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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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Red Rooster Romp

Yesterday I got things started by destroying one of the favorite toys
that I received for my birthday…the Red Rooster. Perhaps its the
warmer weather, pent-up agression, or the desire to onery, but whatever
it is (maybe some of all three), I just felt the need to get my morning
off on the right paw via a little toy destruction. Perhaps you saw some
of it on Blue2TV: http://go.butler.edu/lifeatbutler/?pg=4731

My
dad decided to get a little footage of the massacre. In the first video
you’ll see me began to tear off the rooster’s appendages. You’ll also
notice how proud I am of my accomplishments.

[YouTube: 5LP-43dE5F8]

In this next video, you’ll see that my dad and Uncle Kyle enjoy mocking me and how I take that out on my kill, or rooster.

[YouTube: gtOZ6HgMoe4]

After pulvarizing the rooster into a soggy slobbery mess, it was time
to head over to the College of Education for a freshman recruiting
event. Of course, I always enjoy being invited to a social activity, so
I was happy to mix and mingle with the guests. Unfortunately, I just
missed out on a piece of Papa John’s pizza and a cookie that fell of
someone’s plate and onto the floor.

Had I been
able to get my mouth around that pizza, the event would have gone from
good to great. Oh well, maybe next time I’ll be so lucky.

We had to
leave that event early to head downtown to the Scottish Rite Cathedral
for a Rotary Club meeting that Bill Ervin invited me to. Rotary has
established a scholarship at Butler for the Student Sociology
Association/Butler University Chapter of the John Weidner Foundation
for Altruism. So the scholarship recipient was presented at the meeting
and I got to be the Butler ambassador on hand for support.

On
the way back to campus, I got to enjoy the spring air blowing on my
face as dad rolled down the windows for me. Once we got back to campus,
I took a long nap to rest back up, then went to work again on my
rooster. As you can see in the picture, I did pretty good for a day’s
work. In fact, I clearly felt satisfied enough to move on to my bone
(in mouth).

Today
things got going with a welcome party for a new staff member in the
alumni office. That was cool because they had bagels from Panera and I
got some.

Once I got settled in at the office , I got started
again on a little rooster activity. I finally got all appendages off
and went to work on the inards and stuffing. By the end of the day
today, the rooster is basically just a wet, floppy shell of a stuffed
animal. Job well done!

Later in the day I got to go outside for a
bit and enjoy the weather and some fun with my best friend Kirby. We
had a great time running around the campus mall and doing our usual
rough-housing. Good times.

I concluded the day with another new staff member party in the Office of Conferences and Special Events and a trip to the HRC for my dad’s workout.

All of that pretty much left me down for the count for the entire evening, both last night and tonight. It’s hard being me!

Tomorrow
should be another typical day in the office. I’ll find another stuff
animal to terrorize, try not to get too wet outside from the rain
that’s supposed to move through, and take a couple of naps. I also get
to go to the Dawg Pound end-of-year celebration to help hand out the
fan of the year award and other fun stuff.

I thought I would be
a good candidate for Dawg Pound Fan of the Year. After all, I did get
on the cover of Sports Illustrated wearing my Dawg Pound shirt! That’s
national Dawg Pound exposure! Unfortunatley, I don’t think I qualify
given my canine status. Oh well, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Blue II

 

Game Day Illustrated

The Butler Bulldogs took down Horizon League conference foe, Cleveland State, on Saturday afternoon by the score of 51-46.
It appeared that a lot of you took my advice and came to Hinkle
Fieldhouse for the game. There was a crowd of more than 8,000, which
included those participating in Alumni Day, so thanks for coming out.

I thought I might provide a quick recap of the game via pictures and captions. Here it goes…

Pre-game nap with my squeaky cow

Packed house for Alumni Day

Coach Stevens speaks at Alumni Day

I ran into my buddy, Julian Phillips, son of my vet, Dr. Phillips, at Alumni Day too.

