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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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Blue 2

Bulldog + Beauty = Only at Butler

I was hoping to have this Homecoming recap up sooner,
but it’s been quite a busy week for me and I’m not even done yet! Oh
well, better late than never, and besides, I don’t even get paid to do
this blog so if I’m late here and there, then so be it.

Well, Butler University Homecoming 2008 came
and went and while it was a little bit cold outside, things stayed dry
and everything else went exceptionally well, so I’ve got no complaints.

We
got things kicked off Saturday morning on the main campus mall, outside
of Jordan Hall with the Blue II Family Fun Fest. Besides lending my
name to this event, I didn’t really have much to do with it. Basically
it consists of face painting by clowns, blow up bounce houses, and more
clowns constructing balloon creations. I’m not really into much of that
stuff, but the kids seem to like it.

My real activity began at 10 a.m. for the ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest, presented by the Ovid Butler Society.
Of course, I cannot compete in the contest given my title and stature
on campus and in the community, so I play the role of “host dog.”
Basically that means I strut my stuff on the runway prior to the
judging and welcome the crowd. Then I let me dad take over with the
emcee duties and I just sit back and watch. And by watch, I mean play
with the bulldog puppies and snap at some of the adult bulldogs. Hey,
it’s a territorial thing…I just want to make sure they know whose
campus they are on and that there’s only one official mascot around
here.

Anyway,
the contest was great. As I mentioned last week, we had more than 70
dogs pre-register, which was a new record and while we had some
no-shows the day of the event, we also had some late additions so it
evened out nicely.

We had a total of nine rounds of competition
and below are the categories and the respective winners. My
congratulations to all of the winning dogs…

Cutest Bulldog: Wrigley, Owned by Sam Ford


Meanest Looking Bulldog: Mojo, Owned by Doug Welks


Best Wannabe Bulldog: Hector, Owned by Eric Fairbrother


Most butler Spirit: Hugo, Owned by Kearsten Casey


Best Dressed Bulldog: Panda Bear, Owned by Wendy Crawford


Best Trick: Abby w/ “the rollover,” Owned by Nancy Hardin


Oldest: Katie at a young 11 years, Owned by April Paulman

Youngest: Addison at just over 3 months and Owned by Sam Ford


Best in Show: Hugo, Owned by Kearsten Casey (great Butler outfit, Hugo!)

Again, a big hearty congratulations to our winners! Bravo! (and a big thanks to Maribeth Fischer for the photographs!)


Winners were selected by a panel of five distinguished judges and friends of mine. They are…

Mr. Bob Dearing ’57, Ovid Butler Society Executive Committee
Dr. Kurt Phillips ’92, Woodland Animal Hospital
Dr. A.J. Stump, Ovid Butler Society Executive Committee
Kim Netherland, City Dogs Grocery
Ryan Waggoner ’10 , Student Government Association President

All
contestants received a gift bag with Holistic Select treats courtesy of
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. as well as a gift certificate for use at
Woodland Animal Hospital. On top of that, our category winners received
dog toys and prizes from City Dogs Grocery and Meribeth Fischer.

We owe all of our sponsors a big THANK YOU for all of the great treats, prizes and other items. Our sponsors are…

Woodland Animal Hospital (Dr. Kurt Phillips)
City Dogs Grocery (Susan Smith…located at 49th and College Ave.)
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. (Liz Morken)
Firehouse Images (Terry Corman)
Ovid Butler Society
Maribeth Fischer

If
you missed out on this contest, then you need to be there next year.
When the 2009 Homecoming date is announced, go ahead and mark your
calendar.

Of course, just writing about the contest and dropping
a couple of pictures can only do so much. Perhaps some additional
images would help. Thanks to Mr. Rick Miller of New Palestine, Ind. we
have a great album of photos for you to view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20471995@N08/sets/72157608395935893/

After
the contest, I was able to take a quick break before rejoining my dad
and assuming our spot in an all original, silver 1975 Chevrolet
Corvette Stingray. Talk about a sweet ride…just imagine what it did for
the value after a celebrity like me rode in it. You’re welcome.

I
enjoyed the parade as a lot of people would yell my name as I hung out
of the car. I was on display for all to see and I didn’t have to walk!
Perfect. That’s a mascot’s dream!

The
parade route dumped us off at Hinkle Fieldhouse where I hung out in the
Wildman Room before heading down to the tunnel to lead the football
team out on the field prior to their game against the Eagles of
Morehead State.

After
being down 21-3 at half time, our Butler Bulldogs rallied to win the
game by a score of 31-21 and to go to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in the
Pioneer Football League. The four league victories match Butler’s PFL win total for the previous five seasons! Go Dawgs Go!

Following
all of that, I went home and slept. My day was done. My dad had to go
work a class reunion that night in Broadripple, but this old dog was
officially off duty at that point.

