What Not To Do If Your Team Loses

BBC (“Vancouver riot after hockey defeat“):

Mobs of angry fans roamed central Vancouver after the game.

Riot police in Vancouver used tear gas to quell violence that broke out after the Vancouver Canucks lost the final game of the Stanley Cup. Cars were set on fire and shops were looted following the ice hockey team’s 4-0 defeat to the Boston Bruins. Mobs of angry fans roamed central Vancouver after the game, as thick acrid smoke rose over the city centre.

Similar riots broke out in the Canadian city after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup in 1994.

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As soon as the final buzzer sounded, a hail of beer bottles rained down on the giant outdoor television screens, the Associated Press reports. People chanted obscenities, and witnesses said some people took out their anger on nearby cars, flipping two over and setting them alight. Shops were also reported to have had their windows smashed and then looted.

Although I guess it beat (slightly) rioting when your team wins…

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    As I have done multiple times, on multiple outlets, since the Bruins win…

    To my Canadian family: WOOO! WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE! THE BRUINS DROUGHT HAS BEEN ENDED BY THE BLOOD OF THE CANUCKS!

    That is all.