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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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The Indianapolis Monthly Interview – Uncut

The July 2010 issue of Indianapolis Monthly will forever be special to me as it was their annual pet guide edition and yours truly graced the cover.

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The July 2010 issue of Indianapolis Monthly will forever be special to me as it was their annual pet guide edition and yours truly graced the cover.

Included in the magazine was Q&A that I did with Indianapolis Monthly and while I received a lot of compliments regarding my answers, what was printed was just a snipet of the actual interview. So, for your reading pleasure, here is the Q&A in its entirety…

IM: As the Butler mascot, what are your “job responsibilities”? And, are you compensated?

BB2: At the core of my “job responsibilities” is to truly be an ambassador for Butler University. I’ve found that if I stick to that, then the rest seems to take care of itself. Of course, you can find me at university sporting events, performances, dinners, receptions, admissions events, etc. You name it, I’ve probably done it. I’m also a bit of a spokesdoggy too, having done numerous media appearances and a great deal of community relations work.

As for compensation, well, I guess I’m well cared for and I have some great sponsors that fulfill almost my every need. So I’m compensated well from that standpoint. I haven’t, however, ever seen any actual dollars. I’m considering a change in personal agents and a revised contract.

IM: What training is required for you to do your job?

BB2: I took six, count them, six total “puppy obedience classes.” That’s it. I had a good teacher and learned a lot, but let’s tell it like it is here…I set foot on Butler’s campus before my parents even took me home. This is all I know. My dad taught me right from wrong, my mom taught me some awesome tricks, and Brad Stevens taught me the Butler Way. I may not be sniffing out bombs in airports or keeping the blind from walking out in traffic, but I like to think I do pretty well for myself.

IM: In addition to being present at basketball games, what other sporting events do you attend?

BB2: I tend to work all of the home men’s basketball games and football games. After that I get to the majority of home volleyball and women’s basketball contests as well. From there I try to get to at least one of each of the other team’s events during the year. That’s easier said than done, however and doesn’t always happen. My goal for 2010-11 is to make it to every sports’ senior day contests and to appear in all of the Butler team photos.

IM: Do you make appearances, such as giving autographs (paw-tographs?), photo with fans, on TV commercials, etc.?

BB2: I make countless appearances these days. I’ve always done appearances, especially as it relates to the university, but I’ve done my share of community appearances in my six years as well. However, since the NCAA Final Four, I probably get an appearance request on a daily basis. Everything from being a part of a student presentation, to serving as the grand marshal of parades, to book fairs, to private parties; you name it and chances are I’m being requested for it.
I get autographs on a daily basis too. The whole paw in ink thing doesn’t really work and is incredibly messy, so don’t ask for a “paw-tograph.” Not happening unless you’re really, really important. I’m happy to sign headshots and pictures, however, and I’m getting regular request for that as well.

Posing for photos with fans is probably my most requested activity. Anytime I’m out in public, it’s inevitable. I’m usually happy to do it, but sometimes I’m on the move and I don’t have time. I think it’s pretty cool that people would want to kneel down and get their picture with me. At the Final Four it wasn’t just fans making the requests either, I had everyone from CBS executives, members of the media and security folks asking as well! And when I got back on campus after those big games, it was funny how the student interest in photos picked up too!

I think the only TV commercials I’ve been on are Butler basketball promos for season tickets and for our games on MyNDY. But, I will say that I am available and affordable, so for those companies that want to align themselves with the Butler brand and have a really handsome spokesdoggy, then now is the time to get in on the ground floor while I’m still cheap!

IM: Any funny stories from your experiences as a mascot? Have you ever failed to give a high-five or run to the end of the court and get the bone? Any accidents on the court?

