Paradigm shifts don’t have clean edges. The hinges squeak and groan and the very notion of it is off in the future mist. You think about points and table standings and fixtures and lineup cards and beer money and seats and tailgates. Paradigm shifts are for future moments of clarity and there is very little room for that in the minutiae of the daily. Things are either big or they are not big and the rest is posterity’s to have.
But. You can see them peeking out from under the corners of the big moments you can see. When that Don’t Tread video splashed up on the screen at Century Link Field on Saturday, you saw the jets flying overhead but you couldn’t feel the sonic boom yet. But you knew it was coming.