Posted by: Josh Thompson on February 1st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It’s amazing how quickly attitudes and opinions can change. After the fantastic road trip that the Jazz had back in November everyone was talking about the potential of the Jazz. I wrote a post about how “true fans” shouldn’t ever pick against the Jazz. I even had the audacity to say that the Jazz had what it takes to win the championship this year.
Now, only a few short months later it’s all gloom and doom. We’re talking about lineup changes and trades. Many of us are very frustrated. I’ve even heard some fans wondering if the Jazz can make the playoffs.
Deep down, I think we all know that the Jazz will rebound from this bad stretch. The Jazz are consistently a good team. We’ve got Jerry Sloan at the helm and awesome management behind him. On the court we have three all-stars, rising stars and some rookies with great potential.
But what if the Jazz don’t come back. What if they don’t make the playoffs? What if they don’t make the playoffs for the next 15 years? What would this mean for Jazz fans? Is there a breaking point for Jazz fans? At what point do we decide to leave the Jazz behind and not look back?
Truly it would be difficult to stay with them. If we really love the Jazz we can and will stay faithful to them. We’ll continue to talk about, blog about and think about the Jazz. We may even have to find ourselves saying sheepishly, “Guess what, I’m a Jazz fan.”
So why would we stick around? Why not move on? The reason is because once the Jazz do finally win a championship, and they will, we can take pride in knowing that we stuck with them. We would know that we are true fans – not fair weather fans.
So what do we do right now? All that we can do – go to the games, be positive and accept that the Jazz are going to have tough times. We can also be grateful that the Jazz aren’t the Chicago Cubs or the Red Sox prior to their recent successes. The Jazz are a relatively young organization. We need to be patient and hope, really hope, that the Jazz will win a championship. If not this year then the next. And if not next year, the year after that.
This is not for the faint of heart. The Jazz have a way of making you believe that they really have a chance. Then they rip your heart out and remind you that every team has ups and downs. Unfortunately the Jazz’ downs are as intense as their ups. Sticking with the Jazz and keeping faith in them is like having a significant other that means the world to you and then cheats on you. They feel sorry and you forgive them, give them your trust, and then they cheat on you again. Repeat this about 100 times and you have what the Jazz can do to you. We know though, that at some point the Jazz will deliver a championship and it will have been worth it.
Times are tough right now. Hang in there. The Jazz can and will win a championship. They are our team and they need to know we support them.
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