When Kevin Bieksa joined Twitter back in September, signalling the successful end to our Twitter Needs Juice campaign, we rejoiced. The Canuck blueliner is a funny guy, and we were confident that his Twitter account would provide an additional resource for Canuck fan amusement. What we didn’t expect, however, was that Bieksa would also wind up making more work for us. Not cool, bro.
Wednesday, as the Canucks enjoyed a day off prior to Thursday’s big game in Detroit (where the home team has won a noteworthy 23 straight), a few of them took to Twitter to pass the time. Eventually, old man Sami Salo instituted a “no tweeting on the bus” rule, but this was after Ryan Kesler mocked the mysterious @strombone1 account that appears to belong to Roberto Luongo and Kevin Bieksa tweeted that the man behind the equally mysterious Herb Bagel (@slavy_72) account is part of the team.
Now, while Bieksa never said that this guy was a player on the Canucks, that’s what most took this to mean, and our readers demanded answers. Let’s investigate the clues, which will attempt to prove who Herb Bagel is and isn’t, and will most definitely prove that I have too much time on my hands.
Back in November, right around the time Dale Weise joined Twitter, we observed that there were a lot of Canucks on Twitter all of a sudden, and likely more than we knew about. Bieksa disclosed that some members of the Canucks kept accounts solely for following their friends, teammates, and comedians, but wished to remain anonymous. Fans were able to turn up two suspicious accounts that may have belonged to Keith Ballard (@keith_ballard4) and Alex Edler (@_eagle23), and some have since pointed us to @maseman11, which is likely Mason Raymond.
Anyway. We also observed that a number of the Canucks interacted with this Herb Bagel account, and speculated that he may have been some sort of onion monster that traveled with the team, the ghost of Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler Mark Slavin, who died in 1972, or, based on this exchange, a equipment representative of some sort:
But we still have to investigate the possibility that he’s a player. If he is, this photo of an Easton helmet, captioned with “pumpkin protection”, is your clue to whom:
Does this helmet belong to Herb Bagel? Then Herb Bagel is Alex Edler, because Edler is the only guy on the Canucks who wears Easton headgear. Most wear Bauer helmets, and everyone else encases their brains in products from either CCM or Reebook.
This narrows it down quite quickly. Since none of the other Canucks are going to tweet a random photo of Alex Edler’s helmet, Herb Bagel is either Edler himself or someone who cares about Edler’s helmets, like, say, the guy that gets Edler his helmets.
Is it Edler? One of the few photos this account has tweeted is of Edler, but if the photo is actually of the man behind the account, then this is a curious exchange:
Since we know that Edler’s animal nickname is the eagle, we can deduce that he’s with Bieksa. And either both Bieksa and Edler are very committed to misleading everyone into thinking there are three men at coffee when there aren’t, or there actually are. The latter seems more likely: while Bieksa clearly meant to stir up some trouble with the tweet at the beginning of this post, I don’t think it was the continuation of a ruse that’s been slowly developing for months.
Herb Bagel and Edler are not the same person.
Speaking of Bieksa, he uses an Easton stick, and spoke during this interview with Jeff O’Neill about meeting with his Easton guy about his sticks. That meeting was likely with Herb Bagel, equipment rep.
And as for that suspected Roberto Luongo account, while I can’t verify anything, it’s not too difficult to put it together:
I can ask anyone? But who has ever taken a bathroom break that infamous? Oh right.Tags: canucks on twitter, pitb sleuthing, wasting my life