Thursday, September 11, 2008

Utah Jazz on National TV -- what to look for!

I guess this is improvement on some level, you know what I'm talking about . . . I've been a hardcore Jazz fan for 20 years or so now, and I've never seen them on National TV so much in one regular season. How many times are the Jazz going to be seen nationally? 11 times! That is really a lot, as I'm used to the 3-6 games a season that I may get a chance to see (mostly on TNT double headers). Anyway, let's take a look at what to we're bound to see:

November 12th, 2008   December 5th, 2008  
TV execs are counting on Agent Zero to do something amazing

Utah @ Washington on ESPN -- This is the first game on National TV for the Jazz and they face off against a team of excellent outside shooters, led by Gilbert Arenas. He and Deron will feature prominently in this game.

All-Star Power Forwards collide in the ultimate game that a casual fan will never watch

Utah vs. Toronto on ESPN -- I don't know the last time that the Raptors won in Utah, but they are not to be slept on. This game has two deep teams, starting with All-Star Power Forwards Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer.

Photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais for AP Photo   Photograph by Unknown for NBAE/Getty Images  
December 11th, 2008   February 5th, 2009  
Roy will continue to give our guards fits

Utah vs. Portland on TNT -- Roy, Aldridge, Oden, that Spanish kid and more . . . why don't we just give them the NBA Title already? (Oh wait, didn't the media already give that to the Rockets or Lakers? I keep getting confused with all the conflicting hype.)

Dirk teaches Andrei why he should not pump fake Dirk in the air

Utah vs. Dallas on TNT -- For some silly reason I think the Mavs will be better (and more desperate) this season. This should be a good match where the good guys should hopefully win. This could be projected as a potential 1st round match up, hence TNT picking this game

Photograph by Unknown for NBAE/Getty Images   Photograph by Melissa Majchrzak for NBAE/Getty Images  
February 19th, 2009   March 6th, 2009  
Hopefully we will not have to rely on Harpring for defense on this night

Utah vs. Boston on TNT -- Hopefully the Jazz can avenge their loss to the C's in Utah with a win against the NBA Champs on their home floor. Boston didn't get better this off-season, while we did. Hopefully Ray Allen is shooting blanks.

Let's see more of this, this time in HD!

Utah vs. Denver on ESPN -- Denver really got worse over the off-season, no Camby means that Boozer will probably have a big game, which would be nice seeing how it has become an increasingly rare thing lately.

Photograph by Melissa Majchrzak for NBAE/Getty Images, remixed by   Photograph by Unknown for AP Photo  
March 24th, 2009   March 28th, 2009  
Brewer needs more national recognition, and hopefully, will force the refs to call fouls on him less

Utah vs. Houston on TNT -- I fully expect something insane to happen between Ron Artest and Matt Harpring. I also half expect one of the other two stars on Houston to be injured for this game. Yet, I can easily see Houston winning this game.

For all the haters, here is Memo scoring in the paint while double teamed by Amare and Shaq

Utah @ Phoenix on ESPN -- Memo vs. Shaq, Nash vs. Deron and two power forwards who don't play any defense . . . the perfect TV Game if there ever was one. The team that makes it first to 110 will probably win the game.

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April 2nd, 2009   April 8th, 2009  
Boozer shows off the lower back massage style of defense that is still highly controversial

Utah @ Denver on TNT -- Remember this guy? Hopefully he doesn't go for 40 again as the Jazz face off for the 2nd time on National TV against Northwest Division Rivals Denver.

Boozer shows off the 'watch the guy shoot with your arms down' controversial defensive stance here

Utah @ Dallas on ESPN -- The Jazz need to start beating home teams on the road (besides Detroit and Boston). Dallas would be a good place to display this on TV for all the see. Look for Kidd to get the business from Deron.

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April 14, 2009      
Kobe suggests that is #1

Utah @ LA Lakers on TNT -- As it's a televised game against the Lakers on the road I fully expect the Jazz to lose. No doubt this game will have playoff implications, most likely are we in the 3 vs. 6 bracket, or the 4 vs. 5 bracket.

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Ideally, I would like the Jazz to play games on national TV against crappy teams, so that I can watch the Jazz win. Each of these contests (save maybe for Denver in SLC) should be very close. I'm happy to see Utah getting some TV time though, so I shouldn't complain.