There was rioting in the streets of Vancouver last night after the Vancouver Canucks were defeated by the Boston Bruins in the final Hockey game of the Season. Here are a few of the headlines this morning:
CTV, Canada – ‘Hooligans’ give Vancouver black eye with post-Cup riots
The Toronto Star, Canada – ‘Small group of troublemakers’ embarrass Vancouver
The Globe and Mail – Embarrassment, shame in aftermath of Vancouver riot
USA TODAY – Vancouver hockey riots highlight need for traveler awareness
The Telegraph (UK) – Vancouver Canucks fans riot after team’s surprise loss to Boston Bruins –
Tens of thousands of angry ice hockey fans in Vancouver rioted yesterday after their team’s surprise loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals series.
Now, I don’t want to downplay how terrible this riot was, but I do want to put a few things into perspective:
– The scale of the incident increases in direct proportion to the distance the reporter lives from Vancouver. In Canada a ‘smaller group of troublemakers and Hooligans’ are being blamed. By the time the story gets south of Canada’s border, USA TODAY thinks travelers should now be on the alert because of – I’m not sure if they should be wary of going to Vancouver, or wary of going to places where hockey is played. In the UK, angry ‘Vancouver Canuck fans in the tens of thousands’ tore Vancouver apart.
– Shame and embarrassment – the closer the reporter lives to Vancouver, the more the city and its residents must be feeling shame and embarrassment. I don’t agree with this assessment. The only people who should be ashamed of themselves are the ones that initiated the riots and took part in them and I doubt people who do that are ever ashamed of their actions.
Vancouver, and the rest of Canada for that matter, have no reason to feel ashamed of what happened. Nor should there be any “Black Eye” put on Vancouver. Every city in the world has an element in society that is capable of doing this, and no city ever really knows what alignment of circumstances will set this element into action. Sports and alcohol sometimes provide the venue, and will sometimes supply the spark. This was what happened in Vancouver, but the riot itself wasn’t about hockey.
Personally, what I think Vancouver residents should feel is a bit angry. Not the kind of anger that tears people apart or causes them to hurt other people, but the kind of anger that makes people want to report the offenders to the police. We live in a little big world, people, so if you see someone on YouTube, or on Facebook who is bragging about the damage they did in the riot in Vancouver, report them…