Back in the 1970s, the following actually happened at a newspaper in another state.
A part-time sports writer compiling the weekly prep football previews took to using the word "with" instead of "against" when alluding to, say, "Winslow's game against Kingman."
His reasoning? "Against" sounded too belligerent, too warlike. He started writing "with" as a way to emphasize competition's more uplifting aspects.
The long-suffering sports editor, a man known for loud sighs, would mutter about cruel fate and change it to "against."