If you're a hockey fan, you either watched in euphoric excitement or nauseating horror as the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (this displaced Bostonian Editor falls into the former category). Showing the uglier side of sports, some disgruntled Vancouver 'fans' (a term we use loosely here -- Vancouver's real fans acknowledged a hard fought series and took the loss in bitter stride) took to rioting, and from the unfortunate scene a photo of what appears to be a kissing couple emerged and quickly went viral, only things are not as they appear.
The photo wasn't photoshopped, and there really was a young couple embraced on the ground amid the mayhem. But while it appears they're protesting the riots by making love, not war, the real story, according to bystanders, is that riot officers knocked the couple to the ground with the woman landing head first on the concrete, and her boyfriend thrown on top of her.
"The girl who was knocked over landed head first on the pavement with her boyfriend landing partially on top of her. She was in visible pain, crying, but the two officers gave them a parting shove and moved on," a witness, identifying himself as William, wrote to the Vancouver Sun, according to the U.K.'s Guardian. "Bystanders went to go make sure she was OK. I understand that the frontline police have to control the crowd but it is a bit ridiculous that they couldn't have other officers or paramedics behind the line to help anyone who is hurt."
The snapshot was taken by Canadian photographer Richard Lam, who was about 20 or 30 yards away. The photo then spread through cyberspace at a breakneck pace via social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Another less romantic-looking angle of the picture can be seen here.
And that, as Paul Harvey would say, is the rest of the story.