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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: September 2008

A New Week and the Search Continues…

After a busy weekend (which I will get to later) I came back to work
refreshed and ready to find those missing Butler Bulldog mascot
costumes this week. I was so fired up, that I shredded my red dragon in
an attempt to send a message of intimidation to whom ever took these
costumes. Here are a couple of pics of the aftermath…



As you can see, I mean business. Substitute the guilty for the red dragon and you get the message that I’m trying to send.

Tomorrow I’ll go from intimidation tactics to more video shooting as I work to make a sequel to my first film
from last week, which has over 5,000 hits and counting as of this
evening. In this new film I’ll cover the increased reward for the safe
return of the mascots as well as follow up on the tips, leads and
rumors that have been swirling about campus as to the whereabouts of
our beloved costumes. It should be fun and I think you’ll again enjoy
the finished product.

Speaking of fun, that’s exactly what I had
on Saturday. It all started early in the morning at Hinkle Fieldhouse
for the Lugar Run where I did a couple of TV hits on the local CBS
affiliate, WISH-TV channel 8. Below are a couple shots from that…


Of course, I am a bulldog, therefore, I do not run, so as I sent the runners and walkers on their way, I got rested up for the OBS Gridiron Brunch and our football season home opener against the Grizzles of Franklin College.

Unfortunately
we took it on the chin against Franklin to go 1-1 on the season, so
that hurt, but there was some good that came out of the game and that
was the Indianapolis Colts’ mascot Blue was there to fill in for our two-legged guy-in-suit bulldog mascot.

You
may remember in one of my first blog posts I suggested that this town
wasn’t big enough for two “Blues.” I stand corrected. Not only is
Indianapolis fit for a pair of “Blues,” but the Butler Bowl can handle
it as well.

I was just upset because I came along first and then
the Colts created their mascot and gave him the same name. Oh well,
it’s all water under the bridge, or as I like to say, water splashed
out of the wading pool, at this point.

So my new ally Blue from
the Colts came to campus on Saturday to fill in for our missing mascot
and lend me a hoof in entertaining the crowd. He also helped me run the
team out on the field which was cool. Below is a shot of Blue and I on
the sideline.


If that’s not all, Blue and the Colts also ponied-up (pun intended)
$1,000 to donate to Riley Hospital for Children should our missing
mascot costumes be returned. Classy. Thanks Blue!

After all of
that, I took a quick afternoon nap and then headed out to Zionsville,
Ind. for a little family gathering with the Kaltenmark side. That
pretty much lead to more sleeping (pictured with my mom below).


Then following that, my parents decided to make a late night trek over
to visit some friends of my parents where we watched even more college
football. I slept some more and enjoyed snacking on a football as you
can see below.


All of that made for a very long day so I pretty much slept on Sunday
while my parents attended the MotoGP. And that takes me to today where
the search for the missing mascots resumed. I also threw up some new
videos on BlueTube. Visit www.youtube.com/butlerblue2 to check those out.

There
are quite a few videos of a couple new friends (Addison and Xander)
that I made last week. I ran into a couple of nine to 10 week old
English Bulldog puppies last week, one owned by a Butler student and
another owned by Butler alumni. They both are participating in the
ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest on Oct. 25th.

And
speaking of the beauty contest, I’ll conclude with a quick progress
report. Again, things seem to be shaping up nicely as we now have 25
dogs registered. Remember, last year we had a record 60 dogs and thanks
to my vet, Dr. Kurt Phillips of Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind., his staff has sent invitations to 117 bulldog owners who
own a total of 254 bulldogs! Dr. Phillips knows bulldogs!

I’m optimistic that with an outreach like that, we can have record turnout again this year. Remember, just email blue2@butler.edu to sign up.

Blue II

 

Costumes Still Missing; Reward Increased; Bulldogs are HOT!

 
It’s been a busy week in the life of Butler Blue II, and it’s only getting busier. I love it!

This
missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes caper has kept me hard at work
and while we’ve yet to find them, the plot has thickened. For starters,
thanks to the Butler faithful, the reward for the safe return of the
costumes has been raised from $100 and one of my bones, to $550 and one
of my bones. Now we’re getting somewhere.

And sure enough, just
as the reward increases then so do the rumors, anonymous tips and
unsubstantiated leads as to the whereabouts of these unique suits. I
even got the photo below suggesting that our suit may have been picked
up by the dog catcher and sent to the pound. Very funny.


