Having come from a country of rabid cricket fans, I have always been confounded by the behavior of fans after a game loss. If the cricket team won, the players were lauded as heroes and celebrated to the utmost, but if they lost a match, their homes were pelted with stones and rocks, the chairs in the stadium were set on fire, buses were burned, government offices and public buildings came under attack, and sometimes, the players even received death threats. It begs the question how someone can keep winning all the time. Don't we win some, and lose some? What about being gracious in defeat? Is winning a game the be-all and end-all of our existence? Seriously, guys, grow up! How about showing some class and grace and acknowledging the skills of the other team and giving them credit for their victory?!?
One common truth that jumps out of this chain of events is that fans are RABID, period! Whatever part of the civilized world they are from, when it comes to winning or losing a sport, they are all governed by elemental emotions that blind them to decorum and basic civility of any kind . Sanity takes a back seat, and the mob mentality takes over. True fans would never resort to violence and destruction as those in Vancouver have, rather they would applaud their team for having come this far along in the game, to the finals, after 17 years! They would congratulate their team for their mettle and perseverance, and egg them on to victory in the year to come. Sadly enough, sane-minded people and loyal fans have now been left hanging their heads in shame because of the atrocious behavior of a few hooligans who have brought on untold shame and embarrassment to this beautiful city. I hope to God Vancouver gets a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of the world soon enough!