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Wear The Jets Logo With Pride

from Tom Brodbeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

The thing opponents of the new Winnipeg Jets logo fail to understand is that honouring our air force — or our military generally — has nothing to do with supporting Canada’s foreign policy, either current or past.

Apparently there is a smattering of anti-military folks in this city who don’t like the fact that the new Jets logo pays homage to our air force’s rich history in Winnipeg.

Their argument is that by honouring the military in any way, fans donning “militaristic” Jets apparel would necessarily be expressing their support for Canada’s military actions abroad.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I wouldn’t exactly call the airforce “militaristic”

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/12/11 at 11:26 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Shut up.
Get over it.
Enjoy the team.

Is that honestly so hard?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/12/11 at 12:14 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Being against militarism is not the same as being against the people serving in the military.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/12/11 at 12:58 PM ET

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I like the new Jets logo. The old one was one of the ugliest logos ever. The fact that it honours the air force is just another reason to be proud to wear it.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 08/12/11 at 01:03 PM ET

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Right or wrong, when you wrap your logo in political symbols you get political reactions. It isn’t too hard to figure out.

Posted by timbits on 08/12/11 at 02:03 PM ET

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I have yet to see criticism of it BECAUSE it’s like the RCAF logo.

I have seen plenty of criticism of it because it’s just plain not a good NHL logo…. and I agree.

I also agree with timbits however… if you don’t want political reactions, don’t use political symbols.

Can you imagine if this was a US-based team using US military symbols?  Canadians would be having absolute fits…

Posted by Primis on 08/12/11 at 02:53 PM ET

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They actually license the logo from the RCAF.! Timbits is right on - political logo sparks political commentary.

The AHL has two teams called “Admirals” (Milwaukee and Norfolk). Both use quasi-military related imagery, and neither look militaristic. One has a battleship firing pucks and the other has a skeletal commander in a 17th century hat. It’s entirely possible to use military symbols in a non-militaristic way. The Winnipeg decision makers blew it.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 08/13/11 at 12:04 PM ET

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The Winnipeg decision makers blew it.

Because they should’ve gone with skeleton pilots flying cartoon jets that shoot pucks.

Posted by Garth on 08/13/11 at 11:59 PM ET

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Can you imagine if this was a US-based team using US-based symbols? Canadians would be having absolute fits…

Oh, I wasn’t aware I’m supposed to dislike the New England Patriots because they employ a positive US military stereotype, not because they employ the most arrogant Head Coach in the NFL and the most overrated QB in the NFL. And I also wasn’t aware that I’m supposed to dislike the Columbus Blue Jackets because they like to employ some Civil War era attire sometimes, not because they employ one of the most notorious Wings killers in Rick Nash. Thanks for clearing that up.

I don’t see an issue with the logo, other than it being a little plain. They had impossible expectations to live up to when they decided against using the old logo, and this I think is fine enough.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 08/14/11 at 05:02 AM ET

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