One week ago some of the most absurd things I have ever heard about happened with our neighbors to the north in Canada. I am talking, of course, about the Stanley Cup riots. That’s right, the Vancouver Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup finals 4-0 to the Boston Bruins and Canucks fans were not happy.
Now as fans of professional sports, we all have to endure the bitter taste of defeat every now and then. Most fans simply take their frustration out on Facebook or in conversations around the office water cooler the next day, but not Canucks fans. No, they decided to break out into a full scale riot, destroying cars, shops and a whole host of public and private property.
Seriously, Vancouver? Seriously? Your hockey team loses a game so you break out into a riot? Nothing like that has EVER happened where I’m from and I live in Cincinnati! The only teams I can root for are the Bengals and the Reds, talk about coping with defeat.
The fact that fans in Vancouver started a riot over the Stanley Cup finals is beyond absurd. These riots not only endangered people’s lives but also cost people thousands of dollars in damages and were severe enough to require police in full riot gear including riot shields and tear gas.
Is it true what they say? Is hockey really that important in Canada? To me this is just baffling, that a single game could be the cause of so much destruction. Standing up for something you believe in is one thing but to initiate a full scale riot over a freaking hockey game is just ridiculous in every sense of the word. The worst part is that this isn’t the first time this has happened. The exact same thing happened back in 1994, with Canucks fans rioting over the team’s loss in the Stanley Cup.
With news like this, it really doesn’t surprise me as to why not a lot of countries take Canada seriously. Check the video below for some up close and personal footage from the riots.