The many faces of Funny Bob: Chloe Ezra’s ten favourite Roberto Luongo animated gifs of 2011

We’ve riffed on the wonders of the Roberto Luongo interview before, most notably his penchant for gallows humour when nobody’s quite in the mood (and this photo), but there’s more to it than just that. Luongo isn’t just a master of the self-deprecating quote — he’s also the most expressive player in the NHL: Funny Bob makes some incredible faces.

Often, these remarkable looks go unnoticed when you watch Luongo’s interviews in real time, but if watch for them closely, as frequent collaborator Chloe Ezra often does, you can find pure gold. Her Tumblr account is a treasure trove of strange Lu-faces, slowed down, isolated, and gif’d.

With the new year just around the corner, we asked Chloe to curate a list of her 10 favourites, what for to bring the many faces of Funny Bob to a wider audience, and also to fill your home with Christmas cheer — or wonder, or dread, or whatever emotion Roberto Luongo is randomly expressing today. Chloe’s choices are impeccable.

When you laugh, be sure to laugh aloud. It opens up the pores.

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I Find This Video Odd: Daniel Sedin heads the puck

The Sedins have some very creative ways to enter the offensive zone, which is one of the big reasons they’re so difficult to stop. Once the Sedins are in the offensive zone, wizardry occurs, so one of the few ways to prevent them from scoring is to prevent them from gaining the zone in the first place. This is why they continually invent new ways to keep their opponents guessing.

On Wednesday against the Red Wings, however, Daniel Sedin improvised a brand new way to get over the blueline. At least, I’m assuming he’s improvising: otherwise, this is the greatest set play in the history of the Sedins.

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I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings, December 22, 2011

Any time the Red Wings and the Canucks meet, you know you’re in for a good one. Detroit and Vancouver always seem to get up to play one another. It makes sense, really. Not only are both teams among the elite of the Western Conference, but they play similar systems. Furthermore, their cores are similar as well: Both boast a Selke-calibre center, a large Swedish contingent, a Swedish captain, and a dearth of useless enforcer types.

When you have that much in common, you’re bound to fight. It’s the law of romantic comedies. I should know. I watch a lot of romantic comedies. I also watch a lot of games, and I watched this game.

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