The continuing adventures of Roberto Luongo’s super-secret suspected Twitter account

April has been a rough month for Roberto Luongo. On the 5th, he was pulled in favour of Cory Schneider in a game versus the Anaheim Ducks, and the Rogers Arena fans jeered him as he left the crease. In the playoffs, he was one of the Canucks’ best players in their first two games and for this, he was replaced by Schneider once again, never getting back into the goal.

Then, he watched from the bench as the Canucks were eventually eliminated in just 5 games, leading to a long offseason full of speculation, much of which will be focused on him. Has he tended goal in Vancouver for the last time? This week, he admitted he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, then a report surfaced that he had asked to be asked, so… perhaps. It’s an unstable time for the man either way.

But, if there’s one thing about Luongo that remains a constant, it’s that his super-secret suspected Twitter account will remain one of the best things on the Internet.

The usual caveat: there is still a remote possibility that @Strombone1 is not Roberto Luongo, and this possibility will remain for as long as he continues to play it coy. This is something Mike Stefanuk recently learned after a very unconvincing and, unsurprisingly, failed attempt to draw him out.

 

Oh hey, I don’t follow hockey at all, but I’m interested in this account for no reason. 

I’m shocked Luongo didn’t fall for this. Shocked.

Anyway. As the world’s leading scholar in the field of “Stromboning” — that is, the study and analysis of Luongo’s suspected Twitter account — I can tell you that I am 98% certain it’s him. If you need evidence, I’ve built my case here.

There are a great many things that make the @Strombone1 account special (the comedy, the meta-tweeting, the winking anonymity) but my favourite thing is that it becomes more prolific when Roberto Luongo is in the news. (Juxtapose this, for instance, with Ryan Kesler’s account, which really only gets interesting when he’s at home, recovering from a major surgery.)

With this in mind, it’s no surprise that @Strombone1 has had some gems this week.

His best stuff comes when he tweets to himself by way of the Roberto Luongo parody account @notbobbylu. We call this meta-tweeting. Shortly after the Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs, Luongo wryly reassured himself via meta-tweet.

 

Then he reminded himself to always ask what idol Grant Fuhr would do:

 

What would Fuhr do upon seeing that his time in a Western Canadian market was clearly coming to an end? He’d get traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Speaking of the Leafs, Luongo also took the edge off with a little humour, weighing in on the rumours about the teams that were on his list of acceptable trade destinations.

 

That’s incredible.

As an aside, I spoke briefly to the guy behind the @notbobbylu account, who is as surprised as anyone at becoming Roberto Luongo’s personal sounding board. That definitely wasn’t his intention when he started the account:

It all started as a joke some months back. I had followed a few athlete parodies on my personal account, and decided I might experiment with one myself. As a Blackhawks fan, (sorry, not sorry) naturally, my first idea was Roberto. I started off by just trashing everybody and everything Canucks, I’m not gonna lie. But as time went on, the whole thing just evolved and took off into the parody you see today. I never thought it would be anything more than just an outlet to crack jokes and talk about hockey.

Of course, now it’s a lot more than that. Now the man pretending to be Roberto Luongo and the man pretending not to be are tight:

 

The fact that Luongo has managed to win over a Chicago fan who started an account for the purpose of trashing him is amazing.

Update: If this wasn’t all wacky enough for you, Luongo has now managed to find a handful of other Luongo parody accounts: @mrsnotbobbylu and @realbobbylu, a parody of the @notbobbylu parody account that comes paired with a parody wife. You heard that right. You thought this whole thing was meta before; this is some Inception-level jazz right here.

This collision of worlds led to the most remarkable Luongo tweet yet:

 

If you’re wondering where he heard the suggestion to control one’s broad, it was back at the beginning of the month when Milan Lucic’s girlfriend Brittany Carnegie offered that nugget of socially backwards advice to one Corey Snyder in the wake of trucker-gate.

And by making reference to this hilarious incident, Roberto Luongo won the Internet.

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30 comments

  1. Brent
    April 27, 2012

    Fracikin STOP IT! You are making me want to get a twitter account. Something I swore I would never do.

    Plus I am way to old to get my thumbs up to speed.

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    • Cathylu
      April 27, 2012

      Go ahead and get a twitter account! I’m old and I have one (but it’s pretty sad as I only have one follower and that’s my son).

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      • Brent
        April 27, 2012

        I bet I am way older than you. AT least I feel too old

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    • Winsy
      April 27, 2012

      Ahhh I have 25 or so followers on twitter (no idea who most of them are or why they’re following me), but I mostly just read and not post.
      It’s the first place you can get inside information from TV’s sports personalities, and get a peek into the personal lives of celebrities (in my case – hockey players) – always keep in mind that you don’t KNOW these people and they aren’t really your friends. If you reply to some of them, they sometimes tweet you back. Got into an HST debate with Trevor Linden back after we voted the HST out. It’s an interesting tool.
      If you can’t watch the game for some reason, you can follow the team’s twitter account for play-by-plays (only major things like penalties, goals, and other unusual things). Some teams’ twitter play-by-plays are better than others.

      There are also some entertaining bloggers on there that send you links to their sites that should really be checked out if you feel the need for sarcasm and wittiness.

      I say sign yourself up!

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  2. Amy
    April 27, 2012

    @notbobbylu’s response to that last comment was pretty funny too:

    @notbobbyly: @strombone1 I don’t know, man……maybe you #PumpMyTires first. :)

    This is great stuff. Luongo’s Twitter is the best. Great to see him showing a nice sense of humor during what must be a rough time in his career.

