The meaning of despair: when your team fails to take home the pennant. The meaning of retaliation: when the team’s fans go to war with themselves.
All very important things to consider when hockey is a proxy for the life you should be living instead. But then again, I’m not a Canadian sports fan…
ctv.ca: Police struggled to get control of violent crowds who smashed store windows, overturned cars and set bonfires in downtown Vancouver late Wednesday, hours after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup final 4-0 to the Boston Bruins.
Three hours after the game ended, several vehicles were burning across the downtown core, including a BMW parked outside the Hudson’s Bay store at Seymour and Georgia Streets, where looters took advantage of broken windows to grab handfuls of merchandise.
As night fell, thousands of people remained on the streets despite repeated pleas from law enforcement for them to go home. Mounted units and reinforcements from the RCMP were called in to assist in efforts to disperse rioters. Bridges into the city were closed, and some bus and train services were halted to prevent the unruly crowd from growing.
Which begs the ultimate question: can a game of hockey really set off so much animosity, or is there some other underlying feeling that isn’t getting played out in the Canadian psyche? But then again, who said you need to be Canadian to get wound up when your team doesn’t beget you the sense of accomplishment you’re looking for in life?
Anyone for a game of cards?