Posted by: Rain Man on February 26th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I am relatively new to utah but wanted to emerge myself into the local sports landscape. I started following the Jazz, Utes, and Cougars as well as keeping up with my teams in Toronto and Indiana. After some time I started to notice things about the fans that are strange and quirky but also some very good qualities as well.
Fans in Utah are very passionate. Something I respect. Where I used to live its a little embarrassing sometimes with the unloyalty. The Jazz home arena is louder than any other I have been to. Its better than the warriors and kings but I have yet to visit the thunder, which all three often get that credit. BYU and Utah football also have great fanbases. Very hardcore and will almost draw blood while arguing against each other. Its really the most underrated fan rivalry in sports in my opinion. I have noticed that those three teams really are the complete focus of Utah society in the fall and winter. Its incredible. I love it.
There is one thing that repeatedly makes me laugh the first few times until its pretty obnoxious. I call it the Utah Fan Goggles. Its a phenomenon that doesnt happen as severely in the other cities I have lived in. Its an abandonment of all logic and reason when the topic of one of these three teams come up. Many times the thoughts become status quo in society. I have had some of the most laughable arguments with many fans. Including Harvey Unga as a heisman candidate a few years ago. Bronco Mendenhall as the best coach of the 2012 college football season. Alex Smith as an Elite NFL quarterback. Utes deserving the national championship in 2009. Anything ever said about Jimmer being a great NBA player in the future. All good ones. And dont think that its a only a few fans either. Its good sized amount. Maybe even half.
Now for the Jazz it can be a little out there sometimes too. For instance, I thought it was funny the instant attachment to Gordan Hayward. Clean cut white kids tend to thrive in this market. I think its amusing yet understandable because of the demographic. I heard an argument on the radio the other day that Hayward is a better player than Paul George. I have also had many people refer to him as the next Larry Bird. As a Jazz fan its hard not to love hayward, I own his jersey and wear it frequently. I just thought those things are a little silly. There are some more but I will not go into them now.
On the positive note. I respect the fans here more than in Indy or Toronto. I think they are better fans. I hope a little roast wasnt too much. Think of it as a late night comedy central special haha. I am just trying to help yall so you dont embarrass yourselves infront of visitors from out of state. Keep up the positives fellow Utah fans but chill on the weird stuff.
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