It’s official, the Butler University men’s basketball team is not only the regular season Horizon League champions, but they are also the Horizon Leauge Tournament champions as well. A feat they had not repeated since 2001.
There’s actually too many accolades to list from this game/season, so just check out The Indianapolis Star’s David Woods, and his recap from last night’s affair: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080312/SPORTS06/803120471
addition to Mr. Woods, Star photographer Heather Charles was hard at
work last night as well. Her first two shots from last night’s game are
quite good if I say so myself. I have added the two aforementioned
pictures below. If you’d like to see the rest of her great shots, look
I know a lot of you were in attendance or watched live on ESPN.
Either way, you most assuredly caught a glimpse of me doing my gameday
thing. There are unconfirmed reports via text messages on my dad’s cell
phone that I was on screen during the broadcast as much as four times!
Not bad for not even playing in the game.
We heard that during
the game last night there was some sort of “Butler commercial” or
promo. We are not aware of any such thing, but we didn’t get to see it
either. A friend and faithful blog reader, Jackie, posted this in the
Blue, Last night, during the televised
game on ESPN, there was a mid-major commercial for Butler. It featured
3 cheerleaders, and some people who work in the cafeteria. At one
point, the cheerleaders were crowded around the big cement statue in
front of Atherton. The commercial would have been much better if you
were in it. Are you planning to do a Butler commercial in the future?
question, Jackie. I can’t believe they used a concrete stand-in for
this so-called “commercial” that was aired last night. I don’t know if
there’s another commercial in the works, but I’ll have to get my people
in talks to get that worked out. Let’s face it, if a Butler commercial
doesn’t feature the live mascot (in this case: me, with emphasis on
“live”) then it’s not official. Granted, I’m a little biased, but I
think that’s a fair statement.
Anyway, the game was great. It
was bittersweet since it was my last home game this season and the last
home game for our beloved seniors(pictured), but it was more sweet than
anything given the circumstances, outcome, etc.
I enjoy all of the pre-game rituatls and activities that I participate
in, last night’s game was more unique for it’s post-game fun. I
typically end up on the court after most home games to pose for
pictures and mingle with fans, but given the ceremonies (trophy
presentations, net cutting, etc.) we got to enjoy a lot of fanfare
after the game.
I got to take pictures with the Horizon League
Tournament Trophy, pose with Pete Campbell and Drew Streicher (a
special shout-out to Drew who, I understand, reads my blog), mingle
with the media and even tear up a cardboard box at half court!
thanks to the Horizon Leauge for the box…they left a box on the
sidelines that was used for the HL Championship t-shirts, so I helped
myself. It was great fun to thrash on the box at center court and have
a little crowd watching as well. Good times.
Given the late
start time of the game, we finally got home sometime after mid-night
and into bed at 1 a.m. Needless to say, I was tired when it was time to
head to the office this morning. Today was a standard day at the
office. Much sleeping, some playing, and a lot of just hanging out.
Remember, you can catch all of this insanely captivating activity on Blue2TV.
big buzz around the office today, outside of the basketball game, was
an e-mail that was sent on Tuesday afternoon to alumni, parents and
friends of the university. It’s a really cool piece and definitely
worth the watch, especially because I am in it. (Would you expect
anything less?) To watch it, click here: https://bumail.butler.edu/owa/redir.aspx?URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.pursuant4.com%2fbutler%2fbuselect%2femail_1.asp
a full day at the office, I was off on a trip up to Carmel, Ind. for an
appointment with the Official Veterinarian of Butler Unviersity and
Butler graduate, Dr. Kurt Phillips (pictured) of Woodland Animal Hospital.
My mom noticed that my ear has been bothering me this week, so they
took me up to see the good doctor. Sure enough, Dr. Phillips diagnosed
an ear infection and gave me some meds.
it turns out, the ear infection was a result of not getting my ears
dried out enough after that little bath I took on Sunday. You
remember…the one that’s on YouTube and has all of that incriminating footage of me in a tub. Thanks, parents.
said your parents always know what is best for you was lying. My
parents give me the hard-sell on why I should take a bath, blah, blah,
blah, so I oblige and what do I get for my trouble (besides internet
humiliation)? An ear infection!
No “Worlds Greatest Dad/Mom” t-shirts or mugs for them any time in the near future.
Back to ballers…the 29-3 Butler Bulldogs are awaiting their NCAA Tournament assignment
which will be handed out this Sunday, a.k.a. “Selection Sunday,” and I
am eagerly anticipating the Dawg’s first matchup in the “Big Dance.”
whatever reason, I’ve always been under the impression that live
mascots were not allowed at NCAA tournament sites. I had my dad check
with his peeps at the NCAA, and that might not actually be the case.
The verdict is still out, so we’ll see what happens. Should I be
cleared to go, the game location be relatively close, and the stars
align, I might just be hitting the road as well. I’ll keep you posted
on how that develops. I’m crossing my paws in hopes that it all works