I was one of them. It truly felt like MKF II
Originally Posted by Mathman
Generally speaking, I actually think things have calmed down here over the years (with a few notable exceptions). But maybe now emotions are starting to run high again, especially with the Olympic season and more controversial results being handed down.
Actually, the Wagner/Nagasu Olympic controversy is the first time I've seen passion among US skatefans in YEARS. For the longest time no one has really cared - ever since Kwan & Cohen actually.
I think the closest the USA ever has come to being a nationwide passion was between 1994-1995 with the Tonya/Nancy saga, to Oksana Baiul, to the death of Grinkov. During that period it seemed like figure skating was always on TV and much more a part of popular culture than it has ever been before or since.
Originally Posted by Anna K.
Yes. There can be problems in Canada with hockey fans in some cities when their teams lose. Not sane at all and the situations that arise can be dangerous.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
In past years, there have been, on particular occasions, riots in both Vancouver and Montreal when their teams were knocked out of the playoffs. Not Toronto though . . . but that is because our team (the Maple Leafs) is so crappy, we are not only used to losing but, as well, not even making the play-offs. Yet, it is the most profitable team in the NHL because it is so ardently supported. It would be interesting to see what would happen if our beloved Maple Leafs ever won the Stanley Cup, but that is so hypothetical because it won't happen . . . but if it did, traffic would stop everywhere in the city for the celebration. It would be madness.