Home court advantage!

My Utah Jazz lost tonight :( It pains me greatly to write this blog entry. Its like getting my finger nails ripped off one by one, or maybe hosting with Godaddy – whichever is worse.

In the second round of the NBA playoffs 16 of the last 18 games were won by the home team. Teams fight all year long to get home court advantage. It is an undeniable fact that home court makes a huge difference. The Utah Jazz went 37-4 at home (The best in the NBA), and 17-24 away.

What I don’t understand is why? I really don’t. My personality completely rejects the notion that I need to have someone cheering for me to do better. I go to most of the Jazz games and I certainly can tell that when the crowd gets into a game that the Jazz play WAY better. When I play a sport or am in some kind of competitive situation I CRAVE opposition. I do well when someone is cheering or wants me to play well, but I do better when someone says I can’t do something.

In business or in sports the FIRST thing I want is to be underrated, to have someone believe that I can’t achieve some goal, and to root against me. I LOVE IT! I feed off of the negative energy. There is nothing better than to crush someone’s expectations that you will do poorly. When I am left alone I tend to be mediocre at sports or business interests, but tell me you’ll be beat at something and I will try 10x harder. Make me mad enough and I WILL win!

My desire to win comes from within. It isn’t given me by a “crowd”. All great players are motivated, but the outstanding players are those that thrive in a hostile environment. They learn to use both positive and negative energy to win no matter the circumstances standing in their way. They will find a way to win!

Do you need the home court advantage? I don’t and never will…

Matt Heaton / Bluehost.com

10 Responses to “Home court advantage!”

  1. Defiance says:

    There is a fine line between faulting from pressure or thriving on it. Some people never realize that pressure reminds you that you’re alive. Even the best forget.

    Also, generalizations will always be just that.

    Now, as a prospective customer, and kindred spirit in regards to this post of yours, I’m sure you’re not enough of a leader to get the awesome RVSiteBuilder Pro installed on the cPanel today. Plus, your hosting is just not worthy of a DIY WYSIWYG template creator/editor, template downloader/uploader/importer, logo/header drag and drop feature, online flash editor, etc. You’re only worthy of that not-so-user-friendly PageWizard. ;-)

    I’m the guy who had Dawson send some suggestions to you from our night-owl chat log, hours ago.

  2. Jeremy says:

    You may consider yourself too busy. But I highly recommend you read this article about Utah Jazz fans. – http://www.bleacherreport.com/articles/22893-Utah-Jazz-The-Most-Disgusting-Fans-In-The-NBA-130508
    It is unfair that there are Jazz fans that actually have hearts and are human – but based on watching three games on television, I am disappointed by the fans of your favorite team.
    You don’t throw trash at a team, constantly bring down the referees (who don’t decide a game, the players do), and worst of all mock Fisher who is a father of a daughter with cancer.

    Maybe I’m wrong and If I am please let me know. But based on this post – you have no respect either. You love bringing down your competitors like Godaddy, ipowerweb, and microsoft. Please grow up and don’t be like a “typical” Jazz fan. Have respect for people.

  3. Matt says:

    Here is your quote.

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    You may consider yourself too busy. But I highly recommend you read this article about Utah Jazz fans. – http://www.bleacherreport.com/articles/22893-Utah-Jazz-The-Most-Disgusting-Fans-In-The-NBA-130508
    It is unfair that there are Jazz fans that actually have hearts and are human – but based on watching three games on television, I am disappointed by the fans of your favorite team.
    You don’t throw trash at a team, constantly bring down the referees (who don’t decide a game, the players do), and worst of all mock Fisher who is a father of a daughter with cancer.

    Maybe I’m wrong and If I am please let me know. But based on this post – you have no respect either. You love bringing down your competitors like Godaddy, ipowerweb, and microsoft. Please grow up and don’t be like a “typical” Jazz fan. Have respect for people.

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    The jazz fans threw trash at the Refs that were standing BY the players. It was not right that they threw trash, but it also isn’t right that the players decide the game and not the refs. In my 25 years of watching
    basketball I have NEVER seen such one sided preference for a team in all my life. The fans were fed up with it and let the refs know about it! Did you even watch the game?? Jazz fans are upset because
    Fisher left the jazz to get medical treatment for his daughter. The jazz let him out of his contract early with no penalties to do so. He then moved to California to play for the lakers again, yet his daughters eye
    doctor for her cancer is in New York? They travel there once a week for treatment. Help me understand how we shouldn’t be mad at a player that left for medical reasons and then moved to the state farthest
    from that care?? There are two sides to every story.

