We’re Back

“It may not be life and death, but it’s life”- Andrew McMahon

When important things happen in life, feelings are often expressed in the form of quotes by other people. It’s lazy and it’s a crutch, but then again who could properly explain what this day means to Winnipeg and to Manitoba?

Last fall I was talking hockey with a few friends, and they asked me which team I was a fan of. I, of course, said the Jets. Proudly, but sadly as well. I knew we had come oh so close the previous year to getting our beloved team back (though I didn’t know we were THIS close), and when asked when I thought the Jets would be back in Winnipeg, I remarked confidently that it would happen within the next decade.

I was wrong. Well, kind of. And thank god that I was. Less than a year after that conversation, our beloved Winnipeg Jets will take the ice, marking maybe the first time ever that cheers before a game are louder than cheers for a goal (don’t believe me? watch this video and then this video)

I remember sitting at my desk at work watching the press conference announcing the Jets’ return. I remember watching the draft this summer, and cheering when they announced the Jets name.

I was only 9 when the Jets left for Arizona, so that is one thing I don’t really remember. But I have seen video of their last game so much that it feels like I was there.

15 years ago they left, sparking bitterness and bad feelings. Winnipeg thrived, but something was missing.

Today, that all ends. We can stop talking about the past, and focus on the present and the future.

Many people think this team will finish last or 2nd to last in the Southeast. And you know what? They’re probably right. But you know what else? For now, that doesn’t matter. There will be time 5, 10 years down the road to discuss a horrible trade, or complain about some penalty that was called. What matters today is that there will be time 5, 10 years down the road to discuss a horrible trade or complain about some penalty that was called. Today,  The Winnipeg Jets are playing in a regular season game for the first time since 1996. Whether they end 2011-12 with 100 points or 70 points, this year will be great.

Sure, there are far more important things than sports. They’re not life or death. But they’re life, and that’s good enough for me.