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Championship Violence

NEW YORK -- Incidents of fan violence after pro teams have won a championship:

Oct. 10, 1968 - Detroit - One rape occurred, store windows were smashed and fires were set after the Tigers won the World Series. 200 arrests were made.

Oct. 17, 1971 - Pittsburgh - Store windows were smashed, fires were set, motorists were attacked, and armed robberies. 100 were injured.

Jan. 24, 1982 - San Francisco - About 80 arrests were needed to quell a near-riot that caused thousands of dollars in property damage after the 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl.

Oct. 14, 1984 - Detroit - 100,000 poured into the streets after the Tigers won the World Series over the San Diego Padres. Fans destroyed police cars and taxi cabs, setting some on fire. Dozens were arrested, many were injured and one person was killed. Police had to close off freeways and a downtown building complex to clear thew area near the stadium.

Jan. 20, 1985 - San Francisco - At least 184 people were arrested, most for public drunkenness, after the 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl. Seven were arrested who tried to take items out of stores after smashing the front windows. Several bonfires had been set on Union Street, where 3,000 to 4,000 people, many fueled by beer, massed in a mile-long party. Some rock- and bottle-throwing was reported immediately after the game.

May 24, 1986 - Montreal - Thousands of fans poured into the streets in the bar district as soon as the Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames for their 23rd Stanley Cup. Stores were looted and cars were overturned or vandalized. Only nine people were arrested when police took control three hours later after an estimated $2 million in damage.

June 14, 1990 - Detroit - Seven people died, six of them hit by cars, after the Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers to take their second straight NBA title. Hundreds of people were hurt by gunfire, stabbings and fighting as widespread looting broke out. Police arrested 68 people on disorderly conduct charges, 15 on assault charges, two in connection with fatal hit-and-run accidents, 31 on breaking-and-entering, six on miscellaneous destruction of properties and 19 on traffic violations.

June 12, 1991 - Chicago - Scattered looting broke out after the Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA title. More than 100 people were arrested. Two teen-agers were injured, though not seriously, apparently by stray bullets fired in the post-game victory rallies. Stores were looted at scattered sites, including three stores at a strip mall. Vandals did an estimated $4,000 damage to a fast-food restaurant, not including the loss of nine plate-glass windows that were smashed.

June 14, 1992 - Chicago - Rowdy fans crushed and overturned two unoccupied taxis, looted businesses, set fires, as more than 1,000 arrests were made after the Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers for the NBA title. Twenty-five businesses were looted on the West Side, 11 stores were damaged on Michigan Avenue and scores of other businesses elsewhere were raided. Eight fires were set in shops and abandoned buildings. Vandals damaged 61 police vehicles, 52 buses and 68 subway cars. Two people were burned - one seriously - when looters set fire to a South Side store. Two police officers were shot but not seriously wounded, and more than 90 other officers suffered minor injuries. About 100 other people were injured.

Feb. 9, 1993 - Dallas - The city's Super Bowl victory party erupted in violence that resulted in at least 18 injuries and 26 arrests. Groups of young people attacked bystanders during the celebration, attended by an estimated 400,000 Cowboys fans. At least one liquor store was looted, and gunfire and rock- and bottle-throwing were reported. Most of the fighting occurred about a half-mile from the rally, after Cowboys players and coaches rode through the throng in a ticker tape parade honoring their Jan. 31 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

June 9, 1993 - Montreal - Following the Canadiens' Stanley Cup win over the Los Angeles Kings, vandals went on a rampage, trashing stores, police vehicles, buses and subway cars. Thousands of hockey fans poured out of Montreal's main arena, the Forum, and many joined crowds outside to go on the rampage along a 30-block stretch of Ste. Catherine Street, a main boulevard. 115 people were arrested and 168 were injured, including 49 police officers, none of them seriously. Fifteen buses and 31 subway cars were damaged and 47 police cars trashed, including eight which were destroyed. Six fires were set, including four torched cars, and dozens of stores along the street were trashed.

June 20, 1993 - Chicago - For the third straight year, violence marred celebrations that broke out when the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship. Three people were killed and nearly 700 arrested as the city sent thousands of extra police into the streets. Random gunfire was heard across the city late Sunday and early Monday after the Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 99-98 to win their third consecutive title. Police said 683 people were arrested after the game. Of those, 137 were charged with felonies, according to the Cook County state attorney's office.

June 10, 1996 - Denver - A crowd estimated at about 80,000 turned out downtown for a gigantic celebration after the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup with a triple-overtime 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers in Miami. The party took an ugly turn around 1:15 a.m., when hundreds of police in riot helmets broke up thousands of out-of-control fans who threw rocks and bottles through bar and store windows along the 16th Street pedestrian mall and near Larimer Street. Fifteen arrests were made and three people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

June 16, 1996 - Chicago - The aftermath of the Chicago Bulls' championship left 650 people arrested in 6 1/2 hours and 38 stores looted or broken into. The city spent about $3.2 million in preparations, most of it on police overtime for the three nights the Bulls had a chance to end the series. Chicago beat Seattle 87-75 for a 4-2 series victory.

June 13, 1997 - Chicago - One person was shot and killed while waiting for a bus in a gang-related killing during the street celebrations that followed the Chicago Bulls' fifth NBA championship. People were throwing rocks at passing cars on the city's northwest side when a gunman climbed out of a pickup truck and fired a shot into the crowd. The shot killed a 32-year-old man waiting at a bus stop. First-degree murder charges were filed against five teenagers in the man's death.

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