Unless you live under a rock you probably have heard that the Butler Bulldogs took down number one Indiana University in basketball yesterday. Instead of doing my typical blog about how much I’m proud to be a dawg, and how the game was so amazing, and how I cried, bruised my wrist (by hitting that instead of clapping my actual hand), hugging everyone after we won, and just smiling instead of yelling through the streets of Indy; I thought instead I would explain some things about what others have been saying about the game.
#1. We are not LUCKY.
It makes me laugh that everyone continues to say we got lucky against IU. That is not what happened. I won’t even go into consideration with the refs. Take out the refs. Look at the fact that a number one team with players considered as “all stars”, not only went to over time with us, took out three of our players from fouling out, and never got over a 6 or 7 point lead over us. Not to give respect to Indiana University, there fans have been waiting long enough for their comeback, but we did not get lucky. Yes in certain shots we got lucky, but our team works just as hard as IU does. Our team has players who have keys to Hinkle, because they put in the work on the court when no one is even there.
#2. Alex Barlow: Walk On.
I think Chase Stigall said it perfectly in the press conference after the game yesterday. He said something along the lines of I hate when people say he’s a walk on, he’s a player. I couldn’t agree more. Yes Alex Barlow was a walk on, but you can tell that he is not a walk on to Stevens he is a player, and many should realize that. Last year Barlow hardly ever played. This year I have gone to see him go from hardly ever playing, to play in games for a little bit, to starting in games, and to now making a game winning shot. Just like an article on CBS Sports said this is typical Stevens in winning bringing someone no one knows to make the shot. This is not typical Stevens, that’s just The Butler Way.
#3. It’s fine, you can still call us UNDERDAWG.
It’s fine go ahead and continue to call our team the underdawg, the Cinderella story, or the upset team. We have seen amazing wins all through two final fours and recently when beating UNC. We are used to being called the underdawgs, but in our mind we our top dawg, and we will battle until we win. The basketball team yesterday believed in themselves, they didn’t go in there with a cocky demeanor, they didn’t think they are “definitely” beating them, but they knew they had the ability to beat them. That’s the way it should be, no team should go into the game with the mind set “we are done, it’s the number one team” All teams should think “I’ve got this.”
In reality here’s a mini paragraph of what this post was going to be until I thought I should probably stop my obsession. I cried when we won. I also hugged everyone around me. I sang the Butler war song with alumni. I also left with my wrist already turning purple, and my throat hurting from yelling. Dawg Pound cheered Boiler up, to thank the Purdue student fan section for cheering us on as well. This may be a little harsh, but I couldn’t help smiling at seeing the faces of the IU fans after we won. Being from Indiana, especially going to a high school where majority of people go to IU, I couldn’t help but smile, because after hearing so much trash talking, I have kept quiet this whole time. I wanted things to play out on the court, words mean nothing, but action means everything. GO DAWGS.