Following the example of one of my beloved heroes, McGruff the Crime Dog, I’m hot on the case and sniffing out all possibilities. Should you hear anything, keep me posted at blue2@butler.edu,
and better yet, call the authorities! You can reach the Butler
University Police Dept. at 317-940-9396. They would be happy to take
your call.


I hope to have another video
up next week that illustrates my detective work. The massive amount of
rain that we are getting today and this weekend isn’t really conducive
to shooting film so sorry for the delay.

The media continues to
pick-up the story and again, we’ve received national coverage. This
time it is the world-wide leader in sports, ESPN. Check out this clip

 

Since I am the only mascot that Butler has at the moment, I will be
especially busy tomorrow as we host our first home football contest of
the season and we welcome the Lugar Run to campus. My day gets started
at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 a.m. for the Lugar Run as WISH-TV will be on campus to do some live TV hits for that.

Then it’s on to the OBS
Gridiron Brunch and pre-game event and then kick-off against Franklin
College at 1 p.m. where I will get to run the team out on to the field
for battle. A win on Saturday will make the football Bulldogs 2-0!

It’s
looking like it might be a little warm, muggy, windy and wet tomorrow,
but I don’t care. No matter the conditions, I am ready!

Finally,
I’ll sign off with a story that show’s just how in vogue us English
Bulldogs are. Not only did we make it back into the top-10 of AKC registered breeds this year, but now we’ve been voted the hottest in Hollywood!

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/ask_the_answer_bitch/b28361_a-list_secrets_hollywoods_unlikely_hot.html

My good friend Jackie, a young Butler alumni who resides in our Nation’s capital, sent me a link to story on E! (watch The Soup on
E! w/ Joel McHale, Fridays, 10 p.m. EST…it’s hilarious) that explains
just how the English Bulldog has become all the rage amongst
celebrities (Adam Sandler, The Kaltenmarks, etc.) and just all around
“cool people.”

Specifially, the article states, “Hollywood’s dog
o’ the moment is an unexpected breed…That dog is the English
Bulldog.” It’s no wonder our bulldog mascot costumes were stolen!

By the way, if you have a chance some time, check out Adam Sandler’s website and watch his videos with his English Bulldogs. They are great! (http://www.adamsandler.com/index.php?section=matzomeat)

Have a great weekend, keep looking for those costumes, stay dry, and GO DAWGS!

Blue II 

A Smiley Morning Show Investigative Report

 The audio from my radio appearance yesterday morning on the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL-FM
99.5 is now available. I was on from 7 – 8 a.m. to discuss the case of
the missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes. Well really I let my dad do
most of the talking.

In
case you are wanting a visual of the stuffed bulldog that I adopted and
mutilated while I was in studio (just listen to the audio and you’ll
hear it referenced quite a bit), here’s what it looks like today…

Anyway,
today I’m back on campus and drumming up support around the country to
find these missing mascot costumes. But, I’m hearing rumors of the
costumes actually being somewhere on campus. I won’t name names or
locations just yet to proctect the innocent, but I may just have to go
check it out!

Stay tuned,

Blue II

The Search (and Publicity) for the Butler Bulldog Mascot Costumes Continue

 Another day is in the books, and still no missing Butler Bulldog mascot
costumes have surfaced. I can’t say that it isn’t for lack of effort on
my part that these costumes have yet to be found. From internet
campaigns to morning radio shows, I did my fair share of hitting the
beat today.

This morning my dad and I did an hour-long stand on the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL-FM,
99.5. Milk Bones to Dave Smiley (pictured), KJ (pictured) and Weedman
for having us on the show. It was a great segment that included an
investigative report by Smiley, heavey breathing and barking from me,
commentary and the facts from my father, and a call-in phone interview
with Marion County Prosecuter, Carl Brizzi.

I
expect to have a link to the audio from the radio interview in the near
future and once I have that, I’ll be sure to post it here for all to
listen.

Then while I was doing my radio gig, my good buddy Brad Ward in the Office of Admission was
simultaneously uploading a video he shot and edited of me looking
around campus for the mascot costumes. You can scroll down to my
previous post from today to watch that or visit Blue2Tube at www.youtube.com/butlerblue2.

