Bernstein: Butler Has Become Annoying

By Dan Bernstein

If the Butler Bulldogs win the national title, will they please leave?

It makes no difference to me which team cuts down the nets in Houston tonight, and which team’s cheerleaders drip tears down their logo-stickered cheeks. Whichever.

But something has to make this stop. It’s two years in a row, now, of the same, forced story, and it has officially reached the point where there’s nothing more to be said about the little school that could and all their wholesome, awesome, all-American wonderfulness.

I have nothing against any of the individual players, coaches or fans, since I don’t know enough about any of them to formulate such feelings. I haven’t bothered to find out much more than has already been shoved down our throats – the mainstream media feeding-tube fattening us like French geese with tales of humble Hinkle Fieldhouse and the latest, plucky cast of under-recruited kids that nobody else wanted.

Congrats. My liver is foie gras. Harvest it before I flip on the game tonight. Enjoy with a Sauterne or a Chateauneuf du Pape, depending on your mood, and the preparation.

At least VCU had the common courtesy to exit the stage just as they were crossing into overexposure. Their wacky bandleader and midget point guard were fun and cute, and their coach spazzing out on the floor was worth a chuckle, and it was enough. They can go back to wherever, and Shaka Smart can get a big job with a big school for big money.

Here’s Butler coach-bot Brad Stevens on why they are just so gosh-darn good:

“It’s a values-based organization driven by a mission and a vision like every other business in the world or every other collective group in the world,” he said. “I think it begins with selflessness, and certainly accountability is very important, humility is very important. You kind of go through those founding principles.”

Not nauseated yet? Ok, wait…it gets better.

“The only way we address ‘The Butler Way’ with our team is in this regard: People know they’ve seen and felt something special, they just can’t put their finger on it.”

I can. It’s the “mute” button. Just play the damn game and shut up. Make shots, play defense, take care of the ball, hit your free throws.

I’d be happiest if both teams lost tonight, really, since there’s little at all to like about Jim Calhoun’s dirty program, save for its ability to churn out a steady stream of decent NBA talent. The night will end with somebody being called the National Champions despite the fact that not a single person believes it’s actually the country’s best college basketball team.

Butler makes the final four again, makes the finals again, and the same stories are churned out, again. Didn’t we do this already? It’s all the trite, warmed-over pap from a year ago that’s just being re-run with a couple names changed.

Underdog to a powerful opponent, Indiana basketball tradition, wet-behind-the ears coach untainted by the evil around him, easy parallels to “Hoosiers,” we get it.

Win, fine. Lose, fine. Enough.

The Butler Away.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein has been the co-host of “Boers and Bernstein” since 1999. He joined the station as a reporter/anchor in 1995. The Boers and Bernstein Show airs every weekday from 1PM to 6PM on The Score, 670AM. Read more of Bernstein’s blogs here. Follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.
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  • Paul Johnson

    Pleeeeeeeease…….Your negativity about everything is a bummer. I try to listen to your show because sometimes you guys are really funny, but mostly you guys just make me feel like slitting my wrists. college ball negative, cubs negative, sox negative, bears negative, Do you like anything but the bulls coach and derrick rose? Enough already.

    • TB Diddler

      What’s the point of liking anything other than Derrick Rose and the Bulls?

      • Jay M.

        Another poor writing performance by Bernsie…….when will Bernsie ever go away. We get it. He tries to get rating by being a jerk, but majority of time he comes off as the idiot. Are we suppose to be impressed by this article? Bernsie….write, fine, quit, fine…enough. Go away

    • Kalo

      You need to get laid, dude.

    • Murphfan1138

      He hates pretty much anything that a large majority of sports fans get behind.

      To Jay M.: It works. Just look at the number of comments for each of his blog entries. The comments on one DB entry far outnumber the rest conbined for an entire month!

  • Jaimie in Hoffman Estates

    Wow!!? Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed Bernsie? How can you not like Butler? Thats totally Unamerican!!

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      I think if Bernsie ever woke up on the right side of the bed too often, he’d be out of a job.
      This is a guy who can criticize Mom and apple pie (Mom didn’t make the pie tart enough etc. etc.)


      “why does anybody hate ‘a MEHR ic ca;” we’ve done nothing wrong.”

  • Dawgman

    It wouldn’t be annoying if we could get rid of useless writers who keep writing about the same thing because they have no immagination.

  • Jaimie in Hoffman Estates

    Lol, your wright LHA, he must; wake up, lay in bed, and think how can i p!ss off the listeners today, and get idiot callers to call in and challenge me?

    • Dawgman

      He has listeners too, I don’t even know who he is. How about all those great IL teams. Oh wait a minute, there aren’t any.

  • VeveJones007

    OMG, did Brad Stevens really say that pile of bull? That’s a complete joke. I absolutely hate it when coaches make themselves out to be great molders of young men. You’re coaching them to play a game. Act like it.

