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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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My Busy Spring Monday on Campus

 I had quite the busy day today on campus. It all got going just before lunch as I went to the HRC with my dad.

Kirby’s mom was working the front desk at the HRC so I helped her with laundering the towels and other chores. That means I get the run of the HRC and lots of elevator rides!

From
there, I had to head straight over to the Office of Admisson for their
high school junior preview day where I greeted potential Butler
students and drooled again over the fine display of cookies and rice
crispies treats.

Immediately after that, I had a video shoot
with CMC Media. They are putting together a video for the ButlerRising
Campaign and they needed some footage of me.

First we started
with some “green screen” shoots which I really wasn’t all that excited
about. Basically I was either standing, sitting or lying on the “green
screen” while my dad tried to get me to make different facial
expressions, bark, etc.


It
sounds easy, but I was so worn out from the other stuff, that I could
hardly control my breathing to even focus on the task at hand. Plus, I
didn’t really get the point of it all.

After that we decided to
go outside to get more footage of me running around the campus’ main
mall. Spring was definitely in the air today and I took full advantage
of the great weather while I was outside.

While outside I chased
my ball, mingled students studying on the mall and greeted campus tour
groups. For videos of it all, visit www.youtube.com/butlerblue2.

Here’s a shot of me with some of those students that were studying on the mall.


By the time I got back to the office after all of this fun, I was
completly worn out. I went through about three full bowls of water and
then crashed on the floor with my toys.


Tonight I’ve got to get my rest so that I can make an appearance for a
College of Education recruiting event and for the Rotary Club on
Tuesday. It should be fun! I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

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.

 

 

 

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

 

Weekend Recap and those Rankings

 

My apologies for not posting since last Thursday, but I must say, I had a great weekend…no time to post!

Friday
evening after work, my mom and dad packed my blanket, my toys, and my
food and we headed north to Wabash, Ind. (the first electrically
lighted city) to stay the night at my Grandma and Grandpa Richards. We
also got to see my Aunt Tonia, Aunt Teresa, Uncle Scott and my cousins
Andrew and Alex.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go visit my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark in Wabash, though. They were in Ohio
babysitting my cousin Ella and her doggies, Murphy and Bailey.

I
always enjoy seeing family and I love going to my grandparents’ house!
We only stayed the night, but I got some good food, some good play time
and caught up on some sleep too.

On Saturday afternoon we headed
back to Indy so that my parents could get back in time to head to
Chumley’s to watch the Butler/Wisc. Green Bay game on the Horizon League Network. I don’t understand why I had to stay home…I am the mascot for crying outloud!

My parents made it up to me and took me out to get a new bed, a new toy and the FURminator.

I
know what you’re thinking, “what the heck is the FURminator?” Well,
it’s a special deshedding tool. Whatever it is, I just like how it
feels when they use it on me and my parents say it works really well,
so everybody is happy.

My
new bed is for the family room as I already have a nice bed in the
living room. We used to watch TV and hang out as a family in the living
room, but a couple of weeks ago my parents got a new TV for the family
room so that’s been the new hang out at home. Only, I protested the
change by camping out by myself in the living room on my old bed
(pictured).

So
I think they felt obligated to get me another bed for the family room.
Still with me? Anyway, the new bed (pictured) is cool and I like it.
Now I am comfortable no matter what room we decide to reside.

Spoiled much? Yes. Happy dog? Absolutely!

As
for the new toy, it’s a latex cow looking thing. I can’t get enough of
it. I even took it to bed last night. I mainly enjoy squeaking it until
my parents can’t take it anymore. I love it.


So that was my weekend. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Today was
just another day in the office…lots of naps, some play time, couple
trips to the HRC with my dad, and some visits from students.

There was some additional excitement around the office with the new NCAA men’s basketball rankings coming out. The Butler Bulldogs moved up again in the standings this week coming in No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll.

