Thursday, June 16, 2011
When Good Fans Go Bad
"Soon after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup hockey series to the Boston Bruins, rioting broke out. As the violence became more intense, we found numerous pictures on photo-sharing sites such as Twitpic and yfrog.
As you can see in the picture above and in the gallery below, a car was set on fire, a truck was flipped over, and when police entered the area of downtown Vancouver with full riot gear, crazed fans were throwing beer bottles and shoes at their plastic shields, according to CTV News."
The above quote from Canadian TV is but a terse description of some really base and repugnant behaviour. The Canucks lost in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals...(much to the delight of Yankee-Whiskey-Pappa of Boxing the Compass blog) and much to the consternation of the Vancouver fans. As evidenced by the picture, the fans consternation was mixed with beer and the final recipe was street riots,looting,burned and toppled cars...all the destructive antics Detroit fans perfected many years ago. This is really bad sportsmanship on a community wide scale and really childish.
Fans here in my beloved Quaker City take a lot of heat and crtiticism in the National Sports Press as boorish thugs who puke on kids and pelt Santa with snow-balls.(Indeed I did a post on this theme several months ago) Hey, we did not riot when the Eagles choked in the Super Bowl or even last year when a miraculous seeing-eye puck snuck behind Michael Leighton in Overtime to lose the Cup for the Flyers. We are riding high with the Phil's and all...but even they choked last year against the Giants...did Philly faithful turn over cars and loot stores and pelt cops with beer...nope. So, at least for now, the fans up in Vancouver are the target of media invective and commentary about bad fans....at least until Eagle's Season...if there is one...