Utah gets a win in hoops yesterday over Arizona St. team that has quit on their coach, and Ute fans are alive with glee. Utah fans are also decidedly crapping on Jiggy, despite the fact we’d have won no other games without the guy. Also we’re operating under the idea that a guy averaging 5 assists a game was selfish. And that a guy who was very popular with his teammates was a cancer. Seems strange.
I’ve simply don’t get why Utah fans have been so very willing to tell lies about Boylen and Jiggy and not face the realities of the hoops program. But I think I have the answer, the stories about Boylen and Jiggy are simply faith promoting stories, stories people tell themselves to make believing easier. Facing all the realities of Ute hoops is hard, believing nonsense and making the blame easy, makes it all better.
Faith promoting stories are wildly popular in Utah. Hell, BYU has spun the greatness of their athletic department around faith promoting stories. So when Utah fans need an explanation, they are very accepting of stories like Boylen got everyone to leave or Jiggy is a selfish bad guy because it gives them an easy answer. Despite their not being an ounce of evidence to back up either story.
Right now there seems to be a strange amount of faith in Larry, without anything to back it up. Maybe he works out, maybe he doesn’t but if you’re looking for hard evidence, it doesn’t exist. So when you have faith, you need stories that verify that faith.
And boy are Utah fans bringing the stories.