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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 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

 

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

Checking In With My Parents!

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending the weekend with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark in Wabash, Ind. You see, my parents get
into this Indy 500 thing…in addition to working at Butler University,
my dad also works on a part-time basis for Vision Racing, so he’s
really busy on race day and my mom, well, she’s busy tailgating and
watching the race, so that kind of leaves me out. That’s okay, grandma
and grandpa have come to my rescue once again.

I skipped town
with the grandparents on Friday so I decided to check in yesterday and
send my parents an email to let them know what I had been up to while
in Wabash. My grandpa helped me get the message below all typed up and
sent…

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just want you to
know that things are fine here at Grandma’s house. These old folks
don’t play with me as much as I would like, but they try to make me
happy from time to time. I am not confined to the living room, but I
spend most of my time there.

Grandpa took me to the hardware
store this morning so I could meet Chris Kramer’s (Purdue University)
grandpa. People there were really impressed with me. One lady walked in
and said, “That’s the dog I see on TV all the time.” She called me a
movie star. A teenaged girl who works there said I was so ugly that I
was cute. I don’t know where she got the ugly part.

Grandma
& Papa went to some senior open houses this afternoon. One of his
football players asked Papa if he had baby-sat for me recently. Papa
said that I was at his house at that very moment. I wonder if some of
those football guys will come see me later. I liked going to their
practices with grandpa back in the fall.

I have a new trick I
like to pull on Grandpa. I acted like I need to go potty. When we get
outside I head straight for his car. Grandma thinks I’m homesick and
miss my Mommy.

By the way my barking gets an immediate response
from people around here. It is easy to get their attention and get what
ever I want.

Hope you’re enjoying your time at the track. I’ll be watching the race tomorrow in hopes I can see you.

I’ll be home Monday morning.

Love,

Blue

So
as you can see, staying with the grandparents is definitely all it’s
cracked up to be…treats, attention, car rides and getting really
spoiled. It’s a nice break from the normal routine.

I hope you
will join me in watching the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500
today. It airs live on ABC at 1 p.m. (ET) and it should be a great
show. Remember to cheer on our driver, Ed Carpenter, driver of the No.
20 Menards/Vision Racing car…it’s bright yellow and easy to spot.
He’ll start 10th in his 5th Indy 500. Ed is a 2003 Butler grad and a
good friend. Go Bulldog (Ed)!

Ladies and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES!

Blue II

Jeremy Piven – The Next Addition to my Wall of Fame

You may remember back on January 30 I
mentioned in my blog that I was so busy and booked with appearances
that I might want to employ the services of a manager, and not just any
manager, but the infamous Ari Gold of HBO’s Entourage.

Well, on Thursday of this past week, I did jus that as Ari Gold made a visit to Butler University.

I suppose that in a fictional world I would have made it happen and I might have even been on the next episode of Entourage; running around with Vince, Eric, Turtle and Drama.

But this is reality, and in the real world, the famed actor who plays Ari Gold, the Golden Globe winning Jeremy Piven, came to campus on Thursday in support of presidential candidate, Barack Obama.


If you are unfamiliar with Piven’s fast-talking and often vulgar mega
agent role as Ari Gold in Entourage, then perhaps you may remember him
from such movies as PCU, Old School, Black Hawk Down and Smokin’ Aces.

Jeremy
spoke in the Reilly Room at Atherton Union and got in and out before I
could catch him, but I was able to track him down out in the parking
lot to “hug it out” and pose for a quick photo. He was very welcoming
and was quite complimentary of me.

Of course, Jeremy’s no
stranger to the English Bulldog, after all, he’s been spotted around
Hollywood with a bulldog pup of his own and he attended Drake
University…also the bulldogs.

A special thanks to Jeremy for
posing for pictures and for being so cordial. I will get some pictures
from the encounter uploaded on the blog very soon.

In case you missed it, Butler Bulldog and
NCAA men’s college basketball all-star, Mike Green, was honored this
past week with two national awards: the Chip Hilton Award and the
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.

Not to mention, Mike also played
in the DiGiorno College All-Star Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio
on Friday. In addition, fellow senior guard, A.J. Graves participated
in the 20th Annual State Farm 3-Point Championship; making it to the
semi-finals.

Congratulations to both of those guys…I’m going to
miss you both next year. Hey Mike, now that you are done with Butler
basketball, can I get a play date with your doggie, Miss Hoops Green?!

Sorry
it has been a while since my last post. I have been busy making rounds
with my on-call medical staff. I met with Butler grad, Dr. Kurt
Phillips on Wednesday at Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind. for a check-up on my ear infection. The infection is gone,
but there’s still some bacteria in there so I got some special
antibacterial wipes for that. I also got my nails trimmed while I was
there.

On Thursday morning I got to visit Dr. Deborah Stephan at Indianapolis Veterinarian Specialists in Castleton. She took a look at my eyes and found that they were too dry so I got some ointment and drops for that.

It
was great to go to the vet…I love it! I got lots of treats, love and
great care. A special thanks to Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stephan, as
always, for their great support of me and Butler!

This weekend
has been a lot of fun for me. I got to go to Wabash, Ind. to stay with
my Grandma and Grandpa Richards house for the occasion of my cousin
Andrew’s birthday.

I got to ride the four-wheeler for a while
which is one of my favorite things. It had been since last fall since
I’d been on the four-wheeler and I was ready…so much so that when I
heard it, I ran outside and even jumped up on it myself!

After
my four-wheeler ride and went over to Andrew’s house where his Grandma
and Grandpa Dinkins had their dog, Pete. I had never met Pete before,
but we hit it off really well and played very hard.

Talk about a
perfect weekend…the spoiling of grandparents, four-wheeler rides and
play time with fellow four-legged friends. What’s not to like?!

I
have another busy week ahead of me. Monday I have a H.S. Junior Preview
Day with the Office of Admission and a video shoot for the ButlerRising Campaign.
Tuesday I have a freshman recruitment party for the College of
Education and a Rotary Club meeting down at the Scottish Rite
Cathedral. On Wednesday and Thursday I will do my usual thing and on
Friday, I have another early registration event.

I’ll keep the blog updated with the aforementioned fun this week. It should be a good time!

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