The 49er fans even want the Rams to move back to L.A.
If you’ve been casting about for an archrival for the ***** – I mean, now that they’re no longer cruddy and boring and foolish and awful – help may be on the way.
Within six months of their mutually terminating their preseason deal with the Raiders for security reasons, and within a month of their exposing the NFC West as a group without any natural animosities, good news comes from St. Louis.
Seems that Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, has made an offer on the Dodgers, one which should be taken seriously. Which means, by the rules of ownership in the NFL, if he gets the Dodgers, the Rams come to L.A.The wisdom, explained by the lovely and talented Mike Ozanian of Forbes, The Magazine For People Who Have A Crapload Of Money More Than You Can Ever Dream About, goes like this:
The NFL prohibits owners of a team in one city from owning a team in another city in another league. For instance, and as an example with momentary historical validity, Jed York could not run the ***** and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
So if Kroenke were to get the dodgers, he would have to know that he could break his lease in St. Louis, where the city council is voting in February on a plan to throw money into an upgrade of Edward Jones Stadium by 2015. If they don’t, he can leave in 2015, and the new L.A. football stadium (which is still mostly a coffee table book with cannabis resin on the cover) could be ready by 2016.
And suddenly – instant blood enemy. The same guy who owns the Dodgers and Rams, who also owns WalMart (and you can’t spell WalMart without the L and the A). For local fans who have tried and failed to work up a good hate-on for the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, let alone the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, it would be perfect.
And to make it even better, Kroenke’s real first name is Enos. As in Cabell. Tell me you folks wouldn’t want to make some hay with that.
Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com
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I wonder if the NFL noticed it was around 75 degrees in LA on Sunday and about 38 in Indianapolis... :)
I just bought this at the Hat Club here in Sacramento, could this be a sign? ;)
I keep the LA stuff around mostly for nostalgia, and I wear them more than the new stuff in public just to let people know I'm not a GSOT bandwagoner or a transplant, but a long-time fan of the team from LA.
Also, it will save me a boatload of money when the team returns..... ;)
I had a nice Los Angeles Rams jacket once, but some girls we were partying with took it and never seen it again. In So. Cal I doubt anybody really needs a jacket.
101 ESPN is calling for a L.A watch underway.
I haven't heard of any "LA watch" on ESPN, but the speculation on many sports talk shows (like; Pardon The Interuption) is a relocation of the Rams and Chargers to LA as most likely to happen. It's all still speculation on their part of course. The latest rumors and speculation that I've read is that the Rams are looking at replacing the Rams with perhaps the Jaguars IF they lose the Rams to LA. Sort of a "plan B", if you will. I have to believe that St. Louis will bend over backwards in the next few weeks to keep Stan and the Rams. They'll have to offer him some ownership in the stadium and/or real estate or something to sweeten the pot and hopefully buy some more time to put together a real plan for the future of the Rams in STl. Because they have to know that the current plan isn't going to cut it. The upgrades they've offered are simply window dressing and nowhere near sufficient. They need to think 20 years down the road, not 2 years.
Hey guys tomorrow marks the return of football and more news about the Rams and L.A>
LA Chargers, LA Rams prepare for Los Angeles return, as NFL planned all along - Beatweek Magazine
This is from the nfl network.
NFL Videos: Football in L.A. on its way?
" Steve Smith of the Rams said the players talked all season about how great it would be to play in LA. #BWBLA "
- Amanda Rykoff (NY, Sports writer)
Hate to start another Rams to LA thread, but thats some interesting stuff!
" Further on Steve Smith's comments: he predicts #Rams upcoming season is the final year in STL. #BWBLA "
Considering he won't be a Ram next year the player saying it gets taken with a little more of a grain of salt.
However the fact he mentions other players who in all likelihood will remain Rams is interesting.
But I don't wanna get involved in a LA-STL debate because whether they are in Alaska, Africa, or Italy I will always be a RAMS fan.
I would think if I was a young millionaire, I would rather live and play in LA. No surprise here. Considering the Rams just turned over a large portion of the roster not sure how many of the players are tied to the STL.
I was a Rams fan when they were in LA, stayed a Rams fan when they moved to St. Louis, and will remain a Rams fan whether they move back or stay. I don't live in the LA area anymore (I live in Seattle now) so it doesn't benefit me none if they move back. All I know is that their stadium is a dump, and they desperately need an upgrade or a new one.