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Great Clips of the Week: Is this the newest Jazz court?

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Aug 5th, 2019 @ 11:32am



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ON THE COURT — Do you ever get hit with a strong bout of nostalgia?

Like, listening to a song that reminds you of the first time you had a crush on a girl in middle school (shout out to LFO's "Summer Girls"), or finding out your once-beloved television show is now streaming on Netflix ("Saved by the Bell," FTW).

Well, the Utah Jazz are about to lean into full nostalgia, if you believe a few photos that surfaced on Twitter and other social media outlets over the weekend.

KSL.com has not verified the photos. But that — along with Baker Mayfield downing a beer in rapid succession to spark a Cleveland Indians win, and Philadelphia’s Alejandro Bedoya strong call for firearm legislation — is enough to make our Great Clips of the Week.

As always, click the video above for the full smorgasbord of highlights and incredible moments.

This is not the court you’re looking for

If you grew up in Utah in the '90s, you probably have memories of purple mountains majestically depicted on the front of the Utah Jazz’s jerseys.

From 1996 until 2004 — the heyday of Stockton-to-Malone, back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, and "he pushed off" — the Jazz were all-in on the mountains, the blue and the purple-that-wasn’t-quite-the-purple-of-old in its color scheme.

Somebody seems to want to bring it back.

Twitter fan account JazzNation tweeted Saturday what appears to be evidence of the Jazz laying down a throwback floor with nods to the old uniform collection.

It’s unconfirmed if the floor will come with a matching uniform set. But Donovan Mitchell has already endorsed the idea, and it’s hard to see the Jazz playing on that hardwood while wearing, say, City-edition uniforms in all their orange-and-red glory.

Love them or hate them, Utah’s purple mountains are (reportedly) making a comeback.

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Baker and the beer

Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield has made the offseasons rounds.

Whether it’s by shaving his iconic beard (to make him look like a teenager) or hyping up the Browns (who might actually be pretty good this year, we promise), Mayfield can’t stop making headlines.

His latest escapade involved the Cleveland Indians and a rally sparked by a beer can.

Yes, a beer can — or more specifically, Mayfield shotgunning said beer in seconds and leading the Indians from a 0-0 tie through four innings to a 7-2 win Saturday night.

If you thought that was impressive, one former sports reporter may have one-upped Mayfield’s fortitude.

Aron Yohannes, who covered the Milwaukee Bucks for SB Nation, saw the impressive feat and — in what we can only imagine was a drunken feat — offered to buy a Browns jersey for anyone who retweeted him.

That’s a lot of retweets. Let’s do the math.

On second thought … Twitter did that for us, too.

Philly makes a statement

The Philadelphia Union leaped back to the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with a 5-1 steamrolling of D.C. United on Sunday evening.

But that wasn’t the biggest statement made by a Union jersey.

Alejandro Bedoya, the U.S. international who had one of Philly’s two goals in the first half Sunday, used the opportunity to make a big statement about gun control in the aftermath of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

If you didn’t catch that, here’s what Bedoya said:

“Hey Congress. Do something now,” Bedoya said into a field microphone. “End gun violence. Let’s go!”

The 32-year-old midfielder who went to high school about 15 minutes away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been an outspoken proponent of gun control and anti-gun violence, using his Twitter feed to educate all those who will listen.

Bedoya says he has a plan, too, to aid the nation that has become a world leader in gun deaths every year, as he said prior to Sunday’s match via Twitter.

“I’m not a policymaker, either,” Bedoya tweeted. “I’m shouting at those hypocrites to get their (expletive) together. You want some plans. We can start with stricter background checks, red flag laws, making a registry for gun purchases, closing gun show loopholes, and taxing ammunition. Better for you?”

Philadelphia (12-7-6, 42 points) leads second-place Atlanta United by three points in the East.

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