Utah Jazz notebook: Could it be the Utah Saints and the New Orleans Jazz?

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  • satch Highland, UT
    April 15, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    Actually the term jazz itself has been difficult to pin down where it actually originated. One such truth is that "Jazz" or "Jas" was short for jasmine or the smell of perfume lady's would wear "on the street." The music at the time being performed in Storyville, and the slang "jas" or would you like some "jazz" became synonymous.

    And yes, Jazz did develop and originate in New Orleans, not Chicago. It however, did move up the Mississippi River to Chicago. Jazz music was developed as a result of African ritual drum beats combined with European harmonic sounds. Thus was born a new art form. Early jazz artists such as Buddy Bolden and Louis Armstrong would disagree greatly that with you that jazz originated in Chicago.

  • BYUSU Wellsville, UT
    April 15, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    I like remorg's idea. Lets trade the Jazz name for some draft picks.

  • romorg PROVO, UT
    April 15, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    I'm more than happy to accommodate the Hornets request for the Jazz nickname. You send us Eric Gordon and your first round pick and we'll send you your nickname.

  • Theeng2 Holladay, UT
    April 15, 2012 3:15 a.m.

    "The word "jazz" comes from New Orleans. Jazz music itself originated in New Orleans"

    Actually, both of these statements are false. The word "Jazz" originally had nothing to do with music, it was a west coast slang term that meant "spunk." Also, Jazz music was played in Chicago before it took over in New Orleans.
    While we're on it, New Orleans stole the Mardi Gras celebration from Mobile, Alabama. So maybe New Orleans needs to give back first.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    April 14, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    "Utah Jazz" makes as much sense as "Los Angeles Lakers," who moved from Minnesota where it did make sense.

    Now, "Utah Lakers" or "Salt Lakers" makes sense. But that would require persuading the Los Angeles team to change names. How about the "L.A. La-La"?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 14, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    No, no and no. Sports teams don't have to make sense. The name Lakers doesn't fit in L.A. And how many 'Fighting Irish' are really in Indiana? The Utah Saints would be lame. New Orleans should have supported their team in the 70a and maybe they would still have the Jaxx. Too bad.

  • Curtis Hight Juneau, AK
    April 14, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    "According to Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer . . . 'The team was originally named in tribute to North Carolina's steadfast, guerrilla-styled defense of its soon-to-be-state during the Revolutionary War . . . Apparently Louisiana gave no such defense. Way to go, guys.'"
    Apparently Kelly forgot that the Revolutionary War was from 1775-1783, and the Louisiana Purchase was in 1803. :-)

  • BYU_Aggie LOGAN, UT
    April 14, 2012 6:17 p.m.

    Not that I'm disagreeing about the "Jazz" making any sense in Utah, but there's no way the league would side with New Orleans, or would the Jazz give up the name. Just remember back to when Baltimore expanded in the NFL, and they wanted the name "Colts" back, since they had it first, and made it famous (e.g. - Johnny Unitas), and Indianapolis wouldn't have it.

    Not that the Utah Saints doesn't have a nice, ironic ring to it. Or maybe, the Stormin' Mormons? ;)

    April 14, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    How many lakes are there in Los Angeles? Yet I don't see Minnesota bawling about their name being taken by the Lakers. Franchises move all the time. The bottom is, it's the right of the franchise and the city to keep the name of the team it has acquired. It's no big deal. And after 33 years of the Jazz being in Utah with its name, it would be pretty stupid of our team to give up the name to some new owner who has barely been involved in the NBA for three days.

    The new New Orleans owner needs to deal with it.

  • satch Highland, UT
    April 14, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    As old as the jazz has been in Utah, it still doesn't make sense. The word "jazz" comes from New Orleans. Jazz music itself originated in New Orleans. Why its only a mascot, it is curious why Larry wanted to keep the name jazz.

    Maybe its time to think about a change to something more relevant. Utah Avalanche, Utah Rattlesnakes, Salt Lake City Saints.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    April 14, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Change the name to "Utah Rocks"

    Calling Utah the Jazz is just absurd.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    April 14, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Dwyer wishes have as much of a chance as Rocky for president. Or as much of a chance as the Lakers back to Minny. Larry Miller once answered that question with a flat out "NO."

  • one day... South Jordan, UT
    April 13, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    what about Utah Bears or Utah Avalanche or Utah Saints