Posted by: Josh Thompson on November 14th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
There’s not a single Jazz fan out there that’s not excited about the road trip the Jazz just wrapped up. Beating the Heat followed by a solid win against the Magic was euphoric. We then saw them come back again. . .and again.
The question is though, how many of you picked the Jazz to win all four of those games? I’ll be the first to admit, I did not. Is there is anybody out there who really truly picked the Jazz to win all four of those games? Of course we all hoped that they would, but to really really believe that they would pull it off. . .you would be hard pressed to find a Jazz fan that did. If you are one of those fans, my hat is off to you.
It’s made me question myself, does a true fan EVER pick against their team? There are degrees of fanhood of course, but ultimately what does it take to reach the level of a black belt fan? Is there really ever a good reason to pick against the Jazz?
I have a coworker who has a level of fanhood for a team that I currently can only wish for. I don’t want to stray too much from the Jazz, but he is a fan of the Utah State football team. If you’re not familiar with USU’s recent successes (or lack thereof) let me explain: The USU football team is consistently AWFUL. They’ve been featured on ESPN’s Bottom 10 many times. This coworker is fully aware of their history. He is an expert about USU football because he follows them religiously. Every year though, he tells me that the Aggies will be bowl eligible. It’s an incredible phenomenon. Knowing what he knows he STILL thinks they will make it to a bowl game.
That’s the kind of Jazz fan I would like to be. I want to be able to pick them to beat the Heat and the Magic on consecutive nights. I want to pick them to beat the Lakers in LA this year. I want to pick them to finish first in the conference and I want to pick them as NBA CHAMPS!
Too many of us are scared of investing in a relationship with them. We’re afraid of getting hurt. We don’t set our expectations too high because we don’t want to have to deal with a broken heart and disappointment. We settle for our usual playoff appearance and call it good. This is no way to be a true fan and no way to live life.
So this is a call to all those who want to join up and be TRUE BLUE JAZZ FANS! Let’s expect greater things from our Jazz team. Let us never pick against our team! This weekend has shown us that they are capable of virtually anything.
I made some predictions at the first of the year. I am going to amend them now. The Jazz will be crowned as NBA champions this year. When this happens I’ll be able to look back and say with all the other true fans and say, “I knew it.”
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