Even with a new owner I don't think the Whiteout will ever change nor should it. It is well known in the Valley. People who have never seen a Coyotes game know the Whiteout. I've had people ask me about it before completely out of left field. There is nothing like a Whiteout atmosphere for hockey.
In person the sight gives you goosebumps. There is electricity in the air. Everyone knows these are the big games; the games we fought so hard to get to since September (or earlier if you want to add free agency). Walking in early and seeing all those white pom poms or t shirts against the red seats is just a sight to behold. Then the arena starts filling up and you see almost everyone wearing white, weather it is the free t shirt handed out at the gate, their jersey or even a full on white suit. The images of Whiteouts past are burned in my mind. The commercials, the pictures, the sounds... it all comes to mind and gives me goosebumps just sitting here.
Without the Whiteout what would our fans wear to games? This is just one of the people who go all out for the Whiteout but that's right, Phoenix doesn't have hockey fans. Yes, I helped him with his face paint.
If you have ever listened to any interview by any Coyotes player about the Whiteout they mention how amazing the atmosphere is when they first step out onto the ice for a home game. They are amazed at the support of the crowd and seeing all that white. It makes a difference to them. They want to win for the fans in white.
On tv, it makes quite the visual impact. I believe more so than the "sea of red" does (which would be another option for the Coyotes with the "sedona red" jerseys). The only other color I have seen that comes close to the Whiteout is the all black in LA. Maybe it's because the seats are already red so I am used to seeing red at games but it just doesn't make the same impact to me as white and black do. Or maybe because black and white are such a stark contrast to most other colors. I don't know why but those two colors make a bigger statement. Maybe it has something to do with the white crowd and the white ice transforming an entire arena that makes such a visual impact. The ice is white and the stands are reflecting the ice.
I don't know but there is just something about seeing all that white, even if it is just the t shirts draped over the seats.
The other color suggested has been tan, as in sandstorm. I get the idea behind it and that makes sense but tan isn't going to have as huge of an impact. It's a bland neutral. It certainly wouldn't make as much of an impact as white. And do you think the Detroit fans would be willing to wear a tan t shirt like they were to wear their white Redwings jerseys? Doubtful. We were lucky we even got them to wear white.
As far as it being "Winnipeg's" tradition? Ok, it was at one point then the team, along with all the players, retired numbers and traditions moved to Phoenix. The whiteout came with. The Coyotes hold the copyright for the Whiteout in the US (I believe the Thrashers have now obtained the Canadian copyright, but I could be wrong about this. I thought I had read that). If Winnipeg wants to have a Whiteout too, that is their prerogative. If they want to continue Atlanta's tradition (was there one?), they can do that too since the are the former Atlanta Thrashers and should own that history much as we own the true/first Winnipeg Jets history. Besides, giving up on the Whiteout means those fans win; they get partially what they wanted. Might as well have given them the team last year. Lets prove how great of fans we really are and rally behind the Whiteout and the players. Be loud and proud but wear white!
We don't need to create our "own" tradition. The Whiteout is our tradition. We were the Jets. They moved here and brought the Whiteout. We have been using it for the past 15 years (minus those few in the FOG era where we didn't actually make the playoffs). It is ours and we need to embrace it and go with it. Show the rest of the NHL why the Whiteout is ours and why they should be jealous.
"But we haven't gotten out of the first round with the whiteout!" Ok, so when Gretzky was the coach, was it the fans fault that the Coyotes didn't make the playoffs? Is it the fans fault when Yandle yandles the puck and we lose the game? Is it the fans who caused Vrby to be a 30+ goal scorer? In all reality, no. That is the coaches and the guys on the ice. What we fans wear to games isn't going to affect the outcome. It pains me to say this because I like to believe what I wear matters but in all reality, it doesn't. It wouldn't matter if I wore the same pair of underwear (clean of course) to every game we won. My underwear is not the reason the team won. All we can do to support our team to victory is show up and cheer our lungs out.
Ok, so we're cursed you say? Oh yah? How so? Because we can't win a round 1? Could it be that the other team was better than us or had more in their tanks than we did? Could it be that our Captain went down with a shoulder injury at a crucial time? No... it has to be the Whiteout. Oh puh-lease!
Here's a curse or two (I also googled to add to the list but found no mention of a Whiteout curse):
Ever heard of the Bambino? Check with the Red Sox fans.
Pretty sure the only cursed team in Phoenix is the Cardinals. And it is a pretty lame curse dating way back before they were ever in Phoenix.
Don't get me started on the Chicago teams curses...
One could say Buffalo is cursed.
Ask a NY Ranger fan when they won a Cup prior to 1994 was. Go ahead... ask them.
Apparently the brand Gillette is a curse too. Let's ask Tiger about that one. ;)
Let's see... there is also the curse for being on the cover of pretty much any sports related video game.
At least the Dbacks have won something. That means at least our city isn't cursed. Take comfort in that people. :D The Whiteout is not cursed. The last two years we have had a good team but not the best and we were up against Detroit. I know everyone hates Detroit but you have to admit that is one talented team regardless of how most of their fans act at games. Two years ago Doan went down with a shoulder injury. Last year Douchegalov decided he'd rather start dreaming about how much money he could screw out of Philly. I wasn't here in the early years so I cannot speak to why we didn't win those games but I am sure it was not because of the Whiteout. It could be because this team has never had a powerplay. Maybe we have a powerplay curse?!?!?!
So after all that talk, I say keep the Whiteout. It is ours. It is not cursed. And it is damn amazing to see on tv and in person.