"What are they doing Dad?"
"What's that Dad?"
"What does that policeman use that stick for?"
"Why is this happening?"
And then he went to play in the park with some of our high school students who had no interest in watching the resulting carnage.
Can I say I'm shocked by what happened? Not really. I mean, you hope for the best, but 1994 kind of set the precedent. Add in too much alcohol to our Facebook/YouTube culture that fuels stupidity, and I find it highly unlikely that anyone really can sit back and honestly say "There is no way we saw that coming."
So here's a little thought for the NHL.
Why not take a page out of European football who has dealt with this problem for years? They are by no means perfect, but they have gotten way more aggressive to combat hooliganism. And ultimately that's what we're talking about here, right? Hooligans.
- What if each riot resulted in a certain number of home games being played behind closed doors next season?
- What if they had to play their next playoff series entirely on the road?
- What if each person found guilty of rioting got a lifetime ban from the arena/stadium?