[quote=“Craftsy21, post:5, topic:863”]It means greater than everything.
They’re my favorite non-PSU team, although this year’s version doesn’t quite play the same style I admired when I first started following them closely.[/quote]
For me, Butler is like an underground band or great restaurant that you discover before everyone else.
I started following them really closely, and went to Hinkle for the first time, toward the end of my senior year in high school (2000-01). It was the year Matta was coaching them. I remember falling in love with the way they played…Thomas Jackson and Rylan Hainje were the best players on that team. They destroyed Wake Forest in the NCAAs. They were up something like 40-16 at the half. I ended up playing D-3 basketball after transferring from Penn State and Todd Lickliter’s nephew was our assistant. Meanwhile, I dated a girl who went to Butler. I went to so many games then right when they were really, really getting good, including driving on the spur of the moment to Albany to see them in the Sweet 16 (using a leftover ticket from none other than Brad Steven’s stash).
Funny thing is, the better they got, the more I sort of resented some things about the program…mostly how pretentious some of the fans could be. Now, I just get tired of hearing person after person after person saying that “the Butler Way” is the way the game is supposed to be played. I guess it has been the equivalent of having a favorite band sign a huge record deal and then seeing new people show up to watch them and tell you why they’re so great.
I work with a guy who has season tickets and it’s pretty nauseating hearing him talk about how great they are…though I’m sure to get under his skin by saying Butler would finish no better than fourth or fifth in the Big Ten.
But Hinkle Fieldhouse remains an amazing place to watch basketball…so Butler will always have that going for them.