Posted by: Annie Whittaker Jazzbot Blogger on March 21st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s been over 3 months now and finally I’m feeling like myself again. You see, up until now I have had some form of illness since before Christmas. It’s been a long many months. Finally recovering has enabled me to come to a new epiphany. Now that I feel “normal” I can see the difference between normal and feeling like I had been flattened by a steam roller. At the time that I felt flattened out for weeks on end, I didn’t realize how rotten I really felt then until I started to feel better. I’ve probably come to this state of mind many other times after recovering from far worse things, but as a human, I think I and many other humans tend to forget how bad it really was. If not, how would our human race have continued to be perpetuated through history? I’ve been told by many female relatives that they had forgotten how bad it can really get when considering having another child. I think we all eventually kind of forget just how awful we feel at certain times, and this is a good thing.
Now, my hope for next year is that we all forget how sick or Jazz team was. How, like my course of several illnesses all overlapping the beginnings and ends of each other, the team was plagued with injury after injury followed by turbulent change followed by more injuries followed by even more emotionally violent change, topped off with more injuries and bad news. If basketball fandom is anything like human physical experience, we will all be able to eventually come to the mental place where we feel Normal. And maybe, just maybe we’ll all forget how truly awful we felt and we’ll settle back into some semblance of our previous comfortable spot as fans of the Utah Jazz.
For now I think that’s all the comfort I can offer. I don’t have my heart set on the Jazz reaching the playoffs, but I still cheer when they make strides as a team, when Big Al does what he’s been doing, when Paul Milsap explodes in a game, and when our rookies impress. Who knows, maybe things will all converge for the remaining regular season games and we’ll reach the playoffs. But more realistically, all I can say is keep taking those antibiotics, you will feel better when the sickness is finally gone.
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