Monday, April 5, 2010

Go Blue!

For those of you just joining the Butler bandwagon, welcome aboard. Many of us have been Butler fans for quite a while, but it is definitely nice to have our ranks swelling for the past couple of weeks.

All of us at would like to say,


I would love to say that we knew this would happen, but this is almost beyond comprehension at this point. It is going to be a nerve-wracking evening, but this is going to be a night to remember for all Butler fans and alumni.

Nothing like a good ol' David versus Goliath battle for the championship. It is scary to think that the last time a team that was not from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 or SEC won the tournament was 1966. 1966! So it's been 44 years since a non-BCS team has won the finals and since 1979 that a non-BCS team has even been in the finals (Indiana State).

As Slut pointed out in the comments, I erred in my statement above. I forgot about UNLV's championship in 1990. Although, as Slut also pointed out, they were fashioned to be a basketball factory and ended up getting caught for several violations. Butler is anything but that.

I cannot find the article that I looked at over the weekend, but they skipped UTEP/Texas Western and went back to 1963 and Loyola (Ill.) as the last non-BCS school. Oh, well. Shame on me. Feel free to point this out on another blog. You know, bad writing about bad writing about bad sports writing.

It will be interesting to watch the game tonight. Butler is essentially playing a home game as the majority of the crowd will be rooting for the Bulldogs (or rooting against Duke). I think most writers have dropped the Cinderella tag by now, but Butler has not really worn the Cinderella crown for several years. They have established a program that focuses on the team, not star individuals, and the right mentalities. The team adopted the Colts mantra of "the next game." The next game is the only thing to focus on. Not the big game three of four games up the road. Not winning the championship before the first round game. Always the next game.

Well now we've reached the summit and that next game is THE game.

"GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Side Note: This could the last entry for the vast majority of us at as we may all suffer deadly heart attacks, brain aneurysms or nervous breakdowns while watching tonight's game. If so, we would like to thank all of our readers (or reader) over the past couple of years. Should we survive, we look forward to screaming about a Butler victory.

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Blogger Slut Bunwalla said...

Small correction...the last team from a non-power conference to win the NCAA Championship was UNLV in 1990. I was thinking about this Saturday night and did the same thing you did (namely, forget UNLV) and then I heard it mentioned on a sports talk radio show. Shame on me, indeed!

But if Butler somehow pulls off the upset tonight, it's still much different than UNLV's title, since UNLV was turned into a basketball factory that later was found guilty of recruiting violations. Butler is far from a powerhouse, even though the Bulldogs have been pretty good for the last decade or so. But I don't think Butler will ever be confused with a basketball factory.

Oh, yeah...GO BUTLER!!

April 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Zinglebert Bembledack said...

Well, fuck me! Thanks for pointing that out, Slut.

You know, I looked over the fucking list of championship results and totally missed that. I think I saw UNLV and my brain saw UCLA, since they are all over the list.

April 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

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