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Athletes thoughts on fans use of "us"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spikechiquet, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Has a story like this ever been done? It's hard to google for it. Anyone have an examples?
    Is it even a story worth pursuing since most current athletes would just toe the company line that "all fans are important" and BS as such.
    Unless it's my alma mater (and even then, it's rare for me to say it) I only say "them" or "they". But there are threads about that subject on this board...I'm curious if it's ever been put into print.
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    What's the news peg? Is there anything to elevate this beyond a simple questionnaire answer?
  3. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    I wouldn't really see the news value in it, unless your shop does little things like this regularly. I've seen a shop do an "Inside the Athlete's Head" (I think that's what they called it) segment each week and picked about 5-6 area athletes to answer a specific question...normally along the lines of what is your typical pregame routine?, etc... it could work in a segment like that. But otherwise, I think it's a waste.

    And yes, most athletes would just feed basic lines.
  4. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought as well. I agree in the lack of news value, maybe a blog posting at best.
    This stems from a facebook post last night where a friend of mine was using "we" and I gave him crap about it and he blew a gasket. I knew it would piss him off more so I went into the "they don't care about you, they just want your money," mantra just to poke the bear...and it was fun. It would be nice if a story was done like this just to point to morons that, yes, your team doesn't really like you, they just like your wallet.
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    How many athletes are going to say on the record, "Fans are a fucking bunch of spazzed out dorks who would shit their pants if they ever had to stand in the batters box or line up opposite a 300-pound felon. Fuck them, unless they're lining up to buy autographs or making their wives and daughters available for a hummer."
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Athletes call out fans who boo or leave early or don't show up. But that's driven by emotional context. You have none for this story.
  7. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Johnny Manziel. [/crossthread]
  8. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    Jeff Kent. But he's no longer relevant.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    One particular media outlet loved to use the terms "We" and "us" when referring to the local professional sports teams. Not being from said city, I thought that was amateurish.
  10. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    In conversation, "we" sounds natural when referring to your own team. Some people invest so much in teams that teams practically feel like family. (You wouldn't talk about your family and refer to them by their surnames, bc that'd be weird.)

    I get why people sometimes take issue with the "we" or "us" but it's just a difference in level of fandom. Pretty harmless stuff.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

  12. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Just to argue your point for the hell of it: So I am less of a fan if I don't use we? :)
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