To some this is nothing, perhaps petty, but it really bugs me. It's how coaches and commentators refer to College football players.
When we uniform-up young Americans, give'm a gun and a helmet and send them to war, we called them "men". But we take those same guys, uniform them up in team colors, give them a ball, and a helmet and send them onto the field, coaches and commentators call them "kids" or "boys".
When coaches give after game interviews (for example) and say things like.. "You know, our kids played a great game!" or "These boys really came together on defense, and....." it just bugs me. Referring to Jadeveon Clowney as a "boy" (a term commonly used for new-borns and pre-schoolers), or "kid" (also used to identify young goats on a farm), is just annoying to hear. Surely these players with their competitive ethic, training and strength regimes, and the physicality they endure on the field are closer to soldiers than they are pre-schoolers or little goats. Why can't coaches refer to them not just as "guys" but as "men".
Okay.. I feel better.