It is sad really. LA is just not that into sports.
LA.....St. Louis.....Cleveland.......Hackensack.......I don't even care anymore. At this point, I'm just glad all this nonsense has been confined to one thread.
And I agree, the best thing about all this, is it's contained to a single thread that people can ignore if they want to.
bottom line is jigga we already fans. there is no danger of losing us, on the other hand these st louie folks could be lost if rams move to LA. so what i want to hear from st. louie supporters is "ST LOUIS OR LA, RAMS FANS WE STAY"
KEEP IT REAL ;)
Downtown St Louis is transitioning to hotels, stadiums, conventions, and loft living in the old Garment district. Maybe you were polling conventioneers from out of town. St Louis is a working town. The only folks strolling downtown are visitors like you, or bums.
May I help solve this conversation?
I have never been to LA, so I am ASSUMING a lot of things here, but I am basing my opinions on my experience in several large cities I have lived in, like San Antonio and the DFW Metroplex...
St. Louis is an OLD city. Two hundred years ago, St. Louis was the end point for civilization. West of there, there was nothing. The city grew and became a hub for many types of business, including garments, beer, railroads, etc. If you go to St. Louis, you will see this.
LA, OTOH, while being "old", did not begin growing into a large city until about 100 years ago. By this time, St. Louis was already an old city, and was still a city known for its sophistication and stature. LA, however, was just beginning it's growth. Los Angeles does not have the issues that midwestern cities do - old infrastructure, for instance. LA was planned out in the era of the automobile, while St. Louis was planned around the railroad and horses.
This is the major reason for the difference that LA fans see when visiting St. Louis. The people have moved away from the city center to the suburbs, while the businesses have stayed put. In LA, people have stayed put while the city spread out around them. The people of St. Louis don't live IN St. Louis - they live AROUND the city. If you want to see tourists that support the Rams, you go downtown. If you want to see residents that support the Rams, then you need to go to the suburbs.
I have lived in the SF Bay Area most of my life sans my early years in LA. Win or lose, you always see Whiner stuff. Trust me. It is nauseating to me but also I do respect their loylaty. Look at how many years Candlestick sold out good or bad.......When the Bears play the Whiners, I do not see a host of da Bear fans.....thereby making a home game an away game.
My point is simple. Start to show some civic pride for the Rams. win or lose. I did not see it in St Louis when I was there. Granted, I understand that the fan base is not downtown. But, it seemed to be for the Cards and Blues.......I saw Cardinals colors, Blues but little to no Rams. Again, I will support this team wherever they play....I do not care if they move to LA..... Apathy can lose your very treasured football team. A move to LA would increase the value of the team and if there is lack of support why would a business owner not make that move?
I go to St. Louis once a year. I do a lot of walking all over town, from the brewery, to Union Station, to the Airport, to the Galleria in Richmond Heights, and of course downtown, as well as Laclede's Landing. I've also taken the train everywhere it goes, and driven everywhere in between, so I see a lot more than the central downtown area.
I encounter thousands of people I assume are residents. I see tons of people wearing Cardinals gear, as well as Mizzou gear, and Blues gear too, but rarely ever see anyone wearing Rams gear. In fact, on my last trip, I actually got smirks when people looked at my Rams gear.
At a shop in the Galleria (the incident mac alluded to), I saw a stack of Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick shirts, but no Rams players. When I confronted the sales guy about it, he said Wilson and Kaepernick shirts sell, Rams shirts don't sell. The other stores I went into had little or no Rams displays, while there were oceans of Cardinals sportswear.
At a restaurant downtown, the waiter kept saying "I hope YOU GUYS win". When I asked what was up with the "YOU GUYS" stuff, he said he was a Giants fan, but that he was a huge Cardinals fans.
Now maybe I have the wrong impression, but everywhere I went, the vibe was the same when it came to the Rams. I just got the idea that the city was not behind them, didn't really care if they stayed, and had more or less given up on them.
FYI - I did a check of NFL attendance last year, and the Rams were 29th in total attendance, 31st in per game average, and 29th in attendance %.
Well, I know the Rams recorded a song while in LA, but I never heard of the fans recording a song about them.
Marty Griptite, a R & B and rap artist from St. Louis wrote and recorded this song (with one of the Rams defensive players singing along) for the Rams rally at Laclede's Landing in April. https://soundcloud.com/marty-griptite/rams-snip
You have to click on the orange arrow in the upper left corner to get it to play...
I lived in the San Fran bay area for 10+ years. Before that I lived in LA for around 10 years. I now live in Seahawks territory. In all three cities, I would see gear for sale for other teams. It is silly to think that it doesn't exist. I bought Rams gear in both San Fran and here in the PNW.
I was born and raised in St. Louis. Whenever I go back to see my folks, I see Rams gear for sale at stores, especially during football season. I also see people out and about wearing Rams gear. My mom, knowing the I'm a Rams fan is constantly sending me Rams gear for not only me, but for my two boys (2yrs and 6yrs old). She has to be getting it somewhere. So I'm not really sure what some of you are talking about. Maybe it is all in the circles we walk.
When I lived in St. Louis so many years ago. The downtown was dead. It is still dead now (maybe more so). People go there to work and then scatter back to the burbs. I'm surprised any retails survives at all. As has been said, you have to go to the burbs.
With all of this said. It will come down to the best deal. And it isn't a given (or shouldn't be thought of as one) that it is better financially to be in LA. I just wish a decision would be made so we can move on.
I have to say, this phenomenon that Rams fans can only be seen showing support for the team in the suburbs is an interesting one, seeing that residents can be spotted all over town supporting the Cardinals, Mizzou, and the Blues in full regalia.
We can go back and forth on this, but I know what I see, what I hear, and what I feel. It's not rocket science. I experienced the exact same thing the Rams' last few years in Anaheim. If you don't accept the perceptions of those of us that regularly visit St. Louis for games, just look at the dismal attendance figures for 2013. I guarantee you Stan Kroenke is.
And just to be clear, I have no dog in this fight. I don't live in LA anymore, and I truly love the city of St. Louis, always looking forward to my annual pilgrimage there. But in all honesty, things are not the same. The first several years I made the trip, it was exhilarating to be among "my people", watching games in my teams home stadium, and getting knowing winks, glances, and nods from other Rams fans wherever I went. The last two years, I've almost felt like an outsider when wearing my Rams jerseys around town. It's not a good feeling, and I hope things change this year.
It really doesn't matter that much to me if the Rams move to LA, or stay in St. Louis, but with attendance scraping the bottom of the barrel by NFL standards, the city refusing to make any meaningful stadium upgrades, and the standoffish tone from Kroenke, this thing can easily go either way IMO.