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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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Summertime BLUEs

Summertime BLUEs was just a play on words. Get it? It’s summertime, my name is Blue, there’s the famous song “Summertime Blues,” and I needed a title for this thing. Anyway, my dad thought it was a good idea. Sometimes I just do things to humor him.

It’s
not really the blues that I have, but just a bit of frustration. Why,
you ask. (I’m assuming you would ask, anyway.) Well, it all stemmed
from a stroll down the front hallway of my favorite campus building,
Hinkle Fieldhouse.

If you’ve ever been to Hinkle Fieldhouse (and
if you haven’t ever been, then you should make a point to do that some
day) then you know that the hallways feature very large team pictures
of the various sports, etc., for the given academic year. I’ve been
fortunate to be featured in some of those pictures and I hope to be
again soon as I’m always up for that sort of thing.

Well I
noticed that this year’s cheerleading picture was up, but something
about it was amiss. Front and center there happened to be a live
English Bulldog, and while the face staring back shared a resemblance,
it didn’t quite appear to be my likeness.

I
couldn’t believe my eyes! If I had opposable thumbs, I would have given
them a rub. Instead I stood their panting, speechless. I couldn’t even
bark or muster a growl. I had to look back at my dad just to a.)
confirm what I was seeing and b.) make sure I hadn’t been replaced!

But
there it was and there it is, for all eyes to see for one whole
year…another bulldog other than myself posing with the squad. It was
“impermissibull,” “inexcusabull,” and “intolerabull!” How dare another
bulldog try and impersonate the official mascot! I mean, the very
thought of it sounds absurd.


But it happened and I’m not going to name any names or call anyone out.
I just hope steps are taken so it doesn’t happen again. I mean, I know
I sleep a lot and have a busy schedule, but university requests,
including photo-ops, take priority and I’ll do whatever I can, within
reason, to make myself available.

Sure, my feelings are hurt,
but at the end of the day, something like this just makes Butler look
silly. I mean, otherwise, what would be the point of even having me
around in the first place? You think that the University of Georgia
would allow me or any other English Bulldog to fill in for UGA? I don’t
think so. It’s UGA, or nothing. Of course, we’re talking about the
mascot that has an air conditioned dog house and a personal golf cart.

Regardless,
you get the idea. Clip Art bulldogs and generics are for places like
Brandywine Elementary School, no offense. Well, that and Ferris State
University. Yeah, I said it.

Sure,
technically Butler and I represent the entire breed, but I’m not
willing to share duties or the spotlight unless it’s at Homecoming and
we’re holding the Bulldog Beauty Contest. (Shameless plug for my
dad…sign up now! October 25th. www.butler.edu/homecoming).

Believe
it or not, this isn’t the first time that this has happened. The last
two times our men’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Sweet 16, the Horizon League has created some really great posters (see below) in honor of the achievement and has even had them placed in USA Today!
Unfortunately, they did not use Blue I or myself in those instances.
Again, we’re available and images of our likeness are on file with the
Office of University Relations.



They are actually really cool posters, I just wish myself and my
predecessor would have been a part of them, but enough about all of
that. After all, there’s nothing I can do about any of it now, so I’ve
moved on with my summer and have been enjoying every bit of it.

I
do apologize for not posting on the blog for some time, but my dad’s
been busy and as you know, I’m at the mercy of his fingers. For my
parents, there’s been work, home projects, parties, IndyCar
races and camping. That means I’ve been busy with work, sleep, running
around in the yard and frequent trips to Wabash, Ind. to stay with the
grandparents.

A couple Saturday’s ago I even got the green light
to play in the sprinkler! It was everything I remembered and more. I
couldn’t get enough.

If you’ve checked out my YouTube site recently then you’ve probably already seen the videos, but if not, check out BlueTube.

Speaking of refreshing, beat the heat, activities, I also got to enjoy
my very own popsicle the other day as well! Thanks to the Office of
Admission and their BU 101 family picnic, I was not only able to take
part in the festivities and meet our prospective students and families,
but I also got to get in on the frozen treat cooler. I needed it as the
temperatures were into the 90s that day. My dad picked out a purple
popsicle and then arranged for a couple of ladies to feed it to me. I
thought I had died and gone to a very warm heaven!


At Butler, besides bulldog imposters and hot picnics, it’s just been
much of the usual. Random stuffed animal destruction (see below), naps,
camp photo-ops (see below), appearances and trips to the HRC fill my
days. It won’t be long now until all of the students return and campus
really comes to life again. I’ve noticed many of the student athletes
already on campus preparing for their seasons, including some of our
newest members of the men’s basketball team. They’re looking pretty
good!



Okay, that’s probably plenty for now, so wrap this up I’d like to give
a shout-out to Napoleon, a fellow bulldog in Michigan who saved several
kittens from drowning in a lake. You can read all about it here: http://www.kutv.com/content/news/topnews/story.aspx?content_id=18c2a21e-2294-4480-af61-c45fdd059ece. Nice work, Napoleon!

Would the real Blue II please stand up,

Blue II

A Tough Loss, Tomorrow’s Leaders and the Former First Daughter

Unfortunately, the Butler University men’s basketball season came to
a close yesterday afternoon as our Bulldogs were defeated in overtime
by the University of Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA
Tournament by a score of 76-71. It most assuredly wasn’t our best
showing on the court this season, but one thing is for certain, like
true Bulldogs, our team never gave up…they fought tooth and nail to the
bitter end, an end that came all to quickly for this mascot.

In
spite of the tough loss, the boys had an incredible season totaling a
school-record 30-wins and only four losses, including a Great Alaska
Shootout Title, Horizon League regular season and tournament
championships and the team’s highest ever national ranking of 8th.

