Now another Rams season has ended. Hopes, dreams and expectations of Rams fans have been fulfilled or dashed. For the Rams team, the burning of August has come to championship fruition or the bitter cold of winter is now a reality in the sense of goals not met.
The faces and names will change. The competitive juices will flow. Goals will once again be set. The burning in August will return. The Rams team will live on.
And what to become of the Rams fans....For them, it will begin again, of this, I am certain.
The fond memories, from the youth of a Rams fan, are my proof.
It is mid-november and the Rams are doing well. Life for a young Rams fan is good and football, the sport he loves, lives on.
The football uniform from the age of four no longer fits. The Tops football cards are in a shoe box. The years before becoming a part of a team count not. The burning sensation from the most recent August has long since passed.
A young Rams fan thinks not of these things, for now, they are tucked away as keepsakes. Years of practice and competing on the field of play would end here. The young Rams fan knows not of this. Certainly he would play football forever and the sport he loves will never die in his mind.
For him it is now the last of an eight game season. It is late in the game, his team will not win. All the team can do now is erase the goose egg on the scoreboard.
The young Rams fan is on the field, when the first string defense recovers a fumble, thirty yards from the opponents goal. He will never know why the coach calls for the second string offense and at this point he cares not.
He breaks the huddle with the team and gets set at his halfback position. His number has been called and he concentrates on the snap count. He is determined to take the handoff and hit the gap hard on the right side of big Jim.
The block that big Jim delivers opens a huge hole. The young Rams fan is quickly into the secondary. The goal line is ever so close and he knows he is going to cross it. Alas, a defender has other ideas and he tackles the young Rams fan just two yards shy of the goal line.
Time is now of the essence as the young Rams fan takes the huddle with his teammates. "Let's run it again" he says to the QB, for he knows he can score the touchdown behind the block of big Jim.
Big Jim agrees and the QB barks out "32 smash on two"
The young Rams fan and his teammates break the huddle. This will be the final play of the game and season. As he breaks out of his stance and takes the handoff, he sees a strong push by the goal line defense. On the right side of big Jim, the young Rams fan is small and quick enough to dive into a sliver of a hole.
At the end of the play, under a pile of bodies, lies a young Rams fan. For a moment, as the bodies begin to unpile, only he knows that the ball has came to rest one foot inside the opponents goal line. Amidst a loss on the seasons end the goose egg on the scoreboard is erased and a battle is won. It is a moment he will never forget.
All Rams fans have and cherish them. They need only to call upon them to find their way back to the 'Eve'