After
my appearances in the West Gym for Alumni Day and Bulldog Club/OBS
Donor Hospitality, I went ahead and made my way over to see the
cheerleaders to give them a little pre-game pep talk.

After
that, it was game time where I do my usual starting lineup routine, and
stop by the Dawg Pound for the big bone. But you’ve all seen that
before, so here’s a shot during a break in the game…nothing better
than a big crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse on a Saturday afternoon with the
sun shining through the rafters.

Best seat in the house!

A little post-game fun on the court with the kids

After all of that, it’s back home to rest…and another day at the office is in the books for this dog.

Okay,
so there’s a lot of other stuff that goes on that wasn’t captured, but
these were the pics that my dad had time to snap, so they’ll have to
do. I hope you enjoyed it.

Blue II

P.S. Keep an eye on
those NCAA men’s basketball rankings on Monday. In the AP Poll, Butler
is ranked 9th. On Saturday, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Georgetown and No. 10
Michigan State all went down in defeat. We could see a new highest
ranking for the Butler men’s basketball program…stay tuned!

 

Front Page News…and second, and third pages too

This week’s issue of The Butler Collegian, Est. 1886 (Vol. 122,
Issue 16) has arrived on campus and just by looking at it, you would
think it was the National Enquirer and I was Britney Spears!

I
mean, I was all over that thing. You can find a nice color picture of
me on the front page, along with large pictures of me on pages two AND
three! Not to mention, there’s an article about me and the blog on page
two by Butler student and managing editor, Bob Hermon. The headline
reads, “Butler Blue II rolls onto Internet with new blog.” Nice!

Props
to The Butler Collegian staff for the article and the face time. I
suppose it’s fitting that I am a staple in the school/student
newspaper. Not just because I am the mascot, but it is The Collegian,
after all, that is essentially responsible for me being here. Well, in
a round-about sort of way.
According to http://www.butlersports.com/
and the university archives, prior to 1919, Butler’s athletic teams
were known as the “Christians”. But numerous losses in the 1919
football season caused Butler’s followers to grow weary of the
nickname. During the week leading up to Butler’s game with the heated
rival Franklin “Baptists”, Butler Collegian editor Alex Cavins and his
staff, which included cartoonist George Dickson, decided something
“hot” must be conceived for the school’s weekly pep session.
About
that time, the mascot of a Butler fraternity….. a bulldog named
Shimmy (you couldn’t shake him), wandered into the Collegian office.
The idea was born. The next school paper came out with a big page-one
cartoon showing Shimmy the bulldog, labeled “Butler”, taking a bite out
of the pants seat of a figure labeled John the Baptist. The caption was: “Bring on That Platter, Salome!” (Butler lost the game to Franklin, 14-0, but the name “Bulldogs stuck).

And what do ya know? It’s another Paul Harvey
(pictured) moment on the The Life and Times of Butler Blue II…”and
know you know…….(long pause)…….the rest of the story.”

By
the way, I’m guessing it’s never good to reference a bulldog eating the
head of a prominent Biblical figure served on a platter by the person
who is considered to be responsible for that revered person’s death.
Uh, I’m guessing that’s why we lost the game. Something to keep in
mind, Collegian editors…let’s stay away from the negative Biblical
references come March…okay?
Anyway, back to the article…Dawg Pound
president and senior, Loren Snyder was quoted in the story. He said
about my blog, “It’s pretty entertaining sometimes. It’s just funny to
imagine Blue II saying those things.”

Oh yeah,
Loren?! What’s so funny? Next time I see you, I’ll say them to your
face! Then we’ll see who’s laughing! (just kidding)
Loren went on to ask, “What does Blue plan on doing with that huge bone every time he takes it off the court?”

That
information is confidential and top secret. So much so that I don’t
know what I’m going to do with it. It’s a big bone. It looks cool. I
want it. It’s kind of like going to the Dollar Store and walking out
with stuff you’ll never use or need. It was a dollar and it looked
cool. ‘Nuff said.