  • bkbroiler

    Bernsie shouldn’t be writing. Even he admits on the air he can’t think of anything worthwhile to type most days. He needs to go back to being an unbiased observer, rather than a Bulls/Bears/Sox homer.

  • General Soreness

    Who cares ? College sports are so damn boring.

  • scott

    Bernzy is becoming the bitter old man today. Think of Butler as the Omare’s of college hoops.

    • pulseczar


      I’m envisioning a mutant combination of Olindo Mare and Amar’e Stoudamire. Regardless, I don’t understand what/who Omare’s is supposed to mean.

  • bkbroiler

    Dawgman is right on. Bernsie’s own profession is the reason for his negative feeling on the thing. If he doesn’t like it get out of sports talk and see if he can pull down that salary somewhere else. What a hypocrite.

  • Scott

    Antisemitic comments are uncalled for.

    • AT3374


    • Jay's Insulin Pump

      Correction: Antisemitic comments are USUALLY uncalled for.

      You’re welcome, jews.

      • Chet Coppock

        Hey, that attitude got me suspended!

      • Harry Teinowtiz

        I’m gong to be off suspension soon! Excited!

      • Marc

        And a horse..

      • Jay's Insulin Pump

        Simple yet effective. Nicely done.

      • Murph


  • pulseczar

    Sometimes the truth is negative. Deal with it.

    So, today his opinion is negative. What about this specific passage is definitely wrong that has so many people seemingly offended? I’ve watched absolutely 0 seconds of March Mehness so I dgaf anyway.

    • pulseczar

      typo… definitively

    • bronzo

      Well Czar you have missed some pretty good basketball games if that is the case.

      • pulseczar

        That’s neither here nor there. What about today’s entry is so wrong that so many people are taking issue?

        Seems every other day a vocal group of respondents take issue with either DB’s topic or his stance on the topic. I just want to know what it is today.

      • bronzo

        Czar I was responding the fact that you said you haven’t watched 1 second of the tournamnet. Again I think you missed some great games. My comments on today’s entry are below…I think dan is dead wrong. It’s not their fault that the media keeps asking the same questions.

    • Ed

      There is nothing specifically untrue about anything in this blog post. Dan is usually smart enough not to put any factual inaccuracies into his blog posts. The problem people are having I think is that going into the tournament everybody else prepares themselves mentally for this type of story. They understand that you aren’t going to get the best players in the championship, and are more curious about the overall narrative.

      The reason Butler is put on a pedestal is that when a mid major gets to the final 4 it is the anti – one and done mentality that so many people dislike. It gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling on the inside, makes us feel good that doing things the “right way” will make you successful.

      But if you start with the opinion that you do not like or care about this kind of story the tournament in and of itself is the wrong kind of event for you. It is specifically geared towards those that don’t care about the objective quality of basketball they watch. This means that Dan shouldn’t even watch the tourny. I don’t even mean to sound harsh, but this is like if I waked into a rated PG disney movie and complained that the action scenes weren’t realistic enough even though every 12 year old in the theater is loving it.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Excellent analysis Ed.
        For example, the ND/U-con game last night in women’s hoops was a great story.
        The quality of basketball is not to be confused with Bulls-Lakers, but it was wonderful to see Geno the arsehat lose.

  • pulseczar

    wth does his religion have to do with anything? That’s as inanely baseless as someone saying your post is the reason why he/she hates people named Josh.

  • Dawgman

    I just found out who he is, the reason why I just spent $800 for a lifetime of XM radio.

  • William Blanchard

    If ever there was an expert on annoying, it’s Bernstein!

  • Larry

    The chippy little school going deep into the tournament is the new model now or, at least, a new model for success. You can do well with a one-and-done super-stud, but, as the name implies, it is done after one and you have to find a new super-stud. Used to be a school like Duke that would succeed by recruiting lesser talent but get them to stick around for 3 or 4 years. The team continuity made them regularly tournament-viable. Now that Duke and its ilk are cup-of-coffee stops like all the other big schools, the model shifts down a notch or 3 to Butler, VCU, and whatever other school you never heard of until a year or 2 ago. If a college hoops imbecile like me can figure out that Butler-style success has gone from something novel to a pretty common trend, why can’t the people who make a living covering the game?

  • bronzo

    Give me a break Bernsie you are dead a$$ wrong on this. Butler is a good story. What’s not to like?? They play good basketball,hiut their free throws and graduate everybody and as far as I know have never beeen under NCAA investigation.

    Just because they don’t put people in the NBA every year dan doesn’t like them?? The reason he answers those questiion is because reporters ask them!! He’s in the NCAA final 2 years in a row for goodness sake?

    • Denver Deadite

      “Just because they don’t put people in the NBA every year dan doesn’t like them??”

      That truly seems to be the crux of it.

      I’ll say it again: I don’t know why Bernstein watches college sports, because it’s obvious that unless it involves players he thinks he knows will be playing in pro sports the following year, he hates the college game.

