Essentially, a temporal paradox is an event that makes the existence of that event impossible. If you go back in time and stop your mom and dad from hooking up, you don't exist. And you fade from photographs. And you play rock and roll to people who haven't heard it before thus giving Chuck Berry a free chart topping hit. These are the rules.
These are also the rules for football.
Nobody knows what happens if the Rams win that week two game in Washington in 2009. Nobody knows what happens if the Rams don't attempt an onsides kick to start what would be an embarrassing week five game in Detroit in 2010. Nobody knows what happens if the Rams come out of New York with a win on Monday Night Football last year.
But that's because in each of those games, the Rams faced a fork in the road. Each of those contests presented the Rams with two divergent futures, futures that were bent by those losses.
Last night, the Rams came to the fork in the road and took a more enjoyable path.
We'll continue to wonder if it's a function of coaching or just Chris Long and Robert Quinn getting better or the turnover at cornerback. For now, though, it's strange traveling, friends. The Rams came to the fork in the road and didn't turn toward failure. I don't know where this leads, and I don't know where it ends.
This weekend, though, I'm reveling in a Rams team that has figured out which way to turn.