While Toronto celebrated its National Basketball Association championship with shootings and stabbings, murder capital St. Louis celebrated its National Hockey League championship with a good time for all. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blues wave overtakes downtown as fans celebrate their team
By Colleen Schrappen, Bryce Gray and Jesse Bogan St. Louis Post-Dispatch 22 hrs ago
Intermittent rain was no match for the blue wave — and the Blues wave — that swept down Market Street on Saturday, overflowing onto the Gateway Arch grounds where the sea of fans roared for their championship hockey heroes. …
Robinson said the parade atmosphere was an extension of the playoff watch parties — a shared experience.
“There was absolutely this sort of collective bond, where you were hugging people you didn’t even know,” he said of the two-month-long postseason run.
Cody Fulkerson and Amanda Grellner woke up at 5:30 a.m. to drive from their home in Linn, Mo., near Jefferson City. Fulkerson said he couldn’t have envisioned this ending to the season, especially with the Blues mired in the NHL cellar in early January.
“It’s a great story,” he said. “Even for young kids: Don’t give up.”
“The energy is incredible,” said Grellner, 47. “It’s something that can bring people from all walks of life together. … For St. Louis, I think that’s something we need.” …
“It’s just exciting,” said Jim Rizzo, of Webster Groves. “St. Louis is always getting a bad rap for stuff.”
“This makes us proud to be in St. Louis,” said his friend, Vikki Sanders.