Editor's Note: Last night's game against the Suns was so frustrating to watch, with so many missed free throws and layups at such a critical juncture in the season, that I'm pretending it didn't happen.
This past Sunday, Utah's second most popular daily newspaper ran a lovely feature story on new Jazz owner Greg Miller (apparently Gail Miller, Larry's widow and Greg's mom, technically owns the team, but for all intents and purposes he's running the show).
A few intersting tidbits:
- Miller the Son prefers suave leather jackets to beat-up green polo shirts. Nice! Score one for the new kid.
- According to Webster University Professor Patrick Rishe, professional sports teams are often handed down from generation to generation. Rishe went on to describe the Steinbrenner family as "kind of cantankerous." I couldn't find anything online about this, but I'm pretty sure Dr. Rishe won Webster's campuswide "Master of the Obvious" award last year, narrowly beating out Ron Boone (who was deemed such a great fit that he was considered despite having no connection to Webster).
- Greg Miller said in the interview that he's committed to keeping the Jazz in Utah as long as they're profitable. This is what's technically known in the PR business as "a TON of wiggle room." Perhaps I'm getting nostalgic for the old days already, but I preferred LHM's "The Jazz will stay in Utah as long as I'm alive," answer to that question. Score one for the old man.
- In a nice sidebar piece, Greg listed his favorite movies as "Brokeback Mountain" and "that one with that chick from Saved by the Bell where she dances around a lot on the pole". . . OK fine, that part isn't true.
On a more serious note, does Greg plan to try to resign every Jazz free agent this summer? Is he willing to go over the salary cap under any circumstances? Will he rename the Salt Lake Bees the Salt Lake Buzz and finally return us to the double-z glory days of the late 90s?
No real clues, unfortunately.