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    Don't Shy Away From Hope

    I'm not going to predict that the Rams will win 10+ games.

    I'm not going to try to convince you that Donnie Avery, Jason Smith, Chris Long, James Laurinaitis and Ron Bartell will all start for the NFC in the Pro Bowl this year.

    I'm not going to criticize anyone who estimates that the Rams will go 4-12 or worse this year.

    I'm not an unrealistic, Pollyanna, rose-colored glasses, self-deluding fanatic.

    But I do have hope.

    There's nothing wrong with hope.

    Sure, if you speak with optimism, some may hit you with an "I told you so" in December. But you can withstand that, can't you?

    Sure, if you get your hopes up, the disappointment might be even greater if the team fails. But its not like you're ever happy with any loss, right?

    How would I characterize the word "hope" for a team like this one?

    I have hope that some of the players on the roster will really surprise us this year and emerge as much better players than we now think they are.

    I have hope that the team will win some games we think they won't.

    But, more than anything, I have hope that, when the 2010 season is over, people will look at this team and say "they're moving in the right direction." Maybe they'll even say "with a few good offseason moves, they're a playoff contender in 2011."

    I'm not going to shy away from having hope for this team. For me, its the hope that flies in the face of logic that makes the good years that follow all the more sweet.


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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    Hear Hear!

    Otherwise, why be a fan?

    (P.S. Easy with the Pollyanna reference.)
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    We went to EVERY game last year with hope each game that something just might happen. This year hope is all! ramgram

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    It's always darkest before the dawn...
    Sometimes you have to be knocked down to make you look upward...
    The sweetest revenge is victory....

    I loves me turnin' some corner...do it Rams!

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." - Andy Durfresne


    I hope they run a little faster, throw a little further and hit a little harder than they thought they could.

    I hope they are inspired by the fans.

    I hope they leave it all on the field.

    I hope they make me proud to wear my Jersey... win or lose.

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    Hope is a waking dream. --- Arisotle
    Hope is the parent of faith. --- Bartol
    Man partly is and wholly hopes to be. --- Browning
    Of all the ills that one endures, hope is a universal cure. --- Cowley
    In all things it is better to hope than to despair. --- von Goethe
    I hope those kids get off my lawn. --- tx
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    "Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment."

    Oh well, I can deal with a little disappointment if it happens. I'll join in the hope parade.

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    Nice post. I feel like that every season, hopeful. It was when I gave up on hope that my team emerged victorious from the gloom of darkness into the wonderful light of euphoria.

    In view of the foregoing, sounds like many have given up on hope. That is a sign of good things to come. Hope given up, is hope ready to come out of hiding saying "I told you so!"
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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    I think the Rams are a decent squad. You gotta get SJackson some help though. You don't wanna have him washed up a la Larry Johnson at the end of his time in KC.

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    I hope the Rams win more then one game in 2010
    I hope we play much more competitive, gmase in and game out
    I hope Bradford is the answer and Suh is just average
    I hope our new owner has a clue how to run a football team this centrury
    I hope we are just plain better then we have been

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    I always hope that on any given Sunday (Saturday, Monday sometimes even Thursday) that our RAMS will win. I have to admit though that I'm sick and tired of hearing the naysayers.

    The LAKERS won back to back titles recently.
    The Dodgers have been in the playoffs and are doing ok this season.

    So the none Lakers, Dodgers or Rams fans always manage to throw it out there.

    "Yeah the Lakers and Dodgers I'll give you but the RAMS"?! "They S........"

    Sick...sick...sick of it.

    Have I mentioned I'm sick of it?

    C'mon RAMS let's do this!

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    I hope we pick up a better back up running back before we kill Steven Jackson.

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    After all, "fan" is an abbreviation of "fanatic".

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    Im die hard and cant wait for this turnaround. IM DIENG HERE.

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    Re: Don't Shy Away From Hope

    I hope that one season soon, I won't have to "hope" for a decent season, but "know" that my Rams will be good.
    Faithful Rams fan since 1968

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