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Roberto Luongo jabs at Tim Thomas via Twitter

Posted by David D'Onofrio  November 8, 2012 02:27 PM

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The person behind the Twitter handle @strombone1 is officially a mystery, one perpetuated by an avatar that features a question mark on a silhouette and the social network's inability to verify its owner -- but it's widely believed that the account belongs to Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. A Vancouver Sun sports blog made a compelling case in support of that theory in February.

And then the evidence grew again with one antagonizing tweet on Wednesday night.

"TT," it would seem, is a very thinly veiled reference to Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, the counterpart whose style Luongo criticized when they faced off in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, who said he didn't realize it was his job to "pump (Luongo's) tires" when Luongo complained that Thomas never paid him any compliments, who ultimately outplayed the Canucks' captain netminder on the way to Boston's championship -- then who used the platform made more prominent by that title to take a stand against President Obama and liberal-leaning politics.

Thomas' infamous Facebook page has been quiet throughout this recent election season, and that didn't change even after Obama was reelected on Tuesday. Maybe he doesn't have time for it anymore as he spends his time focused on friends, family, and faith, which are the three reasons he says he wouldn't be playing hockey this season even if the NHL wasn't locked out.

But it remains to be seen if that silence sustains. After all, we know Thomas thrives when challenged. We also know Luongo has a knack for getting him going. Now we wait to see if a rebuttal could be forthcoming.

If, of course, the man behind the mask of @strombone1 is really who we think he is.

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