Opening day is tomorrow and you’re thinking about what games you might go to. If you’re not sure which games to see, the giveaways could make that decision much easier. In the past I’ve gotten a Rudy Gobert nesting doll, my Utah Jazz blanket and other small items. The giveaways can be really fun and you can get some memorabilia that could last for years.
This year, there are only five giveaways. So it makes them that much more unique. Let’s take a look at this year’s giveaways and, of course, rank them.
5. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Denver Nuggets - Schedule Magnet
Opening night will include a magnet with the Utah Jazz schedule. I for one am a fan of magnets. My wife and I collect them from every destination we travel to. In the past, the Jazz gave away a Jazz Bear paper doll magnet that my kids still play with on the fridge. This is a nice piece to put on your desk at work or the fridge at home to remind yourself about future Jazz games while you are getting a delicious snack. But this is not a giveaway that gets me to the game on it’s own.
4. Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Los Angeles Clippers - Yearbooks
This is the wildcard. The Jazz have not given much details other than the name of what the item is. Is this a glorified version of the booklet the ushers give you every game? Or is this a gold encrusted hardcover book with hi-res photos signed by each player? My guess is somewhere in the middle. I do hope there are signatures in there, because then I could pretend that the Jazz were actually my friends and that we had great memories together. And that’s how things got creepy in this piece.
3. Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Chicago Bulls - Beanie
Here we go, the giveaways that give me that itch to go. Do I think this will be a big, plush beanie that will make other Jazz fans swoon as I walk by? Probably not, although no one’s swooning as I walk by anyway, but this is a free beanie in January. The weather will be cold and you can both be warm and rep the Jazz. Extra points here for usefulness and practicality!
2. Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Golden State Warriors - Socks
This was nearly the first choice. I have a soft spot for socks. Is there a better feeling out there than being in a suit at church, work or wherever and then you lift your pant legs like a champion and prove your fanhood superiority? You could do that now with these Jazz socks. Without these I will never lift my pant legs for anyone because it has been known to cause blindness from the glare. Come to think of it, it’s a necessity I get these.
1. Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Cleveland Cavaliers - Cuff Links & Earrings
It was a close decision but how can you go wrong with Utah Jazz cufflinks and Earrings. The best giveaways are with items that you keep for years. If you get these cufflinks, you could secretly wear them to your wedding and then your children's wedding. When you’re on your dying bed you could hand these to your grandchildren and whisper to them, “If you ever say a good word about Gordon Hayward, I will haunt the hell out of you.”
I also love that my wife and daughter get a really unique gift. My daughter wants to get her ears pierced this year and I believe it’s my duty as her father to make sure her ears are displaying Jazz paraphernalia.
There you go, Jazz fans. Let’s cheer on the Jazz and get to games early on these days for awesome swag.