We are off the hook.
When the hockey world next talks about classless, riotous fans, Vancouver is what we'll remember.
And so Vancouver, as the motto of the Montreal Canadiens says;
"To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high."I'm not sure why the big surprise over the loss to the Bruins, every hockey fan outside Vancouver knew that the Canucks had lost the series back in game 3.
How nasty were the Vancouver fans?
Here's a video of the mayhem, watch at the 3:15 mark to see a security guard get the bejesus kicked out of him for trying to defend a storefront from looting.
This will get interesting in the next days as police round up the major offenders.
Watch police nail someone in the nuts with a flash-bang grenade...Ouch!
More video of rioting
Even More rioting video
As for the Vancouver Canucks, it would have been the worst travesty had they won the last game, having been thoroughly thrashed and embarrassed by a Bruins team that was just plain tougher.
Lets face it, the Canucks have a talented team that can win in the regular season but not when things get down and dirty.
The Bruins humiliated the Canucks and what most fans suspected all along, Roberto Luongo is just not a clutch goalie, having been thoroughly out-classed by Tim Thomas. To make matters worse Luongo had the audacity to call out Thomas' play in classless and stupid outburst that made little senses considering that Luongo was playing scared. In a sarcastic comparison to another choker the Canucks goalie is now being hailed as "LEBRONGO"...ahem.
Up until the forth game I was hoping for a Vancouver victory, more because they were facing the hated Bruins and less because the team was Canadian, but my loyalties shifted to the team that truly deserved to win.
The proud legacy of the Olympics and the stellar image portrayed to the world of Vancouver as a beautiful world class city, gets flushed down the toilet as riot footage gets beamed around the world.
And no, it wasn't just a few bad apples rioting, it was widespread.
And so the goat horns of shameful failure is shared equally between the hapless Canucks and the proud rioters of the City of Vancouver.
Sadly it looks good on both.