This week’s issue of The Butler Collegian, Est. 1886 (Vol. 122,
Issue 16) has arrived on campus and just by looking at it, you would
think it was the National Enquirer and I was Britney Spears!
mean, I was all over that thing. You can find a nice color picture of
me on the front page, along with large pictures of me on pages two AND
three! Not to mention, there’s an article about me and the blog on page
two by Butler student and managing editor, Bob Hermon. The headline
reads, “Butler Blue II rolls onto Internet with new blog.” Nice!
to The Butler Collegian staff for the article and the face time. I
suppose it’s fitting that I am a staple in the school/student
newspaper. Not just because I am the mascot, but it is The Collegian,
after all, that is essentially responsible for me being here. Well, in
a round-about sort of way.
and the university archives, prior to 1919, Butler’s athletic teams
were known as the “Christians”. But numerous losses in the 1919
football season caused Butler’s followers to grow weary of the
nickname. During the week leading up to Butler’s game with the heated
rival Franklin “Baptists”, Butler Collegian editor Alex Cavins and his
staff, which included cartoonist George Dickson, decided something
“hot” must be conceived for the school’s weekly pep session.
that time, the mascot of a Butler fraternity….. a bulldog named
Shimmy (you couldn’t shake him), wandered into the Collegian office.
The idea was born. The next school paper came out with a big page-one
cartoon showing Shimmy the bulldog, labeled “Butler”, taking a bite out
of the pants seat of a figure labeled John the Baptist. The caption was: “Bring on That Platter, Salome!” (Butler lost the game to Franklin, 14-0, but the name “Bulldogs stuck).
(pictured) moment on the The Life and Times of Butler Blue II…”and
know you know…….(long pause)…….the rest of the story.”
the way, I’m guessing it’s never good to reference a bulldog eating the
head of a prominent Biblical figure served on a platter by the person
who is considered to be responsible for that revered person’s death.
Uh, I’m guessing that’s why we lost the game. Something to keep in
mind, Collegian editors…let’s stay away from the negative Biblical
references come March…okay?
president and senior, Loren Snyder was quoted in the story. He said
about my blog, “It’s pretty entertaining sometimes. It’s just funny to
imagine Blue II saying those things.”
Loren?! What’s so funny? Next time I see you, I’ll say them to your
face! Then we’ll see who’s laughing! (just kidding)
information is confidential and top secret. So much so that I don’t
know what I’m going to do with it. It’s a big bone. It looks cool. I
want it. It’s kind of like going to the Dollar Store and walking out
with stuff you’ll never use or need. It was a dollar and it looked
cool. ‘Nuff said.
his daughter and English Bulldog, Bella, has become “less demanding”
since our first date and that he’d like for us to give it another shot.
We’ll see, Loren. We’ll see.