How does one generate hate towards a city and its hockey team when there is no history in place? It's very easy (almost too easy) to hold bad feelings towards the Vancouver Canucks. From their roster to their overrated city, I have no problems whatsoever feeling good about whenever the hockey team stumbles. It also takes me little effort mustering up hatred towards another Wild rival, the Calgary Flames. From that smug Jarome Iginila to the ugliest arena in North America, it's a no-brainer for me to dislike that franchise.
Now I have a problem...a new team has appeared just north of me across the border, the Winnipeg Jets FKA Atlanta Thrashers. By all accounts the people of Winnipeg are good people who, like Minnesotans, suffered the loss of their hockey team and were able to get one back. It sounds like a nice little city and I'm happy they're back in the NHL.
But having said that I cannot allow myself to be pleasant. Atlanta's former team is a bunch of underachieving pretenders who will not succeed in the Western Conference when they get moved. I don't like their new logo, their old logo and I can't remember half the time the correct spelling for Winnipeg. Is it Winnipeg, Winnepig, Wennipig, Winnepig or Winnipig? Whatever the spelling, I'll look forward to the future victories the Wild will enjoy there.