It was a late night yesterday evening, but it was worth it. In case you
missed it, I was on live with Anthony Calhoun (“AC” [pictured]) on
Indianapolis’ WISH-TV Channel 8 and their Sports Locker program. The
show airs live at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday evenings, so I had to stay up
late, but it was worth it.
Since it was “Selection Sunday” and the Butler Bulldogs are headed to
the NCAA Tournament, AC wanted to have me in studio for effect, if
nothing else. I absolutely loved it. At first the robotic cameras
scared me, but once I got used to it all, I really enjoyed being on
camera, in studio and hanging out at the sports desk with fellow on-air
talent Chris Widlic, Jeane Coakley and the crew. I can’t wait to do it
again sometime. Here’s a little video…
Speaking of “Selection Sunday,” I can’t say that I was too pleased with
Selection Committee’s decision to give Butler a 7 seed in the
tournament. Don’t get me wrong, it’s our second highest seed in school
history and I’m happy to be there, but given that we were ranked in the
AP Poll again today at the 11th spot (above all other schools from the
state of Indiana), clearly we could have been given a little better
I think all Butler fans heard the thud of the
figurative ball being dropped by the Selection Committee early
yesterday evening. Oh well, like I said, it’s still a privelage to be
in the tournament and regardless of your ranking, you have to win to
advance, so let’s just focus on the task at hand and win some games!
During my tenure as mascot, Butler has an NCAA Tournament record of 2-1. I’d like to keep adding to the win column.
the Bulldogs are headed to Birmingham, Alabama for their game against
South Alabama (anything jump out at you there), this Bulldog won’t be
making the trip. That’s right, we heard back from the NCAA regarding
our inquiry about live mascots and tournament sites. They shot us down
citing “too many potential issues and a wide range of variables.”
guess I can’t argue with that since I can’t speak for my live mascot
counterparts in the business, but I can tell you this, when it comes to
me and the guy-in-suit mascots, they might want to concern themselves
with the guy-in-suit version.
Take for instance the Oral Roberts/IUPUI debacle last week at the Summit League Tournament. You can view that here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x7Yk8NNg3k
well, I’ll let it slide for now, but if by some chance Butler makes an
appearance in the Final Four, you can bet I’ll be fighting tooth and
claw for them to allow me to make the trip. I swear that I saw Jack the
Georgetown Hoya at the Final Four last year.
Anyway, all the
best to our Butler Bulldogs on Friday at 2:45 p.m. Take care of
business boys and earn that respect you so deserve!