“Everything perfect of its kind must transcend its kind: it must become something other, something incomparable.”
“Certain shortcomings are essential for the individual’s existence.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities
It was a thrilling moment on Sunday, when those underdog Indianapolis Colts were able to hang on and defeat the NFL’s decade-long behemoth, the Kansas City Chiefs, to finally end yet another run at perfection.
The Colts did beat the Chiefs, but that’s about the only aspect of that sentence that’s accurate — unless you find field-goal kicking especially thrilling. And now, just five weeks into the NFL season, there are no unbeaten teams left.
Kinda sad, right? A potential season-long storyline gone, right? A chance at historical transcendence done with, right?
Well, sort of wrong.