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The Vancouver Riots, and What it all Means for Buffalo

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They say that it’s within us all.

The Heart of Darkness,” a book by Joseph Conrad, is a story you may be very familiar with, having been the inspiration for the movie “Apocalypse Now.”  It’s a tale that exposes three ugly truths:

“The darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans’ cruel treatment of the natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil.”

Last night, after the Canucks lost Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final, the people of Vancouver got ugly, they got destructive, evil, and had succumbed to that dark heart.   Rioting in the streets, they burned cars, looted stores, running primitive and rampant like wild beasts within their own beautiful civilization.  For the sake of capping off the book’s analogy, think of the “wilderness” as the long descent into the anxiety of a very long playoff tun, and the “cruel treatment” as simple modern-era struggles of our time.

Today, social medias like Twitter are alight with condemnation, and rightfully so, for the people of Vancouver and what they unleashed from themselves and into their city last night.  But how far removed are we from them?  Should we really be casting stones, so to speak, or should we try instead to understand how this happened?

More importantly – could this happen in Buffalo, and what do these latest riots mean for the future fan experience of the NHL?

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