Amazing Fan Video: Watch Roberto Luongo tribute ‘Live Forever’ and get all emotional and stuff

For my money, the relationship between Roberto Luongo and the city of Vancouver has never been healthy. When you stop and think about it, it’s always sort of seemed like two people headed for a failed marriage.

First, there were the initial stages, when the City was over the moon for the guy, maybe even infatuated in an unhealthy way. We’d never been treated this well by anyone. That warped into a panic that he was too good for us and he might realize it and leave, which caused us to clamour for a promise, a marriage we weren’t quite ready for, a contract lasting forever. Not long after we got it, our fickle, immature hearts turned once again, and we realized how long “forever” truly was. Suddenly the whole thing soured, as we settled into routine. Then came the hardships, as the rigours of marriage (in this case, the Chicago Blackhawks) made him look human. Suddenly, the infatuation was lost, and that thrilling fear that he might leave us was replaced by a dull wish that he would. (How did New Jersey make it look so easy? Marriage is hard.)

Then someone new came along, and we felt that initial rush of excitement and infatuation for the first time in years. We wanted out, but we felt guilty asking, so we treated the guy like dirt in the hopes that he would suggest we end it. Then he did, and as we realized a major point in our lives was coming to an abrupt end, we began to re-examine the whole relationship, and suddenly found the lost memories of when we loved him the way we love the new suitor now. We couldn’t help but look back and wistfully reminisce about how it used to be.

It looks to me like Canuck nation has arrived at that final stage, the outpouring of all that lost emotion. As we approach the seeming end of Luongo’s tenure in Vancouver, I’d expect many more touching Roberto Luongo tributes like this one, titled “Live Forever”.

Good grief, that is some morose video content right there. We’re all crying projectile tears, right? That’s not just me? Seriously, this is like watching the incinerator scene in “Toy Story 3″.

Additional awesomeness: we try to give credit to anyone who points us to anything we feature on this blog. In this case, the credit goes to Roberto Luongo himself, who has basically been creating content for this blog all weekend.

Man. How awesome is that Twitter account?

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39 comments

  1. Burrinator
    April 29, 2012

    And then there’s some of us (myself included) clinging onto this relationship and not believing it’s really over. *breaks down into tears* DON’T LEAVE US LU, WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK!!

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  2. Tracey
    April 29, 2012

    You are at your finest with this marriage metaphor. Just when I think I can’t possibly love this blog more….

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      April 29, 2012

      Agreed, that intro was some of his best work to date.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        April 29, 2012

        Hey, thanks guys. Appreciate it.

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  3. Daniel W.
    April 29, 2012

    Really nice tribute to Louie! Great guy, great goaltender! It will be sad to see him leave!
    If it really comes to that, to his new team: You have one new supporter, who’ll be hoping for you to win the cup!

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  4. Raj
    April 29, 2012

    You were definitely not the only one crying, I had plenty of tears running down my face watching this. This was worse than toy story 3.
    In this marriage, i would be the crazy ex, vowing to always be watching you, waiting fo Lu to come back to me.

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  5. CanuckFanInSF
    April 29, 2012

    I haz a sad.

    C’mon guys. GMMG might figure something out to make this marriage… er… situation work.

    Right?

    ………………….

    *sighs*

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  6. Connie Moon
    April 29, 2012

    Maybe it is time for a change.

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  7. JC
    April 29, 2012

    I have no more tears to shed after this video.

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  8. NYCanuck
    April 29, 2012

    If and when he ends up with a new team, you can bet his whole contracts value that he’ll go into Bingo-Bango-Bongo-mode and take that team into the playoffs and possibly to a Cup. Tampa almost went to the Cup Final last year. Can you imagine if they had Lu in net instead of an aging (yet resilient) Roloson? Stevie Y can imagine…

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  9. peanutflower
    April 29, 2012

    Well, that’s just sad. I’m thinking we’re making a huge mistake.

