Shame and Embarassment: that is exactly what I feel towards the city of Vancouver right now.
Our beloved Canucks made it to game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs last night. This is huge! Over 100,000 people gathered in the streets of Vancouver to watch the game outside on big screens. When the game ended in a 4-0 victory for Boston, chaos ensued.
Cars were flipped and burned, windows were broken and stores were looted, people were injured, and people were scared. For what? What did this accomplish?
Vancouver hosted the Olympics with absolute class, to only one year later destroy their reputation over the Stanley Cup. Not only that, but they destroyed Vancouver. Vancouver, which is every single person in BC’s city.
From the news clips, it looks mostly like the instigators were young, males, mostly intoxicated. What upsets me about that is that the riots were completely pointless (not that many riots are justified). These people weren’t rioting the loss; they were just destroying stuff due to being jacked up on alcohol and testosterone. (Clearly, this is my speculation. I am no riot expert).
So today, with the Stanley Cup in Boston, and our beloved city in ruins, I ask; why? Does anyone feel good about this? Proud to be a Vancouverite? I for one, am not. I live about 2 hours with traffic from Vancouver, otherwise I would be down there helping in the clean up.
On a happier note, although we lost, the Canucks had one heck of a season!! I am still one proud Canuck.
Did you watch the game? Any thoughts on the riots?