Posted by: Annie Whittaker Jazzbot Blogger on January 24th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I jut arrived in sunny California and the first thing I wanted to do upon arrival was to write a blog post for the Jazz. We left at 4a.m. and drove straight through. I feel beat down, like a wrung out wash rag. Kind of like the Jazz’ play has looked for the past few games. I should probably feel like I relate to how the poor, tired out professional athletes feel right now. Except for a few small differences, we’re probably in the same boat feelings-wise.
Those small differences include the fact that I’m not getting paid to travel; it’s actually a losing prospect for me. Also, this isn’t the job that I get paid to do, it’s actually my vacation time. Oh, and did I mention that I’m not a professional athlete? Add to the list the fact that we spent 13 hours crammed into a car with only a couple of potty breaks. No chartered jet, no private bus transfers, and I can assure you there will be no room service.
Similarities include that I might feel like whining about the way that the other people in my group are behaving and my general demeanor after the long journey which might be politely described as a little rough around the edges.
I believe that every season I write a frustration post like this one, and it’s probably around the same time of year. Only this time, it feels different. The whining by the team’s leader, and the lack of confident play by men who make many thousands or millions of dollars per year has reached a dreadful feeling of permanence. It doesn’t feel like we can get out of this one. Maybe it’s just the anti-car-sick medicine talking, but I’m at a loss to describe any solid reasons for the way this Jazz team is playing right now. I hope that I’m just being a band-wagoner in a short-sighted moment of rant, but I’ll put it this way; I won’t break my neck trying to get back to the hotel room in time to watch the Laker game tomorrow, and that’s a sad first for me.
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