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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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A Smiley Morning Show Investigative Report

 The audio from my radio appearance yesterday morning on the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL-FM
99.5 is now available. I was on from 7 – 8 a.m. to discuss the case of
the missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes. Well really I let my dad do
most of the talking.

In
case you are wanting a visual of the stuffed bulldog that I adopted and
mutilated while I was in studio (just listen to the audio and you’ll
hear it referenced quite a bit), here’s what it looks like today…

Anyway,
today I’m back on campus and drumming up support around the country to
find these missing mascot costumes. But, I’m hearing rumors of the
costumes actually being somewhere on campus. I won’t name names or
locations just yet to proctect the innocent, but I may just have to go
check it out!

Stay tuned,

Blue II

The Search (and Publicity) for the Butler Bulldog Mascot Costumes Continue

 Another day is in the books, and still no missing Butler Bulldog mascot
costumes have surfaced. I can’t say that it isn’t for lack of effort on
my part that these costumes have yet to be found. From internet
campaigns to morning radio shows, I did my fair share of hitting the
beat today.

This morning my dad and I did an hour-long stand on the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL-FM,
99.5. Milk Bones to Dave Smiley (pictured), KJ (pictured) and Weedman
for having us on the show. It was a great segment that included an
investigative report by Smiley, heavey breathing and barking from me,
commentary and the facts from my father, and a call-in phone interview
with Marion County Prosecuter, Carl Brizzi.

I
expect to have a link to the audio from the radio interview in the near
future and once I have that, I’ll be sure to post it here for all to
listen.

Then while I was doing my radio gig, my good buddy Brad Ward in the Office of Admission was
simultaneously uploading a video he shot and edited of me looking
around campus for the mascot costumes. You can scroll down to my
previous post from today to watch that or visit Blue2Tube at www.youtube.com/butlerblue2.

Evidently that video prompted our rivals and fellow Horizon League member, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
and their mascot Phlash to do a costume hunt (video below).
Unfortunately, their exhaustive search produced no results and thus, it
has been determined that the Butler Bulldog costumes are not in Green
Bay, Wisc. Thanks for looking anyway, Phlash!


The
story continued to generate attention in the media/news again today. It
even got some national coverage! Keith Olbermann (pictured) of MSNBC
picked up the piece and ran it in his “Oddball” segment on his
Countdown show. You can view that here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/#26649166
Locally, it received a follow-up story in The Indianapolis Star.
In fact, it was front and center with a color picture in the
Metro/State section. Here’s a screen shot of that in case you missed it:


You can read the article here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008809100352

It’s worth a quick read and it brings up some quick points of note/clarification.

First,
the Butler Bulldog mascot costume is NOT named “Butler Blue,” or
“Blue.” People (students, university officials, media) have used that
name quite a bit in the last couple of days and I think that’s what’s
generated most of the frantic calls to my parents from friends and
family that think I’ve come up missing.

The name “Butler Blue”
first came about in 2000 when Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel,
Lizton, Ind., donated Butler Blue I to the university. “Butler Blue”
was the name that received the most votes in a “name the new live
mascot” contest and thus the reason why I’m known as “Butler Blue II”
today.

So I just wanted to take the opportunity to clear that up.

Also,
at the end of that Indy Star story, it reads, “The new costumes could
arrive as early as Nov. 1, Tuell said. Until then, students will have
to rally around the school’s other mascot, a real live bulldog known as
Butler Blue II who does not dance.”

Well just call me “Blue II
the belittled!” I’m so sorry that the university only has this mangy
old mutt to serve as mascot for the next several weeks. Sure, I might
not be able to dance, but I do have a fine repertoire of tricks and at
least I do not smell like B.O.! Last time I checked, many colleges,
universities and high schools have a costumed mascot, but only a
fortunate few have the privilege of having the real thing to represent
their school. The condescending Heather Gillers is on my list!

Oh
well, as long as it continues to make the news, well then I’ll continue
to shamelessly stump for the cause online, on-air and wherever I can.
We just couldn’t buy this kind of coverage otherwise! I can’t say
exactly why media/news outlets keep covering the story. I’m sure there
are lots of reasons, but if it distracts us for just a moment from
political campaigns, hurricanes, oil prices and foreign fighting, then
I suppose it serves a purpose.

I would be remiss if I didn’t
mention that I attended another home volleyball match last night in
historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. After all, I am the only mascot we have at
the moment so I’ve got to make the rounds. My good friend Mike Freeman
took me out on the court for starting lineups in our matching against
the Sycamores of Indiana State University. I had a great time and I
even came home with a mini-volleyball (pictured) signed by all of the
Lady Bulldog players!


Below is some footage from the event…


Good times! I am definitely ready for my first home football game on Saturday!

Be
sure to check back to the blog often for more info, updates and news
regarding the search for the missing mascot costumes. In addition, text
“follow butlerblue2” to 40404 (Twitter.com) for daily updates from
yours truly.

Blue II.

The Case of the Missing Mascot…. Continues.