Evidently that video prompted our rivals and fellow Horizon League member, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
and their mascot Phlash to do a costume hunt (video below).
Unfortunately, their exhaustive search produced no results and thus, it
has been determined that the Butler Bulldog costumes are not in Green
Bay, Wisc. Thanks for looking anyway, Phlash!


The
story continued to generate attention in the media/news again today. It
even got some national coverage! Keith Olbermann (pictured) of MSNBC
picked up the piece and ran it in his “Oddball” segment on his
Countdown show. You can view that here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/#26649166
Locally, it received a follow-up story in The Indianapolis Star.
In fact, it was front and center with a color picture in the
Metro/State section. Here’s a screen shot of that in case you missed it:


You can read the article here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008809100352

It’s worth a quick read and it brings up some quick points of note/clarification.

First,
the Butler Bulldog mascot costume is NOT named “Butler Blue,” or
“Blue.” People (students, university officials, media) have used that
name quite a bit in the last couple of days and I think that’s what’s
generated most of the frantic calls to my parents from friends and
family that think I’ve come up missing.

The name “Butler Blue”
first came about in 2000 when Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel,
Lizton, Ind., donated Butler Blue I to the university. “Butler Blue”
was the name that received the most votes in a “name the new live
mascot” contest and thus the reason why I’m known as “Butler Blue II”
today.

So I just wanted to take the opportunity to clear that up.

Also,
at the end of that Indy Star story, it reads, “The new costumes could
arrive as early as Nov. 1, Tuell said. Until then, students will have
to rally around the school’s other mascot, a real live bulldog known as
Butler Blue II who does not dance.”

Well just call me “Blue II
the belittled!” I’m so sorry that the university only has this mangy
old mutt to serve as mascot for the next several weeks. Sure, I might
not be able to dance, but I do have a fine repertoire of tricks and at
least I do not smell like B.O.! Last time I checked, many colleges,
universities and high schools have a costumed mascot, but only a
fortunate few have the privilege of having the real thing to represent
their school. The condescending Heather Gillers is on my list!

Oh
well, as long as it continues to make the news, well then I’ll continue
to shamelessly stump for the cause online, on-air and wherever I can.
We just couldn’t buy this kind of coverage otherwise! I can’t say
exactly why media/news outlets keep covering the story. I’m sure there
are lots of reasons, but if it distracts us for just a moment from
political campaigns, hurricanes, oil prices and foreign fighting, then
I suppose it serves a purpose.

I would be remiss if I didn’t
mention that I attended another home volleyball match last night in
historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. After all, I am the only mascot we have at
the moment so I’ve got to make the rounds. My good friend Mike Freeman
took me out on the court for starting lineups in our matching against
the Sycamores of Indiana State University. I had a great time and I
even came home with a mini-volleyball (pictured) signed by all of the
Lady Bulldog players!


Below is some footage from the event…


Good times! I am definitely ready for my first home football game on Saturday!

Be
sure to check back to the blog often for more info, updates and news
regarding the search for the missing mascot costumes. In addition, text
“follow butlerblue2” to 40404 (Twitter.com) for daily updates from
yours truly.

Blue II.

Blue II needs YOU!

I need your help, the costume is still missing.  Yesterday I searched campus high and low.  Watch this video to check out my journey.

For more on the story, look at my previous blog post

The story was featured on Oddball with Keith Olbermann as well, watch the clip and then help with the search!

ESPN Sportscenter is also helping us! We’ve gotta find it.  Watch the ESPN story.

When you’re done here, make sure you check out the other Butler Bloggers

The Case of the Missing Mascot…. Continues.

If you live in or around the central Indiana area, then chances are by now you’ve heard the APB put out for the mising Butler University Bulldog
mascot costumes. In addition to the University’s own announcement, the
local media outlets have latched on to the story as well and ever
since, my parent’s phones have been ringing off the hook with calls and
texts asking if I’ve gone missing. Below is a look at some of the media
coverage…

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/SPORTS0605/809090408


WTHR: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8970750&nav=9Tai
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974236&nav=menu188_2

WISH: http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974277&nav=menu35_5

Word on the street is Dave Smiley from the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL 99.5
is going to have my dad on air this Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, to
discuss the matter and to clear up any misconceptions that I have gone
missing.

Obviously, since I’m dictating this blog to my dad
right now, I haven’t gone missing, but the suits worn by my two-legged
counterparts have seemingly walked off campus. So, the search is on for
the specially designed suits.

