Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
One of the best “What I’ve Learned” editions of all time belongs to legendary basketball coach and fellow Hoosier, John Wooden. You can read that here: http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/learned-john-wood-0200?src=nl&mag=esq&list=nl_enl_spt_cel_032310_john-wood&kw=ist
“What I’ve Learned” is so popular that Esquire devotes one whole issue a year to feature, in addition to what appears every month. It’s the first thing my dad turns to when his monthly subscription to Esquire Magazine arrives in the mail. He likes people, he likes the spoken work, he likes the printed word; “What I’ve Learned” is right up his alley.
So, for my sixth birthday I thought it was as good of time as any to debut a “What I’ve Learned” of my own. After all, I’m like 42 in dog-years and given that the average lifespan for an English Bulldog is 8-10 years, well, I’m getting up there! It’s time to share, “What I’ve Learned.”
(Birthday information follows below.)
Butler Blue II: What I’ve Learned
Mascot, 6, Indianapolis
The infamous Butler University mascot, now six years-old, on being a dog, The Butler Way, and Blue III.
Cliché, or cheesy, that’s how some people describe “The Butler Way.” That’s fine, but the core of its message you just can’t get sneeze at…especially in today’s society.
The Butler Way...demands commitment, denies selfishness,accepts reality, yet seeks improvement everydaywhile putting the team above self.
You ever hear the saying, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason?” Yeah, same here, only I can’t articulate with that mouth. My intuition is second-to-none and ohhhhh, if this dog could talk!
My mind is like a steal trap. I never forget.
When people make over me and really get down on my level for a good scratching, it’s really therapy for them. They’ll say that it’s all about me and giving me the attention I deserve, and there’s some truth to that, but those are the people that truly find my presence therapeutic as well.
I’m not for everyone. I get that. Some people just aren’t “dog people.” And frankly, some people aren’t for me.
“Dog people” are some of the most compassionate people that walk the earth.
Butler has not always had an official live mascot. They’re getting better at it all the time. I’m constantly training them. The question remains, how will they honor me when I’m gone?
The power of sleep can never be underestimated.
George Clinton once said, “…nuthin’ but the dog in me.” He must have been a dog in a previous life. He knows.
The entire Butler family will forever be indebted to the university’s current president, Dr. Bobby Fong. Love him or hate him, the man has vision, and has been a true leader behind the university’s growth and success.
Bobby Fong will leave Butler better than the way he found it. I hope I’m so fortunate.
I was born for this job. Refer to the saying that “not all bulldogs are created equal” for proof.
I’ve embraced the role of mascot and it has embraced me.
A lot of people and businesses have generously offered their care, goods and services for my well-being. If only I could tell them how much it means to me.
From my behavior and conduct, to my blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., I’ve done my best to self-promote, pull my weight, and shine in my own limelight. However, it’s the acceptance of the Butler community and the success of the university that has truly made me the mascot that I am today.
My breeder mentioned something to my dad about Butler Blue III coming on the scene in a few years and suggested I’d make a good trainer/mentor. I suppose I’ll be up for that when the time comes. It’s my duty.
I will embrace death knowing that I lived as full of life as a dog could live and hoping that my legacy takes on the likes of Paul Bunyon or Chuck Norris.
My parents will be a wreck when it’s time for me to meet my maker.
The English Bulldog might be the most misunderstood breed of all time.
The success of the Butler men's basketball team won't last forever. People need to realize just how rare and exceptional all of this is. I'd like to tell our administration, our alumni, our fans , our faculty, our staff, and even our players to take every advantage of it, but that's putting it too lightly. Just look at the likes of UCLA, Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina these days. We're not even half their size either, thus making our situation all that much more precious. Carpe diem, Butler University. Carpe diem.
All ships rise because of our basketball success, even academic programs. Those that can't get behind it are missing opportunities of their own and shared greatness for the university.
Living is running the football team onto the field. Living is running across the basketball court to grab my bone from the Dawg Pound. Living is destroying a basketball in a matter of seconds. Living is riding in my tail wagon. Living is devouring ice cream. Living is being loved and loving right back.
Just when I think I’m calling the shots, my dad reminds me who is the “alpha dog.”
“Bulldogs ever do or die.” Butler Bulldogs of all ages, races and creeds; take heed!
Well, I hope you liked my take at Esquire’s ever-popular “What I’ve Learned.” Hey, Esquire, if you’re reading, feel free to pick this up and run it in your next issue. Might be timely if the Butler Bulldogs make it to the Final Four!
As for my birthday, well, I turn the big six on Saturday, March 27th, but we’re celebrating on campus this Friday, March 26th! http://www.butler.edu/buconnection/staff/?p=19824
The Butler University Student Foundation (BUSF) is inviting the campus community to Starbucks from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for “Blue II's Birthday Bash!” There will be free cupcakes and treats, photos with yours truly, fun games and prizes. Be sure to stop by and sign my birthday card or you can color your own special message for me!
All students, faculty and staff are invited to come out and show their Butler spirit in celebration of my sixth birthday!
Other than that, get your game-faces on because tomorrow our beloved Butler Bulldogs fifth-seeded men’s basketball team will take on the number one-seeded Syracuse Orange in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, tomorrow (Thursday, March 25th) at 7:07 p.m.
For more information on the game and viewing parties, visit: http://www.butler.edu/alumni/events/athletics/men
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
You see, they have their listeners create their perfect top-10 playlist, then invite them to the studio to record it and tell the other listners just why it's perfect for them.
Given my role with Butler, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and the fact that Butler is in said tournament, the station thought it would be a good idea for me to create a special NCAA Tournament edition of "My Perfect 10."
So my dad and I made our way to Indy's Entercom offices and recorded the intros for "My Perfect 10."
You can hear this live, on the air, on Wednesday, March 17th at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 21st at 7 p.m.
But, in case you miss it, I've included "My Perfect 10" and the reasoning behind selecting each song, below...
Blue II’s Special NCAA Tournament Edition “My Perfect 10” Playlist – March 2010
10. “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
The Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team has achieved a lot in my tenure and even before my time, including a couple of Sweet 16 appearances, several NCAA tournament bids, some conference championships, and most recently, an undefeated run through the entire conference season! And after all of that, we’re still not satisfied. No, until we take six consecutive wins in the NCAA tournament and bring home a national championship, well, we “still haven’t found what we’re looking for!”
9. “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges
It’s time to select the teams for your NCAA Tournament bracket, and well, “I Wanna Be Your Dog!” Plus, we’ll need all of the positive energy I can get when the Butler Bulldogs are on the court. So whether you’re a Butler grad or not, we’ll gladly adopt you to the litter, and we hope you’ll have us as well.
UPDATE: No. 9 has since changed to "Hound Dog" by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and most likely performed by Elvis Pressley. The song may revert back to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges if the station can track down a better quality recording by that time. If not, "Hound Dog" will have to do. And, I suppose it's appropriate given that I am quite the "media hound" this time of year!
8. “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton
“Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat? Nothin’ but the dog in me!” No truer words have ever been spoken, at least in my world. George Clinton knew what he was doing when he wrote this diddy. Heck, Snoop Dogg made a whole career by sampling beats and lyrics from this track. After all these years, it’s still funky and it’s still fresh. So anyway, when someone questions why you picked the Butler Bulldogs to go all the way to the Final Four this year, just tell them, “hey, it’s nothin’ but the dog in me!”
7. “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive
“Takin Care of Business,” that’s what us Butler Bulldogs do and have been doing for some time now. In the last 14 years alone in men’s basketball we’ve had twelve 20 win seasons (five consecutive), eight NCAA Tournament appearances, two Sweet 16 appearances, three NIT appearances, nine regular season Horizon League championships, six conference tournament championships and now, a 20-0 undefeated record in Horizon League play. We start our practices before the sun comes up and win games by night...”we be takin’ care of business every day!”
6. “Hey Bulldog” by The Beatles
Look no further than the title of this song to understand why it made the list. But, I must say, John Lennon’s barking at the end of the song gets a head tilt and hair raise out of me every time.
5. “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men
This is definitely the sorriest excuse for a song on this entire list, but I have to include this song in order to appease those cliché types who come to expect such things. If nothing else, it adds some comedic value to the list. I know I can’t listen to it without laughing…no Baha Men, I’m not laughing with you, I’m laughing AT YOU. Did they ever figure out who let the dogs out, anyway? Maybe they let themselves out, ever think of that?
