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Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

A lot more than what is reported in your story. I posted the following on my own FB page regarding the incident:

My family and I have been going to Charleston RiverDogs games for ten years now. We moved to Summerville in 2006, started going to games the next Spring.

Both of my daughters have grown up at The Joe. Our Charlie T. Riverdogs mascot hat is always a hit (they haven't sold this hat in years so we always get comments). We always buy lots of (boiled) peanuts and cracker jacks... and we root (root, root) for our home team.

Face painter Susan Fedor has probably paid for a vacay with the amount of money we've spent on paintings and balloons over the years.

So it was with the usual fervor that I arrived at The Joe last Friday. Tebow was the cherry on top because I am a Gator. Fans were lined up waiting to get a glimpse of him. Kids stood watching pregame warm ups, baseballs in their little hands, hoping for an autograph and / or a pic with him.

Then the game started.

At first I, like everyone else, laughed at the shenanigans. The Columbia Fireflies players were all dubbed "Not Tim Tebow" on the Jumbotron. HALLELUJAH played loudly when Tebow went to bat. (The church version, not the Panic! At The Disco version!)

But then they kept it up.

On and on, they kept pushing the line. The other players for the Fireflies were basically made fun of for being nameless nobodies living in the shadow of the second coming of Christ. Seriously.

The NAME THE FIREFLIES game was ridiculous. They plucked a young lady wearing a #TeamTebow shirt from the stands and stood her atop the Fireflies dugout. They offered her a dollar for every one of their team members she could name.

She named one. Guess who it was. This was followed by much guffawing from the announcers.

And this wasn't the only game played to mocked the 'nameless' members of the 'Columbia Tim Tebows' team. Yeah, the Charleston announcer called them that.

Charlie T. Riverdog mocked the 'Tebowing' fad and donned eye black.

The antics quickly crossed the line from good-natured ribbing to out-right bullying of a man (and his teammates) that brought in the Riverdogs' largest crowds (and biggest paychecks) of the season.

We try to teach kids to be fair and have good sportsmanship. But the kids in attendance this weekend saw something else. Anna even asked me why they were 'picking on' Tim Tebow so much.

The Post and Courier's Jeff Hartsell tweeted the following Sunday: "6,557 out to see Tim Tebow and @ColaFireflies v. RiverDogs, bringing 3-game total to 21,145. 3 biggest crowds of season for @ChasRiverDogs"

The Riverdogs were selling standing-room-only spots. They had Tebow Fireflies shirts for sale in the crowded gift shop. Beer, peanuts, and nachos were going like mad. Money was being exchanged hand over fist.

And yet they still bullied Tebow. And his team.

As a longtime Lowcountry resident and Riverdogs fan, I was embarrassed. I left The Joe Friday night completely disgusted, having witnessed a low I would have expected from the Greenville Drive, but not from *my* team. I vowed not to go back.

So to Tim Tebow, his teammates, coaches, and trainers, and to visiting Fireflies fans: I am deeply sorry. That is not how we treat people in Charleston. That is not who we are.

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Posted by P.J. Paras on June 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “First-time candidate announces Democratic challenge to Mark Sanford by standing against Nancy Pelosi

Stanford is a less than perfect candidate, but Cunningham while "saying" he will not voting for Pelosi as leader, will happily fall in line, follow the direction and vote with those of his colleagues Keith Ellison, Hank "Flipping Guam" Johnson, Maxine Waters, Jan Schakowski, Jim McDermontt and our own John Lewis.

A dressed up liberal pretending to have financial restraint, just knows how to get his hand in your pocket easier. To mangle an expression, better the lesser angel you know, than the devil in sheep's clothing.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 22, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen will hit the big screen soon

Is there a reason that this book series is so much like the series The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows series? Both of these series are from Leigh Bardugo. Victoria Aveyard even has two characters that are named Caz and Brecker, while in Leigh Bardugo's series Six of Crows, there is one character named Kaz Brekker. I was just wondering if Victoria and Leigh were, like, working together? Or did they copy each other? Just wondering.

Posted by Avery36267 on June 22, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Hampton Park was once home to bison, otter, and even a lion

I attended the The Citadel from 1968-72. Many times we would walk through the park on the way to the italian pizzeria a few blocks past the park. It was sad to see that lion...
Sometimes at night I could hear the lion from my open window at school. It sounded so forlorn, as if it had been forgotten.

Posted by George Kuntz on June 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

The RiverDogs act like classless asses, and the Charleston City Paper writers, never one not to pipe in and pile on, wants to make sure everyone doesn't forget who the real classless asses are in town.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

Charleston has hit a new low. When did their so called "sports fans" become such simple minded groupies. Is it the acceptance of behavior that we so often over looked because some one professes to be an "athlete" or is it the liberal trash that the Post and Courier is known for? Have the powers that be been more interested in money than preserving what at one time was known as "The Holy City" but has now become a place unrecognizable to it's own citizens. There is only one place to take children to watch true athletes participate in sporting events and that is The Citadel. Competition at the Citadel is not about acting like undisciplined children but growing the leaders of tomorrow.

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Posted by Glennis Anderson on June 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “First-time candidate announces Democratic challenge to Mark Sanford by standing against Nancy Pelosi

You know your old when you can remember Mark Sanford railing against career politicians, and demanding Bill Clinton resign because he broke his vows marriage, but I still can't understand why the 1st district can't do any better than reelecting
this self absorbed flake after he stole taxpayer money to visit his mistress while he was supposed to be running the state. Not to mention he enlisted in the SC National Guard to set an "example" for his sons, than promptly quit once his unit was called up for deployment in Iraq. Not much if any of a sense of duty or honor in him. Good luck to his opponents.

