A Challenge to Some of the More Vocal Winnipeg Jets Fans Who Want the Thrashers

I actually watched him play in this uniform. Did you?

I recently wrote a few short posts on SB Nation Atlanta. One was about the Phoenix situation possibly taking the heat off of the Thrashers moving, and the other was on the “Jets Meter” that TSN has set up. Neither of which slammed Winnipeggers for wanting a team – I think they should have one, and I made that point clear. I just questioned their wanting a team at the expense of another city. You know, like what happened to them. I have never seen so many comments in response insulting a fanbase or a city in my life. From telling me that I just “don’t understand” how people in Winnipeg feel because I live in Georgia to being told that hockey is Canada’s birthright and shouldn’t be shared with anyone, these comments run the gamut of snarky to just ignorant.

They also seem to be posted by an awful lot of people who were in diapers when the Jets moved to Phoenix.

Here’s my challenge to you, folks who are crying for Atlanta to move because the attendance is down (in a city with things to do OTHER THAN HOCKEY? While the product on the ice has been sub-par or average at best? NO WAY), or because Southerners are stupid, or because hockey isn’t allowed in the Sun Belt by grace of some obscure Canadian Law. Procure one Selanne hockey card that you yourself got out of a pack. Say that you saw him actually play hockey live in a Jets uniform. Give me the reason why Keith Tkachuk is nicknamed “Walt.”  Tell me the year your hockey team came into existence – and no, not the NHL franchise, the WHA franchise. Tell me without looking the names of the retired players of your franchise.

If you can do that, fine, spew vitriol at someone who just wants to keep a team where it belongs, like you tried to do in 1996. If you can’t do any of that, then, don’t you dare tell me that I don’t understand, or that I’m not a hockey fan because I’m “from the South” (which I’m NOT – I’m from St. Louis). Don’t try to tell me that hockey “belongs” to you and not to me. Hockey belongs to anyone who loves it, and people who love it want to see the sport grow.

And if you were eating strained peas when Tkachuk and the Jets moved to the desert in 1996, for God’s sake, look at some facts about your own attendance and stop relying on made up stories of grandeur to try to make Atlanta fans feel badly about their attendance.

P.S. Your saying that you want “your” team back and “your” sport needs to go back to Canada from Atlanta need to learn geography 101. Atlanta was an expansion team. Phoenix is a relocation of your team. They’re different cities. I’d give you a dictionary, but I don’t think you’d know what to do with it.

About Laura Astorian

Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.