Losers on the ice and in the streets…

[Edit 4:38pm] As we’re all aware by now, the Canucks failed to show up in Game 7… but luckily their fans rallied and destroyed the downtown core.

I’m not taking the position that all Vancouver fans, or Vancouver people in general, are bad people, pyros or generally inclined to tear shit apart.  But I take issue with their mayor and the sports analysts out there proclaiming that these were not real Canucks or hockey fans, but rather rogue hooligans.

I have just a few quick points…

First, how do you know “true” Canucks fans were not involved?  That might be a theory or something you hope to be true … but it’s no certainty that a good portion of those who rioted are not Canucks fans.

Second, people are not either hooligans or Canucks fans.  There can, in fact, be some people who are both hooligans and Canucks fans.  It’s simply not an either/or proposition.

Third, the photos simply don’t bare out the theory that Canucks fans were subjected to the riots of other people.  The photos clearly show Canucks fans were heavily involved.  See here:

[Edit 11:36am]

Then there’s this tool:

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that despite all the chaos there was some romance in the air:

Finally, we have the necessary video of a guy getting hit in the nuts

[Edit 4:38am]

Apparently throughout the day volunteers and professionals have been assessing the damage and helping clean it up.  Vancouver Province has a photo gallery of the aftermath and initial clean up.’

There’s also a variety of social media campaigns underway with the goal of identifying the couple making out on the street those responsible for the damage.

In particular http://www.identifyrioters.com/ lets you browse photos to see if you can identify any of the “hooligans”.

@VancouverClean was setup to organize the volunteer cleaning efforts … and the Vancouve Police are encouraging people to contatct them at @VancouverPD with any helpful videos, images etc.

8 comments
SensNation
SensNation

@EricJMaron @Senturion "British soccer fans" ... thugs!

EricJMaron
EricJMaron

@Senturion @EricJMaron Interesting. Perhaps that's more of a US thing then. On the flip side, I've never seen anyone suggest that hockey fans are particularly violent. Ditto Canadians. British soccer fans, on the other hand...

Senturion
Senturion

@EricJMaron I don't think I've ever heard that particular criticism, so ya, I'm fine with dropping it. My main beef is with the categorization of hockey fans or Canadians being the problem...it's Vancouver that's the problem. I could write up a whole socio-economic critique of why that is but I won't since this is a hockey blog.

EricJMaron
EricJMaron

@Senturion Neither did Flyers fans, Wings fans, Pens fans, the Devils fan, etc.So does this mean we can finally drop the conventional wisdom that Northeastern US fans are particularly prone to this kind of nonsense? Vancouver, LA, Montreal all show that classless, violent behavior from drunk sports fans is not confined to the old industrial centers south of the border.

EricJMaron
EricJMaron

@Senturion neither did Flyers fans, Wings fans, Pens fans, the Devils fan, etc.So does this mean we can finally drop the conventional wisdom that fans from the Northeastern US are particularly prone to violent, classless behavior now? Vancouver, LA, Montreal all point to the fact that this kind of nonsense is far more widespread than just the old blue-collar industrial centers south of the border.

Senturion
Senturion

If that guy isn't an Internet meme by the end of the day I'll be disappointed.

SensNation
SensNation

The guy in the middle of the featured photo looks like The Situation... lol

Senturion
Senturion

I'm hearing that a lot too, "it's not Canuck fans" and quite frankly I call BS. It may not be all Canuck fans or even a majority of Canuck fans but there are Canuck fans invovled. It is no coincidence that this has happened twice, 1994 and 2011. I don't recalls Flames, Oilers or Sens fans rioting when their teams lost in the Finals.