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    • VanFan85
      April 30, 2012

      I feel like I’ve been alone in my fight and argument of keeping Lui over Schnieder. We ARE making a huge mistake by trading Lui. The pros/cons of Lui/Cory aside, telling Lui that he is our man, he is the guy and signing him to a 12yr deal with a NTC/NMC then only 2 years later asking him waive it is just plain wrong and the bad karma of that will haunt this club. It’s a mistake to give up on Lui when it’s clear as day that our problmes in the playoffs run much deeper than just him and moving a dependable workhorse for the ‘shiny new sports car’ just seems so wrong to me. It’s all just wrong.

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  10. Zach Morris
    April 29, 2012

    Ever since he came to Vancouver, Roberto Luongo has been my favorite NHL player.
    He has been the best goalie in the league since the lockout, and he deserves much more than just a Jennings trophy for his years with Vancouver.
    And we’re OK with him leaving?
    “But he sucks in the playoffs and he’s a choker! Reboundo Lebrongo!”
    He won fifteen games in the playoffs last year! The guy everyone has chosen to replace him has ONE playoff win!
    Remember Trevor Linden?
    We traded him after we almost won the Cup. People were furious. But there’s no anger about Luongo being shipped out?
    I always thought that Luongo would retire as a Canuck and we as fans would speak of him in the same sentence as Linden, the two captains who had given everything for their team.
    I am sorry, Luongo, that so many of my fellow fans are so ready to ship you off.

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    • Lucky
      April 29, 2012

      Well said! Gonna miss him if he actually does go

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    • Mo
      April 29, 2012

      Oh, I’M angry. I see how this has become a tough choice, but I sure hope Lui’s still here in the fall….

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    • warren
      April 29, 2012

      EXACTLY, please forgive the caps but i think they are justified for your comment. There are very few names that come to mind when one thinks about ‘heart for the team’. Lou committed for the long term – so many people b…. about his contract without ever thinking what the commitment is from the Player. He is staking a big part of his life to a team and it’s fans. Yes he is well paid, but he earned that pay, and continues to earn it. Lou agreed to be Captain, he agreed to step down as Captain – too few people recognize the strength it takes to take either measure. Lou works his butt off at the game and at the same time supports and mentors the dude who might take his job – can we do that in our workplace?

      i used to listen to radio coverage of the Western Hockey League Canucks, Phil Maloney was a stud. When the Canucks joined the NHL we were lucky to add guys like Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden. Henrik, Danny and Lou to the team.

      To provide a little perspective, what did Mark Messier, Mike Keenan or Matts Sundin ever do for this team?

      The Team should think long and hard about how to treat Lou.

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  11. Mt
    April 29, 2012

    There’s been so much media coverage of Luongo lately but that was one of the few things worth reading. Well summed up.

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  12. biznow
    April 29, 2012

    I saw this video early this morning. I’ve been reminiscing all day.

    One of the things that stands out for me from his time here didn’t even happen on the ice, it was Lou’s TV spot for Canuck Place, where he gets scored on by Jaxson Creasley in his wheelchair. What Lou has meant to some of us luckier fans probably pales in comparison to what he’s meant to some of those kids. Great work Bobby Lou.

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  13. sarah
    April 29, 2012

    Awesome. Only suggestion would be to include his reaction to the win in Detroit this year – that might be one of my favourite Lu moments [other than all his Twiiter activity]

    Ugh, I’m going to miss either goal-tender if they leave. Can’t we please keep both?

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  14. akidd
    April 29, 2012

    blame the blackhawks. Lou was flawless until quenneville and his boys came to town. they faked and dropped, faked and dropped, until lou dropped and then they deposited the puck. killer offence and they did their homework. they knew lou was a reaction guy and even when they were in cold they still wouldn’t shoot but waited for lou to commit and then the pass. dastardly.

    and then the next season and the first rumblings from the eastern msm that lou was flawed. and the debate about who should backstop team canada. the knives came out. it seemed preposterous to me at the time because the hawks had such great chances against lou. they turned the canuck d into swiss cheese. impossible to blame lou for that. but they did. they got under his skin and they made it stick.

    and then the hawks came to town again. and again. the last time there was a measure of redemption but if burrows’ hadn’t scored i’d still be under the rock that i’d have surely crawled under.

    blame the hawks, i say. ruthless.

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  15. Doug Bruce
    April 29, 2012

    =Great job on the tribute, and THAN YOU LOOO ongo..

