Seriously, what’s with all the Jets fans? Where were all you people 15 years ago, when the team couldn’t sell out its home games? Back then, the Jets couldn’t fill a 16,000-seat stadium. Now they have 3 million fans (give or take).
I call this phenomenon The Jet Effect. A mixture of nostalgia, along with fan-wagoning has led to legions of fans to celebrate that Winnipeg is getting an NHL team again. No one likes to share in the pain, but boy they do come out for the party.
I am happy for the city of Winnipeg.
But calling the new team the Jets is a bad idea. That’s like naming your new puppy after your old dog that passed away. It seems like a good idea, but in the end it leaves you sad and bitter.
Anyway, the surplus 2,500,000 Jets fans will fade away once they realize that their team is just the Atlanta Thrashers in different uniforms.
As for the remaining 500,000 Jets fans–enjoy your new team.
By the way, I’ve added a new poll–in the upper-right corner of this blog–about the Jets. Please take a moment to vote. (The poll has ended.)