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Jeremy Piven – The Next Addition to my Wall of Fame

You may remember back on January 30 I
mentioned in my blog that I was so busy and booked with appearances
that I might want to employ the services of a manager, and not just any
manager, but the infamous Ari Gold of HBO’s Entourage.

Well, on Thursday of this past week, I did jus that as Ari Gold made a visit to Butler University.

I suppose that in a fictional world I would have made it happen and I might have even been on the next episode of Entourage; running around with Vince, Eric, Turtle and Drama.

But this is reality, and in the real world, the famed actor who plays Ari Gold, the Golden Globe winning Jeremy Piven, came to campus on Thursday in support of presidential candidate, Barack Obama.


If you are unfamiliar with Piven’s fast-talking and often vulgar mega
agent role as Ari Gold in Entourage, then perhaps you may remember him
from such movies as PCU, Old School, Black Hawk Down and Smokin’ Aces.

Jeremy
spoke in the Reilly Room at Atherton Union and got in and out before I
could catch him, but I was able to track him down out in the parking
lot to “hug it out” and pose for a quick photo. He was very welcoming
and was quite complimentary of me.

Of course, Jeremy’s no
stranger to the English Bulldog, after all, he’s been spotted around
Hollywood with a bulldog pup of his own and he attended Drake
University…also the bulldogs.

A special thanks to Jeremy for
posing for pictures and for being so cordial. I will get some pictures
from the encounter uploaded on the blog very soon.

In case you missed it, Butler Bulldog and
NCAA men’s college basketball all-star, Mike Green, was honored this
past week with two national awards: the Chip Hilton Award and the
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.

Not to mention, Mike also played
in the DiGiorno College All-Star Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio
on Friday. In addition, fellow senior guard, A.J. Graves participated
in the 20th Annual State Farm 3-Point Championship; making it to the
semi-finals.

Congratulations to both of those guys…I’m going to
miss you both next year. Hey Mike, now that you are done with Butler
basketball, can I get a play date with your doggie, Miss Hoops Green?!

Sorry
it has been a while since my last post. I have been busy making rounds
with my on-call medical staff. I met with Butler grad, Dr. Kurt
Phillips on Wednesday at Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind. for a check-up on my ear infection. The infection is gone,
but there’s still some bacteria in there so I got some special
antibacterial wipes for that. I also got my nails trimmed while I was
there.

On Thursday morning I got to visit Dr. Deborah Stephan at Indianapolis Veterinarian Specialists in Castleton. She took a look at my eyes and found that they were too dry so I got some ointment and drops for that.

It
was great to go to the vet…I love it! I got lots of treats, love and
great care. A special thanks to Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stephan, as
always, for their great support of me and Butler!

This weekend
has been a lot of fun for me. I got to go to Wabash, Ind. to stay with
my Grandma and Grandpa Richards house for the occasion of my cousin
Andrew’s birthday.

I got to ride the four-wheeler for a while
which is one of my favorite things. It had been since last fall since
I’d been on the four-wheeler and I was ready…so much so that when I
heard it, I ran outside and even jumped up on it myself!

After
my four-wheeler ride and went over to Andrew’s house where his Grandma
and Grandpa Dinkins had their dog, Pete. I had never met Pete before,
but we hit it off really well and played very hard.

Talk about a
perfect weekend…the spoiling of grandparents, four-wheeler rides and
play time with fellow four-legged friends. What’s not to like?!

I
have another busy week ahead of me. Monday I have a H.S. Junior Preview
Day with the Office of Admission and a video shoot for the ButlerRising Campaign.
Tuesday I have a freshman recruitment party for the College of
Education and a Rotary Club meeting down at the Scottish Rite
Cathedral. On Wednesday and Thursday I will do my usual thing and on
Friday, I have another early registration event.

I’ll keep the blog updated with the aforementioned fun this week. It should be a good time!

