Congratulations are due to Roberto Luongo, who has been named among the 2011 class of inductees to the Italian Walk of Fame alongside singer Bobby Curtola, contractor Alfredo Degasperis, character actor Franco Nero, actress Connie Stevens, and businessman (and Canucks’ co-owner) Luigi Aquilini. Congratulations are also due to Luongo for being the greatest goalie who ever lived, according to his induction write-up.
Wow. Again, check out that last line:
Luongo is often referred to as the greatest goalie who ever lived.
Seriously, wow. I think even Luongo would have a hard time with this one. Here’s a photo of his reaction when told of the statement while sitting on the edge of his pool in Florida.
Why he lounges poolside in full gear is beyond me.
Now, look, we love Luongo as much as the next guy, but the Italian Walk of Fame might want to back off on the superlatives. For one thing, Luongo has never won the Vezina (or the Hart, or the Pearson/Lindsay), as the sloppily worded writeup claims — he’s only been nominated. But, even if he had won a Vezina, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody refer to him as the greatest goalie who ever lived. I mean, he’s good and all, a bona fide number one and superstar, but “best ever” good? You’re going to be hard-pressed to find a single Vancouverite who would make that claim, especially in light of that Stanley Cup Final we just witnessed. You’ve got to admire that Italian braggadocio, though.
Wild theory: Tim Thomas wrote the induction paragraph. The circle of pumped tires is complete.
Thanks to Jeff Paterson for bringing this crazy exaggeration to our attention.Tags: crazy exaggerations, italians are a quite confident bunch, Luongo, references to pumped tires