Originally, I considered filing this picture of Roberto Luongo at the Vancouver Canucks’ bench under the “I find this photo odd” feature, but truthfully, I only find the caption odd. According to Getty Images, in this photo, “Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks checks the replay on his iPad during their NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena March 26, 2013.”
But that can’t be right. Why would any non-masochistic person replay any portion of Tuesday night’s game? It made Season 1 of Treme look like Season 4 of The Wire, that’s how dry that game was.
Granted, if that’s actually what Luongo is doing, it might explain why he looks so unenthused. But still, it’s hard to believe a man could have access to an iPad during this game and use it only to enhance his viewing of the game, especially when the game seemed unenhanceable.
Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes suspected that, maybe, Luongo was using the iPad for another purpose:
— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) March 27, 2013
That would make a lot of sense, really. We all know how Luongo likes his reality television, and upon closer inspection of the iPad, the replay he’s watching does appear to have a suspicious amount of leopard print.
See, that looks a lot like Reiko, who appeared on season 1, but not season 2. But what do I know? I don’t watch the show. What gave you the impression that I did?
For all I know, that could be Dalton Prout on the screen, because I don’t know what Dalton Prout looks like.
You really couldn’t blame Luongo for wanting to switch channels in this one. Even John Shorthouse took at shot at the game’s blandness as he pointed out how late it had gone for fans in Columbus. “Overtime begins at 12:29 Eastern. But you’d have to stay up. I mean, there’s no way you could’ve gone to sleep watching this.”
I will say this: as dry as the Canuck have been during this five-game win streak, they’ve also won five games in a row. I know Alain Vigneault can do nothing right in the eyes of many in this fanbase, and he’s now being blamed for tearing at the very fabric of hockey itself, but his first priority is coaching the Canucks into the postseason, and the adjustments he’s made to keep his shorthanded club competitive have paid off.
Tuesday night, these adjustments may have helped lull everyone to sleep, but the club also defended near perfectly, and dominated from a possession standpoint. A complete performance like that is only possible with full team buy-in, so I think this recent run serves to illustrate that AV continues to have the ear of every player in the room.
That said, this was still an easy game to hate, and even moreso if you don’t like the guy behind the Canucks’ bench.
So was Luongo watching Real Housewives? He didn’t exactly deny the suggestion. Shortly after the game, he responded:
@biznasty2point0 if you were at this game you’d understand…..
—Strombone (@strombone1) March 27, 2013
Agreed.Tags: Roberto Luongo, strombone1, The Twitters