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Utah Jazz extra: Having fun, extra tidbits at new Jazzland blog

Published: Sunday, Feb. 12 2012 7:04 p.m. MST

Utah's Alec Burks as the Utah Jazz defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-79 in NBA basketball Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.    (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah's Alec Burks as the Utah Jazz defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-79 in NBA basketball Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Deseretnews.com had so much fun getting an overhaul I decided to give our Jazz blog a makeover. Here's the kind of fun we're having at Jazzland:

1. So, why the name Jazzland?

Jan. 25 entry: "I didn't think Wizland, Warriorland or Lakerland would go over too well with Jazz fans. Jimmerland maybe. It's also a hat tip to all the other fill-in-the-blank-lands out there: Disneyland, Newfoundland, wasteland, McDonald's Playland and, yes, even Grantland (the site of that ESPN sports dude who once ripped on an article I wrote and mentioned our fine publication as "something called the Deseret News," which is as big of a claim to fame as I have at this juncture of my life)."

2. A moment of respect to the rejected ideas

Jan. 25 entry: DJJazzyJody & The Fresh Print; The Jazz Zinger (Team on the rocks, ain't no big surprise); Smooth Jazz (Kenny G would've played automatically); Jazzercise with Jody (Picture me in a Jane Fonda leotard. Ha! Now try to get that image out of your brain); Jazz Bandwidth (Cyber humor. The joke was funnier in html mode); and variations of the word Jazz that might get me in trouble in print.

Raja Bell, of Utah, complains about being called for a foul against Kobe Bryant, of LA, as the Los Angeles Lakers face the Utah Jazz in NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.  (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Raja Bell, of Utah, complains about being called for a foul against Kobe Bryant, of LA, as the Los Angeles Lakers face the Utah Jazz in NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

3. Big Al's potty humor

Jan. 28 entry: (Al) Jefferson laughed off follow-up questions (about his ankle injury) before giving a frank explanation: "I just had to use the restroom =85 I should've went before — my mom always told me to go to the bathroom before." Hours later, it was announced that Jefferson couldn't go — play against Toronto, that is.

"Jefferson wasn't available for comments Wednesday night or at practice Thursday, and I took a charge (joking) to stop him briefly on his way to the team bus: "How are you feeling?"

"Jefferson: "I'm feeling a lot better than I was the other day." My follow-up caught him off guard: "Just have to go to the bathroom?" The tongue-in-cheek question was asked with a smile, and Jefferson laughed back. "Y'all jinxed me. How did y'all even know that (injury)? I was playing it off."

"The most important life lesson to take away from this incident? Jefferson's mom is absolutely correct."

4. Embedding myself in post-Super Bowl NYC

Feb. 10 entry: "Hey, New York. Your football team just won the championship.. Where are you going to go? Why, Times Square, of course!" I took a dozen photos, some even in focus, of rowdy revelers in Times Square, including an Eli dog, an arrested fan, Mickey Mouse and Adam from Manhattan who let me do a celebratory grip-and-grin with the Super Aluminum Bowl Championship Trophy.

5. Some unconventional locker room talk

Feb. 10 entry: "In the locker room before a recent game, Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson asked me if I knew the secret to Jeremy Evans' leaping abilities. Fortunately, I didn't guess Shape-Up shoes.

Watson: "He eats a pound of popcorn before every game."

From there, the conversation gets more interesting and hilarious, including this tidbit after Watson declares himself to be Evans' "dunk agent:"

Asked if watches the dunk contest, which he hopes to make, Evans answered: "I never watch it."

An alarmed Watson to Evans: "That's not the right thing to say."

Evans' dunk agent to me: "He's been watching it since he was a kid ... It's been his lifelong dream."

Gordon Hayward to Evans: "Earl's not going to be right there answering for you all the time."

(For more fun, go to jazzland.blogs.deseretnews.com. Now. Tomorrow. Always!)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Jazz at Hornets, Today, 6 p.m., ROOT

This is how rough it's been for New Orleans: The Jazz have won as many on the road (two) as the Hornets have at home.

Jazz at Thunder, Tuesday, 6 p.m., ROOT

While Utah is off gallivanting around Memphis and New Orleans, the Thunder are resting, relaxing and licking their chops.

Jazz vs. Wizards, Friday, 7 p.m., ROOT

The five-win Wiz are so bad their fans cheered for Jeremy Lin last week. Oh wait. The entire LINBA did.

Jazz at Rockets, Sunday, 5 p.m., ROOT

The Post-Yao Ming Dynasty has turned out surprisingly well for the Rockets, who've surprised everyone this side of, well, Houston.

WHO'S HOT/NOT

Hot: Raja Bell

Had double figures in two of three games and hit 3-pointers in 13 straight coming into Sunday's contest. Yes, really.

Not: Alec Burks

Rookie's been M.I.A. — but not forgotten, coach promises. Hadn't played in four straight prior to Sunday.

THE BIG STAT

.500: The Jazz have a perfect record — 5-0 prior to Sunday — when they hit at least 50 percent of their field-goal attempts. Before playing Memphis, Utah was just 8-11 when missing more than half of its shots.

Email: jody@desnews.com. Twitter: DJJazzyJody. Blog: Jazzland.blogs.deseretnews.com

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