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15 June 2011
Go 'Nucks Go

we've got spirit, yes we do
we've got spirit, yes we do

creative trash-talking
creative trash-talking

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't give a rat's ass about hockey.

But I might actually be paying some attention to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup this evening. Because I found out firsthand that Vancouver has some major school spirit.

the scene
street scene

Mark and I were in Vancouver last weekend for TBEX '11. In between meeting up with our fellow Meet,Plan,Go! hosts and attending the TBEX opening night party, we found ourselves literally caught up in Canucks Fever.

the Tourism Vancouver has the spiritdude on the street's got the spiritOn Friday night, the Canucks won Game 5 of the series and downtown Vancouver erupted. En route to the TBEX party at the Vancouver Art Gallery, a small group of us wound our way through the heart of the melee, as air horns blared, the crowd whooped, and fans wearing all manner of blue and green swarmed the streets.

It was a little like being on Bourbon Street in the midst of Mardi Gras, except the whole thing was just so darn polite. Despite being surrounded by a crush of strangers, I felt completely safe the entire time. I've never seen so many high-fives. The whole scene was totally Canadian.


We Want the Cup!
We Want the Cup!

no, WE Want the Cup!
no, WE Want the Cup!

After the TBEX event, instead of hitting the cool-kids' afterparty, we opted to stand at the corner of Granville and Robson and watch the real party. More legendary high-fiving, chants of "We Want the Cup!," and some creative variations of the blue-and-green thematic. Nothing too rowdy, just a genuine good-natured celebration of the sort we don't see too often in the US. It was one epic block party.

new BFFs
new BFFs

I'm a bit sad that we're back in DC now and won't be around to see the results of Game 7 in person. At the Vancouver airport, it was fun to see that just about everyone supported the home team, from the food court cleaning lady to the jersey-clad gate agents. "Go Canucks Go" signs were posted at every business and in every hallway at YVR, just as they were throughout the city. As a pretty staunch non-sports-fan, I can't claim to care much about the outcome of the game itself, but for the sake of the spirited Vancouver crowd I hope they get their win.

what will the streets look like tonight?
what will the streets look like tonight?

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