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by Paul on 10/19/11 at 10:54 PM ET
from Johathan Willis of the Cult of Hockey,
That is the contention of Chris Jones, the superbly talented sportswriter who works for Esquire and who has spent the last decade or so racking up accolades and writing awards. I don’t use the term ‘superbly talented’ lightly or in sarcasm, either – Jones does great things with prose, although this particular piece was childish and chock-full of throwaway insults (among Jones’ targets: Leafs fans, North American soccer fans in general and Tyler Dellow in particular, as well as the Florida Marlins). The crux of Jones’ argument is this:
Here’s the deal: If you don’t play for, or you are not an employee of, the team in question, “we” is not the pronoun you’re looking for.
“They” is the word you want…
“We” means participant, not observer.
The argument does not belong to Jones alone; I’ve heard others make it, and on a strictly rational level it does make some sense: the Oilers, after all, don’t score goals based on fan support on a given night.
Even before KK was in existence, I tried to avoid the “we” talk, after all, I am not on the team. I continue to do so today plus when mentioning a players name, I use the last name instead of the first, something I have been told is Journalism 101.
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