Stays in the Hunt

While looking through Google news this morning, I read this headline here. It reads “Magic stays in the hunt by beating the Celtics, 113-92.”

The use of the verb “stays” rather than “stay” seems odd to me. Had the team been called the Magics, would the editor still have used “stays” instead of “stay?” It’s certainly not the first time I have seen this type of verb usage. ESPN commonly uses “singular” verbs for teams that are “singular” in name such as the Jazz (NBA), the Thunder (NBA) and the Lightning (NHL).

If Magic Johnson were still playing in the NBA, how many people would have thought that the article was referring to him? If that were the case, we would have ourselves yet another crash blossom.

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