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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
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Re: Why do people use "we" and "us" referring to sports teams?
As others have said, its merely a demonstration of how much your team means to you. You consider your support for them a part of your identity and therefore refer to them on a more personal level than you would a team you don't support.
Example. If I was chatting to someone I know is a Liverpool supporter. I'd expect the conversation to revolve around me talking about their form, and him replying 'we're bad, we need a change'. I wouldn't expect him to say 'Liverpool are bad, Liverpool need a change'. The latter reads like someone unconnected to the club making a passing remark about their form, whereas the former reads as a fan on a personal level talking about his own team's shortcomings.
When you truly support a team, they take precedence over anyone else. You're going to discuss their triumphs and tragedies as it affects you, so you're more likely to refer to them as 'us or we' because they're a part of you. You'd never catch a fan of Chelsea calling Man Utd anything other than 'Man Utd/Man U/Gloryhunters'. He's not going to say 'we're bad' because he's not a supporter and thus has no personal affiliation other than them being a direct rival club. The minute he speaks about Chelsea, who he follows religiously you're going to expect a more personal description of them as a club, especially if they've played such a tremendous part of his life for a considerable number of years.