Does Your Team Name End With S? Keep It That Way

Todd MorseAnalyst IAugust 8, 2008

S's are important (see below).  They turn one into many.  They turn a Bill into Bills, an Islander into Islanders and a Tiger into Tigers, and a very high percentage of sports teams end with the letter S.  The S is what creates a team, is creates community and a bond.

An enormous epidemic among sports fans, when singling out a specific player, is calling a player by a singular team name.  The team name is a noun and should not be changed.  Evan Longoria is not a Ray, he is a member of the Rays, Brett Favre is not a Jet, he is one of the Jets, Manny Ramirez is not a Dodger, he is on the Dodgers, and Ryan Miller is not a Sabre, he is a Sabres goalie.  This occurs also with X's, such as Red Sox and White Sox.  David Ortiz is not a Red Sock.

Nobody calls Marian Gaborik a Wild, Derek Coleman an Orangeman, Dwayne Wade a Heat, or Deron Williams a Jazz. 

Respect team names. 



The correct use of plural and possessive forms may seem like a minor issue. Among educated persons, however, incorrect forms, especially misuses of apostrophes, stand out like red flags. One area executive has said he will not hire an applicant whose letter or resume includes such an error.

Plural forms
The plural form of a noun indicates simply that there are more than one of the person or thing in question. For most nouns, the plural form includes the letter "s" at the end of the word: