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    Live and Let Die

    This Free Agency period has done something none of us has wanted to see: It has changed our Rams forever. We have lived through the days of saying goodbye to Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and many other names from our most recent glory days.
    But now, the last ties to the Rams of yesterday are being cut away faster than they should be. Ike, we don't know if he's gone for good or if he'll be back with us. Money cashed it in today.

    Now there are three - Pace, Little, and Holt.

    Pace has begun the inevitable age-related slowing of reflexes. Sadly, so have Little and Holt.

    It wasn't too many games ago that Reverend Ike and Marshall Faulk ran down the field with a rookie named Torry Holt. Seriously, Torry was a little kid back in '99. He came onto the field, and instantly became as big a threat as Bruce or Marshall. Then I remember he's been wearing horns for nine years. NINE YEARS! Pretty soon, that little kid will be in his tenth season in the NFL.

    I'm not sure which sucks the most - getting older, or all the changes we must live through. Changes like the uniforms, going from blue and yellow, to blue and white, blue and yellow, and now the royal colors of dark blue and regal gold.

    Every day we live brings us one day closer to our own deaths. Those we love, honor and respect pass away. Life continues, life goes on. The grief and pain we must endure is our burden to carry. We each have unique memories of those who have touched us. Sometimes those memories may seem rather strange to others - but to the one who holds those memories, they are priceless.

    Being a Rams fan has not been easy for us. When our team just plain sucked, we endured ridicule. When we were on top, we were called bandwagon fans. We have never really been respected by other fans. This, too has been something we have had to endure.

    Now we have to face saying goodbye to at least one, maybe two, of the men who helped make the Rams the Greatest Show on Turf. It's kind of like watching a high school acquaintance waste away while undergoing chemothereapy. You see their hair fall out, watch them vomit from the treatments, see them lose weight, all because if things go the way the doctors hope, the drugs will kill the cancer and the person may be able to live the rest of their natural life. You wish you could do something to help them, to make it easier on them...and on yourself.

    Right now, we can only bear the burden, wait, hope, and if so inclined, pray. As fans, we know what we want our team to be. We overlook the things that are obvious, just because we want things to be the way they were. We don't like change when our experience tells us that change is what tore down the GSOT. Yet, when we look at the condition of the Rams over the last 3 years, we are forced to admit something must change. We just don't want it to be at the expense of those we admire and respect.

    If we learn to accept the things we cannot change, we still have to bear the burden, but somehow, the load is easier to carry. Somehow, those memories that are unique to us carry us through.

    And knowing that we are all dealing with this as a family (after all, isn't that what a clan is?) somehow tells me that we will get through this and things will get better.

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    Re: Live and Let Die

    Life's a circle. Those amoung us get old and pass on or get cut. Then God gives us grandchildren and rookies. This too will pass. Gotta go; too busy livin.

    Look away. I'm hideous. __ Cozmo Kramer

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    marccat Guest

    Re: Live and Let Die

    well said... thanks bro!

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    ramscoyote38 Guest

    Re: Live and Let Die

    am amazed that they could let bruce go. did much more than looker and mcmichael both together. now who is bulger going to go to besides holt?

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    curleyski Guest

    Re: Live and Let Die

    Nice Article, Too Bad Change Is What Every Team In The Nfl Has To Deal With. I Hate To See Our Ram Heroes Age Or Get Let Go, Although I Will Still Watch Issac Whenever He Is On The Field. It Happened To Us Before The Gsot Was Born, When We Went Through Alot Of Players To Form The Nucleus That Was The Best Offense The Nfl Has Ever Seen. I Do Believe The Rams Winning Attitude Changed When Marshall Came To Us And Everything Else Just Came Together. I Can't Wait To See What This New Group Of Rams Players Develops Into, Just As The Gsot Did. It Will Happen Again, I Feel It And I Know It Is Coming. Lets Just Hope That The Coaches Have "high Powered Offense" In Their Mindset Again, And A Extremely Fast Defense To Go Along With It. Pace, Little And Holt Are Still Pretty Damn Good And I Hope They Are Never Traded Or Cut Until They Are Ready To Go. Things Will Get Better.

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    Add Isaac Bruce and Mike Martz going to the Whiners and this situation really galls.

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    Change is always a hard thing to overcome. But yes we have lost our identity for good. We are now rebuilding and it seems everyone that mattered is no longer here. Isaac Bruce being gone really nails the last nail in the coffin so the franchise. It is a weird feeling to watch Isaac in the 49er colors. But business is business. With Jeff Wilkins retiring and Torry maybe on the way out. It seems our upcoming season is going to be a wait and see. The new man in the front office is from Atlanta. What have they done lately. But i will have an open mind considering all the changes in the works.
    Mike Martz in SF is a scary thing to worry about. He will get his revenge and it seems we are in for 2 losses already.

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