I don’t know about your friends but in my circle we have debated about whether or not it is ok to refer to a sports team as “Our” team or to say “We” when the team is discussed.
Is it proper to say “We are in first place right now” ? Or “Our team is going to go all the way this year” ?
Yes they are the ones on the field making the plays, suffering through injuries, celebrating big wins and hanging their heads in despair at the losses, but would they be there if we weren’t ?
We the public are the ones that buy the tickets to go see them play. We are the ones that are wearing the jerseys, the hats, and buying the (sometimes) silly accesories that go along with our favorite team. We are the ones that are there to cheer them on, wish for great plays, watch them play in the best and worst of weather, jump for joy when they win, and groan in aggony as they are defeated in the playoffs but we always come back and cheer again next year.
Throughout history there have been some pivitol things that have affected our country but through it all sports tends to bring us back together and helps us to mend. In September of 2001 when tradgedy struck our country and the state of New York, all of baseball stopped for 6 days. On Sept 21st, 10 days after the attack, the first game played in New York was the Mets against the Atlanta Braves. Mike Piazza hit a 2 run homer to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Braves. At the beginning of the game the 2 rival teams shook hands to show that America is a country united and that we are not divided by the uniforms we wear, we are brought together by the love of the game. They weren’t there alone though, we were there with them cheering, celebrating, and remembering as a team.
Sports unites us in a special way. It brings us together, it gives us something to enjoy, something to hope for, something to look forward to. “WE” all fight to be the best and “OUR” teams are always their to play.
My opinion on this is that Yes it is not only proper but in a way entitled. So tonight when I speak of “My” Dodgers I will proudly say that “We” are in first place and “Our” team could go all the way!