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    Bash Bits

    This is the third Bash that I have attended, and this one was my favorite. Loads of excellent people were there, the Rams had a big season opening win against a good team, and there was plenty of time for hanging out, drinking, and talking.

    I won’t try to compete with Avenger’s thread on the Bash since he did such a fine job of painting a picture about his trip and this Bash. He has some nice pictures in his post. Go read his article, if you have not done so already.

    Cyber-friends
    For those of you, who are thinking about coming to the Bash in the future, please realize that it is a freaky thing to do. In today’s day and age, no one finds the internet a friendly place with trust worthy people, but the Clan is an exception. These are good people, real, normal people….well most of them are normal. I am not sure the big guy in the kilt counts as normal, but he is adorable and he will steal the show. Attending the Bash and going to a game with some fellow Clan members or Rampagers is a fun time. Yes there always seems to be some Rampagers at the Bash, even though we like to think that it is all Clan members.

    Edwards Jones Dome.
    I have been disappointed in the dome, the crowd, and the noise in the past. This year we got in well before kickoff and the place was pretty empty. They had fireworks, dimmed the main lights as the players came out, and they blew smoke about. It was an impressive opening for the players and the fans. The place did fill up as the game got going…I guess a lot of people are late to the game….but you know what? It actually got loud in there. The fans were loud and the 12th man played its part in the game. I was impressed with the turnout.

    Replays and big screens
    One of the disappointments of going to a live game is missing the close ups, replays, and slow motion videos. The Ed has one big screen, which is not very big, and I don’t think they played very many replays. I could not see them anyway; maybe my eyes are not good enough. BigRed and I discussed hanging four big screens around each side of the stadium up high on the light rack. It would add a lot to the game to see the replays during the game for the key plays; big receptions, long runs, sacks, and interceptions.

    European fans
    I have to admit the English blokes won me over. They are different than us Americans. They ask for fags ….to smoke, lol…and they have such a wonderful vocabulary that is different than ours. Things are utterly brilliant and life is good. Cheers.

    I did find that I felt a kinship to them in that people underrate our knowledge and passion for the game. Most people don’t think girls can talk football, and apparently, no one thinks the kids from over the pond can talk intelligent football either. I got a big chuckle from RamPower’s comments to his neighbor at the game. The guy picked up on the UK accent and promptly assumed that RamPower knew nothing about the game. RamPower can be quite deliciously evil, which I found out over the weekend. He often asked his Bronco neighbor questions like “when your running back drops the ball, what is that called?” “A fumble, it is called a fumble” comes the answer from an unhappy Bronco fan. After a Rams interception, out comes “So was your Quarterback trying to pass the ball to our guy? Did he do that on purpose?” “No he did not do it on purpose. It is called an interception.” Is the answer. I would have died laughing if I was sitting next to him. Hilarious.

    Steve, Lis and Julian….you guys were a blast. Hanging out at the Feisty Bulldog after the game was really fun.

    Meeting the players
    A bunch of us stopped outside the dome and waited for the players to come out. Barry Waller was with us when they were coming through and I kept asking him “who is that?, “who is that?” because I don’t know what many of the players look like without uniforms, helmets, and numbers on their backs. I saw a bunch of players and most of them were pretty good about signing autographs all though none of them seemed interested in saying a word. I’ll bet they don’t really want to start talking with the fans. They might get trapped there if they start a conversation. I sort of felt sorry for them with a bunch of strangers wanting their attention and taking pictures, but you know that comes with the territory. The get the big bucks to play and they should be thankful to the fans for providing them with this type of career.

    Barry Waller
    Barry came out to the Bash, and he continued on with the after Bash drinking crew, and then met up with us again when we were waiting for the players outside the dome. I really enjoy talking to Barry. He drops all sorts of interesting tidbits of knowledge about football and the world in general. He did manage to rag on the redskins quite a bit to me. I had to laugh because I am sure he knows they are my other team and the Ramhog name took me so long to figure out. He claims to never get any autographs and never support a specific player, but he did come in a jersey to the Bash. I don’t think he always gives a straight answer. He can be quite playful and nice in person, but he has a bit of a temper when challenged in writing. I had an interesting conversation about how some of us form a different persona with our screen names. UtterBlitz is me, but only part of me.

    Flying on 9-11
    I left on 9-11 and I must say that flying out on the anniversary of that tragic day was a bit weird. They had a nice ceremony during halftime to honor the firefighters and policemen in St. Louis. The brought a big American flag out and waved it gently for the crowd.

    I truly enjoyed meeting everyone this year and I have many fond memories from the Bash, the game, and the Feisty Bulldog. Rick, Ron, Steve, Lis, Kyle, Kevin, Julian, Barry, Alpha, and his Eagle loving woman, Tom. Patty, Carol Ann, Bob, Tom, Sherry, Chris, Joe, David, Dez, Randy, Brian, Mike, Chad....I know there is more, so forgive me if I left you off, but it was great to talk to you all.

    BigRedMan, many thanks for playing my wingman. It’s always nice to have someone looking out for my well being and you won me over completely with the breakfast delivery. I was a little hung over on Sunday morning, for some odd reason, and Randy was sweet and brought me a nice plate of food and a glass of milk. Thanks for everything big guy. I am glad I was able to sneak and buy you a couple of drinks by the end of the weekend.

    Great Bash. Thanks to Dez and Avenger for organizing things.

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    Re: Bash Bits

    Great post. I'm beginning to think I may have to extend my trip until Monday next year!

