Back in April, not long after the Canucks had been eliminated from the postseason by the Los Angeles Kings, it hit people that the Roberto Luongo era was truly over and fan tributes began to pop up. The best one was probably “Live Forever“, a moving, morose video exclamation on Luongo’s chapter in Vancouver that even Luongo himself claimed made him teary-eyed.
There two things that made that video so effective: the first was our relative certainty that Luongo was truly gone. He’ll be moved at the draft, we thought. Maybe August. It made it a lot easier to say goodbye when he was, you know, going. The second was song choice. Drew Holcomb’s “Live Forever” shaped the mood perfectly.
But let’s imagine that Luongo’s supposed trade had failed to materialize for so long that the whole ordeal had just gotten silly, and all our raw emotion and heartfelt goodbyes had curdled into jaded irony. And let’s imagine the tribute video featured a less effective, slightly cheesier tune, like, say, One Republic and Timbaland’s “Apologize”
Actually, let’s not imagine. That video exists now.
No offense to Youtuber 127flyby, who did a great job here with the editing, but this one lands squarely in camp melodrama, and not the cool kind of melodrama like a Rainer Fassbinder movie. The kind that keeps making you laugh when it’s not supposed to.
Maybe it’s because, each time Luongo makes a save, Ryan Tedder lays the guilt trip on heavy by reminding us that it’s too late to apologize. (Glove save! It’s too laaaaaaaate.) Or maybe it’s because it can’t possibly be too late to apologize when Luongo had to make an awkward return to town just last week and projects to a Canuck for quite a while longer thanks to the lockout and Mike Gillis’s insistence that “We don’t have fire sales.” I mean, we’ve been saying goodbye for months. There’s probably time to apologize.
Or maybe the tribute video is actually really moving and I’m just a huge jerk.Tags: Amazing Fan Video, Roberto Luongo, The YouTubes