I lent my support in an effort to
quickly recover the costumes. In addition to offering my voice for the
University announcement, I also threw in a bone as a part of the
whopping $100 reward.

Seriously, $100 is all they could come up
with? What is this, Bozo’s Grand Prize Game? “You get a crisp $100
bill, a year’s supply of Archway Cookies and a brand new 10-speed
Schwinn bicycle.” Seriously? I’m a dog and I realize that $100 and a
bone leaves a little something to be desired.

It appears that AOL Sports agrees with my assesment: http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2008/09/09/butler-wants-its-bulldogs-back-cheaply/

Perhaps
we really don’t want them back? After all, they were getting a little
rough around the edges and the smell that permeated the air around them
wasn’t exactly that of roses. Still, they are unique and a part of
Butler’s history so it would be nice to have them back.

The
costumes are approx. nine years old, so they’ve lived a full life. My
dad was one of the first to wear them as he was one of the men behind
the mask when the university got them his sophomore year. Prior to
that, my dad tells me they had a very old and crusty mascot costume
that was actually designed by Disney.

Well, it looks like I’m
going to be extra busy for a while since I’m the only mascot that
Butler has at the moment. A new costume will take about 6-8 weeks to
make and will cost well north of $10,000. Hopefully the university will
act now so we can have the new costume by Homecoming on Oct. 25th.

Speaking
of being extra busy, with all of the students back to campus and the
classes in full swing, my social calendar has definitely picked up.
Besides all of the additional love, attention and cat calls that I get
when I go outside to take a walk or relieve myself, I have also been
attending several receptions, social gatherings and athletic events.
Last week I attended the first home volleyball game in a very hot and
steamy Hinkle Fieldhouse and this weekend I will be hitting up the
first home football game of the season as well.

In addition, to
the game itself, Saturday will be a busy day for me. In the morning
I’ll be at Hinkle Fieldhouse to help kick off the Dick Lugar Run and to
do a live TV appearance with WISH-TV. After that I’ll hit up the annual
Ovid Butler Society Gridiron Brunch which
is a pre-game tailgate for OBS members. Then, once all of that is done,
I’ll run the undefeated Butler Bulldogs out to battle in the Butler
Bowl to take on Franklin. By Saturday afternoon I’ll be so exhausted
that I will voluntarily be practicing my “dead dog” trick on the living
room floor.

This past weekend my parents went off to Illinois for the final IndyCar Series race
of the season, so of course I went to Wabash, Ind. to stay with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark. Staying at the grandparents is always
fun b/c in addition to the extra attention, I also get to sleep in, go
on walks and typically get plenty of ice cream. While I was there this
time, my grandpa, the old college football player and long-time high
school coach taught me some football fundamentals in preparation for
Saturday and the rest of the season.

Granpa K. set up my teddy
bear so that he was holding my football. Then he would set me up and
taught me how to tackle through teddy to knock the ball loose. After
that, he showed me how to pounce on the football to regain possession.
I loved every second of it and I happen to think that I’m pretty good
at it…like Bob Sanders (pictured below) good. My dad said that he’d
try to get some video of it in the near future so you can see it for
yourselves.

While
my pops works to get my football prowess captured on film, this week we
just have more video of me playing with my best friend, Kirby! That’s
right, Kirby has returned! You may remember that Kirby and his mom,
Jessica Butler, had moved to Minnesota after Jessica graduated from
Butler. Well, Kirby’s mom has since joined the Indiana Pacers’ staff
and thus, Kirby has returned to Naptown!

As soon as he got in
town, he stopped by campus to see me. Although, I think Kirby was more
interested in checking out campus than playing with me, as you’ll see
in the video, but it’s all good. I was just happy to have my friend
back.

video

In
Bulldog Beauty Contest news, we have 13 Bulldogs, one Boston Terrier
and one Shih Tzu signed up so far for a total of 15 dogs. Last year we
had over 60 dogs attend so we are well on our way. Susan Smith of City
Dogs Grocery has been working with us and Eagle Pack Pet Foods to get
some great participant prizes and giveaways all lined up as well. It
shaping up to be a great event. Additional details are available in my
previous blog post below. To sign up your dog, just email me at
blue2@butler.edu.

Well, I think that’s about all that I know for
today. If there are any breaking developments in the case of the
missing mascots, I’ll be sure to post a new blog with additional
details. Until then, keep your ear to the ground and if you stumble
upon them, then notify the authorities!

Blue II