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    Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    Tuesday, Mar. 31 2009
    When the Rams informed officials at Concordia University Wisconsin a few weeks
    ago that they would not return to Mequon, Wis., for training camp, they said
    the team would train in the St. Louis area.

    That was a pretty strong hint that camp would not be held at Rams Park. Team
    sources have told the Post-Dispatch that the Rams are considering training at
    Lindenwood University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and that
    camp probably will be held at one of those two St. Louis area colleges this
    summer.

    Lindenwood, in St. Charles, is only about 10 minutes from the team's year-round
    practice facility at Rams Park in Earth City. During the days of the St. Louis
    Cardinals, it once played host to training camp for the Big Red.

    At the NFL owners' meetings last week, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said only
    that the team had not quite decided on a training camp site and did not provide
    additional details. But an announcement is expected soon and could come this
    week.

    PRESEASON SCHEDULE

    The NFL announced the preseason schedules for all 32 teams Monday, and the Rams
    will see some new faces in terms of opponents. They play the New York Jets for
    the first time ever in exhibition play, opening the 2009 preseason with a game
    at the Meadowlands, where Spagnuolo spent the past two seasons as defensive
    coordinator for the New York Giants. The precise date hasn't been set, but the
    game will be played Aug. 13, 14 or 15.

    Next comes a home game with Atlanta in Week 2 of the preseason, followed by a
    road game at Cincinnati in Week 3. The Rams have played the Falcons and Bengals
    only once apiece previously in preseason play. Like the Jets game, precise
    dates have yet to be determined.

    The Rams close out preseason play at the Edward Jones Dome with a familiar foe,
    Kansas City, in the almost-annual Governor's Cup game. That date has been set
    it's Thursday, Sept. 3.

    BAJEMA SIGNS

    The Rams added a blocking specialist at tight end Monday, signing Billy Bajema
    to a three-year free-agent deal. Contract details weren't immediately
    available. Bajema, 26, spent his first four NFL seasons with the San Francisco
    *****.

    He started 11 games last season, all as part of multiple tight end sets where
    he was paired with usual starter Vernon Davis. In St. Louis, Bajema replaces
    Anthony Becht, who was released by the Rams on March 12 and later signed with
    the Arizona Cardinals.

    PACE VISITS CHICAGO

    Former Rams left tackle Orlando Pace is making his second free-agent trip since
    being released two weeks ago. He was in Chicago on Monday visiting the Bears.

    Earlier this month, Pace visited Baltimore and received a contract offer from
    the Ravens. Pace and his agent, Kennard McGuire, have made it clear that Pace
    will take his time in choosing a new club.

    MINICAMP CLOSED

    In a surprising development, Spagnuolo has closed all but 20 minutes of his
    first minicamp to the media. The Rams will practice twice Thursday, twice
    Friday and once Saturday at Rams Park. Only the first 20 minutes of practice
    Thursday afternoon will be open to the media. This marks the first time
    minicamp practices have been closed to reporters since the Rams franchise moved
    to St. Louis in 1995.


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    Re: Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    In a surprising development, Spagnuolo has closed all but 20 minutes of his first minicamp to the media. The Rams will practice twice Thursday, twice Friday and once Saturday at Rams Park. Only the first 20 minutes of practice

    Thursday afternoon will be open to the media. This marks the first time
    minicamp practices have been closed to reporters since the Rams franchise moved to St. Louis in 1995.
    Bernie to commence whining about this in 5... 4... 3... 2...

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    Re: Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    Naw, Bernie's nose is so far up the baseball Cardinals right now if LaRussa turned to the left too fast it'd break.

    I'm glad Spags is closing practice. Doesn't sound like a good sign for the players though. They may not hear what they want to hear.

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    Re: Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    Naw, Bernie's nose is so far up the baseball Cardinals right now if LaRussa turned to the left too fast it'd break.

    I'm glad Spags is closing practice. Doesn't sound like a good sign for the players though. They may not hear what they want to hear.

    TOUGH! I don't hear what I'd like to hear from my boss half the time either. Especially if work productivity is at 12.5% (2-14). But if my check is in the mail, i go to work and don't complain. And if guys do start complaining... then Spag's just found the ones that don't fit the 4 pillars... cheers to a new culture!

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    Re: Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    Naw, Bernie's nose is so far up the baseball Cardinals right now if LaRussa turned to the left too fast it'd break.

    I'm glad Spags is closing practice. Doesn't sound like a good sign for the players though. They may not hear what they want to hear.
    They may not like what they are hearing, but I bet we will.

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    Re: Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    if i were the rams i would come back to macomb.

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    Re: Rams plan for training camp in St. Louis area

    Kind of a bummer. I would have gladly made the drive to WI.

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