In an article in the Faith section of today’s Winnipeg Free Press, a columnist poses the question, “Can a pacifist cheer for the Jets?” Again, a small, very small group, is taking issue with the Winnipeg Jet’s new logo because it includes an image of a fighter jet.
I do not believe that the logo was designed as a symbol that glorifies war. I do believe the logo serves recognition and honor to our Canadian military and specifically pays tribute to our air force and their connection to Winnipeg’s history.
The name of the team (rightfully) is the “Winnipeg Jets”. Doesn’t it make sense that a “jet” is part of the logo? If so, then a fast, nimble fighter jet is the right choice over a slow lumbering passenger jet! And, the subtle reference to True North, the name of the team’s ownership group is brilliant.
I suppose the next position our local pacifists will take is that they want to change the language of a hockey game and get rid of the words “offense”, “defense”, “neutral zone”, etc. A football game, a hockey game, even a basketball game is a battle of two opposing sides in different uniforms.
So please, can we let go of these self serving interpretations and support our team and enjoy the economic spinoff and international recognition it will bring to our great city? Simply, the logo symbolizes strength and speed which are the basic ingredients of a winning hockey team. Peace!