So far, the Jazz have been extremely inconsistent. For that reason, it is really
hard to get a read on the team. I have no reason on just why this is happening.
By game 20-25, there should be a better read on what is going on. The
inconsistency is obvious. The reasons are not.
Maybe the media and everyone else can move past a story that is nearly a year
and half old. Gordon Hayward is gone. Long live Donovan Mitchell.
@ JSBI used to work in a city government with someone who openly talked
about his pride in being an abusive fan. He would even scan seats below him at a
sporting event, first seeing if an empty seat stayed unoccupied, and then moving
to that seat so he could be more easily heard by players of the team he
disliked. About a year after I heard him say that, I was up on the roof of our
building, looking down on the employee parking lot, and I happened to see this
same employee do something that really made me question his character. He backed
out of his parking spot, and then drove up to and right past the stop sign at
the intersection of the parking lot and a busy road with a blind curve to his
left. Personally, I think abusive fans are unhappy people who believe that life
has been unfair to them. They vent wherever they can.
I've seen a lot of poor sportsmanship and cheating (coaches, players,
fans) in high school sports while at the same time being told that the
justification for participation high school sports is that it builds character.
The best high school players end up playing at the university level where there
is even more poor sportsmanship. At the professional level the players behaviors
on and off the field is even worse and the fans' behavior is beyond an
embarrassment. What is there about sports that brings out the worst in people?
Why did Utah adults feel justified in booing Hayward? Why do sports seem to be a
laboratory for bringing out the worst in people's character?
...interesting how so many Jazz players go somewhere else, and are not as good
ever again in their career. Hayward will be very lucky to make another all-star
team even in a major market.