Joy on the faces of hockey fans before Stanley Cup Finals Game Three – video
As the folks over at EA Sports predicted, we're headed to a Game Seven in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. The question on the minds of many is what happens when the final buzzer sounds at Rogers Arena. Are we elated, or are we disappointed? Are we screaming with joy, or are we raging against fate?
Either way the dynamics could be very volatile, but I pray that Thursday's morning after emotions do not include disappointment at what we've done to our city and its reputation. To date, I like most others have been very proud of the way we've all conducted ourselves during this incredible celebration of sport, and of Vancouver's forty-one year connection to the NHL. I am confident that whatever happens on Wednesday, that good sense and civic pride will prevail.
Vancouver, at some considerable expense related to policing and garbage collection, has at least for the moment become a fun city. Like we seem to do every year at the fireworks festival, we showed our unlimited capacity for leaving behind a mess. Photographer Jeremy Lim's photo of the Game Six aftermath on Georgia Street is disappointing, but not unexpected. I watched a couple periods of Game Three on Georgia Street last week and looked high and low to find a garbage container. To be fair to the organizers of the CBC Fan Zone, I'm not sure if having more bins would help with crowds that large.
Aside from the litter, Vancouver has celebrated so far with class. The number of liquor pour-outs are on the rise, and the VPD is starting to sound a little more nervous in news conferences about the street festivities. When the wee hours of Thursday morning roll around we'll know if Vancouver put the 1994 genie back into the bottle, and had a great time without wrecking the joint.
Speaking of EA Sports, I used to work at the world famous entertainment software company at a time when a very talented young guy named Adam Mackay-Smith was also employed at the studio. Adam is a filmmaker at heart, and eventually left making videogames to do movies. I've not seen him in years until this video suddenly went viral – My Name is Johnny Canuck.
Adam wrote, starred in and directed this incredible short film that captures the fun and thrill of watching the Canucks go all the way to another Game Seven in the Stanley Cup Finals. It's already had nearly 200,000 views in just a few days.
So which Vancouver do I think will show up the evening of Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final? I think it will be the brilliant city that we saw during the 2010 Games, and during all the Canucks games during these playoffs. It will be the city that brought you My Name is Johnny Canuck, EA Sports NHL 11, and Nardwuar vs Don Cherry.
I think we'll have a great time on Wednesday night simply because we all have figured out that Vancouver is Awesome.
Go Canucks Go!
- Post by Mike Klassen. Mike is a city council candidate for the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA). If you're an elected official or candidate seeking a nomination and want to write about urban issues, please send your 450-500 word submission to CityCaucus@gmail.com.