4. “NCAA Basketball Theme” by CBS
Hear this track and you automatically think of March Madness. If this doesn’t get you in the mood to fill out some brackets, skip work to watch some hoops, and root for the underdog (and/or Bulldogs), then nothing will.
3a. “I Gotta Feelin’” by The Black Eyed Peas
We opened the 2009-10 season with the song and we’re going to bring it to a close with this song as well. We had a lot of “good nights” so far this season and we hope that there are just about six more left in us come NCAA tournament time. If you’re a Bulldog, then you’ve just gotta believe that any night we’re on the court, well, then “tonight’s gonna be a good night!”
*3b. “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy*
The old man and I like to cruise around town together with this song blaring... windows down, sunroof open, seats tilted back, his Ray Bans on, my tongue hanging out...acting like we’ve got all the answers. But come March, when I hear this song I envision winning a National Title and then looking at all the big schools, the so-called analysts, the know-it-all critics and just saying, “how you like me now?”
2. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
Lots of reasons to add this to this, perhaps the biggest reason being you can’t listen to it without getting pumped up. Take the reasoning a little deeper and you’ll find that the Butler Bulldogs aren’t unlike the jungle Axel Rose describes. We may look like cute cuddly Bulldogs, a la a pretty serene jungle, but cage us in the confines of a basketball court (especially Hinkle Fieldhouse) and you’ve got another thing coming. “We’re gonna bring ya to your na-na na-na na-na knees!”
1. “The Butler War Song” performed by The Butler University Marching Band
If you’re a Butler grad, student or fan and you know this one, then start clapping and singing along. Remember, “Bulldogs ever do or die!” So be loud, be proud, and GO DAWGS!
*We changed up No. 3 from “How You Like Me Now” to “I Gotta Feelin;” so that we could go with something a little more mainstream. However, you may recognize “How You Like Me Now” from those clever KIA commercials with the sock monkey, robot, etc. Look it up on YouTube.
Again, “My Perfect 10” will air on Indianapolis’ 107.9 FM at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Also, for more pics and info from my studio visit http://www.my1079online.com/ and click the "GAB" link.
Of course, I had a lot of help with this list which means that a lot of great songs were left off. So, it is my pleasure list all of the other song suggestions that I did not use.
There were some great tracks here, but not ones I decided to select. (In no particular order.)
"True Blue" by Madonna
"Bulldog Skin" by Guided by Voices
“The Best” by Tina Turner
“We are the Champions” by Queen
"Roundball Rock” by John Tesh
"Kick” by INXS
“Me and You and A Dog Named Boo”by Lobo
“Basketball Jones” by Cheech and Chong
“Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog” by Elvis
"One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston
“Old Blue”by The Byrds
"Let's Dance"by David Bowie
"Lean On Me" by The Club Nouveau Version
"We're Not Gonna take it" by Twisted Sister
"Gonna Have a Party" by Alabama
"Don’t Stop Believin’" by Journey
Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
“Winning” by Santana
“One of the Survivors” by The Kooks
"Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne" by Jim Stafford
"Let’s Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Jump Around" by House of Pain
"We Will Rock You" by Queen
"Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor
"One Shining Moment" by Luther Vandross
"Take It To The House" by Trick Daddy
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"Till I Collapse" by Eminem
"Run This Town" by Jay-Z
"Stronger" by Kanye West
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes
"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley
"Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G.
