Apt to lose this inhibition
Follow your intuition
Free your inner soul
And break away from tradition
Don’t worry bout it people we’ll walk you through it
Step by step, like if you’re in for new kid
Inch by inch, with the new solution
Transmit hits, with no delusion
The feelings irresistible and that’s how we move it
Utah Sports Net is your baby. It exists because of you, for you, the Utah sports fan.
We became aware of a niche, nay, a gaping hole in Utah sports coverage, that dozens of fans asked to be filled with new voices and perspectives. So we set about to see if there was an interest and an ability to fill that hole with quality content for you, the fan, with you the fan in mind.
The immediate reaction that came pouring in was overwhelming. We received about two dozen responses from those interested in contributing in a matter of minutes, and hand picked the best of the best, the cream of the crop, to be featured here for you. It’s an extremely diverse crew, from all over, each bringing with them a fresh perspective, a new view, many with already-established skill sets, for you to consume. And it all came together in what has to be near-record time.
We’ve already begun tweeting and live-tweeting games, as well as joined the Facebook army and Google +, to maximize the amount of ways we can reach out to you with various viewpoints, articles, opinions, analysis, and good ol’ fashioned fun. We invite you to be as interactive as you’d like, both on posts and social media, as well as live interaction with us as you see us out and about at games and Tweetups, or even at the local market or gas station. Together we have a mighty set of resources and inside insight available to us and we look forward to sharing it with you to make the sports you love quite literally come alive.
There will be molds broken, precedents set, all new ways of looking at, and interacting with, your teams and fans of those teams. We have the unique opportunity to share with you things never before seen in the blogging world, and intend to bring you along with us for the glorious ride.
Here’s some the immediate contributors you’ll be hearing from shortly.
Our illustrious admin, Adam Raymond, attended both BYU and the U of U, is currently attending UMass (online) studying Psychology, has been involved in the ownership and management of several successful independent businesses (including an online video game, even). Adam resides in Utah County. He’s a natural leader of men. You can find him on Twitter at @AdamRaymond5.
Managing Director, Clint Peterson, many of you already know from various Utah Jazz blogs past and present, as well as ESPN TrueHoop Network’s HardwoodParoxysm, and as “that guy in the black hat that sat with Greg Miller at that one Jazz game.” Clint coined the term “The Sugarhood” for his current residence in Sugarhouse, Utah. He can be found on Twitter at @Clintonite33.
Our resident geek and web developer, Ian Nate, who has volunteered countless sleepless hours toward getting this thing off the ground, works for a living in specialty areas online that will be invaluable. Ian is like a hilarious extension of Adam, and his wit will keep you slapping your knees. His Twitter is @iannate.
Alan “Jedi” Zaugg, many of you will already know as a staunch Utah Jazz and BYU Cougars fan. He’s dabbled in writing about the Jazz various places in the web world and is a personal friend of Utah Jazz president Randy Rigby, one of the finest human beings and hardest workers you could hope to emulate. Follow Jedi on Twitter at @JediZaugg.
Daniel Lewis brings a unique inside perspective with him as an editor for BYU men’s basketball for both The Universe and KSL.com. Despite being a Denver Nuggets fan, we feel like he’s a pretty chill dude. He’ll graduate from BYU in the spring with a communications degree largely centered on journalism. His Twitter can be found at @minutemandan.
With an affinity for the NBA draft, Mike Jensen will be bringing you updates on college ball prospects. He’s a student at Weber State, works full time, and is about to get married (congrats, Mikey!). In short, the man’s an animal. Follow him on Twitter at @mik3y_j.
Our resident badass, James Peterson, is a law school graduate who we believe might be responsible for the demise of The Sopranos. Has anyone seen Meadow? Anyone?! James writes witty and stat-filled insights at his own blog, Harpringer of Doom, and his unique snark can be found on Twitter at @JazzInJersey, even though he’s no longer allowed in Jersey. We think.
All the way from the Bay Area to India, and back to L.A., one of our resident outsiders, Rohit Ghosh, will bring a unique perspective to Jazz Fan with an unbiased outside look in. You have probably already read some of his work at MettaChronicles, and he also brings with him the unequaled AccuScore, as far as we know, an all-new addition to any independent blog. Find him on Twitter at @RohitGhosh.
