I started watching the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons somewhere in the second quarter. I saw the Falcons do some encouraging and awesome offensive and defensive maneuvers. While the Falcons were in the lead, I contemplated the following:
Psychological studies on the fervor of sports spectatorship, particularly American football, argue that vicariously experiencing the wins and losses is emotionally palpable on account of psychological attachment. In watching the San Diego Chargers both keep the Atlanta Falcons on their toes and boost their egos, I wonder if the cumulative excitement, disappointment or anxiety over a game’s outcome isn’t an indication that we (secretly) believe in community and need it as a catharsis. Even for us unapologetic lone wolves, iconoclasts, and other variations on a theme of isolationism.
And then the Chargers went and won the game by three points in overtime. 33 to 30. Get game summary, stats, and play by play here.