I didn't expect a positive response from you on yesterday's post, Winnipeg. When you first confront someone on their issues they rarely respond positively to it. Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to counsel you, Dear Jets fans, and help you get past this. Reading through your comments on my previous blog, some of them made little sense. Some of you even contradicted yourselves. You say you don't hate us then spew more hatred in the same comment? This does not follow a logical train of thought.
Let me clarify something: we as Coyotes fans want you to see that we don't hate you, despite the fact that we've received little, if nothing but hatred from Winnipeg in the past. We want to help you. We hope that one day you get an NHL team back, we support you getting an NHL team back. Just not the Coyotes. We're sorry that it happened in the first place but seeing as many are now new hockey fans because it did happen (myself included) it is a bitter sweet emotion for us. I personally hope that when that day comes, the Coyotes organization is still classy enough to give you back your WhiteOut. Some of my fellow Coyotes fans wouldn't agree with me on that but bottom line is that it's your's, not our's. You started it, the least we could do is give it back to you so that you can enjoy it with the new Jets. The team isn't our's either, you say? Well, I'll let a simple geography and economic lesson address that issue: the team is in Phoenix. Someone bought it and moved it here, wanting it to be a part of Phoenix. When you pay for something, its your's. So at least for the time being, they were given to us as a gift and now belong to this city.
I also want to use this as an example to you - that type of response is what you must get past. That isn't healthy for you. Take a lesson from the great hockey fans in Quebec - they are at peace with the loss of their beloved team. They have grieved and now moved on. Are they less passionate than you? Certainly not! They are Canadian, are they not? You say all in Canada live and breathe hockey and are better than us Phoenicians. Quebec should qualify then. They even have the online Quebec Nordiques Preservation Society, who's theme is "A tribute to the late, great Quebec Nordiques". I tried to find something honoring the Jets on the internet that didn't focus on bringing them back. But all I found was this. Where is the Winnipeg Jets Preservation Society? Please, point me to it if I've missed it...
The hatred that is fostered needs to stop. For so long the hatred toward Phoenix went unchecked, so I'm glad that there are fans on message boards who are sticking up for our fair city and giving it back to you, to be quite honest. When I started watching hockey, I was proud of our history. I was proud of the Winnipeg Jets being a part of it. I wanted to meet fans from Winnipeg so that I could discuss our team's time in their city with them and learn more about their history. So I went online, and instead of meeting kind people who wanted to chat about hockey, I met bitter people who wanted to bash me for being a Coyotes fan. Instead of making friends I ran into bitter "ex-girlfriends" intent upon making my life miserable for no reason. Even though I certainly wasn't the one who bought the team and moved them to Phoenix. In fact, I didn't even live in Phoenix back then!
You say it's not all fans in Winnipeg who are like this? I am one of the most visible Coyotes fans and so far I have met ONE who had something nice to say to me. ONE Jets fan who said "I have always been a Jets fan and I'll always be a fan of the franchise, regardless of the city they reside in." THAT my friends, is true passion.
The bottom line is, saying that you are "just so passionate" does not give you the right to act like an ass. Nor does it give you the right to attempt to belittle me or any other fan because we would not choose to immerse ourselves in trying to bring the Coyotes back if they were to leave Phoenix.
Now for your homework Winnipeg: I want you to list 5 things, not related to the Jets, in your beloved city that are a sense of pride for you.
<3- The Diva