What is it with those Boston Bruins fans?
Since the Stanley Cup playoffs began, we've heard tales of them urinating on fans of the Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.
They sprinkle beer on people's heads who are wearing opposing jerseys.
They even harass fans in opposing jerseys when they're at the urinal in Boston's arena. It's appalling behaviour.
Some of these fans are probably the same jerks—or the kids of the same jerks—who nearly rioted in South Boston in the 1970s to protest busing to desegregate their local schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that people of African descent should have equal educational opportunities in a landmark ruling called Brown v. Board of Education. Separate schools for black students were unconstitutional. But two decades after that ruling and following the civil-rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King, some bigots in Southie still didn't get it.
Vancouverites could teach some of Boston's most moronic fans a few things about the benefits of diversity. Lesson number one: if someone is wearing a Canucks jersey in your town, they shouldn't have to fear going out in public or being attacked if they're in a taxi.
These idiotic fans think their boorish conduct is justified because Canuck defender Aaron Rome made a mistake. He delivered a late hit on a Boston forward who had his head down—and Rome paid a heavy price, missing the rest of the Stanley Cup final. He's not dirty—unlike some Boston fans.
What prompted me to write this? I just read an obnoxious commentary on a Boston sports website called "Being a Bruins Fan: An Open Letter to Luongo & The Canucks".
The writer, Joe Gill, starts with a nasty swipe at Canuck forward Alex Burrows for allegedly biting Patrice Bergeron's finger. I would like to see how Gill would react if someone shoved a finger in a hockey glove down his throat. Would he open wide and invite the guy to choke him to death?
Gill's insults continue from there.
"Your team is filled with cheap shot artists like Aaron Rome, divers like Burrows and Lapierre, paper tiger comedians like the Sedin twins and whiners like your head coach, Alain Vigneault complaining about everything from the ice conditions to Thomas’ playing style to his runny eggs at breakfast," Gill writes.
Then he moves on to Roberto Luongo. The Canuck goalie merely remarked that he would have stopped the Maxim Lapierre goal that got behind Bruin netminder Tim Thomas in Game 5.
It was a factual statement by a star backstop who doesn't run outside of his crease, whack players on the shins, and shove the other team's captain onto the ice.
For Luongo's sin of telling the truth, Gill claims: "Lord Stanley will turn in his grave if Vancouver wins his cup." And, it seems, Bruins fans now "despise" Loungo for his "arrogance and holier than thou attitude".
"I have no problem losing to the better team, but not to a team that doesn’t display one ounce of class," Gill adds.
Here's a message to Gill, if you're reading this. Class is not urinating on a person wearing the opposing team's jersey when they're visiting your town and spending tourist dollars boosting your pathetic economy.
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