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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

To the owners - It's just a business
To the players - It's just a Job.

The only one who "cares" or "feels" are the fans.

Wake up,
They don't care or feel about you.

You've been duped.
It's all about their loved of the $ Money,
not their Love of the game.

Esquire
Springville, UT

I'm sorry, but this piece is just plain silly.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

I remember that night very well. When the shot went through, everyone in my house spontaneously jumped off the couch with a lusty cheer. Less that 60 seconds later, my daughter walked into the room to tell us that Mike, the son of our best friends about four houses down the street, had died in a fall in Provo Canyon.

Until that point in my life, I often allowed the results of sporting events to determine my mood. Since then, I can takes wins and losses without very little emotional swing. A win, even a big one, is greeted with little more than a smile. A loss, even a big one, is cast off with a shrug of the shoulders. I still enjoy spectator sports but without the emotional investment I once had.

At the end of the day, sports is a pretty insignificant part of life.

Lonster
Sandy, UT

Ms. Larsen,

My sentiments about following and rooting for the Jazz are perfectly captured by a bumper sticker I saw: "I feel much better since I gave up".

I gave up years ago and now don't care if the entire NBA goes "poof" and never returns or, if it does, if the Jazz dwell in the cellar for eternity.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Re: Esquire
I think I know where you are comeing from when you say this "piece is just plain silly" but may I present a different perspective? From a 70 plus year old coots viewpoint. I look forward to spending a few wintery evenings by the fire watching something other than half naked dancers performing stunts the Red Rocks would find impossible(dancing with the stars), and have witnessed enough gore and inhumanity in my time, not to need the violence and blood the endless police shows offer, and the mind numbing reality shows really do qualify for the "SILLY" label. I looked forward to as the young generation says "getting down" watching and rooting for my team. The author Larson, used her writing talents to create an analogy that expresses the feelings alot of fans have, me included. As the previous poster "Esquire" says, we have been "duped". I won't say I will never watch another game, but if and when I do it won't be with the same passion I once had. This I can say for sure, I will never buy another ticket to a NBA game!

JFFR
Salt Lake City, UT

This article frustrates me. Jazz fans in general frustrate me.

I will be right back there cheering my team on when the lockout ends. Most of my friends feel the same way!

If its a 50 game season, I might be able to find it in my budget to buy season tickets.

I love the Jazz and I always will.

This lockout isn't their fault. Thank you Miller family for giving us the Jazz! God bless you all! Thank you Greg Miller for stepping up and attempting to fill your father's shoes. It was an impossible task, we all miss him a lot! (You haven't been perfect, but you are doing well!)

JFFR
Salt Lake City, UT

I've thought about "breaking up" with the Jazz a few times, but I always come back and I'm so happy I do! There are way too many good memories. Life is happier when I cheer on my sports teams!

I left for my mission a month after Stockton retired. I figured when I got home I just wouldn't follow them anymore. It was the end of an era and a good time to move on. I got home two years later and a headline in the paper stated that the Jazz had signed Ostertag to a contract! I thought to myself, "What the?! Why would they do that?! Now I'm definitely not gonna follow them."

But I went off to college and as a break from homework I started watching the games. I got familiar with Boozer's crazy left handed dunks, Memo's Money shot and DWill's "No guts No glory" attitude (side note - since he covered the tattoo he hasn't been the same!) I started a Jazz Fanz club at my school. We watched games together and had a blast! We watched TMAC cry and Memo bail out the Jazz with last minute threes. Soooo many good memories.

A few months ago I sat in my cubicle and almost fell apart as I heard Sloan was retiring. Once again I had to reconsider my allegiance. This was the end of an era, do I really need the Jazz in my life?

Well...A few weeks ago I went to the charity game. I spoke with Enes Kanter and welcomed him to Utah, he greeted me with a smile. I love watching Jeremy Evans fly. Big Al is a beast. Alec Burks looks legit. Paul Millsap hit some more threes. Derrick Favors looks strong, and he's got a jump shot (unlike Dwight Howard)! Ronnie Price threw down some sic left handed dunks. I still love this team. I can't wait to see Gordon Hayward join them and I'm hopeful AK will come back!

I don't really care if you are in the ESA cheering along with me. Sometimes I wish the fair-weather fans should go away, but in the end I guess I prefer to have them around. We have the craziest stadium in the NBA and you fair-weather fans help with that.

In a few years I'm sure you'll be in the ESA w/ me cheering on another playoff surge. The Jazz will welcome you back with open arms :)

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

I agree but my time was many years ago when salaries went ballistic and the players become obsessed with only themselves.

Man in Charge
Washington, DC

What a bunch of traitorus fans. You are as big of seelouts as the players.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

It's time for the MIllers to stop subsidizing Utah professional basketball. If the league and the fans can't make it work financially, let's throw in the towel. The Lakers turn a great profit, but what will they make if they have only San Antonio, Boston and Chicago to play?

hobblecrik
Sandy, UT

It will be interesting, when the owners and players finally reach agreement, if either will make an effort to reach out to the many fans who have been disillusioned by the unabashed greed and selfishness which the NBA has displayed toward fans- feelings described eloquently in this article. Rather than feeling valued or appreciated, fans are feeling exploited as they are each season shaken down for more money in the form of higher ticket prices etc. Meanwhile the quality of play and behavior has deteriorated. Small market owners clearly need a different financial structure to survive, but the entire league needs to display a better attitude toward fans and to upgrade their product if it is to regain health and former glory. Myself included, many formerly ardent fans have had enough. The league will need to seriously work to regain our loyalty.

DC01
SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT

Great article Bonnie! I think many people don't understand what a satire is, and therefore completely missed the point of this article.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

The problem is with the players and unions. Why should they own more than 50% of the business? They are employees. Most owners, don't make alot of money from it. They could make more money doing other things. With Larry Miller, it was the love of the game.

It's time to fire all of the players, and find players that are willing to play hard good basketball and put their skills and talent to the test. I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for a player that feels they deserve $13 million instead of $12 million. I would play for $200,000/season. that's how much some players make sitting on the bench (like ostertag) who contributed very little.
I gave up on the Jazz a long time ago. After Karl Malone ran his mouth and left for LA, where his dreams were never fulfilled. I'm done with professional teams period. The players are selfish, and are not there to play for the love of the game anymore. It's all about them and forget the fans.

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