Friday, September 11, 2009

So How Bad Does the State of Utah Feel Today?

Seriously how bad do they feel? I mean, it's bad enough that they live in Utah, but today is supposed to be a great day for them.

Why is that, you ask? Well it's because two of the greatest names ever associated with the Utah Jazz are being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame tonight. Jerry Sloan, he of 1,137 wins as a head coach, and most wins as a coach for a single franchise; and John Stockton, the NBA's career leader for both steals and assists, will both me immortalized tonight in Springfield, Mass. But you wouldn't know that from watching ESPN today.

That's because Michael Jordan, his Airness, is also being enshrined today. I mean, it was bad enough for Utah when Jordan came out of retirement in the mid-90's only to prevent the Jazz from winning NBA titles in 1997 and 1998 (and add a fifth and sixth ring for himself), but now he's overshadowing two Utah greats on the day they get inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Talk about bad timing for the Stockton and Sloan... again, over a decade later, running into the Greatest of All Time. They'll get their moment in the spotlight, and rightfully so, but to most of the sports world, today is Jordan's day, and the other enshrinees are just along for the ride.

I'll leave you all with this, Jordan's final shot with the Bulls. Plus it throws salt on the Utah wound.

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