The Vancouver Canucks didn't just lose to the Boston Bruins in last night's final game of the Stanley Cup Finals--they got blown out, 4-0. Enraged fans responded in the only way they felt was appropriate: by burning and trashing everything in sight.
The scene--thousands of people torching cars, throwing bottles, brawling among themselves--was reminiscent of another such occurrence that happened almost exactly 17 years ago.
Then the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers 3-2, and fans, in a similar state of drunken rage, took to the streets to exact their revenge on random objects and humans.
Here's footage of the '94 riot.
Last night, the scene was similar.
One thing worth noting about last night's riot versus the '94 version is that now almost everyone in the crowd of angry looters has some form of digital camera--cell phone-contained or otherwise--and is shooting footage of nearly every minute of the debauchery.
In 1994, an angry Canuck fan, twisted on Labatt Blue and gravy fries, stood a good chance of getting away with smashing a few windows or throwing bottles at a few Mounties.
Today, anyone arrested or named in these riots is a YouTube clip away from a hefty fine and probably a stint in jail.