Monday Mashup: Jazz Playoff Chances Dying and Losing their name, Tebow Booed In New York And More

Apr 14, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) during the second half at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated Utah Jazz 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
Just some random thoughts and opinions from around the sports world on this Monday cleverly called the Monday Mashup:

-The Utah Jazz playoff hopes took a big hit with losses to New Orleans and Memphis over the weekend. One could understand falling to a good Grizzlies team playing on a back-to-back but the Hornets loss was inexcusable. It just once again shows the Jazz are truly not a playoff team. And for those that say it would be good for the younger players to get playoff experience–I say it’s more important to get into the lottery (and still hope somehow they can get Golden State’s pick even though the Warriors are clearly tanking games) to continue the building process. If they made the postseason this year it’s highly probable they would get swept in the first round and in reality the experience won’t matter because they’ll most likely get eliminated in the same fashion next year. To me it makes better sense to continue to acquire young talent and slowly grow to where you could be a playoff factor in a couple years. Meanwhile the radio voice of the Jazz and good friend of mine (worked and built 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City together in the mid 90’s) went national with this call on a blown Derrick Favors layup. It was picked up by ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in which Locke joined them to talk about it (Locke appears around the 2:50 mark).

-New New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson made comments recently that he may try to bring the Jazz name back to its original home. It appears this has not been embraced by Utah Jazz fans which is not surprising and quite honestly they shouldn’t. I worked in sports radio in Salt Lake City for several years and while the argument that the area isn’t known for its bustling jazz music scene is true, the loyal fan base there have adopted and embraced the name and team as its own. Besides is there a bunch of lakes in LA? Should Minnesota (where the Lakers moved from) reclaim that name since their state is full of them? The only advantage I could see for the Jazz organization is that it would be a boom for merchandising if every fan had to buy garb with the new name on it. But at the same time I’m sure the franchise would lose a ton of credibility for allowing the name to be stolen back. It’s not going to happen–the Jazz name will remain in Utah and Benson should just concentrate on putting a winner on the floor. He does that then I’m guessing most fans will support them as the Bobcats or whatever other moniker they end up going by.

-Conflicting reports on whether Tim Tebow was cheered or booed at Sunday’s New York Yankees game. Obviously it was both. It just shows we cynical New York Jets fans won’t be instantly wooed and sold on his charm, christian values etc. That’s right–we’re not like those gullible, soft Denver Broncos fans. He needs to lead us to a Super Bowl and anything else is consider a failure. Speaking of the Donkeys some dude tried out to be a cheerleader and it’s as funy as you would expect. Wouldn’t be surprised if their fans put up billboards in support of him!

-Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine questions the commitment of Kevin Youkilis and everybody acts like it’s the worst thing ever. Now granted he should have talked to Youkilis (he has since apologized) about this before the media but you can’t be surprised–this is how Valentine operates. In the end ownership is to be blamed when Valentine is eventually fired. You can’t bring in a me-manager with a declining veteran franchise and expect it’s going to work. I think most of us could see that as soon as he was hired.

-Love the NHL playoffs but the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series is getting flat out brutal with cheap shots:

-And those who know me well realize I’m a huge IndyCar fan. Sunday they raced along the streets of Long Beach (a race I attended and loved last year) and it proved to be entertaining. More passing than you would expect on a tight circuit, great strategy that allowed Team Penske’s Will Power to win his second straight race and plenty of contact including Marco Andretti’s car going airborne. Action wise the sport is definitely better with the new engines and chassis’. However I still think no one really cares which is too bad.