The Winning-est Winners of All

May 20th, 2013 | by Andy Larsen


“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”  ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

You’ve probably heard the news by now. Spencer Hall, the visionary leader and founder of this fine Utah Jazz website is stepping into an advisory role, after taking an incredible new job as the news director at Spencer will continue to own the site, but he’s appointed me to continue the day-to-day work here at Salt City Hoops in the role of managing editor.

First of all, I am incredibly impressed at the work Spencer has put into this site and the Salt City Hoops brand. Spencer’s writing, professional-yet-personable social media presence, radio show, and work covering the Jazz at games and practice have been top notch. As a result, Spencer is a universally respected figure in Jazz circles and will be missed as a regular contributor. You can continue to follow Spencer’s basketball thoughts on Twitter at @saltcityhoops and his grown-up feed at @spencerhall.

I want to thank SB Nation and the family for the opportunity to contribute. It was a fantastic outlet to share my research and ideas. SLCDunk is the largest and most-visited Utah Jazz blog because of the relentless work of Basketball John, Amar, Clark, Diana, Moni, Peter, Spencer Campbell, Yucca, Dustin, and others. Don’t worry: This doesn’t portend a blog war. Amar and the SLCDunk crew have been incredibly supportive of this opportunity for me and I look forward to collaborating with the entire Jazz blog community on roundtables, podcasts, and other formats to bring the best voices to Jazz fans.

Personally, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to take on this role with Salt City Hoops and the ESPN TrueHoop Network. To have the opportunity to represent Jazz fans in such an important way is a dream come true. I hope to live up to the high expectations of the uniquely passionate and intelligent Jazz fanbase.

The trademark of Salt City Hoops has always been very high-quality writing and that will not change. However, we want more of it. We want to be the outlet of choice for journalists, media personalities, super fans, statisticians, clever writers, videographers, absurdists, artists, and capologists. We’ve already received an overwhelming response from people interested in contributing and we’ll always be looking for great original submissions. Drop us line at and help us showcase your work.

Expect daily content and a bigger team of contributors. We’ll also be expanding our multimedia reporting with more podcasts and videos, as well as continuing the Saturday Show on 1280 The Zone, the Jazz flagship radio station. A site re-design is in the cards, as well as an online store to pick up hot Salt City Hoops merchandise (you know you want it). As with everything else, I welcome your ideas and input.

In sum, this is an exciting time for Salt City Hoops and the Utah Jazz community. Great things are in the works. We’re hoping that as a result, everyone in Jazzland will be the winning-est winners of all.

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen is the Managing Editor of Salt City Hoops, the ESPN TrueHoop affiliate for the Utah Jazz. He also hosts a radio show and podcast every week on ESPN700 AM in Salt Lake City.
Andy Larsen

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