Vancouver Gets Attacked: By Hockey Hooligans?
After the Vancouver Canucks game 7 loss in the NHL finals last night, many disappointed Canucks fans turned out to console themselves by destroying the downtown Vancouver area.
Drunken, angry fans erupted into violence after the 4-0 loss. Cars were burned, businesses were looted, people were injured. It took the police several hours to contain the brutal mayhem. Way to stay classy Canucks fans. If I remember right, you did the exact same thing after your game 7 loss in 1994.
Unfortunately, rioting after championship events is not exclusive to Vancouver. Many cities such as Detroit and Columbus have been damn near burned to the ground after a big game, whether it’s a win or a loss.
It’s always the same story; a handful of drunken hooligans get the ball rolling by setting fire to something, and mass hysteria follows.
I don’t get it. I love sports, and I’ve lived and died with my teams. I’ve been euphoric, and I’ve been depressed. Living in Cincinnati, I’ve mostly been depressed. I’ve cried, danced, shouted, and yes, even thrown things at the TV. I have never burned a car, busted out a store window, or assaulted somebody over a game.
This behavior is not about sports; it’s about violent sociopaths looking for an opportunity to destroy with impunity. They gleefully go on their rampages, knowing that there aren’t enough cops to arrest, or even stop them. This isn’t about rage, or civil unrest; this is about indulging one’s selfish violent impulses. As a result many innocent people suffer, and a city’s reputation is tarnished.
I don’t have the answer, I don’t think anyone does. Otherwise this kind of shit would have been stopped years ago. All I can say is that the hooligans are taking the joy out of what should be a proud moment for their city, win or lose.