"Get Low" by Lil Jon
"Whipping" by Pearl Jam
"1901" by Phoenix
"American Girl" by Tom Petty
"In the Meantime" by Spacehog
"Can't Always Get What You Want" by Rolling Stones
"Can You Hear Me Knocking" by Rolling Stones
"This Time of Year" by Better Than Ezra
"Today" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Remedy" by Black Crowes
"Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band
"Big Pippin'" by Jay Z
“All Night Long”by Lionel Richie
"Theme from Hoosiers" - Artist Unknown
"We Will Rock You" by Queen
"You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
"R.E.S.P.E.C.T." by Aretha Franklin
"Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
"My Hero" by Foo Fighters
"Learning To Fly" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Reach For The Sky" by Social Distortion
"No Excuses" by Alice in Chains
"Like a Stone" by Audioslave
"Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check" by Busta Rhymes
"Sure Shot" by Beastie Boys
"The Distance" by Cake
"Song 2" by Blur
"Go With the Flow" by Queens of the Stone Age
"Amber" by 311
"Oceans" by Pearl Jam
"Angels Of The Silences" by Counting Crows
"So What’cha Want" by Beastie Boys
"Pay For What You Get" by Dave Matthews Band
"What’s Left Of The Flag" by Flogging Molly
"It Was A Good Day" by Ice Cube
"Some Might Say" by Oasis
"Everybody Hurts" by REM
"Road Trippin’" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Don’t Take Me For Granted" by Social Distortion
"Misery" by Soul Asylum
"Somewhere" by Soundgarden
"Big Empty" by Stone Temple Pilots
"6th Avenue Heartache" by The Wallflowers
"Say It Ain’t So" by Weezer
"Pay for What You Get" by Dave Matthews Band
"The Best of What’s Around" by Dave Matthews Band
"Breakout" by Foo Fighters
"The Distance" by CAKE
"Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" Daft Punk
"Heroes" David Bowie
"I Won’t Back Down" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
"Jump Around" by House of Pain
"Miracle" by Foo Fighters
"Times Like These" by Foo Fighters
"You’re the Best" – Joe “Bean” Esposito (Karate Kid theme song)
"TNT" by ACDC
“Young Forever” by Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson
“Human” by The Killers
"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
"Had a Bad Day" by Daniel Powter
"Sweet Smell Of Success" by Stranglers
"Never Say Yes" by Elvis Pressley
"Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis
"Winning it All" by The Outfield
"Win in the End" by Mark Safan (Teen Wolf theme song)
"Doggy Dogg World" by Snoop Dogg
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
"Blue" by Eiffel 65
“Diggin’ Up Bones” by Randy Travis
“The Winner Takes All” by Abba
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”by Stevie Wonder
“Everyone’s a Winner” by Hot Chocolate
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees
“Dream On” by Aerosmith
"Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"We Don’t Run" by Willie Nelson
"Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Hey Tonight" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Good Vibrations” by Beach Boys
Well, I think that's just about all of them...it's enough anyway. I'm not sure where some people's heads were at on some of those suggestions, but to each their own, I guesss.
I hope you liked "My Perfect 10" and enjoyed the intros for the songs as well. Don't forget, our Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team will be in action on Thursday, March 18th around 5 p.m. (ET) in San Jose as a five-seed playing the 12th seeded UTEP Miners.
Our women's basketball team will be playing in the NIT at Illinois State at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th.
For more information on the games, viewing parties, etc., visit http://www.butler.edu/alumni/events/athletics.
Happy St. Patrick's Day & Go Dawgs!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Twitter has been a great way for me to report on what I’m doing, in real-time, in addition to maintaining a dialogue with fans, followers, and fellow Butler Bulldogs.
I’d like to think I’m the best canine in 140-characters or less. The twitter-sphere is my new domain! Plus, keep in mind that my Twitter efforts won me a gold medal!
So if I’m going to continue to tweet-it-up I’d like to have more followers with which to share my experience. That said, I’d like to thank the 1,116 Twitter followers that I have as of 9 a.m., Monday, March 08, 2010. You are great fans and I certainly appreciate your support!
BUT, I want more! So I’m taking a page out of the “How to do PR” manual written by my friends at Vision Racing (@VisionRacing) and I’m starting my own Twitter contest in order to acquire more followers. Winners drawn from the eligible ballots will receive a free 2010 Butler Blue II Calendar (nine solid months still worth using!).
I’m going to select a winner for every 50 new followers that I receive. So I’ll do a drawing at 1,150, another at 1,200, again at 1,250; so forth and so on.
Whether you’re a current follower or a new follower, you ALL can be a winner. To be entered in the contest, you must be following me at @ButlerBlue2 (so I can DM you) AND mention @ButlerBlue2.
Do this and a ballot will be entered in your name to win a 2010 calendar featuring yours truly!
Want to increase your chances by earning a second ballot? Simply add a link in your tweet directed to either my blog (http://www.butlerblue2.blogspot.com/) , one of my YouTube videos (www.youtube.com/butlerblue2) , one of my Flickr photos (www.flickr.com/photos/butlerblue2), something on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/butlerblue2) or mention Butler University (@ButlerU).
