Did you ever notice casual fans reference individuals when referring to team sports?
My buddy who's a casual fan always tries to get in on sports conversations using this frame of mind. He has no actual context. Just statements like this:
Brady beat Manning.
MJ went through Magic, Barkley, Karl Malone, Drexler, and Payton.
It irks me when people don't understand or use context in team sports. Team sports isn't a 1v1 contest like tennis or golf. I often see this being used in the basketball forum. Learn your sports people!