Here we are.
After staring awkwardly at each other for a few months, laughing with and at one another, back-slapping and guffawing, being mirthful and merry, the season is now in our sights.
It’s time to hate.
There are 21 rivalries in Conference III — some old, some new, some borrowed, some involving the Jets (not many).
Which have the most heat in this historic first season? Our crack team of researchers using the scientific method (“scientific method”=thinking about it for a few minutes) have ranked all 21.
1) The old Central Division is over-represented at the top and Winnipeg and Colorado, especially, are over-represented at the bottom. This will be hard to swallow for Jets fans, but we just don’t care about you yet.
2) Historical factors related to the old North Stars and old Jets were considered when necessary.
3) Teams are given in the order I thought of them when I wrote the list. By all means, consider word order a slight against your team.
4) Feel free to disagree and call me stupid. I don’t care, because you are wrong.
Starting at the bottom…