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  16. Lucky
    April 29, 2012

    I like the marriage analogy.. fitting. Great video, too, that definitely had me tearing up.
    If we as fans, who don’t even know him on a personal level, are feeling like this, I wonder what the other guys on the team that have been with him since day 1 are feeling?!

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  17. peanutflower
    April 29, 2012

    Over at Canuckscorner they have a recap and in reviewing injuries revealed is “■Roberto Luongo played despite a broken heart.” Please, someone do something.

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  18. Kate
    April 29, 2012

    The tears!!! You nailed it with the marriage analogy. After Luo said he’d waive his NTC, it felt like we’d lost him already. Can’t stand how so many people/media rag on him and blame him, though I also know that I have a really hard time seeing them as just hockey players. You get kind of attached to them as people too (which is weird because we clearly don’t know them…). Anyways this whole situation sucks.

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    • Nee
      April 29, 2012

      I feel the same. On a business level, I can see where MG might be making this decision (if Lu goes). But I can’t think in those terms.

      It’s the same with the Sedins. If they leave after their current contract ends, I would probably cry. I love those two. It’s silly, since I’ve met 1 of them a grand total of 1 times, but yet I feel attached to them. It’s funny how sports does that to fans.

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      • Abby
        April 29, 2012

        Yeah. I think that is a huge reason why we stay fans through all the years- we love the game AND we love the players.

        Don’t you even DARE suggest that the Sedins might go anywhere. I’m having a difficult enough time with Lu possibly leaving and I’d probably go ballistic if they traded the twins.

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  19. Raftgeek
    April 29, 2012

    I have to say Lou being shipped out causes me a lot of “hockey stress”. I came over in the trade with Lou and he’s my favorite goalie by far, ever. Since I’ve been here I’ve really come to love players like Burrows, Kesler the Twins and Kevin B. when Lou leaves not sure what I’ll do as a fan. I know it’s a bad idea to follow players and not a team but I’ve always been like that. As Canuck fans you should all hope I go with him as no team I’ve ever rooted for has ever won anything while I was rooting for them. It’s really my fault the Canucks lost last year just as it’s my fault Dan Marino never won a superbowl. I really wish Lou could stay and meet the expectations of the fan base. I hope he gets another shot at the cup.

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    • peanutflower
      April 29, 2012

      Dan Marino?

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  20. Eric Blacha
    April 29, 2012

    Has anyone ever thought about the Schnieder Lack combination that we will have? What if Schnieder can’t handle the workload? Lack in his first year may become the starter, and can stunt his progression.

    Luongo is Vancouver’s man.

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  21. Abby
    April 29, 2012

    Bah.

    You guys get the kudos for being the first hockey blog to make me cry.

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  22. warren
    April 30, 2012

    might be interesting to get Phil Maloney’s perspective on this situation…..and on the Canucks team in general?

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  23. Tamara B
    April 30, 2012

    I feel justified in crying when I read Luo requested the trade – it was a gut punch I was not prepared for! I’m glad I’m not the only one with an emotional tie to Luo.

    He plays with his heart on his sleeve and the hardest games to watch are the games you see him trying to get the tape to hold it together while in net.

    I really, really don’t want him to go — he was the reason I ended up loving the Canucks, as an Easterner I have lots of choices (29 to be exact) but I start watching my games when all the Eastern games are over, because of Luo and the Canucks.

    It was always supposed to be — GMMG/AV would showcase Schneids during the playoffs — pump his tires if you will, and then trade him (not that I want him to go, I love me some Schneider), and bring up Lack to train under the venerable master, Luo, giving them time to work Lack to starter material before Luo retired or took a back seat for the remaining games of his career.

    IT was never supposed to be Luo leaving. You cannot run a team with 2 untested goalies, it’s tomfoolery at it’s highest level. With the offensive and defensive issues the team has faced, Luongo was the truly the last bastian to save the Canucks. You want to put down Luo? Jennings last year, back to back Presidents trophies, all the way to game 7 of the SCF, a consistant .91% value or better for 10 years consecutively, no one else has done this!

    I just can’t imagine the Canucks without Luo, he IS the heart of the Canucks.

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  24. Andre
    April 30, 2012

    Man: is this the last stage of breakup or what?

