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10:12 AM Elizabeth Seckman 53 Comments

Are you ready for this?

It's a rant of epic proportion. 

Nutshell back story:

Young River fans with our signs prior to burning them.

I live in a town on the Ohio River. Across the river is a rival high school, called River High School. 

Last year, our football team had eleven brand new street signs stolen. Brand new. And they're not cardboard. Durable corrugated, double-sided, double-colored signs retailing for $15 each. 

Stolen. Gone. Money down the drain. Time wasted. 

I got irritated- okay, perhaps irate and obsessive may be more accurate. 

Then the picture (The one above with the cartoon smiley faces. Those aren't their real faces. I swapped them out to protect their identities.) showed up on social media. Seems our signs were part of their bonfire. 

Along with burning effigies of our players, sort of like this:

All over the world, burning effigies is fun and games. 

I turned my evidence over to the police and our principal alerted River's principal. 

Did the Magnolia boosters want to file charges? 

No.

Did Magnolia Boosters want to force the students involved to pay?

No. 

We just wanted the school and the parents across the river to make an effort to make it stop.

Mostly, all we heard back was, "Sooo, you painted our rock." (They have a boulder along the highway they paint with their player numbers.) 

To which we said, and I repeat...we don't condone rock painting. Bring me proof our kids did it, and our boosters will come over and repaint the rock out of our budget. Gladly. 

Fast forward to this year. 

Did things get better? 

No. 

Almost all our signs are gone.

Easily $300 to replace them. 

Did I throw a fit? 

Well, no...not really. 

Yes, I was furious. Yes, I ranted and raved at home. 

For the most part, I kept my peace.  

I kept reminding myself- what would Jesus do? 

Sure, I secretly wished Jesus would freaking plop down from Heaven, walk across that flippin' water with me, find our mother trucking signs, and maybe smite a few people on our way....

But then I imagined Jesus saying, "Elizabeth. Calm down. Go get a big glass of water, and I'll turn it into wine for you. Come on girl, I was nailed to a cross. These are just signs."

Jesus was right. Wine beats whine. 

I let it go.

Then one of our fans posted this:




Believe it or not, some River fans (not all, some have a sense of humor) went nuts. 

Our fan page had more River fan traffic than there own fan page did. 

You want to make a page go viral? Scratch someone with sensitive skin.

I was like SERIOUSLY!? I was told to get a sense of humor last year by our fans, when I had proof- PROOF- of bad sportsmanship. Now, they're going to whine? It's a bloody meme. No one painted it on their rock. 

It's a picture on a Facebook page. 

Seriously?! 

Suddenly, I'm imagining our streets covered with trail cam (you know the motion sensitive hunting cameras?) snapping pictures of offenders stealing our signs. Then I'll turn them over to police and Magnolia be darned, they won't be able to stop me.

But then I hear Jesus again, "Really Elizabeth? Have you looked around the globe lately?"

Fine. I'll let it go. 



Thanks to our hosts in this weekly check in: LexaL.G, and Tonja Drecker

1. I didn't call the police on anybody.

2. It's Friday night! should be a good game. 

3. I've got to get my boys. I'm going to be late because I just had to post. You'd missed me if I didn't, right?



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53 comments:

  1. That is hilarious!!! Way to get back at them.
    Is there a way to chain the signs down? Superglue? Get some of that exploding ink they use in department stores?

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    1. I like the exploding ink idea! Most of us agreed, we'll just take all the signs up next year. It's a lot of work, but it's not worth the hassle.

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  2. People mind boggle me. (Did I just make that up?) Good on you for letting it go!!

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    1. Mind boggle sounds perfect to me. The people who grew up around here say it's just how things are and always have been. I didn't graduate from either of these high schools, so the idea of tearing up people's stuff for fun is kind of foreign to me.

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  3. I feel your frustration, but not being a sports gal (or a school spirit type) I found this whole bit hilarious!

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    1. We won tonight 40-12. Now, that was HILARIOUS!

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  4. That was make me mad too but you're right that sometimes it's better to let things go. But, heck, I'd still be pissed!

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    1. I'm over it. For years, we had to take up everything that could be carried off the week before a River game. It was a nuisance then. Now, we don't have as many parents to help, so it's a total pain. But when many of them saw just how many were gone- they agree- we have to take them up.

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  5. Oh, I'd rig the signs to blow with something non lethal if they were taken away, that would fix them lol too funny what the sensitive skin people will go nuts over on facebook.

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    1. I was honestly shocked by their reaction. People tell me this rivalry goes way, way back with all sorts of horror stories on both sides. I never dreamed a meme would be considered a greater insult than some of the rotten things I've heard done.

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  6. I really liked this. I've found the best way to really get under a nasty person's skin is to criticize them but in some humorous way. The devil HATES to be mocked, and so do his minions! Bad names and profanity don't really bother nasty folks anymore (they got used to it), but make fun of them in some funny way and you can almost see the steam rising from off their bodies.

