Shame and Embarassment

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.

Raffi Torres #13 (middle) of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by Dan Hamhuis #2, Maxim Lapierre #40 and Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the first period in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 07, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Did you watch the game? Any thoughts on the riots?


About carlydeal

My name is Carly and I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada! I work for a non-profit organization and spend my free time upgrading my education, snuggling with my LIB and kitty, working out, cooking, and reading.
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2 Responses to Shame and Embarassment

  1. It’s so messed up that a small group of trouble makers can destroy the reputation of an entire city. I didn’t watch the game, but have heard about the chaos the riots caused. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time ‘supporters’ have rioted, and it won’t be the last. It’s just a shame they have to ruin it for everybody.

  2. Laura says:

    I’m a little bit embarassed to have lived there, even though I know the rioters don’t represent 99% of the population… but seriously… SERIOUSLY… what idiots. I was glued to the news last night until wayyyy past my bedtime.

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