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    Rams' freeze on ticket prices

    Rams' freeze on ticket prices for PSL owners is smart move
    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    02/02/2008

    GLENDALE, ARIZ. Though we're in Arizona, preparing to write about the Super Bowl, we have some Rams news to share:

    The Rams will announce Monday that they're freezing ticket prices for their personal seat license (PSL) owners.

    Until now, there'd been an increase for PSL owners for eight consecutive seasons.

    The cost of tickets for individual games will go up slightly for those who don't hold PSLs. But the team's ticket-price average will probably come in below the NFL average.

    A bad 2007 season prompted the policy change. The Rams did not raise season-ticket prices after their first four seasons in St. Louis, but an increase has been the norm since the 1999 Rams won the Super Bowl.

    Last season's 3-13 record created widespread dissatisfaction among fans, so the Rams are doing the right thing, and the smart thing, in making this decision.

    Rams President John Shaw is mailing a letter to PSL owners, thanking them for their loyalty. He will also pledge to improve the team through free-agent signings and the draft. The NFL salary-cap limit is going up $7 million for 2008, to $116 million. And Shaw said the Rams will spend to that salary-cap ceiling.

    Meanwhile, Rams head coach Scott Linehan did his part to improve the outlook for 2008 by hiring Al Saunders as offensive coordinator.

    Saunders was part of the Rams' offensive staff that led the NFL in yards in 1999 and 2000. As the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator, Saunders' attack led the NFL in yards over a five-year period, 2001-05. And Saunders improved the Washington Redskins offense in his two seasons there.

    Now that he's made a sincere effort to enliven the offense, Linehan told me that his next priority is to become a better leader, and he will do that by reconnecting with his veteran players.

    "There was a detachment last season," Linehan said. "You can get caught up in so many things, that you lose touch without even realizing it."

    Linehan recognizes that he must get better, and that's a start.

    Reading Time, three minutes Free Gus Frerotte?

    There's some speculation that Saunders is interested in signing his Redskins quarterback, Todd Collins, to be the No. 2 behind Marc Bulger next season ... Gil Brandt, the personnel guru who helped build the great Dallas Cowboys teams of the 1960s and 1970s, is a big fan of new Rams offensive line coach Steve Loney. "He's one of the best young offensive line coaches in the league," Brandt said. "He can really build the camaraderie."

    New England running back Laurence Maroney, the St. Louisan from Normandy High, has spent some time this week with Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber, his close friend and teammate at the University of Minnesota. And Barber's mother has been hanging out with Maroney's mother, Terri Terrell. Maroney's brother and sister also made the trip to Arizona. Asked to make a prediction, Terrell said, "The Patriots have come too far to mess up now. They'll get it done." Terrell said other family members and friends back in St. Louis will be gathering at Pujols5 restaurant in Westport to watch the Super Bowl, and that the public is invited to join them.

    Keep an eye on this one down the road: Marshall Faulk buying a piece of Rams ownership and taking on a management role ... Chip Rosenbloom has officially taken over as the Rams' majority owner following the death of his mother, Georgia Frontiere.

    St. Louisan William Franklin, the erstwhile Mizzou wide receiver, has improved his 40-yard time to 4.32 seconds in preparation for the NFL scouting combine. Cincinnati Bengals wideout Chad Johnson has offered to work with Franklin.

    St. Louisans who travel to the Phoenix area should check out Frashers Steakhouse and Lounge in Scottsdale. It's owned and operated by a group of friends who moved from St. Louis to Phoenix in the late 1990s. And the restaurant has a St. Louis theme from the St. Louis sports memorabilia on the walls, down to the toasted ravioli, fresh Imo's pizza dough and special provel cheese that's imported from St. Louis every week. If you visit, say hello to George Frasher (St. Mary's), Tim Sciortino (McCluer North), Kevin Grojean (Lutheran South) and chef A.J. Benga (Priory).

    Switching sports for a moment, Major League Soccer has rejected another transfer offer (for $3 million) from Preston North End for New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman, the native St. Louisan who has scored 101 goals in MLS play. Preston North End plays in England's second division. St. Louis football Cardinals Hall of Famers Roger Wehrli and Larry Wilson and their wives will be the guests of Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill for Super Bowl 42 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

    Blues President John Davidson and St. Louis U. basketball coach Rick Majerus are this week's guests on the national Bob Costas on Radio show, which can be heard in St. Louis this morning from 8 to 10 a.m. on KLOU (103.3 FM) Blues goaltender Manny Legace will host his teammates at a Super Bowl party at his home on Sunday. Classy move by the Blues to take longtime PA announcer Tom Calhoun and his wife, Barb, to Toronto on their wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Blues VP Al MacInnis was in Minnesota this week to watch future Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

    Former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, on Frontiere's death: "There was just a personal connection there," Warner said. "She was all about players as people, and players as part of her extended family. She made us feel important the whole time that I was there. And as a player, and being other places, you really appreciated that. She loved us as people, and worried and cared about us as individuals. So as players we were endeared to her, and we loved her. And we're really going to miss her."


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    Re: Rams' freeze on ticket prices

    Saunders would be interested in bringing in Todd Collins and apparently giving the axe to Gus? I'm all for it because while they're both not QB's of the future, Todd has shown he can win and get a team into the playoffs, while Gus should be retiring.

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    Re: Rams' freeze on ticket prices

    In all honesty,did they really have a choice ?

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    Re: Rams' freeze on ticket prices

    There's some speculation that Saunders is interested in signing his Redskins quarterback, Todd Collins, to be the No. 2 behind Marc Bulger next season ... Gil Brandt, the personnel guru who helped build the great Dallas Cowboys teams of the 1960s and 1970s, is a big fan of new Rams offensive line coach Steve Loney. "He's one of the best young offensive line coaches in the league," Brandt said. "He can really build the camaraderie."

    Keep an eye on this one down the road: Marshall Faulk buying a piece of Rams ownership and taking on a management role ... Chip Rosenbloom has officially taken over as the Rams' majority owner following the death of his mother, Georgia Frontiere.


    Thats good stuff to hear.

    But I think it's ok that they raised the prices. I mean, its still lower than the NFL average.

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    Re: Rams' freeze on ticket prices

    There's some speculation that Saunders is interested in signing his Redskins quarterback, Todd Collins, to be the No. 2 behind Marc Bulger next season ... Gil Brandt, the personnel guru who helped build the great Dallas Cowboys teams of the 1960s and 1970s, is a big fan of new Rams offensive line coach Steve Loney. "He's one of the best young offensive line coaches in the league," Brandt said. "He can really build the camaraderie."
    This is a good pat on the back, lets hope he get them playiong well.

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    Re: Rams' freeze on ticket prices

    Gil Brandt, the personnel guru who helped build the great Dallas Cowboys teams of the 1960s and 1970s, is a big fan of new Rams offensive line coach Steve Loney. "He's one of the best young offensive line coaches in the league," Brandt said. "He can really build the camaraderie."
    ...what? You mean that even though Loney is a FOSL, he may actually be competent and qualified to do the job? You mean people outside of Linehan actually think Loney may be a good coach? No, I simply can't believe it. :x

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