First of all, I have to stay that as a Vancouverite, I am disappointed about the end result of the Stanley Cup Finals with Boston winning in
That said, I am also a die-hard Canucks fan, and I watched the game at a friends place and watched the game on the big screen.
When the Canucks lost, my friends and I were quite disappointed, and yes, we did have a few drinks in us and were a bit tipsy, and we all just focused
on analyzing what went wrong. What we didn't do was go outside and immediately trash the neighborhood. We, as civilized Canadians, understand that it
is JUST A GAME...an entertainment sport if you will.
Was I surprised that there was going to be a riot in Vancouver if the Cannots, errr, I mean, Canucks, were going to lose? No, I wasn't.
The passion that people have for the game here in Vancouver is beyond that in any other State or Province in North America. This is hockey town on the
west coast fueled by huge marketing and corporate promotions and sponsorships to get fans on the bandwagon - especially because the Canucks were the
top team in points in the NHL - this gave them a reason to cheer on this team and get Vancouver packed for the game downtown.
But it only takes a handful and 22-28 yr-old punks who are out of school and not mature, to ruin our economic and touristic image world-wide. This is
the sad part of it all. I bet that 99.999% of the people who went to Vancouver to watch the game in the street didn't even partake in the destruction
of Beautiful British Columbia. And those 0.001% that did vandalize or commit criminal acts were not even true hockey fans.
And this is what pisses me right off. People call the game of hockey a stupid sport. Let me remind you that any sports event is what aides or adds to
a country's economy to flourish (hence Olympics). The only Canadian hockey team to be in the finals were the Canucks. Other provinces in Canada were
also watching the game and cheering for Vancouver to win the game. It is what brings people across the nation to unite in the belief that the country
can win in something legit that doesn't include going to war in other countries and "winning" there, or "winning the war on terror". It is the crap
behavior of people who cannot handle disappointment and go to stupid stuff that makes the game look stupid. And that part sucks.
So to all those nay-sayers on the game of hockey, I say screw you and go do some research about the economic benefits and impact a winning hockey team
has on its economy and you will see that there are many pluses. But where the line ends is how people react to a top team which cannot finish what has
been most anticipated, and that being the Vancouver Canucks (Cannots) winning the hockey Stanley Cup Finals.
At the end of the day, we people, in Vancouver, are generally respectful, caring, and are willing to help others. We have cleaned up very much over
the years, and unfortunately some of us didn't. Vancouver is a great place to see, visit, and live in....and even if there was a riot, some people
still feel the love for one another where LOVE conquers all...
GO CANUCKS GO!!!!
edit on 16-6-2011 by Skywatcher2011 because: (no reason given)