Sep 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks off the field after the Seahawks 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Seahawks lost to the San Diego Chargers. If you wish, you may insert your gasp here. Or, if you are a hater, your laugh.
Really, you shouldn’t be surprised. Teams lose games. Even elite teams. It has happened before, and it will happen again. We wrote not too long ago that the Seahawks would go 16-0. I’m sure a few of you will say that we jinxed it, but be honest.
You were at least thinking it.
The dream of an undefeated season is over, and the ‘Hawks are 1-1. Is it time to panic? Obviously not.
However, will some fans panic? Yes. Will media outlets and rival fans trumpet this loss from the highest mountaintop and proclaim the Seahawks to be finished for 2014? Of course. That is what we do in society. We build teams up to a ridiculous height and then celebrate when they fall, like a five-year-old who topples his tower of blocks.
San Francisco 49ers fans in particular are sitting at home, rubbing their hands together in glee, and hoping this means that their road to the Super Bowl is clear. Don’t count on it. After all, the Chicago Bears beat the ‘Niners on their own turf.
So welcome to overreaction Monday. Here are five things that people will be talking about, even though their discussion will be based on a very limited sample size (one game).