Stop Wearing Yellow
Stop Wearing Yellow
The Utah Jazz are a proud franchise. Relocated from New Orleans in 1979, this team has been a cornerstone of the community ever since. In the 39 seasons this team has called Utah home, they have had a losing record a mere 8 times, and only missed the playoffs 12 times. This is a franchise with a winning history, yet they have failed to capture the ultimate prize. Salt Lake is a small city, a joke to some (#nightlife), however our basketball team has always been a source of civic pride. Never more so than this summer. The summer of 2019 was pure bliss as a Jazz fan. We had everything: a big trade, a marquee free-agent signing, cagey vets agreeing to less money to play for the Jazz… As a result, members of the national media were predicting the Jazz would win the Western Conference. Everything about this summer said one thing: The Jazz were going all in on winning a championship.
Much to my chagrin, recent events have called into question the championship aspirations of our ownership and the front office. While outwardly they profess that they are doing everything they can to win, and win now, it has come to my attention that they simply aren’t. You see, there is a painfully obvious solution to the early season woes plaguing our beloved Jazz: Stop Wearing Yellow.
Statically speaking, the Jazz play like a** in yellow. On the contrary, they play significantly less a**-like when not wearing yellow. How does one quantify the a**ness of a team’s play? Good question. A simple place to start is the team’s record. The Jazz are 1-6 in yellow and 11-3 in all other colors. Extrapolated over the course of a season, that’s the difference between tying the best record in franchise history or likely winning the draft lottery. If you want to get more granular, we can look at the margin of defeat in yellow… Woof. Additionally, some of our worst losses of the season have come in yellow (see Kings, Grizzlies).
Objectively speaking the yellow jerseys are gross. Our other jerseys are generally sharp. The white and navy jerseys are nothing to write home about, but they are clean, crisp, good looking jerseys. The city editions are unique and well-received across the board. And of course, the purple mountain jerseys are a work of art- the magnum opus of our franchise. Don’t give me some bull**** line about selling jerseys. I live in Salt Lake. I go to Jazz games. I’m around town. I’ve got a pulse on the heartbeat of this city, and I’ve legitimately never seen anyone wearing a yellow jersey, not once!
We the fans need to hold the ownership accountable for their reckless decision making regarding the team’s attire. In the hyper-competitive 2019/20 Western Conference, we cannot continue to actively hinder our beloved team’s chances of winning. We’ve come too far, and are too close to our ultimate goal, to sit idly by and watch this team squander nine more chances at priceless regular season wins (god forbid they trot this hot garbage out in the playoffs). Sign the petition. Share with friends. Hopefully together we can make our voices heard and stop this madness… before it’s too late.