      Hell, even if players are going to the pro level he hates it. He shouldn’t have a Heisman vote, he shouldn’t watch the NCAA Tourney.

      And he sure as hell shouldn’t make an arse of himself commenting about it.

      • bronzo

        Yes Denver we agree…I don’t know why Dan even watches the Tourney? And as far as Brad Stevens..What has he done wrong ?again people are going to ask him questions about his program …I find nothing wrong with his responses, Dan finds them annoying ‘warmed over pap” ? What does want him to say?

    • fsfwannabe

      You hit on it in your last sentence. It’s not really Butler that’s the problem but a lazy media that can’t come up with a way to report this that isn’t demeaning to everyone’s intelligence.

      To extrapolate from Berstein’s bigger playbook on college basketball, it’s annoying to him that a Butler team that really isn’t all that good is in the final. I agree with him on that, but it’s not really Butler’s fault that there weren’t really that many good teams in college basketball this year.

      • Likquid Swordz

        I completely agree. In fact, blame the “bigger” programs for not exhibiting their superior talent and coaching when it mattered most.

        The media sappiness should be expected when a seed lower than 4 gets into the Sweet 16. Its part of the deal these days. I would think someone as “smart” as Dan would realize this

  • War Machine

    Typical B&B schlock. Take the main story in the nation, and disagree with the overwhelmingly common opinion, and act like everyone who believes in the common opinion is an idiot. B & B are so smart they see through the ruse that everyone is falling for. It is the foundation for their act.

  • JAWS

    Let’s see …. Coach too squeaky clean = hate him. Coach too slimy dirty = hate him.

    Got it.

    • bronzo

      Cheers to that Jaws..exactly!!!

  • Ed

    I understand that Bernstein has commented on media coverage before but this just seems forced. It is in no way shape or form difficult to avoid the Butler coverage outside of when you actually watch the game. If Dan had a problem with specific players or Brad Stevens I would understand but there isn’t even a tradition of hypocrisy with this program for him to hang his hat on this time.

    Yes Dan, we all know, accept, and for many LOVE the fact that the “best” team will not win the championship this year. And guess what. Its going to happen again next year, and the year after that, and after that. You really do need to just avoid the tourny and keep it out of your sports world if this doesn’t sit well with you. If you can get over that just sit back and try and enjoy a sporting event that gives us a decent David and Goliath story.

    • bigtime sucker

      if the coach stevens didn’t oversell the fact that he is david, it probably wouldn’t be a problem. if he came out and said, “we are here because we executed our plan better than everyone else, we are here because our defense was shutting down the opponents and we didn’t waiver from our gameplans.” i don’t think bernstein would have a problem with it. it’s the over extended hyperbole, the stupid quotes, the networks shoving david down our throat that dan has a problem with. here’s the thing with me: they deserve to be there. they did out execute a bunch of really good teams. their defense is pesky and agressive and stay within their plans. they play solid basketball and have JUST ENOUGH playmakers to make a difference. if people don’t want them in the national title game, DON’T INVITE THEM TO THE TOURNAMENT. the beauty of the tournament is all games on neutral courts, even playing field and you have to execute to win. butler did, others did not.

      • Marky Mark

        I think this is more the point of this column than what others are commenting on. It’s not that Dan doesn’t like Butler, but that he’d rather they give an objective view on why they made it to the championship game, rather than all the David vs. Goliath, Butler Way garbage.

        As you say, they just out-executed all of the teams they’ve played. Plain and simple. There’s no other real reason why they’ve made it this far.

  • bobstone

    Bernstein knows “annoying.” He sees it every morning in the mirror. If he wants less Butler coverage, he can watch ESPN. They’re more than happy to give you non-stop coverage of UConn and all things east. Actually, I think his dislike for Butler has more to do with them having too many white players on the team.

  • Denver Deadite

    The most pathetic thing about this article is that Bernsie would still be b!tching if it were Duke.

    So, F You, Bernstein.

  • SPeeps

    Dan Bernstein is right. Why?

    Beacause he is DAN FREAKING BERNSTEIN!

  • Mr. Pouty Pants

    Really? People are surprised Dan wrote this?

  • The Vicious Hang-Wiff-'Em

    I’m wondering what’s Bernstein’s favorite moment from MLB opening week, so far.

    Mine is Pete Rose’s outfit.

  • AT3374

    “it has officially reached the point where there’s nothing more to be said about the little school that could and all their wholesome, awesome, all-American wonderfulness”

    100% agreed . I have no interest in watching this propaganda tonight , but I’m not the target audience so it matters little what I think . Same holds true for you Bernsie .

    • bronzo

      I’m sorry but I don’t get what ‘propoganda” is in regards to Butler actually winnig basketball games. Yes the network will sell the whole David story but what do you expexct the story line to be?

      They beat everybody they have plaed thus far….Their target audience is sports fans…watch the commercials …Bud light Bufflao Wild wings..etc

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