    Yeah, Jesus wouldn't do that but... I ain't Him. Ha!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. It definitely hit a raw nerve for some, that's for sure!

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  7. That would irritate me so much! And a Facebook meme is nothing compared to stealing signs that I imagine came out of your fundraising. Keep the wine flowing, you'll be fine :-)

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  8. Being from River and seeing this happen both ways every year I Kinda have to laugh .. my parents house was egged from 536 by magnolia students and it destroyed their siding. Now that's a problem. My parents could've very easily threw a fit. I guess you have to pick your battles and remember there are two sides to every story!

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    1. That's a battle I'd have picked. There is nothing funny in egging your parents house. It's not clever at all, it's completely mean spirited and shouldn't be tolerated. I think they should have thrown a fit. Smack talk and rivalries are fun, but fun stops when people's personal property is stolen or harmed.

      And that's exactly what I'm talking about. Destruction shouldn't be tolerated. Maybe that makes me a sick in he mud or a whiny bitch, but it's just not funny. And it's especially horrible to target people's personal property. I feel bad for your mom and dad. Whoever egged their house is just ignorant, and there is no defense for that kind of behavior. I repeat- not even funny. Wouldn't it be better if people shot for something clever over something hurtful?

      You're right. There is always two sides to everything. Thanks for stopping by and sharing yours.

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  9. that whole story just makes me mad! i'd be right there with you, definitely got to set a trap for those hooligans!!

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    1. Thankfully, the game is played and in the history books. Now, we can relax until next year. (Then we'll brainstorm some ideas, LOL)

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  10. Being from River and having friends ds from both sides I can definitely say neither sides are innocent! And there has been equal damage done from both sides! That rivalry runs deep! But I remember our hand.made wood signs getting spray painted blue and gold! And getting shot at with blue paint balls at our rock and at vehicles! Houses getting egged our school being egged! Sometimes it does get out of hand. But it's been happening for years!

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    1. You are absolutely right. This rivalry bs does go both ways. (And I call bs on anything that ends up damaging property)
      I've heard the stories of on this side too of what Eagle fans have done, and I don't think that's funny either.

      And I have to add- River students have found the signs- I'll assume a strong wind blew them across the river- and they're returning them.

      How awesome is that? They have nothing to gain by rounding them up and sending them back. It just shows that you Pilots have a good deal of class!

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  11. Poor you Liz. I can imagine how frustrated you got. Glad it's all over.

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    1. Signs are on their way home, Jo! My faith in humanity is restored. :)

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  12. When I was in high school, we played a rival team that was the next town over, Gallatin High School (where I live now). A guy had spent all summer building this HUGE papier-mache Commando (our team mascot). The other team beat us because they were brutes...and what did they do to celebrate? They ran to the end of the field, knocked the Commando down, and tore it to pieces. Was there any punishment for that? Not that I know of. I think it's ridiculous that sports bring kids to this point...and that parents/teachers/officials don't do anything about it. What does that teach them about bullying? Nothing!

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    1. I have to give credit to both school officials, they do their best to control this behavior. I'm not originally from this area, so this destructive, and obviously mutually offensive rivalry is a bit bizarre to me.
      But the signs are found, so all's well that ends well!

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  13. WOW it's like something out of a crazy high school movie!!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Add in some crooked cops and nudity and you have the plot of Porky's!

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  14. I would go batty too, but you did the right thing. Though I think it a little scary they carry it as far as burning the signs. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I don't think any people have ever been harmed in the rivalry- at least I hope not!

      If I were to steal someone's signs (and not saying I would, LOL), but I'd try to think of something clever to do with them- like my niece suggested, wouldn't it have been funny if they'd taped our signs together and used them as their run through sign that the players come through?

      But that's me, I prefer outside the box, non-property damaging smack talk. Anyone can tear stuff up. There's nothing clever in that.

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  15. Fan rivalries make me a little nuts. The money is huge ... to say nothing of think it's okay to steal and vandalize. It's the mentality.

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    1. I'm not ant-rivalry. I have friends who hate my beloved Steelers and when the Steelers beat their favorite team, don't you know I share the trash talk. But that's talk. Stealing stuff and tearing things up isn't cool. And from what I hear, it used to be pretty ugly- on both sides of the river. Stories of people's personal property getting damaged, like the gal above whose parent's house was egged. That's not a rivalry, that's criminal and shouldn't be tolerated by either side.

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  16. Wear gloves and rub the signs with itching powder or something. Still losing money when all those signs are stolen which is not cool. But when vandalism becomes tradition I guess that is just how the cook crumbles.

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    1. And since I'm not from this town originally, I guess that's why I just don't get the tradition. Seems more like insanity than fun.

      Hmm. Itching powder...it'd be my luck someone was allergic. And it would wash off in the rain. But I like your thinking!

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  17. The unexpected faux generous move always wins points.
    When I was in High School, the rival team stole the HUGE Bob's Big Boy figure from a nearby Bob's Big Boy. I was impressed they got away with it - in more ways than one.
    Cheers, girlie. Keep letting go and letting the wine flow.