    I also love the "gee, I'm from England and I don't really understand this game" story. That's priceless.

    Great meeting you at the Bash, Renee.

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    Re: Bash Bits

    I agree with AV.. great post Renee, great read!!!..........that still makes me chuckle about what Juilien said to that Broncos fan.... funny real funny....... roll on to next years bash!!


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    Re: Bash Bits

    Cheers guys, I had a wonderful time too and will return next year, ( i might even 'pop over' for the monday night chicago game, i already have the time booked off work.. tempting!

    made some great friends had an absolute scream!


    more from my bronco buddy..

    'what is it called when your passing guy gets tackled?'

    reply; thats a sack.. (i stopped myself saying you mean like a bag?)

    'if your guys could catch you guys could be a good team!'

    'Is it that the rams are that good or are the broncos that bad?'

    he really liked that one

    what a weekend, ANYBODY who can make a bash, should make a bash. Really you wont have a better time.

    I found the group of people there, freindly and fun. It was so good to finally put some faces and full presonalities to some of the clan.

    Major, MaineRam (the doctor) , UtterBlitz, KermiRam (yet to join) BIG RED(wiked humour), Maui, Ramcableking, Ramgram and family Fitz and Dan, Av, Dez and Moira and everybody else thanks for making me welcome and helping me enjoy the rams and life that little bit more.

    I am making myself a bloody mary, english style to bring back some memories, so Cheers everybody!!

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    Re: Bash Bits

    It was good to meet you too David.

    Thanks for all the encouragement to help me write. It helps me be brave and throw words about.

    A bloody Mary sounds good .... yummy.

    Cheers!!!
    Renee
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    Re: Bash Bits

    I had been a die hard chiefs fan before I moved to St. Louis. Its almost 11 years since I live here and the past two years, I found myself rooting for the Rams instead of the Chiefs. In the kingdom days, I would lose my head as a traitor but what is happening to me?

    My biggest disappointment is City of St. Louis by not perserving a parking lot that would allow you to tailgate. I had noticed tailgating had really slimmed down because of the big lot between Dome and Embassy Suite is bought out to build a casino. To have a complete football atmosphere, you gotta have tailgate and watch Rams fan go nutz before the game. We need something that Arrowhead Stadium gives to the Chiefs fan, a parking space, tailgatin, meeting with the cheerleaders, and fun. We need that here in St. Louis!

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    Re: Bash Bits

    RamPower, glad to assist in getting you out of your f*u*n*c*k on Saturday morning, it was the least I could do. Little did I know it would lead to a rendition of Y*M*C*A* dedicated to all the Whiners fans. That was priceless.


    just remember what the doctor said......FIVE A DAY !!!!! :x

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    Great post my Princess! (OOPS)


    I had a great time, although, it was a challenge being UtterBlitz's wingman. Many a time I would turn around and "poof" she would be gone. Spent a lot of time tracking her down by cell phone. She's a beautiful and spirited woman. I'm proud to call her my friend and fellow warrior. Oh, and by the way, the girl can party with the best of us!

    RamPower and I shared a cab to the airport on Monday (He shared with me the fact that he feels he belongs in America with us, and I agree). I love his wicked sense of humor, and his accent also gave me the screaming thigh sweats also Renee! (especially when he sang YMCA and had me shedding my clothes. My eyes to yours buddy, you know what I mean!)


    I don't know what the stars have in store for these two, but a RamPower + UtterBlitz union seems to be a natural from what I observed!

    Thank you to everyone for giving me the best holiday this year!
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    Re: Bash Bits

    Quote Originally Posted by bigredman View Post
    I don't know what the stars have in store for these two, but a RamPower + UtterBlitz union seems to be a natural from what I observed!

    Thank you to everyone for giving me the best holiday this year!

    A ClanRam first?

    Wedding bells per chance?

    LOL


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    Re: Bash Bits

    The story doesn't seem complete without a tale about someone forgetting their game tickets somewhere and then having to scramble through their booze-soaked brain cells trying to help TX find them ...

    But Utter being flirtatious? This seems like a common theme ... or it could just be the drugs talking ...

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    All this talk about the post-game festivities (I, by the way, don't even need to drink to be persuaded to sing karaoke) makes me think I might have to extend my trip next year until Monday!

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    Five a day! say hello to kermiram for me rik (hardy har har)

    Cheers big red, I hear what ya talkin about!! Just glad you stopped stripping when you did. top stuff mate!


    And I'm with you AV, no drink needed for karaoke!! As I said I am shy



    for me next year is thursday to tuesday. Can't wait

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    Re: Bash Bits

    After my second bash, I am now a new member of ClanRam. Thanks a lot to all of you that made my trip absolutely unforgettable, even though I was an outsider. I tried to learn most of your names in this media from MaineRam, but forgive me my learning curve. I also want to thank RamDez and AvengerRam for organizing a get together that was one of the best times of my life. I look forward to talking to you all on-line, and will not miss the next bash.

    Note: RamPower, say hi to me yourself, you will know me better by my picture.

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    Welcome aboard Kermie.....I mean Maine......I mean Ron :-) fasten your seat belt it looks like a rough ride ahead!! It was great meeting you in SL. My brother Kevin and I had a blast with you and Rick.

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    cool to hear from you maniac ram hope all is well and you didn't drink.... too much on monday!!!

    Love the avatar

    We are fresh out of waldorfs!!!

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