    As for Ipower and Godaddy – I don’t respect them. Ipower isn’t a bad company, but I don’t really have much of anything good to say about them either. I believe they provide a mediocre service with
    mediocre services. And don’t get me started on Bob Parsons and Godaddy. They are an embarrassment personally and professionally wherever they go. I don’t just have no respect for them, I have
    disdain for Godaddy and ALL their practices. Same goes for Microsoft, they are a bad joke among jokes on how to operate a business.

    Sorry, you have to EARN my respect. I don’t just hand it out, and being mediocre (Ipower), Disgusting and immoral (Godaddy), and dishonest (Microsoft) don’t make the grade!

    Matt Heaton

  4. Defiance says:

    I can easily see issues with Microsoft, but GoDaddy? I concede, my favorite thing about them is their infamous commercials (I’m iconoclastic, blithe …and a guy); but I’ve also been happy with their service so far. Haven’t listened to Bob’s radio show. Not to get you started, but I am curious about what I might be missing.

    BTW, I’m missing some publishing experience too; so while that RV Pro is the best site builder I’ve found so far it really isn’t “awesome” compared to great websites and the ultimate builder seems to be a plug and play CMS with a Flash and XML front-end … which I’m currently digging around about because the CMS that most hosts have is effective but not too pleasing to the eye.

  5. Jeremy says:

    You should think about what you just wrote. It seems as though you accept the fact that Jazz fans threw trash at the refs and don’t seem to be bothered by this.
    Regardless of your values and views on respect – the Jazz did have a chance to win and they did not. Excuses are not going to bring your team a championship and I recommend you tell your peers the same.
    I like the fact that you love your team so much and support them regardless of what they do – but I hope that if you ever have children you don’t tell them that what Jazz fans did was appropriate.
    Good luck in growing up as a man.

  6. Cony says:

    hope they will win next time :)

  7. Defiance says:

    You both have good points. Jeremy’s does seem to be more altruistic and/or benevolent. It’s that tough decision between being peaceful and revengeful. It’s war versus diplomacy or passive resistance. It’s pondering if two wrongs make a right. It’s pondering what justice is. This can transcend into everything from the death penalty to putting Visine into an annoying customer’s drink to bar fights to world peace …etc.

    The human condition is that what one thinks is a man the other might not or either may be inconsistent due to variables.

    I’m often on the fence or maybe I just think too much sometimes. I might be happy with not reacting one day and happy with reacting and thus not getting “walked all over” the next.

    Touche to both of you. En garde.

  8. Jay R. Wren says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more about rising to challenges. I do not accept being told that I cannot do something when I know I can.

    This happened to me 7-8 months ago in Bluehost Forums. Little did I know it was a forum moderator who was saying pushing me and challenging me to do what he thought was impossible. http://www.bluehostforum.com/archive/index.php/t-5215.html

    I got ASP.NET running via Mono on my bluehost account. It was unstable, unreliable and not a good solution, but it DID work. I DID do what I said I thought was possible.

    All that said, I would be interested in working with your crew to make it more stable and more usable. Thanks for the great service.

  9. Dave M. says:

    Let me sound off in a “Jim Rome-esc” way.

    The Jazz blew it plain and simple. There hearts were not in it the way the Lakers were. Lets not talk about how Stockten made the broiler plate for how dirty the Jazz play. Or maybe it’s Sloan. As a church ball class player myself I find it ironic that the Utah Jazz is the dirtiest team in the NBA. It’s like a group of “Insert NBA player here” wannabies in the Stake Center cultural hall setting moving screens, grabbing arms, fouling, charging, undercutting and in general acting like an ass. Describes the Jazz perfectly.

    The fact is that the Jazz fans are the worst fans in the world. They are mean, spiteful, spirited and in general annoying. Every time they have been in the playoffs there are comments from the opposing players about how nasty the fans in Utah are. Teams going to Utah have to find a place to hide to avoid the air horns that the great fans bring out. I experienced their meanness my self wearing a Bulls championship t-shirt through a SLC grocery store during the 1996 finals.

    Not only did the jazz not win, they didn’t deserve to win. The fans and the players showed poor sportsmanship.

    One word about page design and layout. If you are using a server hosted “pagebuilder” to build your website you are a poser. Pony up for some professional web building applications like the industry standard, Adobe CS Web Premium.

    BUZZER!

    BTW Matt I played ball once with brother Pratt and his son. His son is in my ward. I believe he said that you were in his ward cause we got on the subject of computers and web hosting. Anyway we took the annual 3 on 3 EQ basketball tourny.

  10. Bo says:

    Maybe it’s not necessary, however, great home court advantage can make life alot easier on the road. It makes it possible to pick and choose spots to REALLY go for wins, even in the playoffs.

    BTW, what is great home court advantage? It’s a full arena and a superiorly basketball trained fanbase. Boston and the Lakers, they have great fans. Boston the smartest and the Lakers the most (and the most prominent!). The successes of both these teams start at home.

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