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No Surprise! Now It’s Your Move, Stan (Rams Move, Part 3)

No, I’m not surprised. My friends contacted me with “breaking
news” that I had expected for months. The Rams were now the LA
Rams again.

That was not news. What happens next, just might be.

(The haiku)
Now it’s your move, Stan!
Your plan has worked. Years pay off.
Time to fill the stage.
The move to LA was not breaking news. Being a Rams fan who chats
and emails other Rams fans daily, it’s rare for anyone to beat
myself and my Rams buddies to the punch.

So the “news” wasn’t news at all. What was news was the vote. 30-
2? Wow! I had expected 25 or 26 yes votes. I NEVER expected 30.
That’s unbelievable and that truly points to how hopeless Saint
Louis’ attempt at keeping the Rams was.

But what happens next could be news to me. Here’s what I think
will happen.

1. Fisher will be kept as the Manager to handle the transition
to LA. That was probably the plan years ago.

2. The LA situation will be fun and new. Fans will go to check
out the “new” team and be part of the novelty of LA football.

3. The team will not see much change. We will pursue an okay
quarterback and will not grab someone completely amazing. More
than likely, there’s no free agent spree until 2017.

4. The Rams glide until the new stadium happens. They will enjoy
being the “shiny new toy” in California.

If anything else happens, I will be happily surprised. The
pressure to win in LA will come, but I fear that it will take
some time.

The Stan the Ram now has his chance to create a legacy. Moving
the team is a short-lived achievement in the eyes of the
destination city. In the departing city, his “home” statue, his
legacy is made. What he means to LA will depend on what he can
accomplish as an owner. Can he build something other than a
building? That will matter. Stan, you can build the stage, but
can you put a good show on it? That’s the true test.

Stan, it’s your move!

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Rams Have Me Torn (Rams Move, Part 2)

I’m torn. A team I love has now dumped two cities.

I’m torn. Dumped for cash.
No concern for fans.  Screw them!
I guess more will come?

I wish a team I didn’t follow did this. I want some mean jerk team to screw their fans. I want another team to dump their city and walk away from a city trying. I don’t want my Rams doing this….and I really don’t want them to do it…again.

I was sad for LA and now I’m sad for Saint Louis #Sad4STL.

Both cities have a lot in common. STL and LA are tied for the city in the modern era to lose NFL teams at two. Oddly enough, they both lost losers. And now both cities know what it’s like to gain and lose the Rams. On top of that, neither city deserved it and fans in those cities were screwed.

For history, I’m old enough to have grown up an LA Rams fan. I was shocked when they moved. My team wasn’t a money-grubbing, fans-don’t-matter, city-dumping team. Oh? I guess they are.

I’m truly torn because Saint Louis doesn’t deserve this. I love Saint Louis. I want STL to replicate what’s happening in Indy. I want another midwest city that has amazing sites and architecture to be a destination and host an NFL team and convention center.

How the Rams left this year wasn’t really right. Saint Louis was trying, but it was certainly clear that it wasn’t working and it wasn’t a collaboration.

The stadium proposed didn’t inspire me. In fact, the stadium scared me as I didn’t want the Rams to move.

As an adult, I get it. I understand the money. I understand the allure of a mega-stadium and the money and opportunities it brings. As a fan, I hate it. As a fan, I want that for my team. Yep, I’m torn.

I know a lot of LA Rams fans who are also Saint Louis Rams fans. I know fans who follow the Rams from the West Coast. I must admit I’m happy for them. I’m happy for the “Ramily” who followed the horns from two time zones away. They are getting back what they lost more than twenty years ago #RoadRamsGeneration.

 

Epilogue: The clock starts ticking on the owner and his legacy. Thus far, it’s not impressive and the move gives him a two-year pass. After that, let’s see what he’s built.


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Rams Rerun (Return) (Rams Move, Part 1)

Cash out of LA
How can they be lured away?
It happened again!

I remember when the Rams left LA. Can that happen? Can the team I follow move from California to Missouri?

The owner was chasing a stadium and money deal. Can this happen? Other teams could move; the Rams couldn’t move would they?

I was mad! How could Georgia do that to us? How COULD she give up LA for a promise of big money and a pretty new stadium? Dumb owner.

Should I give up on the Lambs? Do I drop the blue and yellow? Could I stop caring about the helmeted horns?

I was mad, but I couldn’t really stop. I still like Isaac Bruce. The team has potential. I’ve been following them for years.

I was slow to like the move. It was different. The rivalry with San Francisco wasn’t the same.  I went to Saint Louis and found a lovely city.

It was a new mix. Some wore Rams blue, but love Cardinal red. Friends and rivals. This was new.

Years passed. We celebrated together. Those long-time Rams fans felt mixed about their Rams hoisting the trophy in another city.  The unbelievable year. From grocery stores to Super Bowls. It was a dream. For those longing for the win in LA, a pseudo-nightmare.

Now another dream. Another nightmare.

The owner chases a stadium and money deal. Can this happen? Other teams move; the Rams wouldn’t move AGAIN would they?

I’m mad! How can Stan do that to us? How CAN you give up Saint Louis? How can you bail on those fans who supported you during very lean years? You ditch your home state for a promise of big money and a pretty new stadium? Dumb owner.

And the circle is made. The Missouri Rams fans of today know exactly how the LA Rams fans from my day felt when an owner was lured away by money and a new stadium.