Posted by: Turpy on October 17th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I am sure that there are many many applicants saying why they should be chosen to be a Utah Jazz blogger. Sure, those you choose do not need not be die-hard basketball junkies, or those who attend games, or be familiar with the concept of blogging… But they do need to be a Jazz fan! I have come up with an equation that I feel comfortable saying will make a great Utah Jazz blogger.
PASSION + KNOWLEDGE = GREAT JAZZ BOT BLOGGER
I think to be good at anything you have to have a passion in that field. To be a math teacher you have to like math, to be a good dancer you need to like dancing, to be a good sports player you need to have a passion for that sport, and to be a good sports writer you need to have a interest in that as well. Many people may think that this may be fun to do, some may know the ins and the outs of the Utah Jazz, but all the knowledge and no passion will lead to may stories that no one will read. PASSION is a must, passion for the Jazz, passion for them winning, and a passion for the game. With that passion you are going to be able to relate to those who read, give them what they want to hear and have a very successful blog.
I remember being in my room grounded at 13 years old and watching on my 11 inch TV through a static filled antenna reception as Micheal Jordan single handedly took town the Utah Jazz while being plague with the flu in game 5. I vividly remember as Micheal Jordan stole the ball from behind Karl Malone in game 6 of the 97/98 NBA finals, then go down to make one of the most controversial jump shots over Bryon Russell to give the Bulls the lead and eventually their 6th title. Even at the age of 13 not fully understanding the game of basketball, or all the news concerning the Utah Jazz, I still remember the passion I had for the Utah Jazz and the desire for them to win.
It is this passion thats within me that makes me know that I have what will be needed to produce great content on a regular basis, not get burned out and make it successful as well. This is the same passion that leads to endless talks with friends discussing the season or any rumors that may be associated with the Jazz. The same passion that leads you to spend 10 times ticket value just to see the Utah Jazz beat the Lakers in the playoffs. The same passion that makes you lose your voice, paint your face, take a sign to the game, or consider yourself the best Jazz Rowdy and buy season tickets to make your own rowdy section since you were not one of the ones chosen for free tickets. This is why passion is the number one reason for me, you can be the worse writer, make every grammatical error, but if the content you write appeals to the audience you can consider yourself a success!
To be great at anything, knowledge is the fuel you need to fire the flame of passion, without knowledge there is no passion. You cant teach math and not have the knowledge of math, you cant drive a car without the knowledge of how do drive the car and you cant be a great Utah Jazz blogger if you do not have the knowledge of the Utah Jazz, and that is exactly what I have that makes me such a great candidate for the opportunity. Not only do I love to read and study whats happens during the games, but before and following the game I love to check the news and read reviews by those so called experts. Its the same knowledge that when I read something from those “experts” that seems to be lop sided or not true all together, wish I had a way to tell people the Jazz, or unbiased view. Knowing that comment number 500+ on the entry will rarely get read, I still would post that view. Its the same knowledge that makes Fantasy NBA so much fun. Knowing before your competitors who are about to break out, or who is hot and about to cool off. Knowing when someone is injured or coming back from injury before your competitors. Its that knowledge that fuels the passion and makes it grow. Without the fuel there would be no fire, and without the knowledge there would be no passion.
JAZZ BOT BLOGGER
With these 2 fine tuned skills, not to mention many personal blogging hours, I am certain that I can produce one of the better entries on a regular basis that will continue to interest the reader. I have always wished for a way to be able to get my word out there, and this just seems like an optimal opportunity. But its not my decision to make, I only hope that the Passion and Knowledge is what is being looked for, if thats the case than there isn’t anyone better for the job!
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