"We" vs. "The Flyers"
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10-01-2011, 08:11 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Originally Posted by
they are the ones winning though. not us.. or we.
could you imagine how offended a player would be if you approached him and said "MAN, WE REALLY BEAT UP ON THOSE CANUCKS IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL, HUH? WE PLAYED AWESOME THAT SERIES"
Wow, you've really got a point there...except for the fact that none of us would ****ing do that.
We say "we" in the context of our fellow fans, not as members of the ****ing team. Is this really that hard to figure out? For ****'s sake!
Also if you think rooting for a sports team your entire life is in any way equivalent to shopping at your local supermarket or banking at your local bank then I fear for your "fandom".
The fact of the matter is that we make an enormous emotional investment in being sports fans, and many of us make enormous financial investments. Being a sports fan is so much a completely unique experience, that it isn't equivalent to anything, and any attempt to equate it to anything is futile. It causes grown men to jump up and down screaming and/or break down crying like little girls. It rallies 2+ million people together in a shared sense of identity when otherwise they merely share geography. After a win the city hums with excitement and after a loss it sings the blues. Flyers, Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, these are our teams and this is why we say "we", not because we are suffering some delusion that it is us that is scoring the goal, throwing the TD, hitting the HR, or making the winning shot.
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