The Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 in the NHL Finals last night, but there was another scene that was even bigger than Game 7. Plenty of Canuck fans rioted and plenty of people were hurt as the some overzealous fans seemed to collectively loose their minds in Vancouver over the hockey game. There were fires started and there was also a Bruins fan that was injured as well. This is just inexcusable.
I'm a fan of sports, but I know when to hold up on fandom, especially when it comes to people getting hurt. I think that sometimes as fans, we go too far with our passions for a team. What we tend to forget is that we aren't the ones playing and that its just a game. After all, most of us do have to wake up and go to work, school or wherever the next day. I'm not saying that its bad to have a passion for your team, but when your passion spills over to people getting hurt, that's when you've went too far.
In this case, hockey has now earned a black eye because of this incident. Hockey already has the worst commissioner in sports, Gary Bettman, and now they have one of the craziest scenes in sports history to deal with. This riot can't help the image of a sport that's trying to get back to the level of popularity it once was at. My hope is that the main culprits in this riot get punished and that order is restored. But one thing is for sure. This incident has damaged the NHL.