Canadian Enthusiasm

Canada always looks good by comparison. They are the neighbor that does not steal your newspaper each morning, let their yard go into disrepair, or allow their dog to crap on your grass. Not only have they kept their financial house in order but every once and a while (like now) they have a leader that we would gladly swap for. But all is not ginger snaps in Maple Leaf Land, sadly, they do moron about as well as we do:

Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following a Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final

Those poor Canadians, they don’t get that the winning city always riots, not the losing one, hosers.

I realize it has been a while since a Canadian city has won the Stanley Cup (18 years to be precise) but can’t you guys wait until you actually win before going all rampage on each other?

The study of mob mentality is fascinating. Providing instant anonymity gives folks license to let the demons run loose. And really, the actual cause is irrelevant. Whether it is an anti war protest, Oscar Grant protests, or even for the cause of same sex equality, the reasons for the gathering are meaningless, once the crowd exists then the mob mentality takes over.

Check out this poor guy , probably the store owner who is not real thrilled about his business being vandalized, who tries to intervene. This isn’t some prison playground or streets from some ghetto, by themselves they would have the defense mechanisms (conscience) to monitor and control their baser urges, but together a synergistic effect takes place, now they all want a piece of that guy. So what starts out to be a public commiseration of a hard fought series, turns into bloody violence with cars burned, businesses vandalized, and anything not nailed down stolen.

This is why the police try to be pro active in shutting down this nonsense (most times they fail), with even a group of mild mannered revelers, once that first window gets smashed or car overturned, like sharks smelling blood, it’s on.

I imagine there are some fans in Boston who thinks they are a bunch of pussies, after all, they were the victors, isn’t it their job to show their team spirit by smashing things up?

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  1. Kimpost

    There are celebrationary riots and then there are disappointment riots. One is good fun, while the other is venting. Other than that I don’t get the surprise. Sports aren’t supposed to be about rioting? Where do fathers in US take their kids to show them how to use a lead pipe?

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Canada needs to tell Quebec to STFU and get some manners before I’ll give “America Lite” any respect.

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  3. Section8

    Sports aren’t supposed to be about rioting? Where do fathers in US take their kids to show them how to use a lead pipe?

    See, if you really understood us you’d know damn well we’re not allowed to have lead near kids in this country. Now PVC, or perhaps copper for the richer folk, but lead is a no no here.

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  4. Santino

    You’d figure someone from Seattle would know that Vancouver is in British Columbia (look in your backyard, you should be able to see it). Nevertheless, I agree with your sentiments about Quebec.

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  5. Santino

    It’s been a while since you’ve bashed Canada, eh?

    I don’t know what it is about Vancouver and the Stanley Cup finals. The same thing happened in 1994 when they lost the Cup to the Rangers. It’s especially perplexing given 16 months ago they put on a great show in the Olympics last year, including a gold medal victory in hockey.

    What can I say, we take our hockey seriuosly?

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  6. richtaylor365 *

    Any ribbing that I give Canada is mostly out of envy since you guys have your shit together much better than we do, which I thought I made clear in the first few lines.

    A great series though, don’t you think? Home ice was so dominant……….until game 7. Vancouver is a great city, been there many times.

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    Ah Rioters……
    worse yet sports rioters, and ones that destroy private property…
    There can be only one cure, large caliber automatics, preferably belt fed.

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  8. richtaylor365 *

    Perfect time of the year to go, everything is in bloom. It looked like the riots were confined to certain areas, I’m sure they are having a great time, and will have some awesome pics to share.

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  9. Santino

    I fully understand this was tongue-in-cheek, I wasn’t offended in the least.

    I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was a “great” series. Boston was really dominant, their 3 losses were by only 1 goal, and each win was a cake walk. It was really fun to watch Tim Thomas play, and tough to watch the train wreck that was Luongo. I was looking forward to a much better game 7 last night.

    At 2-0 I knew the game was over, and the only thing holding my interest was the anticipation of the post-game celebration (and the impending doom outside the rink). I really think the on-ice celebration with the Cup is on of the best in all of sports.

    Why is it that hockey is the only team sport (that I know of) with a formal hand shake procession at the end of a series?

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  10. CM

    Yeah sounds like they missed the ‘excitement’ (although they did apparently watch the game). They did a week long Alaska cruise too. Nice.
    My step-dad’s brother (a Kiwi) lives just out of the city.

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  11. richtaylor365 *

    I think any series that goes 7 is a great series.

    Why is it that hockey is the only team sport (that I know of) with a formal hand shake procession at the end of a series?

    To return the teeth picked up off the ice during play back to their rightful owners.

    How’s family life?

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  12. Santino

    We’re all adjusting to the baby, especially the oldest one, which makes for some challenging moments. They take up most of our time, but it’s pretty good. Thanks for asking.

    I’m not a real man, I lost a tooth and a half only playing floor hockey.

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  13. loserlame

    Legend has it that sports were “invented” by the cultured as a fairly successful substitute for war and aggression, where the noble, vegan, prole masses would bond together to root for a common cause, solve a shared problem, overcome obstacles, etc. idolize their own choice of gods, and go home “winners” or “losers” for a week or two, at most.

    I watched these riots, and of course, couldn’t help but think of mostly…….well…….. AGW…….. as I saw all that carcinogenic plastic and fuel burn anon for peace and love, and how the haters of AGW would most certainly poo-poo this as just a little harmless, rooted-in-deep-culture mischief, as opposed to some Bubba driving his SUV to the gas station to buy more gas, a carcinogenic soft drink in a plastic bottle, and a scratch-off lottery ticket for a shot at a quick and lazy million $$$

    I’d almost bet if we looked through some of the rioters’ computers we’d find that a few of them hung out at, say, youtube, defending, for example, U2 videos with calls of “STFU fag drink piss and die nigger BONO IS GOD” All against the law, but really just harmless fun when you look at it nobly.

    No need to overreact about a little vandalism and violence keeping the pig cops in place, letting them know the noble masses are in charge, aye. And that something as seemingly small and benign as the position of a lil rubber (never plastic!) puck on a perpetually-endangered piece of ice could set off the Revolution

    Nah. Canadians got free health care, so thats covered. I’ll bet they’re all insured too, so nobody really lost anything. Its all free, in the end.

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  14. CM

    I want to apologise for loserlame bringing up AGW. Of course it’s only because of me, so really it’s my fault. Let’s just cut to the chase and pretend I did it (again).

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