Needless to say, I slept
quite well. After all, it was a great day…clowns, bulldog beauty, a
parade, a football win, alumni, students, families, cold beverages,
warm beverages, good food, etc., etc., etc. It was a successful day and
I’d like to think I had a little something to do with that. If you did,
then I thank you for doing your part as well.

So Homecoming is
now in the past, but that doesn’t mean my schedule has let up any. I’ll
save all of that scoop for another post so that my dad can round all of
that material up for me and get it ready for posting. Until then, have
a very Happy Halloween!

Blue II

 

Fall Break = No Break

As the afternoon grew long on
Wednesday, it was as if tumbleweed began to blow through campus and the
sound of crickets became deafening. It was even worse today as things
were eerily quiet on campus and Friday may be even more solemn yet.
Why? Fall break, of course. Upon the completion of the last classes on
Wednesday, the students were on the road and heading to their
respective homes to get a little of mom’s cooking, free laundry service
and of course, a little rest and relaxation.

If you see a
student on campus during fall break, then chances are he or she is a
student athlete or holds down a campus job that requires their
presence. Like the aforementioned, there’s no break in the action for
this pooch either. In fact, since I last posted things have continued
to stay quite busy, but I suppose that’s to be expected when your
bulldog costume mascots come up missing and you’re all that’s left to
carry the mascot duties.

More than anything else, it seems like
I’ve been doing quite a few photo shoots lately. I had fall photo shoot
to do for the university that is being used for some Thanksgiving
cards. That one was a lot of fun because I got to run through the
leaves, bite at the leaves and even eat some! Here are some pics from
that shoot…


I also did a shoot this week for some students who are making a
calendar to sell as a part of a “real business” class. I say good luck
to them and hopefully they can use my image to do well.

Speaking
of students, I got to mingle with some College of Education majors on
Monday evening for a Global Opportunities event they were having on
campus. They all got to find out about opportunities abroad and eat
ethnic food while I got to walk around, get some free loving, beg for
food and pose for pictures. Below is a picture of me with some of the
COE majors who are also student athletes.


Oh, about those student athletes, in addition to a great season for our
fall sports, our men’s basketball team is set to begin practice for the
2008-09 season in a matter of hours and they were one of the subjects
in a athletic department fundraising dinner I attended last night at
Hinkle Fieldhouse with keynote speakers Gene Keady and Brad Stevens.

That’s
right, long-time Purdue University men’s basketball coach, Gene Keady,
was in the house last night and gave a great talk about his years of
coaching and how our Butler Bulldogs are fun to watch as well as a team
to get behind because they do things the right way: the Butler Way.

Coach
Keady said that former Michigan State coach, Jud Heathcoat always told
him that he was perfect for Purdue because he looked like a
“Boilermaker.” But, we think there may just be a little “Bulldog” in
Gene as well. You decide…


I’m going to be real honest, after cocktail hour dinner was served,
Coach Stevens and Coach Keady began their remarks and I studied the
back of my eyelids. No disrespect gentlemen, but it was a long day for
this old dog.


Tomorrow I’m filling in for our missing mascot, the costume version,
and heading to the south side for an appearance at Clinton Young
Elementary School. They are having an assembly for some of their
students regarding a program they have to get students interested and
excited about one day attending college. They’ve adopted Butler
University since it is close and I’m going to serve as the special
surprise portion of the event. Imagine how surprised all the kids will
be when I come strolling in. I love that stuff!

The best part
about being me is that more often than not, I put a smile on someone’s
face. Whether it is a student, faculty or staff, a fan, or just
somebody in the car next to me at a stoplight, I can usually evoke a
smile or even a laugh from folks. Imagine having the ability to lift
spirits like that…I think it’s one of the defining characteristics of
the bulldog breed.

So if you want to really smile and laugh,
make plans to come to campus on Saturday, Oct. 25th at 10 a.m. for the
ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest. We’ve got 55 dogs signed up so far
with the overwhelming majority of those dogs being bulldogs. So you can
just imagine how much fun this event is going to be! My dad has been
cooking up some good stuff for this year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest so I
think I may do a special post on it next week to fill you in. Good
stuff.

I wish everyone a great fall weekend this weekend and may the Bulldogs take down the Valpo Crusaders in the Hoosier Helmet Game!

Go Dawgs!

Blue II

One Blessed Bulldog

 I don’t know what you did this weekend, but this bulldog had a pretty
solid couple of days. In fact, if you stretch it from Friday through
Monday, I got blessed, helped my fellow Bulldogs
go 5-0, entertained house guests, hosted a Colts viewing party, and
attended a golf outing. The only setbacks I faced were being denied
access to a parade and seeing the doctor for an ear infection. Not bad
for a dog, right? It’s just another weekend in the life of this mascot.

