... Yes there are groups that go around doing this.. Thing is, the fans do get themselves involved in these riots.
There always going to be someone who jumps in when something is going on, it has nothing to do with hockey or fans, just people who are criminals or young people who think it's 'cool' to kick a cop car
Did anyone notice that the rioters almost exclusively broke windows belonging to shops where they could steal merchandise? That's not a riot, that's a bored kid/drunk/loser deciding that he or she will take the large crowd opportunity to get a free I-pod or gold chain.
Funny also that so many of the people taking pictures and vids, publicly slammed hockey and admitted that they only showed up to "see what would happen". Yeah, get drunks and criminals together with people willing to film their antics and guess what happens
Oh yeah, they turn it into popular TV shows.
If the fans were actually proud of their city, then they would take these groups out into the woods.. and bury them
Actually that's sort of what has been going on there
The problem now is vigilantism. Serious public naming and shaming and sometimes happening to the wrong people. They're now talking about charges being brought up against those other losers who are photoshopping their friend's pictures into riot scenes. Real funny when your buddy loses his job thanks to your prank.
The fans are proud of their city, why wouldn't they be?
Most people like their city or they wouldn't live there. Thousands immediately Facebooked and Tweeted to get the crowds back to help with the clean up and they did. Just not so exciting to splash that all over the news. Families with garbage bags and brooms? No death and destruction there.
I know the team/fans is the arch rival of your city's team but I think fans are fans and there's going to be a dickhead in every crowd. Not all soccer fans are hooligans either but the normal ones don't make the news.
Some analysts are even trying to use the old "hockey = violence" argument. That's so lame. No one complained about games or series where there were no fights but again that wouldn't make the news.
If that argument holds then the Seattle riot must have meant tree-huggers and hippies = violence??