I
know technically the rankings do not mean anything, but they speak
volumes. The 9th place ranking is the highest ever for Butler and not
only that, but we are ahead of three in-state rivals: IU (12th), Notre
Dame (18th) and Purdue (23rd).

That’s mighty Butler with just 3,900 undergraduate students in the top-10! Go Dawgs!

That
puts me in some pretty elite company including Smoky the Volunteer,
Jack the Bulldog (Hoya), Pouncer the Tiger, and Joe Bruin…just to
name a few.

The name is Butler Blue II, boys, and the Bulldogs are playing for keeps. See ya next month!

Blue II

A Day in the Life

As promised, here’s a run-down of my typical day…

7:00-7:15 a.m. – My parents get up and out of bed…I don’t move.


8:00-8:20
a.m. – My dad literally picks me up out of bed and sets me on the
floor. I then do my best to try and wake up and open my eyes. From
there, I groggily make my way through the house, (usually I try to
detour towards my bed in the living room) to the garage and in the car.
There’s lots of eye blinking and blank stares during this process.


8:20-8:30
a.m. – On the 7-10 minute drive to work, I typically just sit in the
front passenger seat of the car and just stare out the front window and
shut my eyes a lot. If I’m really tired, I’ll just climb back to the
back seat and put off the reality of having to wake up and face the
world. (Note: On weekends, I can be asleep by 9 p.m. and still have to
be woken up by 11:30 a.m. the next day. I’m that good.)

8:30
a.m. – Time to make my way into to work. This is where I take care of
business, if you know what I mean. From there, it’s on into Jordan Hall
and down to the office.

8:35-9:00 a.m. – I get my work day
started by making my rounds through the office. I go visit people, look
for some good rub-downs, massages, and any handouts. Once I see who has
reported for duty, etc., I head back to the office I share with my dad
and I see if dad has put out my food and water. Sometimes I dig in
right away and sometimes I save it for later…depends on what time I ate
the night before and how I’m feeling.


9:00
-11:30 a.m. – This timeframe can involve a number of things, most
likely of which includes napping. I also like to bark at my co-workers
until they are forced to play with me, shred boxes, go “potty,” show
off for visitors and students, etc. By lunch time I’m usually starting
to wake up.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – My dad takes his lunch hour
sometime within this two hour period so whatever he does usually
dictates what I do. Sometimes I just hang out in the office with him as
he eats at his desk. If he goes to workout at the HRC, sometimes I join
him there or I might stay back, and there are times when we get to go
run errands like visit the bank and such.

1:30-5 p.m. – More
sleeping, barking, playing, visits from students, faculty & staff,
and at least one more potty break. Also, more meetings with colleagues
as you can see by Kyle Smith and I discussing some paperwork below.
It’s a dog’s life!


5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – HRC
time. Most days my dad heads back over to the HRC for another workout.
I’m cool with the HRC. They have a cage behind the control desk for me
to hang out at, and I have toys and a water bowl stashed there as well.
Depending how much I slept that afternoon determines my mood there. My
favorite part about the HRC is getting to go on laundry runs with the
student workers. I love that elevator! It’s like magic. To have legs
like mine and be able to skip the stairs is pure bliss.

7-8 p.m.
– Dinner time at the Kaltenmark residence. If it’s a tough day, then I
crash on the living room floor or on my bed. If I’m hungry, I’ll see if
anything falls on the kitchen floor while they cook.

8-9 p.m. –
I try to squeeze one last play time from my parents. Lots of barking,
dragging my blanket and toys around the living room, etc.


9:00
p.m. til bedtime – I am sound asleep in the living room, either on the
couch, my bed or on the floor. My parents have to turn up the TV to
drown out my snoring. Just before bed, they’ll do their best to wake me
and get me to go potty one last time. It’s a chore for them and me.
After that, my dad lifts me up on the bed and the rest is
history…another day in the books.


I guess that pretty much sums it all up. It might sound kind of boring, but remember, I’m a dog. Not bad, huh?

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. “