michelle got jimmered.

9 02 2011

Every so often there comes along an athlete that changes the landscape of the sport.

The Naismith College Player of the Year has been awarded to the most outstanding player each year in college basketball since 1969.

Duke has produced 7 of those. (NCAA record)
BYU has produced 0. (No surprise)

Things could change this year.

Jimmer Fredette is the great white hope.
Most polls have Jimmer in a three way race for the award with UConn’s Kemba Walker and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.

Why do I bring this up?

Michelle Peralta.
She wrote a very interesting letter to the Daily Universe – have a look:

“I can’t walk across campus without hearing Jimmer Fredette’s name a dozen times. His name comes up everywhere: in class, at work, during lunch … really, people? Cut it out with the Jimmer worship. Last time I checked, idol worship was very much frowned upon in the scriptures.
Don’t you have a life to live? Then quit wasting it in front of the TV or in lines at the Marriott Center.
At the very least, stop trying to convert those of us who don’t follow BYU sports and don’t care that baseball and badminton are two different things. Pushing basketball on us isn’t going to make us like it any better.
I’m not blaming Jimmer for all this; was it Nephi’s fault in the Book of Mormon when his brothers worshiped him? As far as I’m concerned, Jimmer is perfectly free to live his dreams. If he reaches his goals and lives his dreams, more power to him. I would like the same courtesy from his fans: let me live my own dreams in peace, even if they don’t include ever sitting in the Marriott Center screaming my brains out.
Michelle Peralta
Apple Valley, Calif.”

Michelle’s letter led to a very, very interesting Facebook wall thread of comments (you’ve got to check these out) which then led to great little piece on ESPN.

And now a rebuttal for Sister Peralta….

Dear Michelle,

Thanks for the letter. It seems you’ve got some issues and I’ve got some suggestions to solve your little dilemma.

1. Tired of hearing Jimmer’s name?
Ah, yes the problem with living in a society is that we are subject to our environment. Society celebrates success. The best way to avoid being burdened with the weight of the name Jimmer would be to go join the Red denizens of the North. (Not much individual athletic success going on up there) Or, I hear Cuba doesn’t have any All-Star ball players this season…

2. Concerned for our worship of idols?
Aww, you’re so sweet. But, don’t worry about us.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
Once you’ve been translated, we’ll ask for some help. (after March Madness of course!)

3. Worried about us not having a life?
Man, the last game I went to, I felt connected to about 30,000 other individuals. But you’re probably connected to a lot more – you probably have a lot of Facebook friends, huh? (you did get a lot of comments on your wall recently!)

4. Pushing basketball on you?
Yeah, it’s a shame we live somewhere that thoughts (like your delightful letter) can be freely shared. Is it too repetitive to suggest Cuba again?

5. You want to live your dreams?
We want you to as well! We wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
JimmerNation.

Whew.
Long post today.
But as soon as I saw the post about Jimmer, I knew I had to write about this!

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2 responses

9 02 2011
ashley

bahahahaaaa! i just want to know WHO’S stopping her from living her dreams?! she must give up pretty quickly…it’s too bad she deleted her fb account. she’d be the most popular person on campus…after jimmer.

9 02 2011
kylekealohaaldous

hahaha love it!!

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