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.Tags: Amazing Fan Video, Roberto Luongo, The YouTubes