It appears that even the NHL can pass geography if it puts its mind to it.
This upon the news that hockey is returning to Winnipeg, where it never should have left to start with. And it's leaving Atlanta for the second time -- remember the Flames, pre-Calgary? -- where, if anyone has an ounce of sense, it will never see the light of day again.
It's not just that Atlanta's now proven twice that it doesn't have a jones for the game -- not surprising, considering, well, it's the Deep South, where "icing" is something you put on a cake. It's because it's Atlanta, a lousy sports town to begin with. I mean, if the Braves can't draw there, how do you expect a bunch of guys named Guy and Henrik and Evgeny to?
Winnipeg, on the other hand, is hockey country. Already word is they'll dust off the old nickname (Jets), which would only be right. Maybe they can wheel out the most famous Original Jet, Bobby Hull, to drop the puck on opening night.
Who could they have gotten to do that in Atlanta? Chipper Jones?