Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Thank Heavenly Father it's over....

The jazz played their last homegame of the season last night. Before tip-off Larry Miller apologized for the foul stench of jazz basketball this year. Well, he didn't exactly apologize, but that's how it came off.

I know we've been spoiled by 21 consecutive winning seasons but this team really stunk. I don't think it's a problem that can be explained away as a young team who's learning lessons, blah blah blah. There are some deep problems that need to be addressed or this team could easily slip into Clipper-ville. Priority numero uno: a point guard. I would say "Go ye and get Bogut", but that's not going to happen.

So, as we prepare to watch another playoffs without the Jazz, I ask of all at INFDL: what should be done?

Noah has an answer: Sean, I have the answer to all your Jazz problems: become a fair weather fan. This was the policy I chose to adopt back in mid January and it has served me admirably. Think of Jazz fandom as a gangrenous limb. You used to love that leg or arm. You thought you couldn’t live without it. But now you must “cut it off lad and be whole!” If you don’t . . . you could follow in the path of so many Golden State Warrior fans and suffer years and years of relentless shame and humiliation.

You’d be far better off if you skipped watching any games for the next few years (or, who knows, maybe decades). Just check the box scores from time to time and cluck softly, or curse bitterly under your breath. And then, when they begin to win again, go out and buy a ton of Jazz gear, paint your car purple (the true color of the Utah Jazz) and tell everybody how much you suffered through the bad years and how you always knew they’d be back.

This is what I intend to do.

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