Teach Me How To Jimmer!

by Kenny Eller on March 22, 2011

Jimmer Fredette

I am saddened by the amount of negativity that flows through our society.

I am upset that more people take the time to tear someone down (or attempt to) than they do to build others up.

It really, really bothers me.

I’m fairly laid back, but if you want to get my blood boiling, if you want to piss me off, let me hear someone tell another person they CAN’T.


When did this happen?  When did sarcasm mix with negativity and become the new cool.

It’s not just happening in office buildings everywhere, it’s happening amongst friends, and still worse amongst family members.

It’s tragic.

The unfortunate truth is, you’ve gotta have THICK skin living in today’s World.


Jimmer Fredette

I’m sure James Taft Fredette has been told his whole life by various people that he can’t.

I’m sure he’s been told that he’s not big enough, not quick enough, can’t jump high enough and on and on and on.

Yet, all Jimmer (nickname given by his mother) has done is lead the Nation is scoring with 28.8 points per game and helped his team, BYU, get to a Sweet 16 showdown versus the University of Florida on Thursday night.

If you haven’t seen or heard of Jimmer Fredette, it’s time to wake up from the coma you’ve been in and see college basketball’s hottest player.  He’s a guy that could have a 50 point night any night and he did so just four games ago with 52 of his team’s 87 points against New Mexico.

This is what he has done just in March:

What Jimmer has done in March (click for larger image)

Jimmer will leave that “are you kidding me??  Did he really just do that??” look on your face, he’s that good.  I mean, his name is being used as an adjective!!!

During a four game stretch in January, Fredette dropped a staggering 47, 21, 42, and 43 points.

Jimmermania is taking over basketball and I love every minute of it.  His play has even inspired a rap song, “Teach Me How To Jimmer.”

Teach Me How To Jimmer (video):

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The reason why I am so thrilled to see a player like Jimmer is because every time he takes a guy to the basket, every time he drills a deep three, he’s shutting the mouths of all those whose life goal is to hurt and destroy.  He’s a silencer of negativity.

He shows that you don’t have to be 6’6″ or taller to be dominate.  He shows that skin color doesn’t matter.

He shows all that whatever you want IS POSSIBLE if you work hard and try!

There is a South African proverb that my friend Roy shared the other day and it states:

“Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it chased it.”

No matter what happens Thursday and beyond, Jimmer chased the Zebra and caught it.

We all should do our best to do the same.


I’ll leave you today with a rap video that his older brother T.J. did called, “Amazing.”  It shows the journey, the struggle, the triumph.  You will be inspired.

Amazing (video):

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Note: Hmm, my bro raps. Now I just need to learn how to Jimmer so I can give MJ my best game! 😀

Injury Update:

Last Thursday I did my first bit of running and then on Friday I did my first jumping (onto an 18-inch box) in over six weeks!!!!! While I don’t feel 100 percent recovered, I didn’t feel any pain when doing either the running or the jumping and what a relief that was!!

I head back later today for the first of five more sessions (3 Physical Therapy/2 Massage Therapy) this week on my road to recovery.  I haven’t been so happy to be sore and achy in quite some time! 😀

Thanks for all of the support!  I’m hoping to announce my next 1-on-1 opponent very soon! Could it be Jimmer? (Hit me up Mr. Fredette! :-) )

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Charissa Eller March 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

Really good message! There is a lot of negativity in the world. Most people will take the time to point out something negative and never recognize the positive.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks! So true!


Jim Kerkvliet March 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Very well said Kenny. Most of the stories of this sort are a result of a person using negativity as an incentive to overcome and become something special. It kind of reminds me a little bit of “Rudy”.

And, it kind of makes me wish that my mother would have nick named me “Jimmer” instead of “Jimmy”.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Jim! Yeah, you’re so right about that and Rudy, though embellished according to Joe Montana, was a great story.

We shall now refer to you as Jimmer! :-)


Kasper Medicis March 26, 2011 at 4:24 am

It’s refreshing to see that kid play. He’s really good.
I hope he’ll make it in the nba.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller March 26, 2011 at 7:53 am

Yeah, he is pretty amazing! I think he will make it in the NBA for sure, it just might night be in as big of a role of course. Who knows, maybe some NBA team will give him the green light:)


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