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Should the Pats sign Dez?

  • Yes, anything would be an upgrade (and maybe folks will STFU about AB cuz that ship done sailed)

    Votes: 5 8.3%
  • No, he was toast before his last injury

    Votes: 26 43.3%
  • Kick the tires and see what’s left in the tank, what’s the risk

    Votes: 19 31.7%
  • RLK2G

    Votes: 7 11.7%
  • AHK4G

    Votes: 3 5.0%

  • Total voters
    60
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Froob

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Funny that this would come up here. I just changed from a "they" to a "we" in a response in this thread.

If we're fans of the Pats "we" is perfectly fine, maybe more acceptable. I actually don't like seeing posters use that as a criticism, as if we aren't part of the team because we're "only" fans. Fans are the ones paying the freight.

As for Dez, no thanks please.
It’s a nit picky thing to complain about. Say whatever you want
 

TheAdultintheRoom

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
I really don't know why people get so bent out of shape over this "we" business. I think a lot people bring it up just to be part of the clever cool people. The entire point of being a fan is to emotionally invest in a team. "We" is expressing solidarity and ownership. It's not trying to take credit for the actual on field exploits of the team.
 

scott99

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Signing him would be a very bad sign for Harry.
Interesting you talk about Harry. A decent amount of scouts compared Harry to Dez Bryant. In fact, if you watch their highlights, especially their college highlights, the similarities are really evident.
 

Uncle Rico

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Remember when the Patriots traded the 24th spot in the 2010 draft to Dallas and the Cowboys took Dez with that pick and the Patriots took Devin McCourty at 27? That was pretty cool.
 

borg

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I really don't know why people get so bent out of shape over this "we" business. I think a lot people bring it up just to be part of the clever cool people. The entire point of being a fan is to emotionally invest in a team. "We" is expressing solidarity and ownership. It's not trying to take credit for the actual on field exploits of the team.
Is it wrong to assume the “we / us” crowd face paints and wears shoulder pads in their living rooms on Sundays?
 

borg

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If you're not part of the team, you're not part of the team, and you're not part of the "we". Paying the freight as a consumer doesn't make you a part of the team. It just makes you a consumer.
Have you noticed the “we / us” usage on this board has ramped up exponentially since the Ravens game?

I fear for the long term future of the region. No wonder Brady bought a house in a different fan zone.

If I was a psyche major ready to set up practice, I’d be sprinting to greater Boston, a soon-to-be target rich environment

Group sessions:
3pm...... Face painters
4pm......Face painters with shoulder pads
5pm.......Adults that wear jerseys
6pm.......”We & Us” Delusia
7pm.......Pats and Cats Fans
Individual sessions:
8pm.......AJ
 

Deus Irae

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Have you noticed the “we / us” usage on this board has ramped up exponentially since the Ravens game?

I fear for the long term future of the region. No wonder Brady bought a house in a different fan zone.

If I was a psyche major ready to set up practice, I’d be sprinting to greater Boston, a soon-to-be target rich environment

Group sessions:
3pm...... Face painters
4pm......Face painters with shoulder pads
5pm.......Adults that wear jerseys
6pm.......”We & Us” Delusia
7pm.......Pats and Cats Fans
Individual sessions:
8pm.......AJ

The "we" stuff happens among every fan base I've ever witnessed. When it comes to sports, some people just can't grasp the difference between who's in a group and who's not. I don't know if it's because "we" was more accurate when mom and dad were helping coach junior, taking him to practices, and paying for all his equipment, and thereby making it a team effort, or just because the "we" people are that desperate to be a part of a group. And I've mistakenly typed "we" on occasion, since I've seen it so often, though I go back and fix it if I see the error.

It's not as if people are going around with the "we" stuff when they buy a car, television, computer, or the like. They're capable of realizing that liking Apple/Sony/Samsung/HP/etc... products doesn't mean they're a member of the company. They just lose that bit of common sense when it comes to sports. They erroneously transfer the "we" of the fan base (a/k/a repeat customers) to the "we" of the team.
 