Thus,
this team made me, Butler Blue II, the most decorated Butler mascot in
school history with regard to men’s basketball. Not only did I witness
our first 30-win season, but that added to my overall record of 92 and
39 since the 2004-05 season. Of the games that I’ve actually attended,
I am 49-8 and in the NCAA Tournament I have a record of 3-2.

In
appreciation of the team’s efforts, I was present at their arrival back
to campus on Sunday night outside of Gate 1 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. It
was a bit of a somber affair, but the students in attendance did their
best to let the team know just how proud of them we were. Like so many
of our teams in the last several years, they made us proud to be
Bulldogs and they helped to put our school on the map.

For a video of their return, visit BlueTube at: www.YouTube.com/butlerblue2.

The
hangover of defeat was heavy on the hearts of those on campus on
Monday. There was just no way around the sadness so I retreated to my
cage on Monday morning to sleep it off. I just wasn’t ready to see the
season end and I guess David Letterman wasn’t either: http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/03/25/david-letterman-thinks-butler-deserves-another-chance-against-te/

Monday
night was bath time as I had to get prepared for my big day today. I
started off the morning with a trip to Pine Tree Elementary School in
Avon, Ind. There my dad and I visited eight classes between
kindergarten and third grade. We read books to over 250 kids and handed
out my READ posters and bookmarks to the teachers and students.


Actually, I let my dad handle the book reading while I took care of the “looking good” part. We make a great team.


After that it was back to campus to rest up for my next big visit with
former “First Daughter,” Chelsea Clinton and actor Sean Astin, better
known as “Rudy, ” or “Mikey” from The Goonies or son of Patty Duke.
Take your pick.

Both
were on the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic Presidential
hopeful, Hillary Clinton. Keep in mind, I don’t do politics, so I could
care less about their background, their beliefs, policies, experience,
etc. I just ask that people register to vote and then do so on election
day.

Sean was really excited to see me, saying something
like “This dog is awesome!” But for as much as Sean was impressed, I’m
not so sure Chelsea was all that awestruck. Perhaps she’s still partial
to Buddy, the former First Dog, God rest his soul.


We all posed for a quick photo-op before Sean introduced Chelsea in front of a packed Starbucks cafe in Atherton Union.

Tomorrow
I get to visit with more of “tomorrow’s leaders” only this time on
Butler’s campus as those young students participating in the College
Mentors for Kids! program will be coming to campus.

Of
course, Thursday is my fourth birthday and the Butler University
Student Foundation is inviting all students, faculty, and staff to
Starbucks from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to celebrate my big day. There will be
free cupcakes and treats, pin-the-tail-on-the-dawg, and other fun games
and prizes.

I’m not sure all of that is necessary, but I’m happy to oblige.

I’ll
report back after the big birthday bash with a full commentary on the
event and the day itself. Here’s to hoping I get something good present
or two!

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

In the Spotlight

 

An anonymous reader asked, “Blue, I think you are adorable!! I’m
sure with a job like yours you get invited to do all kinds of things…
What have been some of your most exciting moments in the spotlight??”

Great
question! The first few years on the job haven’t been dull, I can
assure you, but most of my time in the “spotlight” has been of the
local variety. Although, I’m looking to make my big break this March in
San Antionio, Texas for the Men’s NCAA Final Four. Coach Stevens, members of the basketball team, if you’re reading this, see what you can do to help me out. Okay?


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 (pictured),
greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my “tricks” during
a timeout at center court (pictured), or serving as the halftime
entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer
tecniques, 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. (picture below by Claire Corbin Photography)

I
also make appearances at university/campus events for University
Advancment, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. I’ve been used
in class presentations, atttended press conferences, and black tie
galas (pictured). At the press conference to announce the hiring of
Butler Athletic Director, Barry Collier,
I let out a loud bark during the middle of that event. I’m not sure
what came over me, I just felt like letting the media and attendees
know that I approved of the hire.

Oh
yeah, and there’s Butler’s Homecoming activities too, where last year I
hosted the “Family Fun Fest,” and the annual “Bulldog Beauty Contest
presented by the Ovid Butler Society,” as well as had my own Corvette in the parade.

I’ve
also been known to be a bit of a media hound too. From TV, to radio, to
newspapers, to magazines, to the internet, I’m blowing up! It’s not
uncommon to see my mug on the local Indy major network affliates when
they cover Butler basketball highlights after a game.

I can remember one time Dave Calabro of WTHR NBC Channel 13 (and
Butler grad) was doing a live shot from Hinkle Fieldhouse before a home
game. He wanted to get me on camera, so going to a break, he rolled a
basketball (one of my favorite things) on the floor for me to attack. I
didn’t disappoint. It was so funny that he featured it on his “Check It
Out” spot in the 11 p.m. broadcast. Guess you had to be there.

This past month I did get some national TV exposure as well as I made a couple of appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

This season and last you can hear me on the radio broadcasts of the men’s home basketball games. Those can be heard at WXNT AM 1430. That’s me barking for the Ovid Butler Society and Bulldog Club commercials.

I’ve also made two or three appearances in Indianapolis Montly, with my most recent coming in the Feb. 2008 issue, page 100. No issues of Dog Fancy yet or Time’s Dog of the Year yet, though.


I’ve been in the newspaper quite a few times including this past Sunday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star. I also make appearances in Butler’s student produced paper, The Butler Collegian.

Okay,
that’s all I can think of right now, but now that I think about it, I
need to renegotiate my contract! That’s a lot of stuff I’ve done in
just under four years. My stock is hot, baby! Get Ari Gold (pictured) on the line, I need some representation!

I’m
sure there’s more that I’ve done, times I’ve been the center of
attention, instances where I stole the show, etc., I just can’t think
of them. If your reading this and something comes to mind that I didn’t
cover, then use the “comments” section to share.