To the owners - It's just a businessTo 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
I'm sorry, but this piece is just plain silly.
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.
Re: EsquireI 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
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!)
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
I agree but my time was many years ago when salaries went ballistic and the
players become obsessed with only themselves.
What a bunch of traitorus fans. You are as big of seelouts as the players.
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?
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.
Great article Bonnie! I think many people don't understand what a satire is, and
therefore completely missed the point of this article.
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.