In the hallway after the game, Luongo still hadn’t dropped to his butterfly.
Last last month, Alex Burrows wowed everyone with an audacious shootout move versus the LA Kings, attempting a forehand spin-o-rama on Jonathan Quick, followed by a couple of late jukes and a seeing-eye snapshot just inside the post. Of course, it wasn’t “Wow, that was nifty,” so much as “Wow, that was embarrassing.” The move failed completely when Quick refused to bite — ironically — and Burrows wound up looking pretty darn foolish.
Even he knew it. Relive his reaction to the replay in real-time.
It was an eminently mockable move, and the hockey world took full advantage. Even Roberto Luongo joined in:
Almost had him……… twitter.com/strombone1/sta…
—Strombone (@strombone1) January 29, 2013
But alas, mocking a teammate’s performance in the shootout probably isn’t the wisest idea, especially when, as a goaltender, you have a much higher likelihood of embarrassment in the skills competition. Luongo especially. He seems to find himself in the shootout in every second start.
Sure enough, Luongo got his just desserts on Sunday night when T.J Oshie of the St. Louis Blues froze him, going five-hole for one of the easiest shootout goals you’re ever going to see. Here it is again. If you enjoy awkward comedy, this one’s right up there with Charlene Yi:
Yikes. You’d think Luongo was tied to the posts like Milhouse or something.
But, you know, he wasn’t. You’re allowed to close your legs, Lu. It’s a shootout, not a pelvic exam.
Said Luongo about the goal on Monday: “I watched a lot of video on [Oshie] and not once did he shoot. It kind of caught me off guard. I know I looked silly.”
Thankfully, this year’s Roberto Luongo is a lighter, smilier edition, not above looking or being silly on occasion. (Want proof? Check out his last three annual headshots.) And, since turnabout is fair play, Luongo clearly thought it only fair that he give himself the same ribbing he gave Burrows. Like, the exact same:
Almost had him………… twitter.com/strombone1/sta…
—Strombone (@strombone1) February 18, 2013
Seriously, what other athlete does Twitter this well? Self-effacing and self-referential? Roberto Luongo is tweeting at a high level.
We also would have accepted tweeting a link to Sly & The Family Stone’s “Stand”, R.E.M.’s “Stand”, or, for extra credit, classic, mid-twentieth century bluegrass act The Stanley Brothers singing “I Just Stood There”.Tags: Luongo is winning Twitter, Roberto Luongo, strombone1, The Twitters