In what has become a running feature here at the blog, the Jazz drop another road game. Last night they lost to Charlotte 98-92.
As a Deseret Morning News article noted this morning, Utah's favored method of defeat is falling apart in the fourth quarter. The Jazz are not getting blown out during this seven-of-eight game losing streak... the average margin of choke is only eight points.
Close losses notwithstanding, Jazz fans are displeased. Here are some excerpts from e-mails and IM's I've received recently:
"I don't even like the Jazz any more."
"So a struggling team has a stretch of Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Charlotte, that ought to get them out of the slump right? No, they go 1-3 through that stretch. What the heck is going on? I'm going to start rooting for the Knicks or something."
"What a farking joke." (though this one may be in relation to the free-throw disparity between the Bobcats and Jazz last night)
To all fans who consider abandoning their Jazz-fandom, I say, "Hold, good sirs!"
One of the sweetest moments in sports comes when your team wins after you've endured years of losing.
I believe Red Sox fans who hadn't seen a World Series victory in 90+ years really really really enjoyed the 2004 title, mostly due to the decades of futility they experienced previously.
BYU's 10+ wins in 2006 and 2007 were that much more enjoyable considering their horrible seasons from 2002-2004.
After losing to my brother Matt in one-on-one basketball 37 times in a row, when I finally beat him, it'll be a great feeling. I'm sure of it.
But if you've abandoned your team in their time of less-effective-ness, coming back to them when they start winning is lame. No one likes a bandwagon fan.
So stick with the Jazz. Sure, it's painful to watch them now, but keep the faith. Once they make a trade for a decent interior defender, they'll be back on top.
Or maybe if Fesenko develops quickly enough the Jazz can use him. We'll see.
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