TheAdultintheRoom

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
The "we" stuff happens among every fan base I've ever witnessed. When it comes to sports, some people just can't grasp the difference between who's in a group and who's not. I don't know if it's because "we" was more accurate when mom and dad were helping coach junior, taking him to practices, and paying for all his equipment, and thereby making it a team effort, or just because the "we" people are that desperate to be a part of a group. And I've mistakenly typed "we" on occasion, since I've seen it so often, though I go back and fix it if I see the error.

It's not as if people are going around with the "we" stuff when they buy a car, television, computer, or the like. They're capable of realizing that liking Apple/Sony/Samsung/HP/etc... products doesn't mean they're a member of the company. They just lose that bit of common sense when it comes to sports. They erroneously transfer the "we" of the fan base (a/k/a repeat customers) to the "we" of the team.

Who cares? This is like saying you can't say "we won the war" because you weren't in the army.
 

Wordsmyth

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The "we" stuff happens among every fan base I've ever witnessed. When it comes to sports, some people just can't grasp the difference between who's in a group and who's not. I don't know if it's because "we" was more accurate when mom and dad were helping coach junior, taking him to practices, and paying for all his equipment, and thereby making it a team effort, or just because the "we" people are that desperate to be a part of a group. And I've mistakenly typed "we" on occasion, since I've seen it so often, though I go back and fix it if I see the error.

It's not as if people are going around with the "we" stuff when they buy a car, television, computer, or the like. They're capable of realizing that liking Apple/Sony/Samsung/HP/etc... products doesn't mean they're a member of the company. They just lose that bit of common sense when it comes to sports. They erroneously transfer the "we" of the fan base (a/k/a repeat customers) to the "we" of the team.
It's not an "erroneous" appellation. It's called the Twelfth Man.
 

TheAdultintheRoom

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
This is like saying you can't say "we won the election" when your party wins, because you weren't the candidate. It's just silly and a way to look down on others.
 

VJCPatriot

Pro Bowl Player
What we really need is a TE who can catch the ball. I'm ok with a WR corps of Edelman, Sanu, plus 3 guys from Dorchester. ;)
 

scout

Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Interesting you talk about Harry. A decent amount of scouts compared Harry to Dez Bryant. In fact, if you watch their highlights, especially their college highlights, the similarities are really evident.
Did the scouts go beyond their physical traits and look at intelligence? Have not heard great reports on Dez. The Patriots offense is complicated and selected Harry in round 1 thinking he'll grasp the system.
 

Deus Irae

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Dear TheAdultintheRoom:

  1. When a country goes to war, THE COUNTRY goes to war. The military fights it, but the country is at war, and the entire country is at risk (at least theoretically). So, the country wins/loses the war, and citizens saying "we" are 100% correct. Your argument would apply if the U.S. went to war against, say, China, and Canada was cheering for the U.S. while not participating in the battle. But, if that were the case, the U.S. wouldn't be saying "We" won, and meaning both the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. would be hearing "We won!" and would be asking "Who's 'we', Canada? You just watched from the sidelines".
  2. When people vote in an election, their vote literally decides the election. They are, effectively, the players. Candidates cannot win without the voters. So party voters saying "We" are 100% correct.

However, as mere consumers, fans are not required for wins. And, as consumers, fans have nothing more than a rooting stake in a game. So neither of your examples is applicable.

Sincerely,

People who understand analogies and similies
 

Pape

2nd Team Getting Their First Start
I get a kick out of fans that say “we” as they are not a part of the team.

**** that. "we" are the part of the team that buys tickets, travels to home and away games, who pay for cable/satellite tv, who buy jerseys, shirts, hats, and those awesomely stupid foam fingers for our kids, who show up at parades, who show up at the airport when there isnt going to be a parade... so yes ... WE
 

Patstastic

2nd Team Getting Their First Start
**** that. "we" are the part of the team that buys tickets, travels to home and away games, who pay for cable/satellite tv, who buy jerseys, shirts, hats, and those awesomely stupid foam fingers for our kids, who show up at parades, who show up at the airport when there isnt going to be a parade... so yes ... WE

Agree completely. It's like a family member. We celebrate their successes with them. We share their "losses". Something like that.
 
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