Butler Blue 2 - Lift off cleared for Houston

ButlerBlue2_2011FinalFourMask With a win over Florida on Saturday, Butler reserved their spot at the Final Four in Houston. The team will go, but what about Butler Blue 2, their live Bulldog mascot who has not been able to attend the tournament games so far? 

via Twitter, @ButlerBlue2 announced after the game: 

"I am pleased to announce that the NCAA has officially declared me FREE to attend the Final Four in Houston. #freeButlerBlue2 is retired!"

Though he will be there in person,there is also a spiffy Butler Blue 2 mask available to print and wear. (The original Butler Blue 2 masks, sans astronaut helmet, were available in the earlier rounds of the tournament so Butler fans could support their team with Blue's likeness.) 



Bleacher Report: Power Ranking the Mascots of the 2011 Sweet Sixteen

RichmondSpider2011Denver Vin Getz breaks down the mascots of the 2011 Sweet Sixteen with clever, sometimes informative, write-ups for each one at Bleacher Report.com.

A few tidbits I learned: 

*Disney designed the Hink costume for Butler. Correction: Just found a Butler.edu article that said current Hink cosumes designed by Street Characters. Maybe stolen ones were designed by Disney. 

*The Richmond Spiders got their name from the baseball team's spindly legged pitcher back in 1894. 

Kudos for including the mascot couples: Albert & Alberta Alligator from Florida and Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat from Arizona. For whatever reason, the Albert and Wilbur perfrom solo duing basketball games. 

A few oversights: San Diego state recently added a costumed jaguar, Zuma, to add levity to the Aztec Warrior. However, I don't see Zuma on the sidelines during the UCONN game right now. Maybe there's an NCAA rule that allows only one mascot. Goofy NCAA mascot rules

Also, from what I understand, Florida State's Chief Osceola only appears at football games. (Can any FSU fans confirm that?) 


2011 Sweet 16 Merchandise!

Student mascots don't fear the cheer - USATODAY.com

WASHINGTON — Mascots can't two-step together at the men's NCAA basketball tournament. So how is it we call this the Big Dance?

via www.usatoday.com

Hink the Bulldog and Roc the Panther were chastised for a mascot dance-off during the Butler v Pittsburg game this past weekend. Not only does Erik Brady's USA Today article recap the rule-breaking, it goes behind the scenes with Hink, Roc and Jonathan the Husky from UConn, giving us a glimpse into mascot life. The reality TV show can't be far behind. 

Who Let the Dogmasks In?

What's up with the Bulldog masks at the Butler vs Old Dominion game? Students of Butler will have these masks supporting Butler Blue 2, their live English Bulldog mascot (not to be confused with Hink, the costumed Bulldog mascot) isn't allowed at the game.

Blue 2 will not be at the game due to an NCAA rule that only allows live mascots at the Final Four, where was he last year when Butler almost beat Duke. Not doubt he will be tweeting  @ButlerBlue2 and posting on his Facebook page during the game.