Here’s what we learned from the Chargers’ 24-10 loss Sunday afternoon:
‘Stick to sports’ is over
If you viewed sports as an oasis from life’s everyday irritations — disagreements with loved ones, obsessive barking on social media and the constant barrage of other outrages, this is going to be bad news for you.
It was a mirage — probably always was — and the sloppiness of politics and morality has covered the NFL like an ivy plant. And in an only-in-2017 twist, words from the president of the United States made sure of this.
The Chargers, like every other team in the NFL to play on Sunday, reacted. The plan was for players to lock arms in a show of unity with Anthony Lynn, who said he respected the wishes of players willing to do otherwise.
Melvin Ingram knelt during the national anthem. Other members of the defensive line sat on the Charger bench.
The forms of protest are unlikely to end in the short term despite the jeers from some fans in attendance. But the loaded nature of the questions at stake — about what is being protested and how it’s being done — makes the desire for “unity” more of a dream than a reality.
Some in the locker room will agree with the protests. Others will be upset. And it’ll be worth monitoring to see if those divisions show up on the field.
It’s part of the storyline for the foreseeable future – like it or not.
Offensive actions on the field
The Chargers’ offense seemed like a sure thing, with talent at wide receiver, running back and tight end. And at the helm, Philip Rivers…
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