If you live in or around the central Indiana area, then chances are by now you’ve heard the APB put out for the mising Butler University Bulldog
mascot costumes. In addition to the University’s own announcement, the
local media outlets have latched on to the story as well and ever
since, my parent’s phones have been ringing off the hook with calls and
texts asking if I’ve gone missing. Below is a look at some of the media
coverage…

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/SPORTS0605/809090408


WTHR: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8970750&nav=9Tai
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974236&nav=menu188_2

WISH: http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974277&nav=menu35_5

Word on the street is Dave Smiley from the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL 99.5
is going to have my dad on air this Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, to
discuss the matter and to clear up any misconceptions that I have gone
missing.

Obviously, since I’m dictating this blog to my dad
right now, I haven’t gone missing, but the suits worn by my two-legged
counterparts have seemingly walked off campus. So, the search is on for
the specially designed suits.

I lent my support in an effort to
quickly recover the costumes. In addition to offering my voice for the
University announcement, I also threw in a bone as a part of the
whopping $100 reward.

Seriously, $100 is all they could come up
with? What is this, Bozo’s Grand Prize Game? “You get a crisp $100
bill, a year’s supply of Archway Cookies and a brand new 10-speed
Schwinn bicycle.” Seriously? I’m a dog and I realize that $100 and a
bone leaves a little something to be desired.

It appears that AOL Sports agrees with my assesment: http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2008/09/09/butler-wants-its-bulldogs-back-cheaply/

Perhaps
we really don’t want them back? After all, they were getting a little
rough around the edges and the smell that permeated the air around them
wasn’t exactly that of roses. Still, they are unique and a part of
Butler’s history so it would be nice to have them back.

The
costumes are approx. nine years old, so they’ve lived a full life. My
dad was one of the first to wear them as he was one of the men behind
the mask when the university got them his sophomore year. Prior to
that, my dad tells me they had a very old and crusty mascot costume
that was actually designed by Disney.

Well, it looks like I’m
going to be extra busy for a while since I’m the only mascot that
Butler has at the moment. A new costume will take about 6-8 weeks to
make and will cost well north of $10,000. Hopefully the university will
act now so we can have the new costume by Homecoming on Oct. 25th.

Speaking
of being extra busy, with all of the students back to campus and the
classes in full swing, my social calendar has definitely picked up.
Besides all of the additional love, attention and cat calls that I get
when I go outside to take a walk or relieve myself, I have also been
attending several receptions, social gatherings and athletic events.
Last week I attended the first home volleyball game in a very hot and
steamy Hinkle Fieldhouse and this weekend I will be hitting up the
first home football game of the season as well.

In addition, to
the game itself, Saturday will be a busy day for me. In the morning
I’ll be at Hinkle Fieldhouse to help kick off the Dick Lugar Run and to
do a live TV appearance with WISH-TV. After that I’ll hit up the annual
Ovid Butler Society Gridiron Brunch which
is a pre-game tailgate for OBS members. Then, once all of that is done,
I’ll run the undefeated Butler Bulldogs out to battle in the Butler
Bowl to take on Franklin. By Saturday afternoon I’ll be so exhausted
that I will voluntarily be practicing my “dead dog” trick on the living
room floor.

This past weekend my parents went off to Illinois for the final IndyCar Series race
of the season, so of course I went to Wabash, Ind. to stay with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark. Staying at the grandparents is always
fun b/c in addition to the extra attention, I also get to sleep in, go
on walks and typically get plenty of ice cream. While I was there this
time, my grandpa, the old college football player and long-time high
school coach taught me some football fundamentals in preparation for
Saturday and the rest of the season.

Granpa K. set up my teddy
bear so that he was holding my football. Then he would set me up and
taught me how to tackle through teddy to knock the ball loose. After
that, he showed me how to pounce on the football to regain possession.
I loved every second of it and I happen to think that I’m pretty good
at it…like Bob Sanders (pictured below) good. My dad said that he’d
try to get some video of it in the near future so you can see it for
yourselves.

While
my pops works to get my football prowess captured on film, this week we
just have more video of me playing with my best friend, Kirby! That’s
right, Kirby has returned! You may remember that Kirby and his mom,
Jessica Butler, had moved to Minnesota after Jessica graduated from
Butler. Well, Kirby’s mom has since joined the Indiana Pacers’ staff
and thus, Kirby has returned to Naptown!

As soon as he got in
town, he stopped by campus to see me. Although, I think Kirby was more
interested in checking out campus than playing with me, as you’ll see
in the video, but it’s all good. I was just happy to have my friend
back.

video

In
Bulldog Beauty Contest news, we have 13 Bulldogs, one Boston Terrier
and one Shih Tzu signed up so far for a total of 15 dogs. Last year we
had over 60 dogs attend so we are well on our way. Susan Smith of City
Dogs Grocery has been working with us and Eagle Pack Pet Foods to get
some great participant prizes and giveaways all lined up as well. It
shaping up to be a great event. Additional details are available in my
previous blog post below. To sign up your dog, just email me at
blue2@butler.edu.

Well, I think that’s about all that I know for
today. If there are any breaking developments in the case of the
missing mascots, I’ll be sure to post a new blog with additional
details. Until then, keep your ear to the ground and if you stumble
upon them, then notify the authorities!

Blue II