Exactly, it wouldn't have been nearly as bad. It would have amounted to some idiots pulling off minor destruction of property, and while that would have been awful, it would have been nowhere near as bad.
What I don't like is being lumped into a category with those people because I like to be surrounded by large groups of hockey fans to fully enjoy the experience. The gold medal victoria for Canada was INSANE. INSANE. And I wasn't some drunk idiot walking around pissing on everything (although I was buzzed, to be sure). So I get a bit annoyed when people say "don't come downtown, simple as that" because the downtown is the area that fuels the city that I work to live in, and the area of the city where I want to enjoy my hard earned money. How about instead of saying anyone who wants to go downtown to drink a few and watch the game is a rioter, be more prepared in the future for the morons who wait for opportunities to act like animals. Crack down on the criminals, don't blanket the situation.
And for those that live downtown, I'm sorry, I have zero sympathy. You live downtown for the access to nightlife and action, when that goes bad, and it will go bad, it's what you take with the good. Simple as that
Even when the Cops were in full effect last year not much could been done for awhile, that's the Same way it would be if they were prepared, it would still be pretty bad.
But about the People who live downtown, heres my opinion.
I Agree that they should be able to be safe there and when things like the Riot happens it threatens them and there Families, and they should be safe.
But People Should be able to go down and Enjoy the Games, everybody pays the Same amount of Taxes, everyone lives here, everyone in the Lower mainland should have Access to Enjoy the Festivities.