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Butler Blue 2 retires
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 9, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
College basketball players come and go, and as we sadly accepted Saturday, mascots do, too. Even our favorite furry ones.
Butler’s English bulldog Blue 2 retired after seven years as the school mascot. In a “Changing of the Collar” ceremony that took place at halftime, Blue 3 — “Trip” — officially replaced Blue 2 as the program’s active mascot. Trip will take over all celebrity appearances and the pre-game good-luck rub. Blue 2 will still be around — both dogs are owned by Michael Kaltenmark, Butler’s director of web marketing — but the elder Blue will be taking a backseat to the new pup.
It’s a sad day for mascot lovers everywhere. Blue 2 barked and growled his way into our hearts during Butler’s Cinderella NCAA Final Four run in 2010, and he’s stayed there ever since through his always-engaging social media presence, which has included Ustream videos of Blue 2 laying around and being perfectly adorable.
The good news? Blue 3 is equally cute and even a bit more feisty than his predecessor — he barked at his canine comrade at center court during the retirement ceremony. Looks like our mascot needs may be met after all!
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