BB2: I’ve had my share of funny moments during my career. Like the time that I chewed up a Michigan State Spartan hat almost on cue on live national television while shooting for the CBS Early Morning Show. But, the funniest moment probably had to be when I accidentally (on purpose) tripped my two-legged mascot counterpart, Hink, as we ran the football team out onto the field. It’s tradition that Hink and I run the guys out onto the pitch before each home game. Normally the cheerleaders go first with their flags, then me, then Hink, followed by the team. Well, Hink took off at virtually the same time I did and well, I thought I’d have a little fun with that. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to run right under Hink’s feet and watch him tumble. You see, Hink’s line of sight is all of a matter of inches so he never saw it coming. Down Hink went and sometimes I was able to scramble loose and keep going. Don’t worry, Hink didn’t get trampled by the football team or anything. His pride may have been hurt, but there were no hard feelings; just a collective gasp from the crowd followed by lots of laughs. Thankfully my mom caught it all on her iPhone. Priceless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2Yn1x3RI0

IM: What are your favorite activities outside of your life at Butler?

BB2: I suppose I’m just a normal pet or dog outside of Butler. I love the outdoors and tend to think that I’m an farm dog. I love helping around the yard. I also enjoy going to visit both sets of my grandparents where I get to ride the four-wheeler and tractor, go boating, go to the hardware store, and of course, sleep.

IM: Favorite treat?

BB2: Ice cream. No question. Don’t get me wrong, I like all of the favorites such as peanut butter, cheese, filet mignon, etc., but ice cream is all the rage. Always has been, always will be.

IM: Favorite toy?

BB2: That depends on how you define “toy.” I have this thing called a Tail Wagon which is made by Burley. It looks like one of those nylon chariots you see kids being hauled around in, behind bikes on the Monon Trail. Anyway, I have one of those and it might be my most favorite toy/contraption that I’ve ever had. Ever. Outside of my tail wagon, I’m a huge fan of small latex chew toys, teddy bears and basketballs.

IM: And finally, please describe your experience at the NCAA Final Four. Were you at all nervous about being surrounded by 70,000 screaming fans?

BB2: My experience at the NCAA Final Four was incredible. That’s the best way that I can explain. There really are not words that exist that allow me to really describe the magnitude of that experience. It made me the most popular dog in America and it made Butler a household name. While Coach Stevens and the men’s basketball team were the focus of the Final Four, I like to think I played the role of best supporting actor. It was the best experience of my life so far and I certainly hope to do it again someday.

I wasn’t nervous to be in front of 70,000 fans. I think that was evident to anyone that was there or whom was watching at home. I live for this sort of thing after all. However, I will say that I did feed of the energy that was in Lucas Oil Stadium during those two games. There was so much positive directed toward Butler…the kind that makes your hair (or fur) stand up on end. I felt it as soon as we would enter the stadium each day…it swelled my broad chest with pride, perched my ears forward, heightened my tail-end, and gave me a strut that would make George Jefferson blush.

I will say that tend to carry and internalize the collective hopes and energy of the Butler nation. That may sound weird, but I’m a perceptive dog and I know what’s up. I knew what was at stake in Lucas Oil Stadium and I also knew what it meant when my pal Gordon Hayward’s shot didn’t go in at the buzzer. I, like the Butler faithful, was crushed. My dad tried to get a rise out of me moments after the championship game. Usually I’m the one doing the consoling, but this time I could sense the pain, anguish, sorrow and disappointment that saturated the heart. I was stone cold. I wanted that championship. I wanted to be top dawg. After sleeping that night I awoke that Tuesday morning still wishing that the outcome would have been different. I continued to contemplate on it. I even went to the pep rally at Hinkle Fieldhouse later that day. By the time I went to sleep that evening, I realized that I was top dawg after all. The score didn’t matter, Butler has already proved its worth. I’d still like to have that trophy, don’t get me wrong, but I think we may have taken home so much more. There’s never been a better time to be a Butler Bulldog, let alone THE Butler Bulldog.

The mascots behind the mascot

During my six years of service as official mascot for Butler University, there have always been a few mascots behind the mascot. And no, I’m not talking about Hink and all of those other human-in-suit varieties running around Hinkle Fieldhouse on “Mascot Day.”

I’m talking a couple of feline counterparts that claim campus shrubbery as home and taunt me with kitty kibble, lightning quick reflexes and strange scents.

Yep, it’s true; when I’m not on campus at night, there are a couple of cats that seem to watch over the place for me. So, I consider them pseudo-mascots, if you will. They are certainly less visible and sociable than yours truly, but they’re holding it down at 46th and Sunset nonetheless.

