Is this the saddest Roberto Luongo tribute ever? [VIDEO]

They may well have been the silent majority in the past, but the seeming inevitability of a trade has brought the Roberto Luongo fans out of the woodwork. It feels like we’ve seen more ardent defence of the Canucks netminder in the past eight months than in his previous four seasons combined.

The long, drawn-out nature of the lockout has only made things harder for Luongo fans, like slowly peeling off a band-aid from a particularly hairy part of the leg. Just ripping it off in one motion is preferable: it hurts more in the moment, but the pain fades over time. Now Luongo might stay with the team for the entire season, with the expectation that he’ll be gone in the summer, which is somehow even worse. Imagine an entire season of Luongo showing Canucks fans exactly what they love about him, all the while knowing that he won’t be staying.

That’s what makes this tribute video by YouTube user RanaTA87 so appropriate. It shows Luongo in both his moments of despair and his moments of glory, his triumphs and his tragedies. Set to “One Love” by U2, it is simultaneously painfully melodramatic and just melodramatic enough.

This is a superbly-paced video, matching the mood of the song just right. “One Love” is particularly well-chosen, as it allows for some clever, if a little on-the-nose, match-ups with the video.

Consider some of these lyrics, but imagine Luongo singing instead of Bono:

Will it make it easier on you/Now you got someone to blame?

Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?

It’s…it’s not like that, Roberto…I can change…

My favourite moments in the video, however, come after that, as RanaTA87 stirs the blood by showing shots of the Bruins winning the Cup behind “It’s too late, tonight,” then hammers home “We’re not the same” over a shot of Luongo meeting Cory Schneider at the bench as the latter comes in to replace him.

We’ve highlighted a couple other videos in the same vein since the end of the 2011-12 season, which makes me curious: which video hits that sweet spot for you? Does the over-the-top melodrama of 127flyby’s “Apologies” get you all weepy? Do you prefer the more subtle charms of Jonathan Kasper’s “Live Forever”? Or is it “One Love,” which captures both the highs and the lows of Luongo’s time in Vancouver?

I’ve embedded the other two videos below for you to compare and contrast. Either that or so you can get all mopey about the prospect of Luongo playing for another team.

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33 comments

  1. Kesler's Nose
    January 16, 2013

    One question. Has he won a Cup?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 16, 2013

      Also terrible: Marcel Dionne, Mike Gartner, Pat LaFontaine, Darryl Sittler, and Brad Park.

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      • sgolesor
        January 16, 2013

        Furthermore: Dale Hawerchuk, Peter Stastny, Borje Salming. Also, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne and Ryan Miller haven’t won a cup. They must all be horrible goalies.

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        • Kesler's Nose
          January 16, 2013

          Expectations for Vancouver were a Cup win. Your list of also ran’s, with exception of Lundqvist, weren’t on teams with so-called high expectations. Salming? wasn’t he a Leaf? hahaha

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      • Zach Morris
        January 16, 2013

        Yeah, Trevor Linden was the worst

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    • whisky jack
      January 16, 2013

      No,
      But he made the saves he did
      Gave his stick to a little kid
      And wears his heart upon his sleeve
      Your ignorance I can’t believe

      He won for us Olympic gold
      And his awards are manifold
      Just for a moment juxtapose
      The accomplishments of Kesler’s Nose

      You’re just another hostile fan
      Who shovels shit because he can
      Because somehow you feel betrayed
      By crucial saves he never made

      Another one of those who “Boo!”
      That premier goalie Bobby Lu
      So what he hasn’t won the Cup
      It’s long past time that you shut up

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      • tom selleck's moustache
        January 16, 2013

        Bravo, Whisky!

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  2. Adam
    January 16, 2013

    Gotta be “Live Forever”

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    • Nee
      January 16, 2013

      I agree. It has the best video quality, and there’s something quite sad and poignant about the way the clips are arranged.

      I’m going to miss him. :’ (

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    • Raj
      January 17, 2013

      Agreed, it was beautiful. Also the one that made me cry.

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  3. TeeJay
    January 16, 2013

    One thing we will always know about Roberto Luongo,He still has the Heart Of A Canuck when he say something about the Olympics(2010).All I can say to Lu is LEAD WITH YOUR HEART that will make more sense for the love of the game.

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    • Kesler's Nose
      January 16, 2013

      Lou’s grandma could have played goal and won the Gold medal with that star infused line up! Take off the blinders.

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      • winroba
        January 16, 2013

        is that why Brodeur got pulled…?

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      • Daniel Wagner
        January 16, 2013

        And yet, Martin Brodeur couldn’t do it. Apparently Luongo’s grandma is a better goaltender than Brodeur. The Devils might want to look into picking her up.

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    • TeeJay
      January 17, 2013

      And I will be waiting until Lu exhale with the HEART OF A DRAGON.

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  4. Lenny
    January 16, 2013

    Track down Kesler’s Nose’s IP address please.

    But onto more an important subject: nice videos.