I
suppose the logical place to start would be Friday when I was invited
by Butler University neighbor, the Christian Theological Seminary
(CTS), for their annual Blessing of the Animals service. You may have
noticed that this past weekend there were these types of services going
on all over the country. Reason being, the Feast Day of St. Francis
occurs annually on Oct. 4th and just in case you don’t know who old St. Francis is,
he was a friar known for his love of animals. Unfortunately, he’s not
with us any more (he passed away just a few years ago in 1226), but his
teachings as well as his love for animals and God’s creation lives on
and thus the reason why we have these services today. There’s a free
little history lesson for you…don’t say I never taught you anything.

Anyway,
it was a good service, but my dad was real serious during it. He got
real emotional and kept hugging on me, but I just wanted to go play
with the other dogs that were there. My parents always tell me how
blessed and fortunate of a dog I am, so I’m not sure why I needed to go
get blessed some more, but I was happy to get out of the office and
outside for a bit, so it was fine with me.

A photographer from The Indianapolis Star was there along with a videographer from WXNT-TV FOX 59,
but I never saw if any of those images made it in print, on television
or online. Fortunately Chris Varnau, the Sr. Director of Communications
at CTS, took some photos of the event and I’ve included those below.


I
guess the blessing must have worked because the Butler Bulldogs went on
that Friday and Saturday to go 5-0 on the pitch, in the field, and
behind the net. Our men’s and women’s soccer teams both took victories
on Friday, as did the volleyball team and then on Saturday, our
football team took down the Drake bulldogs and the volleyball team
again took victory. Besides the blessing, my presence in the Butler
Bowl on both Friday and Saturday might have had a little something to
do with it as well. Regardless, I’m proud to be a Bulldog right now as
our fall sports student athletes are doing a great job this year.

As
I mentioned last week, the changing weather has allowed me to get out
more and make it to more of these athletic contests. Below is a picture
of me and my dad getting ready to run the football team onto the field
for their big win over Drake. There’s nothing like a pleasant fall day
in the Butler Bowl for some football. It’s a bulldog’s dream! The next
home football game in the Bowl comes at Homecoming on Oct. 25th versus
Morehead State. I hope to see you there!


On
the home front, I was just as busy this past weekend. My parent’s
friends, Jason and Betsy Weatherly came up from Nashville, Tenn. and
brought their miniature daschund, Reese (like the peanut butter cups).
You may remember some of my escapades with Reese from this past summer
when I went down to her place. I really enjoyed getting to see my old
friend. I wasn’t the best at sharing my toys with her, but we had a
good time tearing through the house and around the yard together. I
rather enjoy being an only “child,” but it is nice to have some
four-legged company once in a while.


Sunday,
some of my parents’ friends and colleagues came over to the house for a
little Indianapolis Colts viewing party. That was a lot of fun as
well…plenty of attention, table scraps, people to play with me, and
lots of excitement. Not to mention, the game turned out to be fairly
entertaining and successful as well.


Needless
to say, on Monday I was pretty exhausted, but as they say, there’s no
rest for the weary. So dad and I headed north to Carmel, Ind. for the
men’s basketball Blue Team golf outing at Plum Creek Golf Club. In
addition to greeting guests and welcoming the players, I also got to
hang out on the golf carts, attempt to chase golf balls on the putting
green and see old friends like former Bulldog standouts, Julian Betko
and A.J. Graves.


As
I alluded to earlier, it wasn’t all treats and toys this past weekend.
As you may remember from my previous post, I was all set to appear in
the annual Circle City Classic parade. My good friend and Butler
colleague, Barry Rector, was kind enough to lend me his beautiful 1991
Corvette to ride in for the parade so early Saturday morning we made
our way downtown to join the Butler contingent who was also set to
represent BU in the parade. Unfortunately, the parade staff denied me
access and forced my dad to turn the Corvette back around and take me
home. Can you believe that? Their loss.


The
other setback I had is the discovery of a double ear infection, so
after my trek to the golf outing, I headed across Hamilton Co. and over
to Woodland Animal Hospital to
see Dr. Phillips who gave me some medicine to get better. I’m not too
fond of the meds, but if it helps my ears from itching and keeps me
from wanting to shake my head all of the time, then I suppose it’s
worth it.

As you can see, minus a few small speed bumps it’s
been a pretty good couple of days for me. I hope that you enjoy some
good fortune of your own and here’s to a hope for a little good fortune
on the horizon for America after all of this economic crisis stuff I
keep hearing about on the news.

As a matter of principle, I
tend to refrain from discussing politics and religion. After all, I’m a
bulldog, and my expertise lies in animal behavior and school spirit and
not worldly things. But I already touched on religion tonight, albeit
objectively, I might as well as speak to politics given that as my dad
types this blog post, I’m snoring through live coverage of the
presidential debate and wondering about these politicians who are vying
for your vote next month.

