We’re Playing Great, But They’re Playing Like Crap
A Bit of Wordplay to Make a Point
BOCA RATON, FL (Special to Sportsman’s Daily) I used to be guilty of this. And now, much like a reformed smoker, I’m a stickler for pointing out to people the ills of taking credit and shifting blame.
Allow me to explain.
When my favorite team was on a winning streak, I was very fond of saying, “Man, we sure are playing great!”
WE. Not THEY. But WE. As in I have something to do with it.
Conversely, when my team was stinking it up, I was quick to yell “Man, do they ever suck!”
THEY. Not WE. But THEY. As in I have nothing to do with it.
Well, I don’t have anything to do with it. I’m not on the field. I don’t make the managerial decisions. I don’t write the checks. Oh boy, do I ever not write the checks. I am merely a bystander. A fan.
What I do do (do do?) is support the team through thick and thin. This means watching on TV, listening on radio or online, and on occasion going to the games. When I pay money to see my team – let me rephrase – the team I root for, I have every right to cheer or boo depending on that evening’s performance.
But let’s keep in mind, there is a separation. They are them. I am me. I could never be them. They could never be me – or want to be me for that matter.
So, if they are them and I am me, how in the world can I say “we” when I mean “them?” They will always be them and I will always be me and never the twain shall meet.
Therefore, I swore off saying WE when I meant THEM.
And you should too. Unless of course you are them. And if you are them, I’d see a doctor.