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Old 09-30-2006, 10:24 AM   #1
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The use of "we" when discussing sports teams

This annoys me to no end.

"We should have traded for that player." or "We missed a lot of scoring chances." or "We are going to miss that player", "We lost the game but we'll win the next one."


I don't know why this bothers me but whenever someone says that I say: "Oh, I didn't see you on the court/pitch/field/ice. When did you start playing for them?"

For me the proper term would be to use "they", but I guess people feel like they are part of the team. I mean, I understand it, but it still bothers me.
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I hear what you are saying and I'm pretty good about not using the inclusive terms like we, us, etc. I slip occasionally, but don't make a habit of it. The one area where I think it's ok to use these terms is when it comes to school teams if you either attend the school or are an alumnus of said school. If Providence College has a good season in bball, (which may never happen again), then I don't feel bad about saying we since I am part of the school having graduated from there.
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Didn't headache have a thread about this at some point?

It doesn't bother me at all. I don't think I use "we." I'm sure I have though.

I don't think using "we" implies that the person using it believes they are a part of the team. It's probably just habit.
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Re: The use of "we" when discussing sports teams

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I don't know why this bothers me but whenever someone says that I say: "Oh, I didn't see you on the court/pitch/field/ice. When did you start playing for them?"

For me the proper term would be to use "they", but I guess people feel like they are part of the team. I mean, I understand it, but it still bothers me.
Why would you assume the person thinks they are a part of the team? People use figure of speech all the time. Do you take everything people say literally?
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Considering you might be paying to watch your fav team or buy their merchandise or own shares in the team why shouldnt it be "we " ?
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Didn't headache have a thread about this at some point?
Not Headache, but we sure did have this discussion before...

http://forum.interference.com/t157788.html
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Not Headache, but we sure did have this discussion before...

http://forum.interference.com/t157788.html


nice work!!
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Re: Re: The use of "we" when discussing sports teams

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Why would you assume the person thinks they are a part of the team? People use figure of speech all the time. Do you take everything people say literally?
LOL. No, I don't take it literally, it's just a little pet peeve of mine. I just hear it all the time.

It's just that I was reading someone discuss a trade on another board and the poster kept saying "we" over and over. Like I said, I understand why someone would say it, but I still think "they" is more appropriate.
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"We" shouldn't be used when referring to yourself and a sports team. You're not part of the team. When you walk out of a U2 show, you don't say, "Wow, we played an awesome show tonight!"
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"We" shouldn't be used when referring to yourself and a sports team. You're not part of the team. When you walk out of a U2 show, you don't say, "Wow, we played an awesome show tonight!"
I do

perhaps I really am not part of the band afterall.
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Didn't headache have a thread about this at some point?
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"We" shouldn't be used when referring to yourself and a sports team. You're not part of the team. When you walk out of a U2 show, you don't say, "Wow, we played an awesome show tonight!"


it's one of my major pet peeves too.

and if i say anything about it, i'm considered an asshole?

how does that work?
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Considering you might be paying to watch your fav team or buy their merchandise or own shares in the team why shouldnt it be "we " ?

if you actually own a part of a professional team, then fine... you can say we.

other than that... no. you are not part of the team, you are not at pratice every day, you did not give years of your life, thousands upon thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears to earn the right to wear that uniform.

you drink beer and buy a foam finger.

it is not "we."
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if you actually own a part of a professional team, then fine... you can say we.

other than that... no. you are not part of the team, you are not at pratice every day, you did not give years of your life, thousands upon thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears to earn the right to wear that uniform.

you drink beer and buy a foam finger.

it is not "we."
And you pay their wages , your the reason they are on that field.
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at one time, yes... fans paid their wages. the reality is that the majority of player salaries in professional sports comes from TV money, not ticket & merchandise sales. the majority of that money goes to upkeep of the stadium, and the rest goes in the owner's pocket.

you are not part of the team. period. to think that you're part of the team, or that you actually make a difference when you yell and scream from the stand... well... that's just silly.

but it's fun none the less.
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