The following is the text of an actual e-mail I sent off to the CBC during Saturday night's game against Montreal. Another in the long line of Saturday games this year I've been forced to watch on my laptop because the CBC believes the Atlanta Thrashers have a large, strong, and dedicated fanbase everywhere west of Ontario. To put it in context, I'd just gotten back from a trip to work that took ten hours longer than it should have because people higher up that make decisions seem to be making a habbit of making bad decisions these days so I wasn't in all that great a mood to begin with. I also got home just in time to see that the Leafs game wasn't on TV, fire up the computer, and see the Habs score what turned out to be the winning goal. So that didn't help matters.
Anyway, this is the e-mail I sent. I have yet to hear back from them and, frankly, I really doubt I will but it was a nice way to blow off steam. The only thing I regret is that I didn't mention how they should fire Glenn Healy for being a douche and terrible at his job. Next time, I guess.
Dear CBC: Fuck off with the goddamn Jets.
Seriously, no one cares about them. I know you and everybody else all went overboard celebrating “Canada's seventh team” when they relocated, but guess what? After the season started, everybody went back to not caring about them and went back to paying attention to their favourite team. It's almost as if nobody cared about the Atlanta Thrashers for the past ten years and that hasn't changed just because the name and the city have. Sure there might be people in Winnipeg that care about their new team, but that doesn't mean any of the rest of us in the west do. We've already got teams to cheer for and we're not going to simply switch our loyalty just because there's suddenly a team a bit closer. The people that do that are bandwagoners and should be shunned and ridiculed not rewarded with getting to watch “their team” on a weekly basis. Forcing all of us to watch Winnipeg games is like if you had forced everyone in Ontario and Quebec to watch Ottawa Senators games in the early 90s just because they were new and in that general area. Only this is worse because, unlike the Senators, these “Jets” aren't new at all, they're the goddamn Thrashers.
Looked at another way, do you remember when the real Jets were still in Winnipeg? It was a long time ago, but it's pretty much all anyone talks about when the Jets play anybody for the first time. Remember who you showed on Hockey Night In Canada for the whole country to see? Was it the Jets? No, you showed the Leafs game. And that was a Jets team that had Teamu Selanne. What do these Jets have, Nik Antropov? The two best parts of his trade away from Toronto was that a) he wasn't on the Leafs anymore, and b) that now we didn't have to watch him try to play hockey anymore. But seriously, even back in the “good ol' days” that these new Jets are supposed to make everybody remember, you didn't force us to watch them every Saturday, you showed the Leafs game like you're supposed to because that's what everyone wanted to see. Except maybe the people in Winnipeg but they're all dead inside anyway and maybe the few Montreal fans but they're both mentally deficient and have the French CBC channel to watch their games on.
So in conclusion, CBC: fuck off with the goddamn Jets and show the Leafs game like you're supposed to. If you really have to show the Jets on TV, do like you do with the Senators: show them in their specific city and nowhere else because, just like the Senators, no one outside their city cares.