OK, it is time to settle this once and for all. I have two major pet peeves that I try to abide by every day.
1) Be correct when using “two, to, and too.”
… and …
2) Never use “we” and/or “us” when referring to an athletic team you follow.
In the sports world, the second one drives me crazy. I do not use it in any manner. I do not use it when talking about schools/colleges I have attended. Are you part of the team? Are you shooting free throws during practice to be the go-to guy in the clutch? Are you tossing batting practice? No. You’re officially not part of the team.
My WGEM Sports cohorts, Ben Marth and Tyler Tomlinson, brought this to the forefront on Tuesday after Ben said “we” when referring to a team’s decisions as if he was part of the squad. And the argument started.
Some say that since they pay for tickets and buy jerseys marketed by his or her favorite team that that results in him or her paying part of a salary. Others say since they are fans, it automatically allows him or her to use the terms since they are ultimately part of the team.
Sporting events are used for entertainment purposes. If I go watch a movie I do not feel I am part of the movie just because I bought a ticket or purchased a dumb toy from the movie as it was attached to a Happy Meal at McDonalds. I am not part of McDonalds either just because I purchased a product.
And to sportscasters, even if you are an alum of the school and maybe even give money back as a booster, it does not give you permission to use “we” and/or “us” at all. Unless you are receiving a check from that school or franchise are you allowed … and even then it sounds dumb.
So, fan out there, step away from the team for a minute and remember it’s all still entertainment. Say “we” and “us” when talking about your job, family, or church. Don’t use it with your sports team.