Sometimes I think life must suck for Jonathan "JT Monaaaaay" Tavernari.
I mean, he hides it well under his snappy blazers and sunglasses, but I bet Tav is nursing his own private pain deep down inside.
I mean, we're talking about an awesome basketball player who possesses some pretty freaky skills and an unquestioned team leader for the BYU Cougars.
He's a leading scorer, he's a former MWC freshman of the year, he's got a sweet secret handshake he does with Michael Loyd Jr. before every game--how could life not be all smiles and sunshine for the Brazilian Bomber?
I'll tell you how. Fans like YOU make JT's life miserable.
Sorry, I shouldn't be so specific. I'm not talking about you, you. I'm talking about all the BYU fans that constantly give JT crap no matter what he's doing, you.
JT is on a very short leash with BYU fans. Even when he's playing well. All he has to do is miss one wide open three pointer and he's in the dog house for about a week.
"What a chucker!"
"Pass the freaking ball, Tavernari!"
"Get that guy on the bench!"
For some reason BYU fans have very little patience for JT, but are willing to give other players all the leeway they need. Guys like Jimmer Fredette and Lee Cummard can have off nights and still be fan favorites. The second JT misses a few shots, though, he becomes the team villain.
Additionally, JT has to put together a huge string of good games to even think about getting in the fans' good graces. And even then the best the fans will muster is "I guess he played okay tonight... but next time he'll probably blow it."
I don't get it. I get frustrated with JT, sure, but I get frustrated with every BYU player on occasion. I'm an equal opportunity BYU fan.
What's more, I like the guy. I love what JT brings to the team, and I love that he's a little different from the other guys. The flash, the cockiness, the way he speaks so freely and so ethnically--it's all gold.
I just want you to know, JT, that I feel your pain and I'm out there fighting the good fight. I'll continue to defend your honor.