Blue II

A New Friend, Sparky the Dragon, HL Tournament, and Bath Time

 Well, how did my web cameras affect your productivity on the job this past week? Add that to March Madness and by May you’ll be on the streets looking for work.

In
addition to staring on my own lifecasting network this week, I also got
to meet a new friend on Thursday. Her name is Reese, as in “Reese’s
Peanut Butter Cups,” and she’s a 12-week old Daschund. She belongs to
Jason and Betsy Weatherly of Nashville, Tenn.

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I don’t think Reese knew what to think of me at first. After all, she’s
so small that she was even scared of my toys, because like me, they are
all bigger than her too!

When I first saw her, I thought she
might be a new toy, but then I realized it was a real dog. I didn’t
know they made them so small! I think I was bigger than her before I
even had my eyes open as a newborn pup. (See pictures below.)


After a while she warmed up pretty well and we had a great time. While
I like being the sole dog at home, it was kind of fun to have playmate
around too.

I ended up having too much fun on Thursday night with Reese and staying up way past my bed time, so if you logged on to Blue2TV
on Friday morning, you probably just saw me sleeping. I know, I know,
that’s nothing new, but I was REALLY sleeping on Friday morning.

Once
I woke up, it was time to head over to the West Gym in Hinkle
Fieldhouse to setup the Bulldog Club/OBS hospitality area for
Saturday’s Horizon League Men’s Basketball Tournament games.

Actually,
I don’t do any setting up, I let my dad and his colleagues handle that.
I just run around the wide-open space of the West Gym and wear myself
out.

On Saturday, I got to sleep-in and then went to the HRC
while my dad worked out. After that, it was a quick trip back home and
then back to campus for the HL Tournament to watch the Bulldogs take on
the UIC Flames for an opportunity to play in the finals on Tuesday.

That’s
right, I said UIC Flames. When teams started picking the Earth’s
natural elements as mascots, I’m not sure. Just think, instead of an
English Bulldog writing this blog right now, maybe it could be the
“wind,” “air,” or “water.” Seriously, “flames,” that’s the best you
could do? I feel bad for the mascot costume maker that got that work
order. No matter what you construct, you can’t win on that deal.

Oh
well, I’m going to make fun of it anyway. Just look at this thing, they
call “Sparky the Dragon.” It looks like said mascot costume maker
scraped the whole flame idea and just went for a cartoonish
pre-historic dinosaur that appears to be a reject from the Barney show.
I get that a dragon breathes “flames,” but that’s stretching it, ya’
think?


Perhaps it’s just a left over costume from the Jim Henson’s HBO show, Fraggle Rock, sans the crazy hair.


Anyway,
back on point, the Bulldogs braved the heat of the Flames to win
convincingly by a score of 66-50. (That sentence was so cliché, but
that’s what you get when your mascot is the “Flames.” You will always
be written about in cliché fashion.)

A.J. Graves did not pet me
before this match-up and went for 14 points in the game. It’s
interesting…for his entire career, people have pleading for him to pet
the dog during the announcement of starting lineups. He finally did on
Senior Day and only scored two points. Now before games people are
coming up to me and saying, “Don’t let Graves touch you!” Whatever
people…just be careful what you wish for.

Up next are the
Vikings of Cleveland State for the HL Tournament title which will air
live on ESPN, Tuesday, March 11th at 9 p.m. from Hinkle Fieldhouse. The
winner will not only take the title, but receive an automatic berth
into the men’s NCAA tournament. I already can’t wait to have one last
game at home this season.

Also, a special thanks to Joel
Barnhill of the Horizon League for ordering promotional shirts to be
thrown out during the games. I didn’t get a shirt, but I did get to
destroy one of the boxes the shirts came in after the game over at the
south Dawg Pound. The box was addressed to Joel so I figured he was the
appropriate person to thank.

A congratulations is in
order for the Lady Bulldogs of the women’s basketball program on
getting their 20th win on the season Saturday as they took down
Valparaiso. They will now prepare for their own Horizon League
Tournament and a chance for post-season play. Well done!

