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This article was published 13/2/2013 (1476 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
So the Jets lost yesterday and now have a 5-6-1 record.
It could be worse.
Just ask the Ottawa Senators, who have a 7-4-2 record but this week had to ask season ticket holders to stop selling tickets to fans of other teams.
Yes, you read that correctly.
In an email to subscribers this week, the Sens leadership offered a 20 per cent discount on tickets to Sens-Leafs games but with an odd condition.
"We are asking you to ensure that the tickets are used by Senators fans and not re-sold to the general public. Any seats being re-sold will be subject to cancellation and loss of privileges with respect to future additional ticket pre-sales."
They flat-out admitted they didn’t want the tickets to end up in the hands of rival teams’ fans.
One just can’t imagine Mark Chipman pleading with Winnipeggers not to sell their tickets to Minnesota Wild fans.
Granted the excitement around the Jets is in part driven by the newness of having the team back, and the Ottawa conundrum is driven by geography (Leafs and Habs fans can get to Ottawa easily, and tickets are often easier to come by than they are in their own cities), as well as by the fact before the Senators came along, most Ottawa residents cheered for either Toronto or Montreal. A lot of them never gave up that allegiance.
But if you go to a Sens game it’s not just Leafs jerseys and Habs jerseys that you see.
When this reporter went to a Jets’ game here in Ottawa last year, she feared she’d sort of stand out by wearing her Jets retro sweater. In actual fact, I would have been more unique if I’d chosen to wear my Senators gear. I was surrounded by former Winnipeggers all cheering loudly and the Jets even gave us a win.
Same holds true when Boston plays in Ottawa -- the Bruins’ jerseys at the very least rival the Sens gear in the crowd.
The only time Ottawa residents suddenly find their home team pride is during the playoffs.