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    1. Didn't that make it into a movie? Or were they inspired by the movie? And what in the heck was the name of that movie?!

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  18. Well, I suppose you could be glad that your rivalry didn't come out like my high school's rivalry. We made it to #3 on a list of the top 10 most violent high school rivalries in the US when I was a sophomore. We had an annual football game that was called both the Emotion Bowl and the Black-and-Blue Bowl.

    Good job with keeping your emotions in check. I raise my wine glass to you.

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    1. Oh my goodness. I suppose compared to that, we're total light weights!

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  19. Love your comments from Jesus . . . wine better than whine. Love that, and wish I could give you big hugs! Way to go with doing the right thing in the right way. Rivalry can be fun but it can get ugly and when it gets ugly, it's up to us to keep our humor intact . . . which is really hard. We've had those moments with canoeing and kayaking - which is bizarre when it's a such a small sport. Our team had to sit under tents in high heat and humidity at Nationals while everyone else got air-conditioned building space - but we ended up with a better view of the course, so it was kind of funny how that worked out. Our team has won Nationals four times in a row, so we are expected to step back and take the worst spots at any venue . . . and not complain even when other teams gripe at us over stuff, which is the hard part.

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    1. I am so impressed with your kayaking skills! I've tried kayaking, it's hard!

      Anything that has competition in it is going to bring our the competitive spirit and that's not a bad thing. The kids who stole the signs aren't bad kids. They're doing what hundreds did before them. The part that got me, and still makes me scratch my head, is the amount of people upset about a meme. In my mind, our fans were hitting back in a way that vented our frustration without adding more destruction to the pile.

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  20. It is so hard to keep perspective. I was reading this thinking the kids who stole the signs have no idea of the cost and were just trying to be cool and rebellious. Since they have made it a tradition you will have to stop making signs and come up with something else that they may not want to or be able to steal. It is really too bad the parents and maybe the principal did nothing about it.
    I love your dialogue with Jesus, yours is cooler than mine. Mine mires me in guilt and sounds earily like my mother.

    I hope that you won the game and put the River in their place where it really counted.

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    1. You're absolutely right. I'm not going to lie and say I never did anything stupid as a kid. But I was a bit of a chicken, I'd have never stolen something...mostly for fear of getting caught!

      The football boosters buys these signs and sets them out for the season. The people who have them in their yards are planning to spread the word and bring them in before next year's game. I've talked to several of them who live along the three streets we put them on, and they all agree- stealing a couple might have been funny, but to take the quantity that was stolen, irritated them. One lady said she thought about making a sheet sign and hinging it from her house that said, "Take our signs. We take your pride."

      And we did win. I think 44-12? Maybe 40-12?

      About cool Jesus. The way I see it, His first miracle was to turn water into wine at a party. If that isn't my kind of guy, I don't know who is. Some may think I'm going to get bitch slapped at the Pearly Gates for my thinking, but I'm imagining a high five.

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  21. Yeah, that would make me mad too. Way to cool the blood and let it go.

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    1. Life's too short not to find the funny, right?

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  22. Screw that! Let's go for blood!!! Ok teasing. Good job listening to the man upstairs. :)

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    1. As my stalker, you should know better than to encourage my bad behavior. LOL

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  23. I like the trail cam idea.
    Jesus did go on a major rant among the money changer's tables, you know...

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    1. I do too. I've had plenty of people offer me the use of theirs. We could have those streets better monitored than Times Square on New Year's Eve!

      Yeah, Jesus wasn't a fan of religion being turned into a business, that's for sure!

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  24. This is sad. I'm truly glad you remained a role model for your side and, hopefully for theirs.

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    1. I don't know that I was a role model. I sure did my fair share of complaining!

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  25. Personally, I'd want them--or their school--to pay for the signs. It's ridiculous to have that happen. And that meme is rather funny. Some people don't have a sense of humor.

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    1. I said that last year and people called me uptight. I'm trying to go with the flow, Cherie, don't encourage my first nature ;)

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  26. I really sympathize with the anger. Bad sportsmanship is bad sportsmanship -- no two ways about it. And kids should learn early that 1) it's wrong, and 2) when you do something wrong you'll be caught and pay the penalty. I loved your interpretation of Jesus's opinions! I've read on FB that this blew over and the signs were returned (at least some). I hope you have a wonderful and less stressed weekend. :)

    (Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and for mentioning you read and liked my book! That means a lot to me. Really.)

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    1. Yes, they did return some of them. The teacher who did that should get a medal.

      It was a good book! I have so many on my kindle that I buy here and there, I just need to learn to read faster. I whipped that one out in no time- I knew not everyone was what they seemed and I just had to know who!!

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  27. Haha! This is hilarious, Elizabeth. You (and Jesus) are better people than I am, LOL! But wine would make things better. So...are you and some of the other moms going on a secret mission in the middle of the night? Maybe some artists among you?

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