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  5. kavi36
    January 16, 2013

    Man, I really love that video, and it works really well with the song but I do have one nitpick- the song title is just “One” by U2. No love involved.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      January 16, 2013

      Ah, good point. The video is titled “One Love,” though, so I’ll go with that for the video.

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  6. nick
    January 16, 2013

    oh wow that’s weird some dust in my office must have gotten into both of my eyes

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  7. A Dog
    January 16, 2013

    Luongo has seemingly earned a reputation for coming up short in high-pressure situations, but do the underlying numbers corroborate that? I’m not claiming that they do or don’t, and the results don’t change either way, but sometimes I wonder if – in those high-pressure situations – defensive breakdowns by the players in front of him have resulted in the appearance of sub-par performances rather than any particularly lackluster play by Luongo himself.

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  8. TamaraB
    January 16, 2013

    Son of a…. I’m sitting here crying while I eat dinner.

    Luongo won my heart during the Olympics. I don’t care if he’s bland during media scrums. Fact is, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and that heart will always be a Canuck, regardless of where he plays.

    I like the One Love well enough, especially picturing Luongo as Bono, Apologize is good, but doesn’t really fit his Strombone1 image (not that they didn’t get me teary eyed… the best is Live Forever. We want FOR HIM to be his best, to succeed, to play with heart, respect, courage and grace, just as he always has. We want HIM to WIN.

    Excuse me now, I have to go blow my nose.

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  9. MB13
    January 16, 2013

    Since he has come to the Canucks, he has been tabbed “the best goalie in hockey”. His lifetime accomplishments include:

    - zero Vezina’s
    - zero Stanley Cups
    - history of falling apart in meaningful games (Chi x3 years; Boston SCF)
    - crapping his pants in a playoff game intermission so a rookie had to come in
    - setting up a “fake” twitter account so he can stay relevant as a back-up because he must stay in the spotlight even if his game-play doesn’t justify it

    And you guys are shedding a tear for this “never was”?

    I”ll drive him to the airport… actually – I’ll just give him a skytrain pass and point him in the right direction.

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    • yoata
      January 16, 2013

      We have a bingo!

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    • Adrian
      January 16, 2013

      Pathetic post! What does it say about you that you should kick sand in a person’s face? Regardless of trophy Luongo has made many highlight reel saves, made me jump out of my seat/fall off the couch in disbelief as he makes an amazing save look routine…and most spectacularly of all Luongo has built a lasting legacy that Vancouver need not be a goalie graveyard!!
      I personally love that I have had the privilege to watch this spectacular athlete and personally blame the whole team (if there has to be blame!!!!!) for not acquiring a cup or two during the Luongod’s reign.
      I for one will be happy to wish him a fond adieu should he be traded.

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      • MB13
        January 17, 2013

        The funny thing is when the Canucks lose – it’s not Luongo’s fault.

        Had they won – haha pretend for a second – he would get more than his fair share of credit.

        You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

        For the record – nowhere did I “blame” Luongo for the Canucks losing. That’s the problem with Luongo lovers … they can’t take off their blinders. Much like Harrison’s first reply up to – someone asks a very valid rhetorical question to make people think … and Harrison (taking a break from slagging the London Olympics – embarrassing gimmick by the way) immediately says that these other players are “terrible”.

        So for the record. I am not saying Luongo is terrible. He’s above average. Not Luongod (as you call him) or “the best goalie in hockey (like Gillis does) or elite (despite being paid like an elite goalie).

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      • Kesler's Nose
        January 18, 2013

        You are partially correct. I would put huge blame on Lou and the Pumpkin Headed Twins. Too soft to win in the finals.

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  10. Kesler's Nose
    January 16, 2013

    Outstanding! You win the post of the week.

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  11. brendan
    January 16, 2013

    I’ve been wanting to do a Luongo vid to this music for ages. I love the song. The fact it’s titled “One” which also happens to be his number is perfect. As well as the lyrics that have been pointed out here: Will it make it easier on you/Now you got someone to blame? / Did I disappoint you? Or leave a bad taste in your mouth? Luongo’s relationship with this city has probably been the most bi-polar of any professional athlete. When we love him, we LOVE him. When we hate him… We hate him.

    Anyway, i’m kind of disappointed that someone beat me to the punch in making this video, but most likely i would never have gotten around to making it, so i’m glad someone has. I would love to see a full length version though as the song itself is around 4 minutes long.

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  12. Zach Morris
    January 16, 2013

    GREAT.
    SA-A-AVE, LUONGO!

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  13. Nee
    January 16, 2013

    I used to listen to “One” alot after we lost in the SCF in 2011, because I like to wallow in my own misery.

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  14. Anonymous
    January 17, 2013

    Wow, it’s still hard for me to watch clips from the 2011 Cup run :/

    This vid highlights the friendships, our guys are gonna miss Lu a lot, huh

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    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2013

      Us? As in…

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  15. TeeJay
    January 17, 2013

    “you got no place to be
    Still you wonder where youre goin)
    And why I had to leave
    I hear a voice… it says to me”
    Google this words and you will find it in a song.

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