Apparently sports riots are the most common form of riot in North America (who knew?). But, whilst these are usually the result of massive celebration of a win, in Vancouver it seems only to happen when the home team loses. This is what happened yesterday.
So unusual is it that a riot should come after a sports team losing a game, that the phenomenon is now being termed the ‘Vancouver effect’ by academics such as Jerry Lewis, an emeritus professor of Sociology at Kent State University, Ohio. Of 200 separate sports riots in North America studied by Lewis, none of them ever followed a loss.
It’s not all bad though, look at this absolutely fantastic photo taken from the streets of Vancouver last night: