The buzzer sang, signaling the end of the game and victory for the home team. The crowd exploded into cheer. It was deafening. They waved their flags with such vigor it created a wild, undulating ring around the field.
The sensory overload made the players unsteady. Their celebration took on a drunken quality as they stumbled around the field, overwhelmed by the crowd, their accomplishment, and the expenditure of energy it had required.
The defeated team was unsteadied by the shockwave of the crowd and the failure of their efforts. When they regained their feet, it was with slumped shoulders.