And tell the “tweeple” about me if you think that I’m worth the follow.
Best of luck to all and remember, ALL entries are eligible for each and every drawing. So you should have quite a few chances at winning.
Again, thank you for your support and Go Dawgs!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Only this time, it’s the students of the Butler University Student Foundation (BUSF) that really deserve the credit (I only had a small paw in the matter) as they were recently awarded the Outstanding External Program Award at the CASE ASAP District V Conference for their efforts to include the campus and community in throwing a birthday party for me every year...also known as “Blue II’s Birthday Bash.”
They received the award on Feb. 27, 2010 in Bloomington, Ind. and were deservedly recognized in front of their peers.
Background info…CASE ASAP is comprised of student alumni associations, student foundations and similar organizations at more than 300 CASE member institutions. Its goal is to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement—from alumni relations and communications to fundraising, marketing and related areas.
The Outstanding External Program Award is given in recognition of “a program that is designed to involve more than just your organization such as your campus, alumni, and prospective students.”
District 5 includes schools from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. By winning at the district level, “Blue II’s Birthday Bash” will be considered for the national award for Outstanding External Program, which will be presented at the CASE ASAP Network Convention in Kansas City this August!
Congrats to our BUSFers and Go Dawgs!
If I do say so myself, the “Blue II Birthday Bash” (Fri., March 26, 2010; 11:30 a.m.) is a wonderful campus event and certainly one that I’m quite fond of given that I’m the center of attention! There’s usually a large card that students sign for me, tons of cupcakes and cookies and of course photo opportunities with yours truly! Besides the part where they make me wear the birthday hat, it’s great time!
And again this year, we are letting the kiddos (big and small) join in on the celebration thanks to a special coloring page. Feel free to download the coloring page, print it out, color it in, and send me your best birthday wishes too!
You can access the coloring page here: http://www.butler.edu/alumni/BlueBdayCard.pdf.
So outside of collecting more trophies and planning for parties, I’ve just been busy either making appearances, or making plans to make appearances. My social calendar is filling up so if you want to see me, try and hit up one or all of the following events: (all times ET)
-BU Green Screen Video Shoot- Thursday, March 4th, 3:30 p.m.; Jordan Hall.
-Horizon League Tournament Pep Rally - Friday, March 5th, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Circle Centre Mall food court.
-Horizon League Tournament – Saturday, March 6th, 6 p.m.; Hinkle Fieldhouse (ESPNU at 8 p.m.).
-Horizon League Championship – Tuesday, March 9th, 6 p.m.; Hinkle Fieldhouse.
-Bulldog Club of Indiana Show – Saturday, March 13th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Tipton Co. Fairgrounds.
-Eco Dawgs Video Shoot – Tuesday, March 17th, 2 p.m.; TBD.
-BU IM Basketball Championships – Tuesday, March 23rd 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Hinkle Fieldhouse.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Friday, March 26th, 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
-Blue II’s Sixth Campus Birthday Party – Friday, March 26th, 11:30 a.m.; Starbuck’s – Atherton Union.
-Butler Blue II’s Sixth Birthday – Saturday, March 27th, all day.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Saturday, March 27th 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Thursday, April 1st 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Friday, April 2nd, 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
-The Price is Right (game show) – Friday, April 2nd, 11 a.m.; CBS-TV.
-BU Biology Club Dog Show – Friday, April 16th, 5:30 p.m.; HRC Lawn.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Friday, April 23rd, 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Friday, June 4th, 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
-BU Admissions/Early Registration – Friday, June 11th, 9:30 a.m.; Reilly Room – Atherton Union.
And those are just the events on the schedule right now! I’m sure there will be more as the spring is always a busy time for me on campus.
Of course, you can typically spy on me any other business day on my live web cam (“Blue2TV”) as I hang out (read: sleep) in my Jordan Hall office. Feel free to tune in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on most days. Simply click here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-life-and-times-of-butler-blue-ii
Okay, I think that’s about it. Take aways from this installment include, my birthday, the coloring page, my calendar of appearances and my web cam. As always, my Twitter account will keep you posted on the rest of my escapades until the next blog posting.
May the month of March be exceptionally kind to the Bulldogs!