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For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

Not bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do.
Not bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do.
twitpic/Chris Walts

Oh, behave, Vancouver.

Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city.

By past standards, Vancouver's hooliganism was weak sauce compared to these top ten riots. Advice to Canadians: If you're really wanting to wreck stuff, then take lessons from the states of Ohio (numbers 5 and 10) and Michigan (numbers 1 and 9).

(Note: Affairs were a lot of people died, such as the Ghanaian soccer stampede of 2001, were not included on this list.)

10. Columbus, 2002

Ohio State Buckeye fans and students had a little too much fun after their team defeated rival Michigan that sent OSU to the national championship. In all, 107 fires were set and 20 autos were messed up.

9. Detroit, 1984

At the time, the aftermath of the Detroit Tigers' World Series-clinching victory was the worst post-championship celebration in history.  8. New York City, 1996

The clusterfuck following the match between Andrew Golota and Riddick Bowe tops boxing's long history of chaos.

7. Milan, 2005

For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

A UEFA playoff match between rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan was called off after missiles and flares, one of which struck the AC Milan goalkeeper, were fired onto the pitch at Italy's San Siro stadium.  6. Tucson, 2001

The rundown southern Arizona city, which already models a war zone, was a great setting for the frat boys who were determined to destroy downtown Tucson after a NCAA championship loss to Duke.

5. Cleveland, 1974

For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

Ten-Cent Beer Night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium turned into total disaster when piss-drunk fans, some of whom wielded knives and torn-apart stadium seats, decided to take over a game between the Indians and Texas Rangers. 4. Belgrade, 2006

Amazingly, this game between the Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) and PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece) resumed after this silliness.

3. Chicago, 1979

Chicago White Sox fans poured onto the Comiskey Park field and started smoking pot/tipping back beers after a crate of disco records was blown up during Disco Demolition Night.

 2. Boston, 2004

Long suffering Red Sox fans/Massholes went apeshit after celebrating the team's first World Series championship in 86 years.

1. Detroit, 2004

The number of participants was low, but the Pistons-Pacers brawl wins because actual "professional" athletes Ron Artest, Ben Wallace and Stephen Jackson were involved.


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