Posted by: Annie Whittaker Jazzbot Blogger on January 31st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’m excited about tonight’s game because I think this is where the team breaks out of the slump. I think the sixth man will be the home crowd. I have expectations about the level of play from each of the men on the court and on the bench, and likewise my expectations for the home crowd are for the best effort possible.
To be honest, the last home game I went to had boring half-time entertainment and lackluster announcing from the in house promotions guy. The Bear didn’t seem up to snuff for the performance that night as well. Maybe he had the same cold that I’ve had for the last four weeks. That’s gotta be different tonight. The Bear is such a spark plug for the crowd sometimes, and tonight he has to perform out of his head. I hope people get to the game on time and cheer for our team before the second quarter starts too. For people that hate the Laker fans so much, I find it perplexing that they seem to have such similar habits as that crowd. It’s not as if none of us know where the arena is, or how much time it takes to drive to Salt Lake! (As an aside, I was in Disneyland all last week, and I can’t tell you how many Laker’s Championship banner baseball caps and t-shirts I saw. Especially the day after the Laker beat down of the Jazz. Needless to say, I left my Jazz hoodie sweatshirt at the hotel that day. Not because I was embarrassed to wear it, but because I didn’t want to give reason for them to start with the whole Laker Fan routine in front of the children).
None of the guys on the Jazz are terrible players. That’s what’s been so maddening about the losing stretch. Confidence has been a word on everyone’s tongues from the players to the announcers on TV and radio. Our crowd has to show confidence in our team as much as they have to exude it personally. We know that they are great players, and showing that by cheering the great plays and not throwing out the boos so easily will go a long way toward stomping down the bad funk. And by bad funk, I mean that as a comparison to the Salt Lake City air quality, not the music genre that would include “Brick House” or “We Got the Funk.”
Yes, I think tonight is the night. But it’s going to take a Herculean effort from all of us. The “lack of confidence” molehill has become a seemingly insurmountable mountain. But it’s all in our minds. Those of us watching at home need to send positive vibes to the ones in the arena. Those in the arena need to yell, support and cheer like it’s a championship finals game. No matter the opponent. And if none of that works; well it just has to.
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