Thursday, June 16, 2011

Huh. I thought only Montreal pulled crap like this.

Seriously, Vancouver?


I had planned today to talk all about last night's Stanley Cup final Game 7 between Boston and Vancouver, about Boston's 4-0 win to capture the most coveted prize in hockey; how I'm trying to be happy for guys like Chris Kelly (former Sen and all-round good guy), and how, despite it all, I cannot be happy for Zdeno Chara (he still leaves a bad taste in my mouth).

But instead, the Game 7 triumph by the Bruins has been completely overshadowed by a bunch of jackasses in Vancity who decided to riot post-game.

We expect this of Montreal. But Vancouver? Really?

Was it not just over a year ago that they played host to the biggest sporting event in the world and were praised for being so gracious and accomodating, spirited and proud? It's so sad to see them tarnish that glowing reputation they had garnered for themselves.

It makes me wonder what would have happened if the US had scored in OT last February instead of our golden boy, Sidney Crosby, to take Olympic gold in men's hockey.

Overturned cars. Smashed windows. Looting. Stabbings. Fire.

This is not what I would expect from Vancouver.

And it's really too bad that a gang of hooligans ruined it for everyone. I mean, I was seriously thinking, during the post-game festivities, that the Canucks fans were being a very respectful bunch. The majority stayed in the building, remained on their feet, waving their towels, cheering their hometown team despite the disappointing loss.

They booed Commissioner Gary Bettman, but really - who wouldn't? Some complained that they ruined B's goalie Tim Thomas' moment when they booed Bettman so loudly during the presentation of the Conn Smythe Trophy, but I think they made up for that with a classy ovation for Thomas when he was finally handed the Cup.

They impressed me. I would have been sitting in my seat, hiding behind my towel, head in hands, crying, shouting, "I hate you, Zdeno Chara!! F YOU!!"

That's what I do when I lose.

It wasn't long after the Bruins' celebration began that news hit that the riots had begun, and quickly, all attention was on the mayhem in the streets.

I actually feel sorry for the good people of Vancouver, and I have no doubt they are many. Because of a raucus, drunken few with mob-mentality, people are now saying things like, "I'm ashamed of the Vancouver fans."; "I'm embarassed for my country."; "Vancouver has no class."

My plea is this: If you have heard about the riots, and are thinking any of these things, please keep in mind that this post-game travesty is not a proper reflection of the city, the team, their fanbase, or this country.

I hate when a gang of fools get all the attention, and by doing so, place a black cloud over so many who are undeserving.