If you exit Jordan Hall toward the north, turn right, and walk due east to a point that intersects with a point coming from the other way if you were to walk west out of Irwin Library, turn right and head directly north; then you’ve found the natural cat campus habitat. That probably doesn’t make any sense, but suffice to say at the northeast corner of the mall, there is a corner of shrubbery, pine trees and grasses that have made for nice landscaping and a feral kitty cat safe-haven.

cat haven

Look a little closer into the deep line of bushes and you’ll see a bowl or two, often spilling over with cat food kibble and other remnants of kitting living. Rarely do I look in and see a cat, but I have spotted at least two of them; an all black cat and a black and white cat. There may be more, but reports are unconfirmed at this time.

On Campus

I think it’s nice that the lady is keeping these cats alive and somewhat well and it gives me hope that someday if I ever found myself in a similar situation that I could live in the bushes around Butler and someone would come by every now and again to keep me fed. But really, who exactly comes to a college campus at seven in the morning to feed a couple of feral cats in the bushes?

I know it’s been going on for a while as I’ve seen the food in the bowls, that are in the bushes, but what also reaffirmed it was watching the cats (who had no idea I was up and on campus at that hour) come scurrying over to their “home bush” to meet the lady and their precious kibble. Like a couple of Pavlov’s dogs, those cats came running at the sight and sound of that lady and her van.

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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

 

Enough Room in this Town for 2 Blue’s?

I hate to bring up the Indianapolis Colts given that they probably
don’t need any more grief after their playoff loss to San Diego, but
since they are all over the news right now, it’s relevant, I suppose.

Now
make no mistake, when I’m not fulfilling my Butler duties, I support
Indy’s other sports and teams, sans other universities and colleges,
and I’ve been known to support the Colts. I enjoy watching their games
at home with my parents. I have a Colts leash and collar that I wore to
a Butler game prior to their AFC championship game last year. And, Tony
Dungy and Bill Polian even paid a visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse last year.
So they’re cool in my book.


My
only beef with the Colts are those play-off losses and that darned
mascot, BLUE! (pictured right) Really, I’ve got no problem with BLUE,
he’s got nothing on me. In fact, (kids, if you’re reading this, cover
your eyes) it’s just some guy in a blue Puff the Magic Dragon-looking
suit. I’m the real deal…born with my suit. That’s real fur, baby!

But
it’s that whole name thing that gets me. Afterall, the Colts’ BLUE
didn’t come around until 2006! My predessor, Butler Blue I first came
on the scene in 2000 and I arrived in 2004. It’s a fake horse and their
logo is a horeshoe, name him “Lucky” or something.

Colt’s BLUE Info: http://www.colts.com/sub.cfm?page=community_dynamic&id=142

Oh
well, it’s not BLUE’s fault. He probably didn’t name himself, and I
know I didn’t name myself either. When Blue I was donated to the
university by Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel, Lizton, Ind.,
the university held a naming contest to come up with a name for the
school’s first “official” bulldog mascot.

The names most often
submitted were “Blue,” “Hinkle,” “B.U.” prn. “Boo,” “Hampton,” and
“Victory.” Over 350 submissions were made and “Butler Blue” was the top
choice and announced at the Feb. 3, 2001 men’s home basketball game.

Officially, Kristi Crofts Lowell, class of 1994 was credited with the winning name submission.

Thus,
I’m Butler Blue II and someday, I’m sure we’ll have Butler Blue III and
so on. As Paul Harvey would say, “and now you know the rest of the
story.”

So, do I wish the Colts’ front office would have been a
little more original? Sure, but I can live with it. In fact, I think
there’s plenty of room in this town for two “Blues.” Actually, we’re
elite company, that Colts’ BLUE and I.

So BLUE, sorry about that
loss yesterday. Enjoy your off-season on the farm with a warm stable
and plenty of hay… and be ready for a prosperous 2008 in your new
stadium and help bring another world championship back to OUR beloved
city!

I’m Blue II…………………(wait for
it)…………………………(wait for
it)………………………………..GOOD DAY!