Finally, Loren says that
his daughter and English Bulldog, Bella, has become “less demanding”
since our first date and that he’d like for us to give it another shot.
We’ll see, Loren. We’ll see.

Wow, look at the time! I had better get to my afternoon nap.

Until next time…
Blue II

 

Like a Dog on a Bone

If you’ve cracked open your online edition of the Indianapolis Star at http://www.indystar.com/ and checked out the game recap info and photos from last night’s Butler men’s basketball contest against Loyola of Chicago, then perhaps you saw your’s truly.

Indy Star photographer, Heather Charles, captured me on my pre-game ritual charge to the Dawg Pound
to pick up my over-sized bone. That’s Butler student, Ty Anderson,
getting ready to make the hand-off and my old man jogging behind.

In case you were wondering, the Bulldogs dispatched the Ramblers 63-50.

Next
up are the Flames of Univ. of Illinois – Chicago at 2 p.m., tomorrow,
at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Come on over to campus for the game and you can
watch me make my run to the bone first-hand.

For Indy Star coverage of the game, visit here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080125/SPORTS06/801250447

For the Indy Star game photos, visit here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=MULTIMEDIA

For Indy Star Butler Beat Writer, David Wood’s Butler Insider Blog, visit here: http://blogs.indystar.com/butler/

Want to talk Butler Hoops? Visit here: http://p214.ezboard.com/Butler-Basketball/fbuhoopsfrm1

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

 

My good friends, newly weds, and Butler grads Noelle & Daniel recently posted,

“Sounds like the dream life of every Butler Bulldog! Do you have a girlfriend Blue??”

Not only do I live the dream life of every Butler Bulldog, I pretty much live the dream life. Period.

Living the dream, baby. Living-the-dream!

Now, on to your question…

It’s been said that a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. Good news for you, I’m a dog, I do whatever I want. In the words of George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic,
“Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat? Nothin’ but the
dog in me.” In other words, I’ve been known to like the ladies. Ya dig?


But, about those “girlfriends.” Officially, I’ve never really had a
girlfriend. Technically, I’ve had a lot of ladies in my life.

I’m cute, I’m cuddly, I’m a mascot and I’m a BMOC. Ladies love me.


My main lady in my life, besides my birth mother, Margie, (pictured below) is my adopted mother, Tiffany.


Tiffany taught me how to treat a lady and she said it was okay for me to date, but I’ve still yet to find “the one.”

I
used to have a “relationship” with Kristen Nichols when she was on the
cheerleading squad. Unofficially, she was my “girlfriend,” but we’ve
since moved on. It was a mutual break-up, and we’re still good friends
though. Besides, it was all fun and games…she is a human after all!


So when it comes the humans, I just enjoy the love from everyone. It’s
platonic. But, I don’t really have a girlfriend on the K9 side either.

A good friend and Dawg Pound cohort,
Loren Snyder, adopted a nice female English Bulldog recently. Her name
is Bella. We went on a first date, but that didn’t go so well. We found
that two Type A personalities don’t necessarily mix. She’s a nice lady, and we can be friends, but she’s too much woman for this man to handle.

I have an ongoing crush on Hoops Green. Hoops belongs to Butler men’s basketball guard, Mike Green.
I haven’t seen her since Mike was playing ball in Alaska and Hoops was
walking through campus with her sitter. We hit off right away. She’s
hot, no question. And I think she was in to me, but we just don’t get
to see each other very much. Distance just seems to make the heart grow
fonder.

Ah
well, I’m not giving up on love, but I’m still just three! I’ll wait
until I’m longer in the tooth to be settling down. That’s a big
commitment…all those expectations, demands, emotions, etc.

Like the late Christopher George Latore Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, i.e. Notorious B.I.G. once said, “mo money, mo problems.” True. So true.

So
I guess it’s best that I just kick it as a one-man-band for the time
being. I am most definitely single and ready to mingle, but you just
can’t force true love. I know that “Mrs. Right” is just going to find
me when I least expect it.

Sleepless in Indianapolis,

Blue II

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. “