CBC report on Luongo’s secret Twitter fails to convince, succeeds in getting Luongo to tweet something funny

We’ve been talking about Roberto Luongo’s suspected secret Twitter account since late February, but with the Canucks’ elimination from the playoffs and Luongo’s reported trade request, the antics of @strombone1 have spiked in a major way of late. The man has basically been writing this blog for us for a week now.

On Tuesday, the continuing adventures @strombone1 went national when CBC picked up the story in a piece by Karin Larsen. Here’s “Luongo on Twitter?”, a CBC investigative report.

Full disclosure: before people claim the report ripped us off because it doesn’t mention us, Larsen actually contacted me for comment while she was putting it together, but I didn’t get back to her in time. It’s a shame, really. Being the talking head in this piece could have finally sealed my position as the world’s leading analyst in the field of Stromboning. I could have worn a tweed jacket and specifically requested the label, “Harrison Mooney, social media expert.”

Another opportunity wasted.

I could have helped clear up a few minor inaccuracies. For one, @basilluongo is not a real Luongo family member. He’s one of a dozen lame accounts that have sprung up in the past few weeks hoping to get a mention from Luongo during his weird, meta-tweeting spree. It worked for Basil, sort of:


Second, that Kevin Bieksa elf pictured has nothing to do with anything.

If the purpose of the report was to officially “out” Luongo, I’d say it failed. All the best evidence went unpresented. Mind you, that’s fine, since Luongo playing coy about his unverified identity is half the fun.

But the other half the fun is the stuff he tweets, and if the purpose of the report was to get Luongo to say something hilarious, then it was a raging success:


Considering Luongo has been on CBC News a gazillion times for everything from the 2011 Stanley Cup run to that time he won an Olympic gold medal next door, this may be my favourite @strombone1 tweet yet.

Second favourite, anyway. The “control your broad” tweet still reigns supreme.

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  1. Jon Coutts
    May 2, 2012

    funny stuff, but wow does CBC news need to take a good long look inside itself and rediscover the meaning of “news”

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    • hockeyispretty
      May 2, 2012

      And of “getting to the botttom” of something. A cute human interest story is OK, but their sports coverage has pretty much convinced me not to believe a word they say on CBC, what with the way they go about it.

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    • sgolesor
      May 2, 2012

      While I won’t argue that this isn’t exactly hard-hitting journalism, I don’t think it’s meant to be. The CBC’s serious news is outstanding.

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  2. aman ladoo
    May 2, 2012

    Best thing Karin Larsen ever did was the piece on Kyle Wellwood after his best game as a Canuck in the playoffs, when he scored and got a black eye. They showed a clip of him in practice the next day and Karin narrated: “Even after last night’s game Kyle Wellwood was still get beat up…” while the video clearly showed that Wellwood wasn’t punching himself in the face but rather doing the blowjob motion (but it looked similar). It was too funny, too bad twitter wasn’t popular then or it’d have went viral in 2 seconds.

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  3. Abby W.
    May 2, 2012

    Aww, they missed mentioning his really funny tweets.

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  4. Jones Smith
    May 2, 2012

    @NotBobbyLu is probably Schneider? “Ginger Hater” …#Eliminate35…”our” careers

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  5. Lindsay
    May 3, 2012

    Nevermind CBC News! Who knows how many times he’s been on Hockey Night in Canada!

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