Mascot Bracket: Butler Blue versus The Mountaineer
Butler Blue is the English Bulldog mascot that serves as the official live mascot of Butler University. There have been three bulldogs to bear the name. Butler Blue III (born December 23, 2011), also called Trip, has served since May 2013. He weighs 62 pounds and is distinguished by his red brindle and white markings passed on by his parents, Sire, Ch. Exact Classic Comet, and Dam, Kongs Sarah. Butler Blue II (March 27, 2004 – August 31, 2013) (often called simply Blue II or Blue) served from 2004 to 2013. He was known by the tagline “Butler’s Mascot, America’s Dog.” He rose to national prominence when the Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team made unexpected runs to the 2010 and 2011 Final Fours. Blue II was retired on May 20, 2013 and replaced by Butler Blue III.
One of the most beloved of all West Virginia athletic traditions, the Mountaineer first appeared at WVU sporting events in the late 1920s. Daily Athenaeum articles indicate that designating individuals to serve as the Mountaineer started as early as 1927. Clay Crouse was designated that year followed in 1932 by Burton Crow and then Bill Fahey. Others may have served. However, it was not until 1934-35 when trackster Lawson Hill was selected by Mountain that a more stable process was established. By 1937, the Mountaineer was being selected on an annual basis by Mountain. The Mountaineer is a member of the student body chosen by the Committee for outstanding enthusiasm, character, service to the community and academics. The mascot symbolizes the proud and rich heritage of the Mountain State and its people. However, the Mountaineer doesn’t just have responsibilities associated with athletics. The mascot is expected to appear at community and alumni events to promote Mountaineer spirit statewide.