It’s too late to apologize, according to Roberto Luongo fan video

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.

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5 comments

  1. chicken chick
    September 19, 2012

    the “jerks” are all those who booed! the tribute moved me, reminding of all the assholes who couldn’t stop a puck if their lives depended on it.

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  2. chicken chick
    September 19, 2012

    i was also reminded of what an incredible good goalie luongo is. we may well come to miss him much more than we expect to. cheers for a fine post.

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  3. zach
    September 19, 2012

    next up… I will remember you by Sarah Mclachlan!!

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  4. Wagman
    September 20, 2012

    Call me naive, but I still think Luongo is our No. 1 goalie. You don’t sign a guy to a 12 year deal and send him away a couple years in. That tells other players that any contract duration is meaningless – is that how the Canucks management wants things to look? I hope we get a few more years out of Luongo, and maybe even a Cup. I think the pairing of Luongo and Schneider could be the ticket to multiple cup runs.*

    * Assuming the NHL & NHLPA can get its collective head out of its arse and get back to the game of hockey.

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  5. DirtyMariner
    September 24, 2012

    He’s a sieve.

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