…how completely angry, distraught, disgusted, outraged, disappointed, sick, mortified, ashamed, etc., etc., etc., I am of what happened in Vancouver last night.
In case you missed it, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. They deserved it. Just like their goalie, Tim Thomas, deserved the Conn Smythe award for MVP and will likely win the Vezina Trophy next week for being voted the league’s best goaltender. As much as I want to be saying that the Canucks won, they didn’t, and the better team won the series. It doesn’t even pain me to say that. The Bruins earned the right to lift the cup.
In true Vancouver fashion (Google 1994 Canucks riots), “fans” decided to stick around after the Canucks loss and “celebrate.” I use quotes because there is no way that the people who destroyed downtown were representative of either of those things. A true fan doesn’t get into fist fights, over-turn and torch cars, throw barricades at police, break windows or loot stores. Not only did a minority of people ruin it for the rest of us they also embarrassed us on a world stage. We should have been commending our team on an incredible season and an exciting playoff run and wishing them better luck next year. Instead we were glued to our TVs and social media wondering what in the world these people were thinking.
There is NO EXCUSE for their behaviour. I don’t care if you were upset. I don’t care if you were drunk. I don’t care if your friends were doing it too. You put people at risk. You gave a black eye to “your team” and your city. If you think that your friend wasn’t taking pictures and posting them online, think again. If you were dancing around the TV cameras goofing off thinking it was funny, it wasn’t. If you were staying downtown to “see what was going to happen,” you are a moron and you were only providing an audience for those who were BREAKING THE LAW! When the police tell you to go home, they mean it. I wouldn’t be surprised that if your own mother saw you on TV she would turn you in.
There is no reason that a city should look like this over a sporting event. There are far more important reasons to riot and people in Vancouver don’t have the right to think that this was one of them.
If you are ever planning to visit Vancouver please don’t let this change your mind. This is not what the city is like. I have no doubt that this may have still happened even if our team had won. Unfortunately we have a well documented history of “Anarchists” who come out to all the big events solely to cause damage. Almost immediately after this broke on TV there were Facebook groups created to return downtown in the morning to help clean up. Others were created so that people could upload their photos so police can identify those involved.
If you think that I still sound upset it’s because I am. Vancouver isn’t this kind of city. It hasn’t been for many years. Yet now, because of some useless idiots, we’re back to being known as a city with fans that can’t handle themselves. Gone are the days of the Olympics when everyone had a great time celebrating (and that was only a year ago!). I’m sure everyone here would like to “thank” those who have most likely turned Vancouver back to No-Fun City.