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Posted by RASPUTIY on June 21, 2017 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Sarah Summer releases “Be Yourself” single and video

She is the best! Her music is so soothing. I'd love to see updates on her

Posted by Mandy Andree on June 21, 2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Charleston has taken positive steps since the Emanuel shooting

What loophole? There is no loophole. Nothing to close. The nut who did this terrible thing underwent a background check. No law was broken. The term "loophole" has become a democrat talking point just as many other terms have been hijacked to mean something other than what they are. Let's be clear. Leftists don't give a hoot about the nuts, felons and terrorists. What they really want is to keep tabs on transfers between mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors.

They're after inheritances, bequeathals and gifts. They're also after the sales of inherited collections, however small they are. The goal is to disarm the public within one generation. New York, California, et al., already have begun by comparing death certificates to permits and taking guns from widows. They need to intimidate and control us because we're the source of all the money. Blackstone nailed the bottom line when he affirmed, The natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on June 21, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Boxcutter on a Silver Platter

I love your recaps. This show is far better than the pale imitation that follows it on Bravo. Landon-- stop simpering. Get a real job and accomplish something. Cameran-- you continue to be the Greek chorus for this group-- you're great. Naomie-- you have lost all respect for Craig (which is at least somewhat understandable). Break it off. You are sniping at him, and it is not helping. You two are NOT meant to be together!

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Posted by Joan Harrigan on June 21, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Woman climbs Angel Oak, leading to 5-hour standoff with police

My cats would lose their shit.

Posted by Brian Tamling on June 21, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws
this is a sea turtle with a straw in its nose and having it taken out.thi8s is why we shouldnt use straws.

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Posted by Andrea Tallent on June 21, 2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “The indictment of journalist Aaron Cantú portends grim future for First Amendment

I am sorry, I have no sympathy here.

My name is Jim Turner

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Posted by Jim Turner on June 21, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The indictment of journalist Aaron Cantú portends grim future for First Amendment

Aaron Cante wasn't the only "journalist" at the black bloc riot, but he was the only one to be charged with the other anarchists due to the video evidence obtained by the prosecution showing Mr. Cante clear involvement in criminal activities. When so-called journalists (and a self described "freelance journalist", which is often claimed in these instances by defendants caught red-handed) engages in riotous activities, they destroy not only their own journalistic integrity but give up their journalistic protections. Journalists are not above the law and have no right to incite a riot or engage in acts of assault or vandalism.

And to write "Although the charges were first brought by an Obama appointee, this is a perfect example of what justice may look like in the Trump era" is at the very least disingenuous if not absurd. The District of Columbia courts are the most liberal in the country and the Obama appointee would not have brought charges unless they knew the defendant was guilty and they could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

You can't have it both ways and claim you're just a reporter when you holding a Molotov cocktail and breaking into an ATM. Do the crime, do the time.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 21, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Boxcutter on a Silver Platter

I missed your stream of consciousness bullet points at the end. Don't let a lady having a bad day change your style. I've had bad days too and I gave the universe and its inhabitants permission to ignore any and all comments I make during those beast-days. But I enjoy your point of view, whatever you decide to do.

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Posted by Nina Unwin on June 21, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Sanford says Trump "partially to blame" for rhetoric; S.C. getting $31M from VW

I guess Sanford thinks he has always set a fine example.

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Posted by RASPUTIY on June 20, 2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Boxcutter on a Silver Platter

I have a few things to add to this. First, Thomas needs to find a woman that is a bit older more mature and not kathryn or landon. Second, i believe kathryn has some type of mental disorder because she is too volatile and her moods fluctuates too easily. She should be monitored constantly. Third, craig is getting on my last nerve with his inability to see what he's causing in his own relationship and he needs to mind his own business. Lastly, i hope shep gets his life together because he seems to be a nice guy but has no responsibility and nothing to do or look forward to

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Posted by Karen Schieber on June 20, 2017 at 7:17 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Sanford says Trump "partially to blame" for rhetoric; S.C. getting $31M from VW

It got mean like this too with the W.Bush/Cheney Karl Rove campaign and no one was exempt not even other republicans running.The only difference was that W.Bush wasn't doing the hate rhetoric like Trump does.

In my experience and opinion, I lived long enough to know while it appears the devil is winning then something happens that ends it, even in politics and especially politics and who is always wrong ....the republicans and why? That almighty dollar and power.

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Posted by Mason Moses on June 20, 2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Boxcutter on a Silver Platter

With coverage like this no one needs to watch the show. Although I did love the look on Thomas's face when Landon put him in his place so glad I did not miss that. Was glad Landon had a more normal time for herself. Thomas is too mean to have a women. What he said to Kathryn was so uncalled for. You cannot want a women to put you on a pedestal when you cannot treat her right. You love your booze and partying more than you are capable of loving anyone. Booze is the oldest story of self destruction there is.

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Posted by Mason Moses on June 20, 2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

This is so incredibly amazing to read. After the classless mocking of Tim Tebow who has done more good in the world than anyone associated with the Riverdogs and who has also done nothing but good for your team by bringing in record crowds, the Charleston Riverdogs (and you as the writer of this article) have proven out what has come to be accepted in our country; If you are Christian you are fair game for unbridled ridicule and mockery. I can tell you one thing for a fact, if Tim Tebow was a Muslim or a Hindu nobody in the RiverDogs organization would dream of pulling these types of antics. All the criticism the RiverDogs are receiving they deserve. What a pitiful testament and a black mark on a beautiful city. Someone needs to apologize and trying to back-pedal and try to say they were not doing what they so obviously where doing. What a shame.

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Posted by Scott Wiens on June 20, 2017 at 5:28 PM
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