Stop Saying ‘We Won’ Or ‘We Lost’ When Talking About Your Team
I'm probably "triggering" a lot of people right now. You may think, "Chelsea you are only doing this to rile people up!" However, you are only half right. Yes, part of me is stirring the pot a little bit. However, this is one of my biggest pet peeves. It is extremely common for people to use the word we when referring to their favorite teams. If the team wins they say, "We won." If the teams loses they say, "We lost."
I have found myself in many arguments about this very issue. Before you get all heated and run over to the comment section on Facebook, hear me out. I am a fan of some sports. I won't lie and say that I am a huge sports fanatic, there are some sports I cannot stand watching. (Am I the only one who finds it interesting that you are a history buff and a sports fanatic?) Anyway... I have been a fan of a certain football team since I was a child. I am omitting particular details here to avoid that fight.
Now back to the actual argument. Most people when they get into this argument will use the same reasoning every single time. I am about to dispute the tiresome argument because it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. People, yes I am generalizing people who make this argument, will say that fans buy tickets to games, buy jerseys and other assorted merchandise, and get into bar fights over "their team." Okay, maybe I added that last one. Because of all of this, they have the right to say we.
Yea...no, it doesn't work this way.
I am going to use this same frame of mind for other aspects of life. Say you are a HUGE fan of (insert singer/band here) and you go to their concerts, buy their CDs, buy their merchandise, and watch their music videos on a loop. That artist then wins a Grammy or any of the 15,000 awards that are out there. Have you ever heard anyone say "We won a Grammy?" Nope. That artist will usually thank their fans in their acceptance speech and say something along the lines of, "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you." That gives the fans some of the credit doesn't it?
This same theory can apply to actors. I LOVE a few actors that I will go to any of their movies that come out to theaters, no matter how awful they are. Then, once those movies come out on DVD, I buy them. I have even purchased movies on digital and DVD. However, if that actor/actress wins an Oscar I never say "We won."
I own a MINI Cooper, but if MINI comes out with a new car I would never say, "We came out with a new car."
Are you picking up what I'm throwing down here? That string of logic that makes people think that just because they have spent money on their favorite team means they can feel a sense of ownership is absurd.
There is one exception to this rule. If you are a season ticket holder for the Green Bay Packers, you can say we when referring to the team. The Green Bay Packers are a fan owned team, so you go ahead and say we. There are also a handful of soccer clubs and collegiate/minor baseball teams this applies to.
If you are not a fan/season ticket holder for any of the above, please stop. You did not win or lose the game. It was not a "we" effort.