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    Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Aug 17
    12:51 PM ET

    By Mike Sando

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Chris Long was still recovering from a couple of brawls at St. Louis Rams training camp when tight end Billy Bajema planted him on his backside.

    Three words come to mind: to be continued.

    "To be honest, that was bull----, so I can't wait to get my shot back on 'Baj'," Long said. "Tired as hell from two fights and then somebody wants to chip you. That's the way you're going to handle it? OK, we'll see."

    Where's boxing promoter Don King when you need him? King visited the Rams early in camp when he was promoting a local card. He would have had great material Tuesday. It was that kind of morning as the Rams conducted a padded practice at team headquarters. Falling temperatures could not hold off rising tempers.

    The Rams were downright ornery, and who could blame them? They're a couple weeks into training camp, they're coming off a rough game against the Minnesota Vikings and they're not the happiest team, anyway.

    "You're in a bad mood -- you should be," Long said. "We were 1-15 last year. We're pissed off."

    Long's main event with right tackle Jason Smith turned into an all-out melee when defensive tackle Gary Gibson, having already fought with veteran center Hank Fraley, got a little too aggressive for Steven Jackson's liking. Jackson, the Rams' Pro Bowl running back, went after Gibson with a vengeance and ripped off the 300-pounder's helmet.

    Smith, meanwhile, had taken Long to the ground near the offensive sideline.

    "He's a big, strong dude," Long said. "He like wrestles cows and stuff like that. He got me on the ground. For the record, though, I ended up on top. You just couldn't see it with all that white (jerseys worn by offensive players who rallied to Smith's cause). They surrounded us over there."

    Long and Smith talked things through once the fight dispersed.

    "Let's not fight any more," Smith said.

    "Well, don't hold onto me after the play," Long said.

    The two patted one another on the head and moved on.

    "Jason and me are cool," Long said. "We're both trying to get better. We get along great and compete really well."

    As with most camp brawls, these resulted from players enforcing unwritten rules. If a line is crossed, the victims must fight back to maintain order.

    Some unfinished business lingered, however. Long was still catching his breath following the fights when Bajema caught him off-guard. Long went down hard.

    "He was probably a little worn out and then I got a chip on him without him seeing it," Bajema said. "That's just one of those things. I think he was a little worn out and didn't like that too much, but I caught him at a good time."

    It's probably fortunate the Rams aren't wearing pads for their practice Tuesday night.


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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Do I sense a Rocky III scenario here...?

    Apollo: "He's getting killed!"

    Paulie: "No.... he's getting mad!"

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    "He's a big, strong dude," Long said. "He like wrestles cows and stuff like that. He got me on the ground. For the record, though, I ended up on top. You just couldn't see it with all that white (jerseys worn by offensive players who rallied to Smith's cause). They surrounded us over there."

    Long and Smith talked things through once the fight dispersed.

    "Let's not fight any more," Smith said.

    "Well, don't hold onto me after the play," Long said.
    Gotta love the feistiness - hope these guys are brimming over with it when they cross paths with the Browns .

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Show me a video !
    Si vous croyez en vous, que vous avez de la fierté, et que vous ne lâchez jamais, vous serez un gagnant.
    Le prix de la victoire est chère, mais la récompense en vaut la peine.

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Smith, meanwhile, had taken Long to the ground near the offensive sideline
    Weren't these two guys doing the MMA training a couple of months ago?
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    I agree, show me a video!

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    I would PPV a Long v. Baj fight.

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    I'm starting to dislike Billy more and more now.... I wonder why .

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    I like how pissed off these guys are. Hope this translates to games, but we keep the penalties under control.
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    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Wow, where was that last Saturday?

    All I saw was a couple of chicks in Rams uniforms slapfighting each other.
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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMFANRAIDERHATER View Post
    Wow, where was that last Saturday?

    All I saw was a couple of chicks in Rams uniforms slapfighting each other.
    LOL! Right on.

    So we're ticked off, are we? I hope these preseason games / TC fights serve as the melodramatic in-your-face stare down for the real games!

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    Re: Ringside with the Rams at training camp ..

    Good thing Steven Jackson didn't break Gibson's neck with all that vengeance.

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