Gotta Watch: Sports riots
Riot police stand in front of two burning police cars as people look on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
June 16th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Sports riots

Sports inspire passion among its fans, but sometimes that fervor literally turns into fire. Both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can ignite a sports riot. Sometimes the violence ends in property damage, but there are instances where people attain severe injuries. You gotta watch how sports can turn into sparks.

Vancouver burns – The Boston Bruins bested the Vancouver Canucks for the NHL Stanley Cup and Canuck fans didn’t take it well. In scenes that mirrored 1994 when Canucks fans rampaged the streets after a Game Seven loss to the New York Rangers, they rioted in the face of defeat. The mob trashed the streets, burned cars and even fought one another.
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Basketball brawl – It started on the court, but quickly moved to the stands. The nation was shocked to see basketball superstars engaging in fisticuffs with fans. In one very vivid moment, you can see Ron Artest punching a fan in the face.
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Denver rising – The Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons in 1998 for a Super Bowl win. But it was Denver fans that grabbed headlines when they headed to the streets and rioted to celebrate the victory.
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    I see more Canadian plates in NYC and around... talk bad but love to shop and visit... typical

    June 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      As typical as your bad grammar? I'm not even sure what you were trying to say.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bbbbb

    As someone from Vancouver, there are idiots everywhere, and they are not a representation of most vancouver canucks fans, please do not generalize we are all disgusted this morning

    June 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Randoms

    As a Canadian, I am disgusted. Especially at the cops, they must have studied Vancouver Canucks defense strategy in lethargy. They were burning cars and they get on a bull horn to tell the crowd they must disperse – in 10 minutes. I hope Vancouver realizes they are not the mature city and it is ok to Taze and beat rioters, because that should be the immediate consequence of destroying and looting other peoples property!

    June 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. purplehaze

    You Canadian's got it all wrong, we in America torch our Cities AFTER our Teams Win.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. xmattx

    vancouver citizens plan to clean up the mess made by the riot 15,000 plan to attend

    June 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harry

    What tantrum babies those Vancouver rioters are. Good for you Mr. Vancouver man for speaking up in the video to say it's wrong for your city. And, yes, Americans can be just as bad.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sulden

    There ARE idiots in every city, that's true, but the police, and worse, the people who thought it a good idea to show the game outdoors on giant screens, congregating 100,000 people in one area, not even contemplating the possibilities, are the responsible ones. Idiots will always be idiots, but these people were actually HIRED to make that decision. All they did was light a potential fuse, HOPING it was a dud.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rob

    As a Canadian I can truly say this day that I am ashamed of the way fans have conducted themselves lastnight.
    Congrats to the city of Boston, the players and Bruins Organization.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fish

    Do we really need the same freakin' commercial before every video??

    June 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MATT

    ..........Vancouver will always be the most beautiful city in the world to me and I have been to a lot of them.........It was ugly the other night for about 5 hours..........Not bad for over 17 years of beauty.............

    June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheBuckStopsHere

    Aren't these the same Canadians I see always posting about how violent America is? Hmmm...

    June 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. akdjask

    It seems canadian poilce dont know how to handle riots vancouver olympics,G20 toronto now this wow...Good job pigs

    June 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      not to mention the 1994 riots in Vancouver after the Canucks lost to the New York Rangers+

      June 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Mad R@p3r

    The cops should've rolled in and beaten the bejesus out of everyone involved in this stupidity.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. countryboy

    Dont stop the body rock! http://WWW.CDBABY.COM/ALL/NUMONE buy now!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadian Genius

    How fitting that the dork in the foreground is wearing a Burrows jersey.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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