Thought I had it all timed out, to make the 45 minute drive to Earth City, the coolest town name ever, but ironically one with absolutely no residents, just businesses, probably due to the fact that Rams Park, and all the other businesses all the way to the venue originally called Riverport Amphitheater, and past two casinos, is in a major flood zone, with usable acreage created by levies.
Right now, there is a stench out at the team facility and offices, and no, Steve Spagnuolo and Scott Linehan are not back. It seems that some company, which is reportedly being sued, is leaking something into the water table, that is way way up right now, with so much rain in April.
My friend John Knetzer, the guy that takes care of Rams Park, and has since the Rams arrived, seems happy to be retiring after this year, perhaps due to the special problems that facility faces.
The smell not withstanding, the Rams messed up my timing by trading both sixth rounders for a late fifth, which they used to take a guy with a great name, for an action hero, or a running back, or maybe even a soap opera. Zac Stacy may not be Steven Jackson, but he may be the hard running bowling ball the Rams need between the tackles an in short yardage, as well as on the goal line.
Got the chance to interview Stacy, and I tell you, now, he will 1. Be a media and fan favorite , and 2. He will have a career in broadcasting one day.
He is the anti Trung Canidate, who actually said "I mean" 25 times in a radio interview, just as Barrett Jones is the anti -Alex Barron.
With just three or four people there to interview him after the pick, probably because of the Blues and Cardinals playing in town today, and also the trade up catching others unaware that the Rams draft ended an hour early this year.
Writers were saying they have been asking for such a deal in every draft, but with occasional 7th round untradable comp picks, that all too often is impossible.
As for Mr Stacy, a one minute question got a five minute, thoughtful, highly intelligent answer. No cliche stuff here to make us all yawn. It was like a Burns and Allen routine, for those old folks who know those names.
George Burns would ask Gracie Allen, "How is your brother", and she did 15 minutes of pure comedy gold.
Stacy is the smartest running back I've seen here, maybe even Faulk smart, but with a better childhood and more sophistication right out of Vanderbilt, a pretty prestigious school academically, where Stacy graduated after 3 1/2 years with an education degree.
Stacy and Jones both are team captains, and really solid characters to add to the locker room, as well as guys you will root for as they work ever so hard to succeed, and cause zero problems or distractions.
The Rams brain trust didn't take very long answering questions today, and seemed very eager to get back to the remainder of their day.
Fisher spoke about the undrafted guys who they would be on early on, as they had no more draft picks, with assistant coaches no doubt calling and occupying their guys so no one else can call.
Fisher also said they would re-address what veterans they might go after, either very soon, or maybe waiting, as they did with Rocky McIntosh last year.
I think they probably have something with Mikell on the table now, and maybe Daryl Smith. We'll have to wait and see how that plays out.
Have not seen the list of signees yet, but my guess is there will be a few CB, S, RB, WR, LB maybe even a QB for a camp arm in there