Bringing experience from both ESPN TrueHoop Network’s Philadunkia and covering his alma mater, Iowa Hawkeyes basketball for Bleacher Report, Jerry Scherwin is our Official Resident Outsider with loads of log-in time on the basketball keyboard, that will bring you a fresh, new view from afar. Jerry is unique in that Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, where he currently resides, made him a periphery Jazz fan. Follow him on Twitter at @JerJr33.
Founder and sole contributor to De-Thurmond Analysis, Jacob Frankel will blow you away with his knowledge of advanced statistics — think John Krolik. Residing in beautiful Hawaii, Jacob has become something of a default Jazz fan due to the often west coast time zone games. We look forward to his in-depth peeks into the stats world in which he has access to two of the best stat sites in the basketball world, the NBA Media stats, and mySynergySports. His Twitter is @jacob_frankel.
Ryan Hess is also a web developer, a lifelong Utah County resident until recently (except for his mission), now residing in Arizona. He grew up with BYU and the Utah Jazz, and was a season ticket holder until work forced him to move. New to the blogging world, Ryan is an exciting, intelligent prospect who will help fill the void in online BYU basketball content. Twitter handle, @hessrp, where he’ll chat up a Jazz game with you all night long.
Currently a student manager for Ohio University’s men’s basketball team, Ian Dougherty grew up in San Antonio hating the Jazz. That is, until he moved to Utah, graduating from Cottonwood High School, where he had “to endure conversations of why Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer should have struck more fear in the hearts of the opposing teams.” He’s dabbled in writing for his own site The Jordan Effect, as well as The Chase Down Block and Yard Barker’s Oncourt Onslaught. His Twitter is @EeyoreWolfDough.
I’ll let fellow Sugarhood’r Chase Thompson explain himself to you.
1. I’m from Farmington, UT and currently live in Sugarhouse.
2. I work as a graphic/web designer.
3. I attended Utah State and was a feature writer for their school paper.
4. I write dumb stuff on my blog (thedeathofenthusiasm.com)
5. I tweet dumber stuff (@chasemcthompson)
6. I have a podcast about candy for some reason.
7. I’m a lifelong Utah Jazz fan.
8. I play the banjo poorly.
9. That’s it!
Next up, all-around good guy, John English, who many of you will know from Jazz Twitter conversations and Examiner.com.
1. I’ve lived in six states but I’ve spent most of the past 20 years in Orem, Utah.
2. I’m 39, married, have a bunch of kids. Some are foster, so the number can vary.
3. My movie blog is jermsguy.blogspot.com, my politics blog is jerpsguy.blogspot.com, my Utah Jazz stuff is on Examiner.com.
4. I’ve been a Jazz fan since I first landed here in 1989. The Jazz are 22-1 when I attend in person. I watch 90% of their games on TV or listen on radio.
5. The one loss was to OKC when D-Will got outplayed by Russell Westbrook. They were 2-0 of the games I saw in their 26-56 season.
6. I work as an IT Project Manager during the day.
Get at John on Twitter at @jermsguy.
Jay Roberts wrote for Granger High School’s paper way back when, and follows all the teams in Utah closely. He may not do a lot of writing for us, but you’re gonna love his upcoming video logs with Jazz fans on the street! Find him on Twitter at @j32jam.
Dixon Dahlsrud was the sports writer for The Snow Drift when he attended Snow College, going on to graduate in Marketing from Southern Utah University and has lived in the Twin cities, St. Louis, and Dallas, before coming back to reside in Salina, Utah. He may or may not “go to SeaWorld and take his pants off,” appropriate since everyone knows bloggers don’t even own pants. Find him on Twitter at @Dixon_D.
After getting kicked out of socialist Canada (okay, not really), Braeden Jensen grew up in capitalist Utah, going on to start and take part in many blogs, as well as earn a degree in Communications (PR & Advertising) from Weber State. He’s about one third of the way through his Masters of Professional Communication and currently resides in Layton, Utah where I hear he regularly kicks Jedi’s butt in basketball. Follow his many quality Jazz tweets at @CanadianBraeden.
And last (for now), but certainly not least, our resident jester, the man, the myth, the legend — drum roll, please — the catalyst for the term “Wordsmith,” the one whose wit and charm are unsurpassed on the interwebz, the King of Snark, the Earl of Great Pearls, the one, the only… Jake Jeppsen! If you don’t know Jake, well, that’s a you problem. Fix it. Fix it now, @CowhideGlobe.
Let’s get it started in here!
See you all for the official launch, tomorrow, Friday, November 23, 2012, with multiple takes on The Jimmer versus The Jazz, and much, much more.