Last night I was glued to my computer, not because I cared about the hockey game, but because I was fascinated by the developing riots in Vancouver following the Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins. I found myself increasingly agitated as things erupted.
Why would anyone want to do this to their own city? It's a hockey game. How does someone make the justification for lighting a car on fire, for looting from a department store, for engaging with police - over something as inconsequential as this? I understand this doesn't mean the entire city of Vancouver was at fault, but it is the city who'll pay for it. And who can focus on anything else?
There were bright spots to talk about before the game loss, like how a large amount of the Boston Bruins players are actually Canadian born. Or how the Canucks actually made it to Game 7 of a Stanley Cup final! Now it doesn't seem to matter. This morning no one cares about the game anymore, and frankly I feel disgusted that something this petty has ended up leaving such a giant stain on Vancouver and Canadians in general.
And to all those who looted and rioted, I can only hope that all of the videos that are uploaded and all of the pictures that are posted only help to make you feel more guilty and responsible. I hope you're caught. I hope your friends and family see your face in the paper or on TV and tell you what a tool you really are. Of course, some idiots are quick to incriminate themselves.