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Members of Grand Strand, Tuscon communities engage in friendly banter, wagers ahead of finals of College World Series

CCU is playing in the finals of the College World Series. (Source: Joe Murano) CCU is playing in the finals of the College World Series. (Source: Joe Murano)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Their two baseball teams will be battling it out on the diamond in Omaha, but the overseers of the Twitter accounts for Coastal Carolina University and the University of Arizona took the opportunity to learn more about the schools before the start of the finals of College World Series.

Monday afternoon, a tweet from CCU’s Twitter account to the University of Arizona asked simply, “What do you say we help our fan bases with a little Q&A on ourselves?”

From there, the accounts asked such questions as, “How do you pronounce ‘Chanticleer?’ and why the Wildcats say, “Bear down?”

For the latter question, they were words of encouragement from a University of Arizona student who passed away in 1926.

See the complete Twitter exchange below:

That wasn't the only bit of friendly banter that took place between members of the Grand Strand and those in Tuscon.

The heads of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, which is the tourism destination promoter for the Myrtle Beach area, and Visit Tuscon announced a "destination versus destination wager" on the results of the CWS finals.

If the Chanticleers become national champions, the members of the Visit Myrtle Beach staff will feast on southwestern cuisine prepared in person by one of Tucson's top executive chefs, according to an MBACC press release.

However, if the Arizona Wildcats are the victors, the Visit Tuscon staff will enjoy a meal prepared for a Myrtle Beach area chef.

"We appreciate Brent DeRaad and the Visit Tucson team accepting our challenge for the CWS finals. Needless to say, the Visit Myrtle Beach team is looking forward to enjoying some fine southwestern cuisine on our sun-kissed beaches, thanks to Visit Tucson!" said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, the losing organization with make a $1,000 donation to the winning region's Boys and Girls Club to promote youth sports in their community, the release stated.

"Myrtle Beach's cuisine is diverse and delectable, but we at Visit Tucson can't wait to experience their incredible seafood," said Brent DeRaad, president and CEO of Visit Tucson. 

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