Today,
Sunday, I again got to sleep-in, followed by another trip to the HRC.
After that it was more skateboard practice and some sun-bathing on the
deck.

I then took a nap during the NASCAR race (because that’s
what you do during those things) and after that it was bath time. I
don’t dislike baths, but I don’t really get all pumped up for them
either. I do enjoy that fresh clean feeling once it’s all over. Here is
some video of the event:

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I forgot to mention this last week, but when the Bulldogs took on the
Wright State Raiders a couple Thursday’s ago, I had the opportunity to
meet Indianapolis Colts’ Pro-Bowl center, Jeff Saturday who was in
attendance at the game.


That really has no significance, other than Jeff is semi-famous and the
fact that I wanted to record the event. Plus, he’s a cool dude. End of
story.

Finally, it’s spring break week at Butler University and
while many members of the student body are somewhere south of the
Mason-Dixon line, yours truly is staying put. That’s right, no spring
break for me, so be sure to check out Blue2TV all week long to check in on my ever-exciting office life.

 

 

 

My Raider Romp

 

Remember the Wright State Raider that was lurking near my cage yesterday? (See post below for visual.) Yeah, he got dealt with…

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Here’s hoping my fellow Bulldogs do likewise on Thursday evening (9 p.m. EST) at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

By
the way, no actual Wright State Raiders were physically harmed in the
making of this film. All harm was inflicted figuratively.

And
yes, Wright State considers the “Raider” to be a wolf. I don’t get it
either. Perhaps the Wright State Mangy Dingos would be more descript.
They actually changed from a red-bearded Viking to a wolf. The wolf is
now known as “Rowdy Raider.”

Here’s a picture of WSU’s current (middle) and former mascots…

I
see why they switched from the crazy-eyed Viking. That thing is sure to
scare all small children. I believe that to be what a suspect sketch
artist would draw if you said the criminal resembled the off-spring off
a Keebler Elf and one of Willy Wonka’s Ump-Lumpas. (Sorry, that’s the
best I could come up with this close to bed time.)

Regardless,
somewhere Wilbur, Orville and Ovid are sitting around a table, smoking
pipes, wearing distinguished suits and asking each other who came up
with “Bulldogs” and “Raiders.”

Oh well, at least WSU’s “guy in a
suit” actually resemlbes their mascot…which is more than we can say
for a certain school in Des Moines, Iowa. (For visual, see post
below…again.)

Enough about the Raiders, let’s just settle this on the court Thursday night.

In case you missed it, I was featured in Sports Illustrated.com’s photo account from the Bulter/Drake game this past Saturday.

The picture taken by John Biever can be seen here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0802/campus.superfans.feb26/content.5.html

Also, mad props to A.J. Graves and Drew Streicher for
being named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America
University Division Men’s Basketball Team, chosen by CoSIDA (College
Sports Information Directors of America). The two Butler
student-athletes were among 15 players chosen to the honor squad, and
Butler was the lone university to have more than one player selected!

Nice
work fellas…not only can you challenge opponents in a game of hoops,
but you also can dominate in the occasional standardized test-off.
Clearly old “Dawgs” can learn new tricks!

Blue II

Friends in High Places

Retired General and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell once said, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Sounds like a good plan to me, after all, as the old saying goes, “you are the comapny you keep.”

So,
I did just that, I spent my Monday with some pretty significant and
successful people…the type “who take their work seriously, but not
themselves.”

Maybe you will recognize some of the people I spent my day with yesterday…

That’s right, I got to spend the day with THE Colin Powell; Butler head men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens; 2003 Butler graduate and IndyCar Series driver for Vision Racing, Ed Carpenter; the entire Butler men’s basketball team; and Indianapolis mayor, Greg Ballard. That’s just how I roll!

