Posted by: Ben Hoeksel on October 6th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
So, once again the general managers around the NBA vote the ESA as the best home court advantage in the NBA. And all of us know exactly why that is.
The state of Utah is a bit of an enigma in the sports realm. We have extremely good sports teams, but are perpetual underdogs. For example, our college football teams. Year in and out either BYU or Utah is a very good football team. Yet up until next year they have always been in a non-AQ league. It doesn’t mean they are any worse than the best teams of the country. It just means the odds are against us to be considered amongst the elite. I feel comfortable saying that the one other sport that brings out the rabidness of the locals in this state, is college football.
We have essentially one major sports franchise, in the Utah Jazz. We have Real Salt Lake who is a professional club, but in a sport that still is working to achieve the national notoriety of the big boys. We don’t have professional baseball, football, or hockey. We’re relegated as fans in this state to hitching a ride with a team in each of the major sports from other cities across the country. While it’s all fine and good to be a fan of teams from other cities, it certainly doesn’t bring out the passion that you get when your team isn’t representing something personal to you, such as your city or state, or alma mater.
Put this little scenario into a little bottle, shake it up, and what you get is the crowd at Energy Solutions Arena. We’re rabid, we’re noisy, and we want blood. We have the combined passion of BYU fans, Utah fans, local NFL or MLB fans, all put together and pushed behind one banner, and one team: the Utah Jazz. No other state has the unique recipe of fandom, and that’s why our fans are the best. It’s not arrogant, it’s just how it is. We’re not trying to get on tv, we’re not there to hang out, and we’re not there just to be seen. We’re there to watch the Utah Jazz, and we’re there to watch them win. Period.
There’s an expectation in this state of winning. We expect to win, and we expect to win a lot. True, the dream is to win the ultimate prize of an NBA championship, and while that’s certiainly in the future to come (hopefully much sooner than later), we’re a fanbase that expects greatness.
That’s why it’s so fun to be a Jazz fan. That’s why it’s infinitely better to go to a game at Energy Solutions arena, and not just watch it on tv. I think if I were a Clippers fan (sorry Clippers fans), I would honestly rather watch it on tv. I could avoid traffic, I could avoid the ticket costs, and I could be silently irritated by myself at home when they lost. As a Jazz fan, I don’t care about the traffic, nor what it costs for a ticket. To be at Energy Solutions Arena for a big game is unmatched. And Jazz opponents are intimidated by it.
So, thank you NBA GM’s for recognizing the best home court advantage in the league. We intend to keep it that way. Go Jazz.
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