Four Reasons Why Butler is better than Duke

Willie Veasley #21 of the Butler Bulldogs drives for a shot attempt against the Michigan State Spartans during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos-Pool/Getty Images)

Regardless of what happens during the NCAA championship game Monday night, you will not be able to convince me that Duke is better than Butler.

What?! Dude, are you crazy?! No- well, at least not yet; stay with me.

Anyone can succeed when you are expected to do so. There is nothing special about that; nothing unique. It’s like telling Peyton Manning not to complete a pass. Some things are as inevitable as death and taxes. For an institution like Duke to win a basketball game one might as well call the IRS.

On the other hand, Butler is a team that people are okay with acknowledging as talented and good, but are slow to include them when talking about the best teams in the nation. After an impressive run of 25 wins it will not matter whether or not the Bulldogs win. Fans will remember the remarkable group of kids from a small private school in the Midwest that challenged the norm long after they will another (expected) Duke championship.

Anyway, I digress. On to the five reasons why Butler is better than Duke:

1. Robert the Bruce: relive Braveheart and talk in a funny accent while enjoying this Scottish Ale from the Three Floyds Brewing Company. A malt lover’s delight, crystal and roasted malts give this beer its enticing aroma as well as its commanding taste. At 6.5% ABV, it will take at least a few before someone starts shouting, “Freedom!”

2. The First Edition American IPA from the People’s Brewery: the Rock would be proud to down a few beers as well as a few elbows at this lovely little establishment. Their self-proclaimed aggressive use of malt and hops make this beer a must for the above average beer drinker (Duke Fans need not apply).

3. Midwest IPA from the Back Road Brewery: to get to a lot of places in Indiana you are better off taking back roads. The Back Road Brewery does their own take on a traditional IPA with their Midwest IPA. Chinook and Columbus hops give this brew a distinctive grapefruit-like taste that hop heads love!

4. The Rabbid Rabbit: this is not an homage to Glenn Close and Fatal Attraction, but another of the many great beers put out by the great people at the Three Floyds Brewing Company. Released in March, this Franco-Belgian style Farmhouse Ale is both sweet and tart giving it an easy sense of drinkability. At 7.4% ABV, it will not take too many of these beers before you too are foaming at the mouth.

In case you have not figured it out yet, yes, I am basing my decision that Butler is better than Duke strictly off of beer. I dare you to try all four and say I’m wrong. Go ahead; I dare you.

Go Dogs!!!

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