Cool Tiger. Enjoy your trip.
All preseason games will be on "the NFL Network". Not positive, but only broadcast of that station is Channel 212 on DirecTV. Unfortunately, most aren't aired live... so you'll have to check the NFL Network's listing of when they'll air the game and watch it then. Couple of the games last year were aired in the middle of the night.
As for regular season games, you'll be in Seahawk and ****** country most of the time. So the primary NFL broadcasts will be heavy in Seahawks, ******, and Raiders. So you may have trouble (as I do since I live in CA) finding any Rams games on the main networks (ie nbc or fox). CBS primarily shows AFC games. For example, the Rams first game is an afternoon game here because they play AZ Cardinals... but the ****** have a home game against the Packers that same time. Trust me, every fox station on the west coast will air the ******/Packer game and the Rams game will not be aired locally.
So, my best suggestion is to find a sports bar that has the "NFL Sunday Ticket". That means, they'll have access to every single game... not just the free broadcast; which again, will probably be a local team or some "big name" team like the Cowboys Eagles or Steelers. Usually a place that has the NFL Sunday Ticket means it'll be a hotbed of all kinds of random fans scattered around 10 tv's showing a bunch of different games. Search the smaller tv's first... that's usually where you'll find the Rams game.
As far as the rest of your post I love the passion and enthusiasm. Right now I'm a bit more tentative. I'm sure as soon as the eve of the season approaches I will get the fever. It never fails!
Your signature graphic is quite awesome!!
Don't see the conflict, but no big deal. They did beat us in the regular season.
Love to take credit for the sig, but I got it from someone who does that kind of thing.
You might hear a lot of talk about the Seahawks and the Digits, but trust me, we're not looking past the Rams. The NFCW is going to be a slobberknocker fest, and I think it's quite possible that it will send three teams to the playoffs.
And yeah, I'm not looking forward to financial impact of paying Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, etc. But don't think we won't be sending players to the Pro Bowl in '14 and '15 -- the Seahawks have been drafting pretty well, too.
The Rams game starts two hours earlier, so you could watch the first half in a nearby sports bar before entering the stadium. You could even finish watching the Rams game in the stadium if you want to -- there are TVs monitoring all the games.
If you can't make it to the game, or choose not to, but still want to see the Rams play, there are quite a large number of sports bars in the region where you can not only watch the game, but wear your Rams stuff and not feel too out of place.
Much like in a new marriage, a new regime doesn't mean we automatically erase scars from the past. It takes time- A LOT of time. Yes, we look forward to better days and are hopeful that the decisions made by Fisher- a guy I fully supported and called for to be our next coach- will pan out and lead us to the Super Bowl. But that doesn't nullify 20 years of bad football over the past 25 years. People who expect everyone to just "turn the page" expect too much from the die hard Rams fan- at least they're asking way too much of me- a guy who has liked them since I was a kid in the 70's. Until this team has a winning record and becomes consistently good, I will not fill my posts with a lot of pie-in-the-sky proclamations. If others choose to, that's their business.
Confidence in guys we know very little about or have unproven track records is misplaced. Quick catching 1 TD pass last year with no one within 20 yards of him is not enough for me to think he's going to be a world beater this year. Pead's extremely limited productivity doesn't engender tremendous confidence in me thinking the guy is gonna' be great in 2013. This doesn't mean I'm not hopeful about them being productive players and being contributors this season and beyond, but IT DOES mean "cautious optimism" is the approach I'm going to take. Rams brass or Jeff Fisher saying "so and so is gonna be good" isn't enough. It's coachspeak- something all good coaches use when speaking publicly about a player.
And categorizing our draft as "a great one" is premature. I like what we did- especially with the Tavon Austin move, and if last year's draft is any indicator, we probably selected a few good players this past April. But as always, a wait-and-see approach must be taken.
Of course there is uncertainty. Of course there are no guarantees. But, to the extent that Rams fans are "giddy" these days, where's the harm?
If the young players fail, and the Rams falter along with them, it will be painful for Rams fans. That will be the outcome regardless of whether one enters the season with "giddy" expectations or "cautious optimism."
I'm not about to make wild predictions regarding the Rams' record and playoff potential in 2013, but I am willing to consider the "what ifs" associated with the bulk of the recent moves working out as well or better than expected. That's what makes this fun for me.
Think of it like a lottery ticket. When you buy one (and, for the record, I only do so once in a blue moon), what do you do? Do you calculate the odds of winning, or do you play the "what if" game?
I've played the "what if" game at the start of every NFL season for over 30 years. I've often ended up disappointed, but I've never regretted that approach.
Could you imagine (perhaps that was the original thought behind thread) if all of them did pan out? If the potential of all these young bloods was met?
We have every potential player-type within the ranks. Av, I believe had started a thread classifying/nick-naming some of the WR's. It's exciting.
Speed-A-plenty and size (shifty lil squirts to big, physical specimens) too! The RAMS may be armed with guys that could possibly win the war in the trenches! Did I really just say that? Pick your back for whatever the situation. Sam would have ridiculous (Madden-like) stats and a trip to Hawaii. Wow is right!
The Rams have the whole D-line coming back w/ Brockers smothering the run allowing Quin/Long plenty of pass rushing downs. Finally, linebackers, not linebacker. The Rams can match up with powerful offenses? Have I transitioned onto another plane of existence? JJ will be sharing a cab with Sam at the airport. Finnegan, tenacious. Johnson should holdout for champagne in the locker room. Safety? I'd like a safety blanket to make feel warm and cozy.
They could/will be special. Return threat? Cannon-leg won't know what to do; kicking on the other side of the 40. He could also be confused why it only counts for 1pt.
I'm having the koolaide tap installed next week! I'm a realist (see past decade), but every now and then can't we dream a lil?
It's not a dream.
Give Martz his due, but it was Warner. (Didn't do so well with Bulger, did he?)
Give Shanahan his due, but it was Elway.
(Post Elwa - zippo. Pre RG - zippo)
Belicek pre Brady - zippo.
Bradford is smart, talented, and can make the throws. He is going to get that extra 1/2 - 1 second, is going to have SPEED receivers who can SEPARATE, and ( don't hate me) RBs who can find a hole, and who don't trip when someone blows on their feet.
Trust me. Y'all have no idea what you're going to see in September. And October. And November. And December. You won't believe it.
And you're welcome to quote this post back to me in January (NJ).