It started out as a typical Monday…lots of sleeping in the cage that’s in m dad’s office, a lunch time appearance at the HRC, and more sleeping for the afternoon. Settling into the work week after a busy weekend has never been one of my strengths.

Then,
come late afternoon things started to get interesting. My dad and I
headed to the car and made our way to my favorite building, historic
Hinkle Fieldhouse. Once there, we met up with Ed Carpenter and headed
into the arena to watch the men’s basketball practice.

You see, last May Ed gave A.J. Graves and the coaching staff a tour of the Vision Racing garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when
A.J. waved the green flag to start practice for the Indianapolis 500 .
This time the Bulldogs returned the favor by inviting Ed to come watch
practice, tour the locker room and basketball offices, etc. I was
fortunate to get to tag along.

Here’s a picture of Ed and Coach Stevens discussing the incracies of Butler’s motion offense and which Horizon League member
institution has the best cafeteria food. No, not really, but those
would be things I would like to talk about with the coach.


After that it was over to Clowes Memorial Hall where General Colin L.
Powell, USA (Ret.) was scheduled to enjoy dinner with some VIPs and
speak to a capacity crowd as a part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

That’s
where I ran into General Powell and Mayor Ballard, as well as some
other Butler and community big whigs like university president, Dr. Bobby Fong, and the Butler Board of Trustees.

I
even got to take a picture with General Powell! Unfortunately, I do not
have the picture to post right now, but I will do so in a future blog.
It was sweet. All of these important folks got to meet General Powell
and get a picture with him. I’m pretty important, so yes, I got a
picture with him as well.

When I arrived, he smiled, kneeled
down, clapped his hands once and said, “come here boy!” So I quickly
ran over (when a General calls, you come) and he proceeded to pet me
and love on me a little. He then stayed in a kneeled position and we
took a picture together. It was cool.

Here I am, just an English
Bulldog from Indiana who ended up mascot of Butler University posing
for a picture with the one-time military leader of the free world. Eat
your heart out “Spike,” the Drake University bulldog!

Yeah, we’ve
got a big game against No. 16 Drake on Saturday at Hinkle, so I am
starting to prepared for that. It airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EST) and has
been billed the best ESPN “Bracketbuster” matchup ever…of course it
is, after all, both teams are represented by the English Bulldog! By
the way, the Bulldogs of Butler are ranked a school-high No. 8 this
week in both polls. That’s pretty impressive! Go Dawgs!

Today,
wasn’t quite as exciting, but that’s not to say I didn’t get to have a
little more fun. Each semester, my dad’s favorite professor while in
school, Dr. Steven Vibbert, invites me to come visit his public
relations classes. He usually asks me to come mid to late semester when
the students are starting to get restless. So today I stopped by class,
did my tricks, and got a little love from the students. Below is a
picture of that…

Note
that class size. That’s a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. Nice. Gotta
love a Butler education! Although, it’s not quite as good as my puppy
class, but still, it’s pretty good.

Okay, my bed time is quickly approaching so I’ve got to get going. Thanks for reading and before you leave, please vote for me again this week for the Bissell MVP contest! You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

Blue II

 

Say Cheese!

Another game, another photo opportunity. Your online edition of the Indianapolis Star (http://www.indystar.com/) again features my mug. Only this time, it’s post oversized bone pickup, unlike pre bone pickup shot from last game.

Once again, Heather Charles took the picture which can be viewed along with her other game action shots here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=MULTIMEDIA

Ironically, the photo also accompanies David Woods’ post-game story which focuses primarilly on senior guard, A.J. Graves. You can read that here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080127/SPORTS06/801270373/1068

Why
is that ironic? Just see my post from earlier in the month regarding
the relationship between Graves and I. No big deal, just kind of
humorous. Congrats to A.J. for a game well played yesterday.

Speaking
of the game, the Dawgs punished the Flames of Illinois-Chicago 73-57.
Thanks to that and a loss by Cleveland State, Butler is back leading
the standings in the Horizon League.

