Gold Canada Gold!
You could not have written a better script if you tried. Canada loses to the USA in the preliminary round – needs to avenge this defeat. Beloved hometown goalie in net. The Americans tie up the game with only 30 seconds left to go in regulation! And then young superstar Crosby, who hadn’t done much during the tournament, scores right when we most need it! And the crowd goes WILD!!!!!!!
And go wild they did! I was watching the game with some friends at The Vogue Theatre on Granville and let me tell you, the crowd went crazy!
Everyone was yelling and jumping and hugging random strangers and we all poured out on Granville Street after we watched the medals being given out and I’ve never seen so many people in my life as were on Granville Street today! Pictures don’t really do it justice, but this is sort of what it looked like:
People as far as you could see in every direction. There were quite a few cops out, but they looked a bit at a loss – I mean, there were thousands of people in the streets, but no one was doing anything wrong! We were yelling and cheering and chanting “Crosby! Crosby!” and singing “O Canada” and playing music and dancing and high fiving anyone and everyone – including the cops! – and when we got to the corner of Granville and Robson it was an absolutely crush of people – like the biggest mosh pit ever. People were crowd surfing in the street! There were people climbing light poles:
We enjoyed the crowd for a while and then grabbed some food and then headed back to the Vogue to watch the Closing Ceremonies. And when I left near the end, the street were still full of happy, happy celebrating Canadians1!
I can honestly say that this is an experience that I won’t soon forget!
Also I have to say congratulations to all our amazing Canadian athletes2! The most gold medals by a country in an Olympic games – that’s pretty freaking amazing! As Chris put it in her blog posting, we own part of the podium – the gold part!!!
- And, in a typical Vancouver scene, I saw cops dumping out some guy’s beer, while not batting an eyelash at the fact that the entire downtown core smelled like pot! [↩]
- What? They could be reading this. You don’t know that they aren’t [↩]