    “Don’t go Lu!”
    “We miss you already!”
    “You were so great!”

    That crowd showing him the door now cries for his greatness.

    Which is easier to spell: hypocrisy or schizophrenia?

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    • Tamara B
      May 1, 2012

      Not everyone instantly drops Luo the second the other team scores — many fans have followed and supported Luo long before trade talks…

      Now if you’re talking about MSM…. that’s another thing altogether ;)

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  25. AM
    April 30, 2012

    Roberto is one of the most stand-up guys on the team – he will be really missed. I’ve had the opportunity to meet him numerous times, and while he may be serious when it comes to the sport, the guy just lights up around kids. He is so warm and friendly, he is really my favourite player on the team.
    Will be very, very sad to see him go.

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  26. iceman
    April 30, 2012

    C’mon. Will you stop making a grown man cry? :-)

    So this is how the marriage ends… After all these years of playing his heart out every night for 6 years, backstopping his team to the G7 of SCF last year and becoming the franchise’s winningest goalie THIS year? Talk about being an ungrateful and heartless spouse…

    I still want to believe there is a hope that Lu stays, but I also know it won’t do him any good anyways. Enough is enough – You can keep tuning out all the negative stuff only for so long.

    If Lu does leave I want him to prove us all wrong, winning Vezina and even Stanley Cup someday. I wish him to show the unappreciative media and the fanbase here what they missed.

    And then after few more years…. please come back when we retire your jersey.

    You will always be Canucks’ #1 goalie in my mind, Lu… You deserve a lot more than what you were given here.

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  27. Ando
    April 30, 2012

    I think the marriage metaphor is great. However, what a lot of people are doing now is romanticizing the past. Lou was consistently excellent over the years after he got past his yearly slow start. But there should be no question that he has struggled to bounce back from adversity in big games that start badly. There have been at least a handful of key games that have ended in disaster due to this tendency.
    Also, as much as I like the marriage metaphor, it can’t take us all the way on this one. If we can upgrade at the goalie position, then we have to do it. Lou was a great goalie for us, but his contract (cap hit and term) combined with his age and his baggage, make taking the risk on Schneider well worth it. As a whole, Canucks fans have treated Lou terribly during his tenure here (relative to his performance), but let’s not swing to the equally unreasonable position that he is the second coming of Patrick Roy now that it appears he is leaving.

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  28. Micheal
    May 1, 2012

    Just came across this…

    “Luongo’s career numbers show him to have a .919 save percentage and a 2.52 goals against average. How does that compare? Luongo has a better career save percentage than four-time Vezina winner Martin Brodeur (.913), and has not had the luxury of playing behind the Devils trap in the 90’s. Luongo’s career save percentage and goals against numbers are also better than three-time Vezina winner Patrick Roy (.910 and 2.54)”

    http://thehockeywriters.com/debunking-the-roberto-luongo-myths/

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  29. Micheal
    May 1, 2012

    Also here’s a question.. and a serious one… Do any of you think the so called hockey gods will award us a Stanley cup any time soon if we trade Luongo? Not me. Not as long as he’s playing for another team. I swear to you.. no matter how talented we become… no matter how many presidents trophy’s we win, we will be haunted by this trade… and it’s only fair. I for one wouldn’t want us to win, with Luongo watching on TV knowing he could have and should have been the one to win it, with his friends… his old Vancouver team-mates, with whom he battled with in getting this team to it’s lofty position.
    I could sense sadness in Luongo’s voice when he mentioned waiving his no trade clause. He’d rather stay… if the fans would welcome it.
    Y’know… hockey is a very spiritual game as well… there’s no denying it… there is hockey karma to some extent, and I would argue that deciding between Schneider and Luongo has more angles to it than just who might statistically be the better goalie next year.
    Yes… the head might say to go with Schneider… but the heart may say to go with Luongo… and if you want the best possible outcome, it’s always best to follow your heart.

    Not to mention… to do the right thing….

    But not for the money… for the dressing room.

    These boys want to win together.

    And WE want them to win together.

    The Sedin’s, Kesler, Burrows, Bieksa, Edler, and Luongo.

    They deserve another crack at it together.

    IMHO.

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