Re: Winter Classic
posted at 9/28/2011 8:53 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Winter Classic
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Winter Classic : They are the hot summer topic. When hockey starts, and the Jets stink, all of the fans will return to their regularly scheduled obsessions. They are as follows: Habs fans: Oh my God, this is a Cup team. Leafs fans: Oh my God, this is a Cup team. Sens fans: Oh my God, what happened to our Cup dream? Flames fans: We love Iggy, he is so mean. Oilers fans: They'll be great soon, right now they're just teens. Come January, the interesting story of the Jets will be an interesting story of what they'll do with their lottery pick. The people in the other hockey areas will be interested in their own teams. Example: Oilers vs Flames and Jets vs. anyone Calgary and Edmonton are not watching the Jets game. Another example: Maple Leafs vs. anyone and Jets vs. anyone. Toronto is not tuning into the Jets. I understand that right now they're hot, hot, hot. Soon, the interest will be as localized as it is in Edmonton. Bad choice for the big game.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Disagree with your prognosticating on how things will play out.
You are saying the Jets wouldn't be a good choice because the Jets will stink and people will lose interest in them. And fans only watch their home town teams and will have no interest in the Jets once the season starts. Disagree ! Here's why !
First of all the Jets will be not be playing just in front of family and friends like they were in Atlanta. Winnipeg's arena will be an environment for this team to get excited about playing every night. Atlanta was not. IMO they will play better on that alone plus they have some solid young players including that terrible 1st rounder Mark Scheifele ( destination Barrie more then likely ) who is still with the big club as I write.http://jets.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=590102&navid=DL|WPG|home
Secondly hockey in Canada is a sport that is followed nationally not just regionally as everyone knows. Home teams don't play every night. Fans will tune in to what's available next. Winnipeg being the new kid on the block will sustain the interest whenever they visit cities for the first time in Canada as the season goes along ( and also at home as Canadian teams visit there ). CBC , TSN and Sportsnet will be big on the Jets this year.
Localized hockey might happen in the States . Here in Canada all teams are watched because of the national exposure.
The Jets would not be a good pick for the Heritage Classic if it happened this year. They'd be a fantastic pick.
P.S. A note to Badhab : I know, I know tldr.