Go Dawgs!

Chuck Norris Had a Son and His Name is A.J. Graves

 

Section 20, Row AA, Seat 4” writes, “Dear Blue, Why doesn’t A.J. Graves like you?”

Dear,
Sec. 20, Row AA, Seat 4, I assume you are referring to the fact that
A.J. doesn’t pet me during the announcement of starting lineups before
home games.

Well, for those who haven’t been keeping score at home, I’ll back up and set the scene.

Since
I arrived as mascot in 2004, I’ve started a few traditions of my own.
Before basketball games, I make my way out to the court to greet the
starters when the starting lineups are announced over the public
address system.

From there, the players took it upon themselves to give me a pat on the head, and after all of the starters are announced, I run back across the court to the north Dawg Pound where Jake Skierkowski and members of the “Pound” are waiting for me with an oversized rawhide bone.
For
the last year or two, every starting member of the basketball team
makes a point to give me a pat on the head as they are introduced. Even
new freshman starter Matt Howard caught on quickly. But for whatever reason, senior gaurd A.J. Graves has never shown me any love.

While
it has never really bothered me, it sure seems to have the Butler
faithful up in arms. Every game I attend, fans go on and on about how
if A.J. would pet me, they’d feel better, or his shooting slump would
end, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I guess people think I’m good luck. And I supposeI can’t argue with them. Afterall,
I was the one lucky English Bulldog in the world selected to be Butler
University’s mascot. I’d say that’s pretty lucky.

I’ve
had students tell me that giving me a pat before an exam brought them
good results, and plenty of fans at the game say that their visit to
Hinkle Fieldhouse isn’t complete without seeing me.

In
fact, there’s one guy that swears by a game day good luck rub for me.
His name is Arni Sribhen and while he’s a Texas Tech grad, Arni is now
a converted Bulldog fan and season ticket holder. Arni works with my
dad in the IndyCar Series and if
you follow viral internet campaigns, you may remember seeing Arni last
summer in his role as the “Indy Insider.” He’s a pretty funny guy. You
can watch his video blogs here: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=indycars

Anyway,
Arni says, “Butler is 13-0 when I get to play with Blue at halftime.
They are 16-1 when I’m in the house… (No halftime pet vs. Notre Dame,
Indiana and Purdue at Conseco and SIU at Hinkle). “

Maybe
the entire Bulldog squad is feeding off of my perceived “luck.” Since
my first season on the job in 2004-05 and on through January 12, 2008,
in games that I have been in attendance the men’s basketball team
record is 41-7. Overall the men’s basketball team is 78-36 since I
first started.

Okay, I digress, back to Mr.
Graves. Last year I was with my dad and we ran into graduated Bulldogs,
Brandon Crone, Brian Ligon and A.J., at the HRC. Brandon and Brian gave me a warm welcome and some attention, but A.J. just kind of hung back.

Then,
Brandon and Brian started to give A.J. a hard time about it, but he
just played it cool and just said something like “it’s not that I don’t
like Blue, I just don’t really do dogs.” That or said he just didn’t
want to pet me. I can’t remember exactly anymore, but regardless, it
doesn’t matter. I respect that.

How can I not? I mean, after all A.J. has done to lead our team to victory, he could tease me with Milk Bones and I wouldn’t care. We’re talking about the same A.J. Graves that has a laundry list of achievements that makes the Mitchell Report look like a children’s book.

If
he doesn’t want to pet me, then I’m not mad at it. Just keep doing what
you’re doing, A.J.! In the meantime, I think A.J.’s getting covered up
enough by all of those double team defensive schemes from our foes in
the Horizon League, so let’s lay off of him a bit. Shall we?

And with all of that said, I’ll leave you with this, courtesy of http://www.ajgravesfacts.com/

“If A.J. Graves can’t find a basketball he just dribbles a cow until it turns into a leather ball. “