The symbolism of a burst sewer pipe soaking Washington football team fans is off the charts | This is the loop

UPDATE: We’re told the leak was from a rainwater storage tank, which is slightly better than an actual sewer line. Nevertheless, the metaphor holds…unlike the pipes.

We’re happy to report that the first Sunday of the 2021 NFL season is on the books, and it was a doozy. The rookies got going, the Chiefs came back, there was a winning boot deep into OT and Aaron Rodgers justified a billion haters. Plots poured down from the sky like gentle raindrops in the desert, but nowhere more literally than FedEx Field, where fans of the Washington football team looked up in the middle of their opener against the Chargers to find a sewer pipe that was raining down on them.

If there was a more symbolic moment in football this weekend, we haven’t seen it. This is not to denigrate WFT fans. They’re not responsible for their front office’s behavior over the years, and they deserve no more punishment than a leaky sewer line that empties its contents into their $15 nachos. It’s a poignant metaphor, however, for Dan Snyder and his cronies, who not only championed a racist moniker long after its expiration date, but allegedly presided over one of America’s most toxic work environments, plagued sexual harassment, intimidation and repeated exploitation of cheerleaders.

If the failure of the Washington Football Team’s front office needed a metaphor, a sewer pipe seeping into every last fiber of every last thing surrounding the team – tormented office workers at the stadium mournful through the offensive mascot – is as appropriate as it gets. . To make matters worse, as feces poured down the lower deck like Niagara Falls on Sunday, starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a picture of longevity during his 16-year NFL career, suffered a hip injury.

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