Before yesterday, if you had asked me in which city of North America was rioting least likely to take place, I might have answered “Vancouver.” As the above video makes clear, that’s not the case. As this article from the home-town Vancouver Sun and this one from the New York Times make clear, this was not a handful of drunks outside the Rogers Arena. It was a full-fledged riot with incinerated cars, looted businesses and lots of folks taken to the hospital.
The fans in Boston behaved much better. Obviously it helps to have won, but congratulations should also go out to the Boston Police and their commissioner, Lowell-native Ed Davis, whose strategy for the evening seemed to work to perfection.