I like to think of myself as a pretty
good judge of character (a lot of dogs are) and from what little I saw
of the debate tonight, I’d vote for that Tom Brokaw guy…just some
free advice from your mascot.

Here’s to a blessed week of your own,

Blue II

Re: ACT

Hey alexns!

Welcome to the BUForums.  Here is a quick look at the middle 50% of the student body who entered this year:

2008 Freshmen Class Profile (Middle 50%)
GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 3.42 – 4.0
SAT: writing 520-610; critical reading 520-630; math 530-650; composition 1570-1890
ACT: 24-29
48% in the top 10% of their graduating class

Thanks for your question! Hope that clears things up.

A (new) View from the Corner Office

Sorry for my long delay in posting, but I’ve been a busy bulldog over
the past couple of weeks. Sure, I’ve kept my nose to the ground with
the enduring search for the missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes
(more on that later), but I’ve also been helping my dad move our office.

Yep,
that’s right, I’ve moved offices at Butler, but this actually isn’t my
first move. We started in Jordan Hall office 11 and not too long after,
we took over office 13 where we spent the majority of the last four
years. But after a six year stint in the Office of Annual Giving, my
pops is changing roles in the development office and that has us moving
down the hall to office 16. I figure I’ll just ride his coattails
wherever they take me.

The move sort of had me a little nervous
and on edge at first, but once I got used to my food, water, cage, toys
and dad being in one spot, I became a little more used to the new
setup. Although I still get a little confused as to where I should
hangout from time to time. I miss my old pals down the hall in annual
giving from time to time.

The good news is that we are still in
the basement of Jordan Hall so it’s all familiar surroundings. And even
though we have smaller digs, we did get a corner office…even if it is
in the corner of a basement. And yes, it’s a basement. Don’t let anyone
tell you it’s a “garden level.” That’s such a joke.

It’s below
ground level, it smells like a basement, there’s moisture like a
basement and there’s those lovely insects and bugs that are often found
in a basement. Therefore, it is a basement…and it even has a lovely
1980s pink décor with worn grey carpet that might be older than my
father. Now you know why the development staff ventures OUT to see
donors.

Anyway, after my dad gets all of his pictures up on the
walls and it’s finally all put together, I’ll have him post some
pictures of our new office. Until then, you can always tune in to Blue2TV and
watch my live office cam. Whether or not I’m in view of the webcam is
hit and miss, but if you log on at the right time, you just might see
me. Click here during regular office hours to have a look: http://go.butler.edu/lifeatbutler/?pg=4724

Changing
bones back to the missing mascot story…I know that I said there would
be a sequel to the movie that I originally starred in, but I am not
really sure what happened to that second film. We did the shoot, but
the project didn’t make it out of production. Such is life in
Hollywood, I guess.


There
have been some developments in the case of the missing mascot costumes,
but I’m not at liberty to divulge any details just yet. I’ll be sure to
share the news once it is official, but right now I’ve got other
pressing issues anyway.

My life as a mascot has me doing some
interesting things yet this week and weekend. On Friday I’ll be heading
over to see our neighbors at the Christian Theological Seminary for
their annual “Blessing of the Animals” service. I like to go because we
get to be outside and I get to mingle with a bunch of other animals,
but other than that I don’t really quite grasp what happens at that
thing. My dad seems to get something out of it and he says that it
gives me a Holy blessing for another year, so I got that going for me,
which is nice.

On Saturday I’ve got a busy day on the
books…first I’m set to appear in the annual Circle City Classic parade
with the Butler contingent and after that it’s back to campus as the 2-1 Bulldogs host our first Pioneer Football League contest of the season against the dreaded Drake Bulldogs.
Of course I’ll be there to lead the team onto the field, but I’m not
quite sure about my new friend Blue of the Indianapolis Colts. The
Colts are away this weekend so I’m hoping he’ll be in town to lend me a
hand again with the mascot duties since our new mascot costumes have
yet to arrive.


Thankfully, the weather is looking good for my duties this weekend. A
look to the weather forecast shows signs of plenty of “bulldog weather”
for me to enjoy in the coming weeks. Fall might just be my favorite
season…it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. It’s just right for us
bulldogs.

Speaking
of which, the ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest seems to be shaping
up nicely. We’ve got about 35 bulldogs registered with just three weeks
to go, which is more than where we were three weeks out last year when
we had our record turnout of more than 60 dogs.

Eagle Pack Pet
Foods, Inc. and City Dogs Grocery have been helping round up pries for
our participants and I think we’ve got another great event in the
works. If the weather cooperates, then the ninth year might be our best
year yet!

Well, I think that’s about all I’ve got to chat about
at the moment. I’ll make sure my dad doesn’t wait around another two
weeks before he posts for me again!

From a new office down the way,

Blue II

 

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