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    • nee
      April 27, 2012

      Don’t go, Luuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

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    • Ghostrider1174
      April 29, 2012

      Cant blame him. When Nonis got him the Canucks where predicted to not even make the playoffs yet they did on his great goaltending. This Vancouver organization treated him really bad and the taking of his C was a slap on his face. That fueled the fans who unfairly treated him like crap. I hope Toronto does get Lu. Forget his contract hes worth it. He would be a big part for many reasons. This would give time for the young tenders to develop and draft one in the future. If you say Toronto is horrible cause of the pressure. Thats not right either. Yes the media is horrible but the fans arent. Ask Curtis Joseph, Eddie Belfour, Grant Fuhr how they where treated. Like Kings. Difference is Vancouver treats elite goalies like crap while Toronto appreciates great goalies.

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  3. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    April 27, 2012

    Did you actually get an interview with @NotBobbyLu because I tweeted you, asking about his identity yesterday? :D

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 27, 2012

      It inspired me. I’d been meaning to get to it for awhile.

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  4. C
    April 27, 2012

    I suspect that PITB is @strombone1

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 28, 2012

      As awesome as that would be, we are not.

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  5. bc
    April 27, 2012

    I spent WAY too much time yesterday night monitoring Twitter for the back and forth between @strombone1 and @NotBobbyLu. It blows my mind. Some part of me hopes that we never confirm that @strombone1 is Lui…

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  6. Locode
    April 27, 2012

    the Canucks admitted it was Luongo’s account, so I fail to see the reason for wondering if it is or not. Unless you’re just a bit slow and misunderstood.

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    • Abby
      April 30, 2012

      Yeah, but once on After Hours they had Mason Raymond on and they listed ‘his’ Twitter account which was actually a fake account. So they have been wrong in the past- though I suspect that this is really truly Lu.

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  7. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012

    https://twitter.com/#!/strombone1/status/196029360619266048

    “@MrsNotBobbyLu: @strombone1 @Realbobbylu who’s my real hubby??? I’m confused now” Dude…get your broad under control! Heard that somewhere

    Greatest tweet of all time?

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  8. tj
    April 27, 2012

    Now his wife/not wife is in on it?I love Lu.

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  9. Lucky
    April 27, 2012

    He always wins the internet when he posts, seriously. Every time I see @strombone1 come up on my twitter time line I get excited. Love this guy… Luuuuuuu!

    Glad you added in the update as well!

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  10. NYCanuck
    April 27, 2012

    Harrison: the very fact that this Bobby Lu twitter persona was aware of the Brittany Carnegie thing leads me to believe this is just a very clever Canucks fan, which I wouldn’t put past the online Canucks community in all its bizarreness (sorry). Have a hard time believing a pro athlete who was intently focused on a possible deep playoff run down the stretch would have any attention span left to pay mind to opposing team’s WAGs on top of his own family, trade speculation, goaltending controversies, and now trade rumors. Unless he’s as big of a twitter nerd as the rest of us… door’s open to that but I have a hard time seeing it now (you had me convinced after your first article too).

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    • NYCanuck
      April 27, 2012

      Ok nvm, i’ll admit that still doesn’t explain away all the friends and relatives of Lu that follow this account….. Jeeze Lu really is a bit of a different breed

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      • Daniel Wagner
        April 28, 2012

        Keep in mind, the Brittany Carnegie thing was in reference to Cory Schneider’s girlfriend, and goalies tend to be pretty tight. It’s likely that Luongo heard all about it from Schneider.

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        • biznow
          April 28, 2012

          Yah, and didnt someone mention the Brittany Carnegie thing to one of the Canucks in an interview? To which they said “I’ll have to ask Cory about that” (thinking it was bieksa, but I could be wrong) So I’m sure it made the rounds in the dressing room.

          It’s either that, or this on an inception level the likes of which has not been seen, and Daniel Wagner is Roberto Luongo. (It can’t be Harrison, because I don’t think his playoffro would fit in a goalie mask).

          Squint your eyes (really hard) and look at Daniels picture, now imagine that headband holding back Lou’s slick flow…..

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          • Daniel Wagner
            April 28, 2012

            You’re thinking of my interview with Ryan Kesler, actually. Mistaking Kesler for Bieksa is understandable; I hear the opposite happens all the time.

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            • biznow
              April 28, 2012

              call me CanadianBiznow101

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            • tj
              April 28, 2012

              Gold. This is all golden. Best.Early.Post.Season.Evah.

              (Until trades and nastiness start–then so will my tears…)

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        • NYCanuck
          April 28, 2012

          Ya come to think of it, I can see “dude, get your broad under control!” becoming a commonly used locker-room punchline. That’s pretty hilarious.

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  11. JS Topher
    April 28, 2012

    Check out the newest one.
    “Woke up with a sore throat cuz someone wouldn’t share the blanket last night!!! ——-> @mrsnotbobbylu”
    Made me laugh as well as wonder if maybe Luongo is secretly calling out his own wife for hoggin the covers.
    I love this guy

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  12. tom selleck's moustache
    April 28, 2012

    Looked at some of his old tweets and some of it’s down right hilarious.

    “I sometimes wish they would make those brushes by the toilet a little softer on the skin!”

    Ah, I hope he doesn’t go just for this.

    “The fact that Luongo has managed to win over a Chicago fan who started an account for the purpose of trashing him is amazing.”

    Very true. That’s no small feat and incredibly funny when you stop to really think about it.

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    • NYCanuck
      April 28, 2012

      The fact that that happened re-instills my faith in humanity…. to the exclusion of Bruins fans, of course.

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  13. Abby
    April 30, 2012

    Oh my goodness. It just keeps getting better and better.

    Another reason I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s Lu- he’s tweeted an awful lot since the playoffs ended. Could be a clever fan, but I tend to think that it’s actually him.

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  14. Bruce
    May 2, 2012

    This is the best darn blog I’ve ever read.
    God, I hope this “Meta-tweeting” continues forever. Please.

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