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    Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    By Bryan Burwell
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 08 2007

    As the Rams continue on this cruel and inevitable march toward the pole
    position in the '08 NFL draft, nothing much seems to change from Sunday to
    Sunday. On this unsightly journey the scenery never alters. Wretched misfortune
    looms over the horizon, excruciating depression is gaining in their rear-view
    mirror, and buzzard's luck is constantly riding shotgun.

    "I've never been a part of anything like this on any level," said an
    understandably frustrated Dante Hall after Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Arizona
    Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome.

    If you think you're suffering through this winless disaster, imagine the view
    from inside the Rams' nightmare.

    "It's unbelievable what's happening to this team," Hall said. "We come into
    this season with all the cards stacked right, and it just seems like week in,
    week out, it just falls apart."

    What must it feel like to be a Ram right now?

    What does it feel like to prepare all week for a breakthrough that will snap
    you out of this calamity? What does it feel like when, for a few intoxicating
    moments, you capture a flicker of good fortune yet ultimately find yourself
    standing in front of a room full of microphones, minicams and notepads trying
    to explain how it still ended up going wrong?

    What does it feel like when the entire world is seriously pondering the depths of your demise? What does
    it feel like to have to listen to everyone considering the prospects of whether
    or not you can actually go 0-16, and in the deepest recesses of your mind, you
    might be fighting the urge to participate in that miserable debate?

    "This is our lives," said Richie Incognito. "There's nothing good about this."

    "I know the rest of the world doesn't give us a chance in hell," said Randy
    McMichael, "but we have to keep fighting."

    You think you're mad? You think your guts are twisted in knots? Look into Scott
    Linehan's haunted eyes, or Dante Hall's, or Richie Incognito's, or Randy
    McMichael's. They're dying a thousand deaths every minute of every hour of
    every day.

    "Everything hurts today," McMichael said. "Penalties, wrong calls, dropped
    balls. Whenever you lose, all the negative things get magnified that much more.
    It just seems like when something good happens for us and we're moving the
    ball, something bad happens to us and takes the wind out of our sails."

    Winning teams fall into a briar patch and suddenly there are no thorns.

    Losing teams?

    Well, weird things happen to losing teams.

    Injuries pile up like dirty laundry. Bizarre referee calls that follow
    absolutely no logical course wreck any faint hope of victory. Ill-timed
    penalties spring up like weeds in a drought. The redundancy of this season from
    hell makes watching the Rams a thorny prospect.

    Now try living through this nightmare the way the players and coaches do.

    I can empathize with how frustrating life has become for the Rams, but I also
    realize that this franchise is on the verge of some dangerous ground.

    All this losing is making the Rams irrelevant.

    This was the first television blackout of the season, but it promises not to be
    the last if this losing continues. The Rams have played three home games, and
    none of them was a real sellout. Magnanimous businessmen bailed the Rams out
    and bought up the tickets for the first two games, but by game time on Sunday
    the Dome was more than 3,000 seats under a sellout. And if you looked around at
    all the empty seats midway through the first half, then saw that barely 20,000
    were still in the building at game's end, you have to realize from a pure
    business standpoint how big a problem this could become.

    Empty seats and blackouts are evil words in the National Football League
    empire.

    It will get even more embarrassing as the season progresses when visiting teams
    start buying up every available seat in the house and the Rams become the
    visiting team in their own building.

    There are five more home games in the Dome against Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta,
    Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Packers and Steelers fans have already infiltrated
    the Rams ticket office, and those games are sellouts. Apparently the next home
    game, Oct. 28 with Cleveland, could be half-filled with Browns fans, too.

    So maybe the scenery around here is about to change, but I don't think anyone's
    going to enjoy the view.


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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    Apparently the next home game, Oct. 28 with Cleveland, could be half-filled with Browns fans, too.
    Wow, after years of going to away games and having to be surrounded by opposing fans in hostile environments, I could actually experience my first game in the EJD surrounded by opposing fans in a hostile environment. So much for being engulfed by the warm embrace of fellow Rams fans. How disappointing.........:\

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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Wow, after years of going to away games and having to be surrounded by opposing fans in hostile environments, I could actually experience my first game in the EJD surrounded by opposing fans in a hostile environment. So much for being engulfed by the warm embrace of fellow Rams fans. How disappointing.........:\
    Have no fear Laram0 will be there.

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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    I've decided I have no choice but to come on October 28!!!

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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    Have no fear Laram0 will be there.
    Quote Originally Posted by RamsInfiniti View Post
    I've decided I have no choice but to come on October 28!!!
    I honestly feel better already!

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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    If I could be there, I would...honestly, a plane trip to Missouri and Rams tickets costs maybe only 2-3x more than a Leafs ticket.

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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    come to so cal where you guys belong baby...

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    Re: Rams' nightmare could become uglier later on

    Wow, How can you read an article like that and feel that Linehans job is really safe? This franchise is going to go after a big name coach next year, they really have no choice.

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