Sunday, June 5, 2011

Best of the Guest Generals: The Butler Bulldogs

In 2010, another group of underdogs set the world on fire during the NCAA Championship tournament with upsets against Syracuse, Kansas State and Michigan State. Their 25 game winning streak ended when they lost the championship game to Duke by a close score of 61-59.
No strangers to being the underdogs themselves, having been in that position since 1953, the Washington Generals took note and in April of 2010, Red Klotz issued a press release announcing that he signed Butler seniors Willie Veasley, Avery Jukes and Nick Rodgers to a one game contract as Guest Generals. The three were aloud to play because with the season over, they had used up all of their college eligibility.

The three Bulldogs were announced as they came out to the court to a thundering applause, which is most definitley a unique reaction for anyone to get when wearing the Green and Gold.

Unfortunately for the Generals, the Butler trio of players, who were on the court at the same time, didn't have a great showing. They scored only 1 basket by Dukes, three missed shots by Rogers, and a 2-for-2 performance at the free throw line for Vasley. . I don't know if it was nerves, the unusual situation of having to deal with Special K's unique brand of trash talk, or just an off day. On the up side, they weren't confused by the weave, get doused with confetti, served by a Globetrotter dressed as a grandma, and all three left with their pants still firmly around their waist.

The Globetrotters won the game with a score of 70-51, a much bigger gap then the Generals usual defeats, implying the Generals might have simply had a bad day all around. Regardless, I think all three would agree that a game against the Harlem Globetrotters was a great punctuation mark to an amazing final season for Veasley, Jukes, and Rodgers.

Some footage from The Bulldog's time in the game



CLICK HERE FOR ESPN'S PAGE 2's COVERAGE OF THE GAME!

CLICK HERE FOR A STORY ON BUTLER'S WIN AGAINST MICHIGAN!

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