Reporter's Note: The Boston Bruins are toasting their season with sips from Lord Stanley’s Cup. Bravo for them! As for our friends to the north…
Dear Mr. President,
I don’t ask much in life. A good family, a decent living, a nice dog, and when it comes to Game Seven in the Stanley Cup Finals, I would like both teams to show up. But did I get that last night? No.
The Boston Bruins came to play - full of discipline, skill, energy and excitement. They deserve nothing less than the hearty congratulations of every hockey fan, and I hope when they come to the White House later you give them an extra hearty handshake.
The Vancouver Canucks, however, seemed as if they’d just been awakened from a nap and were all cranky. They barely bothered to strap on their skates. It was disgusting.
And then some Vancouverites rioted in the streets? Why?
Vancouver is a lovely place filled with imminently reasonable and decent people, but you would not know it from the video post-trouncing. Vehicles tipped over and set ablaze. Mobs running amok. Tear gas flying. This did no honor to all of us hockey fans, and I was embarrassed to even watch.
I didn’t have a dog in this fight; I’m an Avalanche fan. I’ll admit that I loosely liked the idea of Vancouver winning, but as the games went on I found too many of the Vancouver players reacting poorly to adversity on the ice, and too many of their fans doing the same off the ice. By the end of the game, I was saying openly that the Bruins deserved to win in every way, and the Canucks deserved to be ashamed. (I should note one very clear exception: Ryan Kesler. He played like a champion, despite what appears to be a pretty painful injury.)
Winning is hard. Losing with grace maybe even harder. I hope, as we grind into this big election next year, a lot of the DC political crowd keeps in mind how ugly and immature the world can look when the losers - whatever team they follow - don’t have the decency to stand up and applaud the winners, shake hands, and say “Nice game.”
Sigh. So hockey is over. What are we going to do now?
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