Posted by: Skyler Wilcox on October 20th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
“And now ladies and gentlemen, let’s meet tonight’s starters for OUR Utah Jazz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
You can just hear that as clear as a window after being cleaned with Windex, can’t you?
It’s Jazz basketball season again, and “you gotta love it baby!” I know I do! Ever since I was little, I can remember gathering around the TV in my family room and watching the Utah Jazz battle the opposing team. My dad and I would sit in the room, eat popcorn, and scream at the TV, even though deep down we knew no one except my family and the neighbors could hear us. It’s these moments that define how passionate about a team we are, and how much love we have for that team.
The Utah Jazz have always had a special place in my heart. From the move to Salt Lake (I wasn’t really alive at the time), to the Michael Jordan push-off on Bryon Russell (I’m not bitter……), to the end of the “Stockton to Malone” era and the rebirth of a new era, I’ve always followed the team. Growing up in Utah my entire life, the Jazz were really the only professional team in the state when I was young. They were, and still are, the pride of the state of Utah, and they didn’t disappoint. Well, most of the time.
I can still remember to this day my dad surprising us kids with Jazz basketball tickets. It didn’t matter that we lived an hour and a half away from Salt Lake. It didn’t matter that the seats were quite possibly the highest seats in the arena. The only thing that mattered was that we were going to see the Jazz play. That would be the only thing that I would talk about at recess the next day. “Guess what guys?” I would say. “I get to go see a Jazz game!” Then we would all imitate Hot Rod Hundley’s “You’re looking live at the Delta Center……” and “with a gentle push, and a mild arc, and the cowhide globe hits home.”
I can’t think of anything that would be more fun than to write about the Jazz. I love the Jazz, and I love being able to write and talk about them whenever I get the chance to. I’m a college student, so really what else am I going to do? Study? I think not.
The arena’s name may change, the players may come and go, and the team’s logo and colors might change, but what is always constant is our love of OUR Utah Jazz.
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