Lately I have been accused of being a fair weathered fan.
Psssh. I just don't like to watch a team lose. Does that make me fair weather? Okay fine, then I am. But in my defense, isn't everyone "fair weather" in the literal sense? Does anyone spend all day outside when it's freezing cold? (Okay, snowboarders and skiers, you win.) Like my brother once said, I'm just a fan of excellence. And if a team isn't performing "excellently" then I don't necessarily think it's my duty to continue to show up to watch them lose.
Cue the Utah Jazz.
I've long been a jazz fan. (See here here and here.) But this season I might be acting a bit fair weather. To start with, I don't think the coach has any clue how to coach. Secondly, the Jazz pretty much decided they were going to throw their season down the tube when they traded all their good players in hope for a good pick in the draft next year. So they basically decided to suck this year. I don't think I have to support that.
The result is that we started the NBA season off with a pathetic 0-8 record. OH AND EIGHT. We were the only team in the NBA to not have a win. I watched the first five games in their entirety and then just up and quit. The players weren't trying so why should I? I have since devoted my time to things that make me happy like my puppy and bubble baths and sparkles. Being a fair weather fan sure feels fine and dandy to me!
The problem is Greg. He's the most loyal person I've ever met. In terms of our marriage, it's awesome. No complaints! In terms of our relationship with the Jazz, it is agonizingly painful. He insists on watching every possible game. Today when I came home from school, Greg was all up in my grill.
"Let's go to a jazz game tomorrow!" The boy had our weekend all figured out. You see, he hasn't had a Friday night off from rehearsing or performing for months and he won't have another one off until January. We must celebrate this free Friday night in style. Jazz tickets for everyone!
"You really want to watch the jazz? You know they're the worst in the NBA."
"Oh, come on Bon! Show some loyalty for crying out loud!"
"Who are they playing?"
"Yah, no way." (The Jazz can't beat the Spurs even when the Jazz have a decent team, let alone this group of misfits we've got running the court this year. Spurs are currently 8-1 and Jazz are 1-8. Doesn't take a genius to figure out what the score on that one will be.)
Greg was offended. "You really need to figure out your loyalties, Bon."
"I am loyal to good teams! But what's the fun in watching them play terrible and lose by 30 points? I am not required to support mediocrity!"
"Supporting a team isn't always fun, Bonnie. Sometimes it's work, but it's worth it in the end."
Sounds like a freaking marriage speech, doesn't it? I told you. Greg decides to be loyal to someone or something and he is full throttle pedal to the metal balls to the walls all the way do or die sickness and in health sunshine or rain until death do us part and I think I'm out of metaphors.
So that's where I'll be tomorrow night- if you're wondering. Paying $20 to sit in nosebleed seats watching men who get paid 26 times what I do miss jump shots and free throws and turn over the ball.
In other news... it's group giveaway time! I've changed the way I am doing the monthly giveaway. In the past, sponsors have all given an individual prize- a candle or a $15 Target gift card or a pair of earrings. Last week when I was out to dinner with some blogging buddies I figured a couple of things out. My buddy Kelsey has won countless giveaways. She let me in on a little secret and that is that winning group giveaways isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes it's not even worth the hassle as sponsors send the gift card to the wrong address, strangely disappear, etc. And sometimes, she said you just get sent stuff that you would never use- coffee cards for someone who doesn't drink coffee, necklaces that are broken, nail polish you would never wear. And I thought, sheesh, all that hassle and sometimes the girls don't even like the prizes? THEN WHAT IS ALL THIS HOOPLAH FOR?
Bing. An idea was born: pool all the gifts together for one grand prize and let the winner spend it how she wants. I sat on that idea for a few days, decided I loved it, and then fully converted. This is how I will be doing my group giveaways in the future, a wad of cash. If a sponsor has a handmade business, she can of course give that prize instead, but this way it keeps the whole process a little cleaner.
So I present to you, November's giveaway! 180 big ones to be spent any way you want, sister. Sponsors who contributed are listed below. Mandatory entry is to follow Life of Bon on facebook and the rest is optional. This month's sponsors are top notch so make sure to send them some love as they are all giving their own money and resources for this giveaway. (Giveaway ends November 22.)