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Why do fans refer to their team as “we?”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Here’s an interesting article. Matt Horner, of hockey blog Five Minutes for fighting, dissects the psychology behind fans referring to their team as “we” and “us.” Using experimental data from a 1974 study, he goes on to show that people are more likely to refer to their team as “we” after a victory, and “they” after a defeat, which might explain the phenomenon of the “bandwagon” every year when a team is doing well in the Stanley Cup finals.

Horner has a reason for this: “People want to be judged positively by others,” he writes, “and they often try to associate themselves with something positive, like a successful sports team. This is especially true when they already feel bad about themselves. By piggybacking on the success of their team they can feel a sense of belonging and enjoy the warm feelings associated with being a part of something successful. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t actually participate in that success. The important thing is that they feel connected to it.”

Check out the article here.

Canada Attempts Third Gold in Women’s Hockey

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Team Canada advance to the Winter Games gold medal competition after their 5-0 win against Finland on Monday.

Vancouver Olympics Ice Hockey

Canadian Women getting closer

The Canadians have plowed through the competition this Olympic season, chucking one team after another off the ice at Thunderbird Arena.

Team Canada is attempting their third consecutive gold medal in women’s Olympic hockey. They are set to face intense rival, Team U.S.A, at Canada Hockey Place tomorrow. The Canadians expect stiff opposition from their Southern neighbors, but are going in with confidence. (more…)

Canada vs. Russia Olympic Hockey

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Crosy sets the pace

After winning 8-2 against Germany on Tuesday, Canada continues their quest for gold, taking on Russia today in the quarterfinals. If successful, Canada will move on to the Gold medal final. If not, it’s the end of the road for the home team. No doubt, there will be a sea of red and white at Canada Hockey Place to support the Canadian boys.

It’s obvious this is a huge game for Team Canada, but it comes with a little more depth than usual. There is an infamous rivalry between young NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Drafted into the NHL in the same year, these highly praised forwards have been competing for time in the limelight, collecting a number of awards, including the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award. They are hands down the two best players in the NHL. Both Crosby and Ovechkin have proved time and time again that they are able to play well under pressure, and are the consistent high scorers in the league.

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