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Utah Jazz history on April Fool's Day

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The Utah Jazz play today (April Fool's Day) against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves are a young team with a number of talented, exciting, good players. And the Jazz would be fools to overlook them. In fact, if you look at the history books the Utah Jazz haven't always taken care of business on April Fool's day. Over the last 30 years the team has had a game on April 1st a grand total of fifteen different times. Utah has gone 9 and 6 over this span, and for some strange reason only four of the games have been close at all. Really, 10 of the 15 games on April Fool's day finish with a double digit margin, and there have been several blowouts. Sadly, not always in our favor.

Year Game UTA OPP +/- Year Game UTA OPP +/-
1 1987 @ San Antonio Spurs 107 - 104 Win 3 16 2002
2 1988 17 2003 @ Los Angeles Clippers 94 - 89 Win 5
3 1989 @ Sacramento Kings 97 - 117 Loss -20 18 2004
4 1990 @ Los Angeles Lakers 103 - 119 Loss -16 19 2005 vs Golden State Warriors 91 - 108 Loss -17
5 1991 20 2006 @ Portland Trail Blazers 102 - 89 Win 13
6 1992 21 2007 @ Houston Rockets 86 - 83 Win 3
7 1993 22 2008
8 1994 23 2009
9 1995 @ Los Angeles Clippers 98 - 116 Loss -18 24 2010
10 1996 25 2011 vs Los Angeles Lakers 85 - 96 Loss -11
11 1997 26 2012
12 1998 vs Portland Trail Blazers 98 - 89 Win 9 27 2013 vs Portland Trail Blazers 112 - 102 Win 10
13 1999 vs Houston Rockets 88 - 87 Win 1 28 2014
14 2000 @ Denver Nuggets 92 - 112 Loss -20 29 2015 vs Denver Nuggets 98 - 84 Win 14
15 2001 @ Vancouver Grizzlies 92 - 73 Win 19 30 2016 vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Five times, one out of ever three April Fool's day games, the Jazz have ended up losing by 16 points, or worse. That's not a trend I want to see continue, especially since the Jazz are over due for a beat down if we go by the "once every three games" rule.

I can only hope that Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors (if he is back) and company figure out that it's too late in the season to be losing games.