A team by any other name … is not for Winnipeg
True North was naturally receiving plaudits from around the country on Tuesday for returning a seventh Canadian franchise to Winnipeg, and well they should. But the group also seems oddly fixated on cutting ties with the past. How can this team not be called the Winnipeg Jets? Consider that all the recent stories about Jets merchandise selling out across town also included this coda from retailers: Jets stuff has always sold well. People have, for 15 years, longed for the return of the Jets. Now they are to be told that the prodigal franchise is to be called the Manitoba Somethings? Ugh. Time to put that vintage Hawerchuk jersey away. Same too the vintage Soetaert.
There is nothing wrong with embracing the city’s hockey history, and spare us the talk of a clean start. Yes, the Jets struggled in their first go-round, but the Boston Red Sox couldn’t win a thing for 86 years, and no one tried calling them the Massachusetts Moose.
Any team willing to call themselves the “poohs” is a gift to tabloid news headline writers.
The Winnipeg Poohs logo is inspired—maybe even the best mascot idea since the Ole Miss campaign to replace Colonel Reb with Admiral Ackbar..
Winnipeg Jets is the best name ever xP