Studies in psychology prove time after time that we fans get pretty liberal with our pronouns when our teams are doing well.
When our teams are doing well, we tend to refer to them as if we’re on the team:
- “Watch out for the Chiefs. We’re playing our butts off this year.”
- “The Chiefs play in one hour! Our time is now!”
- “They couldn’t stop us on the ground, I think Charles put up 150 yards.”
However, when our teams aren’t doing particularly well…
- “God, they were awful yesterday.”
- “That team just doesn’t know what they’re doing.”
- “When are they just going to fire that guy and get a new coach?”
I bring this up because it’s a little quirk of mine. When my team is doing poorly, I deliberately try to refer to them in casual conversation as if I was on the team. I don’t mean to, I just try to signal in my own small way that I’m still loyal to the squad through that small gesture.
What do you think? Am I full of it?