25 April 2012
Late Tuesday night at Energy Solutions Arena something amazing happened.
If you weren’t there you may have experienced a glimpse of it on TV or radio. You may have been sitting in your car or on the couch. You may have been at work, listening on your wireless device.
But if you were there, chances are you felt it. Something magical.
Chances are you may have felt that moment where every hair on your body stands on edge, sending an incredible rush of tingling sensations down your back. Or maybe you felt your heart almost skip a beat, and for a moment you felt like nothing else in the world had any substance or meaning.
It’s that moment when the adrenaline rush is so strong you feel like you can conquer the world. The pure rush of insanity that leaves you in wonder and amazement for hours to come.
Yeah...you know exactly what I'm talking about.
But it wasn't just one moment, rather, a collection of events forming one defining experience. An experience that you and 20,000 other people helped to define.
An experience that one Jazz fan found himself caught up in. A magical night that this particular fan soaked and basked in, even as he made the thirty minute drive home.
It was like Magic.
The Associated Press 2012-04-24
With the 2012 season on the line, and the playoffs looming large, and with the idea that the season could be over before anyone realized or wanted it to be, fans came together in one place to give it a go for one last time. And they came together with a passion not seen in quite some time.
As that one Jazz fan, who was half crazed and passionate himself, sat in the stands, he was brought to remember the days of old. All around him was the unified, overwhelmingly intimidating chants of “DEFENSE” and in the final minutes of the game, “PLAYOFFS.”
Although his ears were ringing with pain, much like they did in days of old, and his voice was cracking, his head pounding from the rush of blood, he basked in the sounds of an arena that was once the most feared arena in the NBA. And, for a moment the sudden realization came over him that, on this night, the intimidating arena had found its lost soul.
The 2012 playoffs have arrived. And after a short hiatus, the Jazz have returned. And it is apparent that the greatest fans in the NBA have returned as well.
And so, with one more game in the season, and two playoff games yet to come, you can bet that Energy Solutions Arena will be rocking and bursting at the seams with excitement. And for those three games, Jazz fans can wreak havoc and intimidation on opposing teams. And with one voice, make ESA the most feared arena on the planet.
The magic has returned. The amazing IS happening.
It’s only fitting that the slogan of the 2012 season has been:
WE ARE UTAH JAZZ!
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