The NFL season is in full swing and that means many things to me. Mainly that it's time to watch my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers and fall further behind on my chore list. Since I do not own a working TV, my options are either watch the game with family and friends, or at my favorite local bar. occasionally to strike a balance with what I have to do and what I want to do, I'll have the game on the radio in the back ground while I accomplish some form of work.
One thing for sure picks up this time of year is the sports talk. Living on the boarder with Minnesota , there is plenty of banter with friends, neighbors and co workers about who is the better time. Besides a large number of Viking fans in the area, there is a fair number of Bears fans and a sort of various fans of various teams for various reasons.
Unfortunately with all this talk come one of my greatest pet peeves referring to a professional sports team as "we." absolutely drives me up the flipping wall.
"We kicked their butt this week." "We will definitely be making a run in the playoffs." "Our offense is unstoppable."
No you didn't. No you're not. No it isn't. And you know why? Simple really, YOU'RE NOT ON THE TEAM! You are a fan of the team. You do not play for the team, you are a fan. You do not manage or coach the team, you are a fan. I don't care if your season ticket holders or bought the $200 share of Packer stock, you are just a fan.
The only time I can accept some one referring to a team they are not on as "we" is if the team is a school team (high school or college) and that person is either apart of the school body, has a kid at that school, or graduated from that school. School spirit is the only exception.