the annual Alumni Day festivities. I can’t wait…I love game days!

I hope to see you in Hinkle Fieldhouse for the big game tomorrow!

Much Love,

Blue II

P.S. The Bulldogs of Butler University send their prayers and support to the students, faculty, staff and members of the Northern Illinois University community.

All SHOW, no DOG

n the wake of the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (aired on the USA Network) which wrapped up last evening in Madison Square Garden, I received a couple of comments as to why I haven’t registered my AKC number for competition.

Personally, I didn’t watch much of the dog show given that the Bulldogs played last night up at Milwaukee as
well, but I did catch some of it. But anyway, to speak to those
comments, I originally had hopes to compete in the show ring and even
pass along my genes to younger kin, but it wasn’t meant to be, I guess.

In
a nutshell, it is my understanding that the criteria in which these
dogs are judged includes their natural/pure representation of the breed
as well as their ability to “mate” with fellow purebreds, thus
transferring those great traits to offspring.

I think I do a
fair job of representing the breed, acting somewhat obedient, etc. It’s
a technicality with the sexual reproduction part that’s got me
ineligible to compete.

In addition to serving as Butler’s
mascot, there was a desire to make a show dog out of me as well as
allow me to sire a litter or two. However, a few months after I was
born, it was found that I had a condition known as cryptorchid…look it up and draw your own conclusion. As a result, my hopes of going pro were dashed by a couple of snips. (wimper)

Hindsight is 20/20, but it wound’t have worked out anyway given the eye surgeries to fix a couple conditions known as entropion and distichia. (A special thanks to Dr. Deborah Stephan of Indiana Veterinarian Specialists for taking care of that for me!) Once you get a little plastic surgery done, you’re out of the competition as well.

That’s
okay, we all know what I was born to do and I wouldn’t trade it for the
world. They can aspire to win some ribbons and I’ll see if I can’t get
my paws on some NCAA hardware!


Besides, did you know that a show dog trying to make it to the top
travels the country doing up to 150 shows per year! That’s hardly a
dogs life!

But back to the dog show…had I competed, would have
been in the Non-Sporting group coming out of the Bulldog breed. This
year’s bulldog bred winner was Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock.

Good looking bully. I’m no stranger to the Cherokee Legends. In fact, my great grand-father via my mother’s mother, was a Cherokee Legend. Cherokee Legend Mouser Bill to be exact.

You can learn more about the Cherokee Legends here:

http://www.cherokeebulldogs.com/

http://www.legendbulldogs.com/

I am a product of Frank and Jeane King’s Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Ind., and in my family tree I have eight champions.


Now you know where I got my stunning looks!

At
any rate, in this year’s WKC Dog Show, the winner out of the
Non-Sporting was some poodle. Look at that thing! It looks more like a
manicured shrub than a dog. The Bulldog was second within the group.


Best in Show was the Beagle named “Uno” who turned out to be a real
crowd pleaser. Uno made history last night, becoming the first of his
breed to win the event. Big deal, you might be Best in Show, but as
Elvis once sang, “you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.”

Oh well, for all of us wannabes and has-beens, there’s always the annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Homecoming. See you there!

Blue II

P.S. Voting Period 6 is now open in the BISSELL Most Valuable Pet Contest. Please be sure to vote for me again this week and get me on that vacuum box!

To vote for me, click on this link:
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