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All that Jazz


Tonight, the Los Angeles Lakers bid to wrap up their series with the Utah Jazz.  Think about that for a second —  Not the series but the names  — “Los Angeles Lakers” and “Utah Jazz.”  Has there ever been a more incongruous match-up than Utah and Jazz, or Los Angeles and Lakers?  I haven’t been to Utah,  but with a 62% Morman population, my guess is there’s not much Jazz rocking in Salt Lake City’s Temple Square.  Similarly, the only lakes in L.A. are concrete or man-made.  If not for the Colorado river, we’d all but be living in a desert.

The Jazz are transplants from New Orleans, home of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.  I suppose if they were to move the football team, they could be the “Latter Day Saints!” But sometimes when a team changes cities, the name change should follow.  I’ve spent a good deal of time in the South, and I reckon’ there ain’t much in Oklahoma that gets done at them-there Super Sonic speeds, thusly the name change to the Thunder was appropos (Seattle’s Super Sonics moved to OKC two years ago, and incidentally, were disposed of by the Lakers in the first round).

So what’s in a name? In bastardized Shakespeare’s prose, I propose that “a win against a team we call a the Jazz by any other name would smell as sweet.” Perhaps, but, in any case, when the Lakers move on, I wish them luck in the Western Conference Finals against the The Phoenix Snow Caps who routed The San Antonio Liberals 4- 0.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    05/10/2010 2:17 pm

    When more teams move and keep their name the Dallas Pistons play the Milwaukee Suns
    or The Minnesota Heat vs. The New Jersey Grizzlies- time to speak up!!

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