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    An interisting articole ran in the post dispatch last year. It talked about the athletes in St. Louis and who donated what to who's campaign's. I know this is a football board, but being a political science major and a fan of all the St. Louis teams I found it fasinating. However, no rams were mentioned. Either no one donated, or those that did choose not to tell anyone. I suspect no one did, because donations larger than $250 dollars at the federal level(each state is different, in state elections) must be reported. However, independent spending can be anonymous and has no limit.

    I have always wondered what party, if any, some of my favorite beloved rams belong to? I suspect that Warner is a Republican, but I think his wife is a democrate, just a guess, I could very well be wrong.

    I guess it's no secret what party I belong to, based on my name.

    NOTE: I am sorry if anyone is offended by this post, I know politics is a touchy subject for many people, but say, for instance if you had a barber who was a rams fan, he probably would look at our players hairstyles, a fashion designer would look at how they dress etc........

    Back to football and a HUGE game at the Dome on Sunday, I can't wait!

    Republican Ram:helmet: :ram:

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  • Guest's Avatar
    A Little Story Of Me Growing Up As A rams Fan
    by Guest
    I Would Like to Start off by saying That if im not allowed to post here, I would encourage the mods to delete it, but before you do, I would like you to read this first.

    It All Started when i was 10 years old. My Dad and I went to the Oakland Raiders game In St.louis. I believe this was the 99 season. I couldnt say I remember the score, But I Know I saw Kurt Warner In person For the First Time. I sat Low enough that I could Touch The Players as they Ran Through The Tunnel. that was an Experience on It's Own. After the Game The Players went running Back Into The Tunnel To Go To the locker room, But Before Kurt got there, He ran By and Was Shaking hands with All Of the fans That He could Reach, I was a lucky one, Because I was The Last, But The Handshake Felt Like it Tool Forever. People say That I was Young to Remember Something Like That, But when It was the Most Exciting Time of Your Life, you always find Ways to Remember The things that You Love the Most. Even As A 10 Year Old Kid From St.Charles Missouri.

    If I can, I will Post More About My experience as a Ram Fan Growing Up.

    -PM
    -02-06-2008, 09:02 PM
  • RamOfDenmark
    Anyone seriously thought about switching teams?
    by RamOfDenmark
    Alright, this is going to be a touchy subject obviously. Many or most of us aren't from the St. Louis area so we don't have that geographical connection to the team to keep us loyal. Even for those from the St. Louis area maybe the geographical factor is not as large as you'd think. The Rams have only been in town since '95 it's not like it's a long tradition that goes back generations in each family in the area with season tickets being inherited as it is in many other cities. It also looks increasingly likely that the team will soon move on to greener pastures, it has worn out its welcome years ago and at some point management is going to want a fresh start in a new market.

    So how did we end up Rams fans then? Personally I really liked what I was seeing from Vermiel, Martz, Warner, Faulk, Bruce and so on. I joined the ranks of Rams fans partially based on us winning a lot of games, but also based on the way we were playing. Gung-ho offense a never-give-up attitude and unflinching belief that even if our D sucked and we were down 20 points we could still put up 3 fast TD's and steal the game. That's the way it was, it was exciting even when we lost. As long as we were playing exciting football, competing and leaving it all in the ring I was a happy fan even if we sometimes lost games we shouldn't.

    But today that's different. It's not just about us being a losing team. We've been a bad team for a few years now and I think we can all handle that (otherwise we'd have jumped ship years ago when the GSOT faded). Where it gets more serious is when it comes to ownership and management. As I said I think we can all accept to have a team that sometimes loses more than it wins, we can accept bad players, they can be replaced, there's always next year's draft right? A bad coach can be replaced quickly, as we'll soon see. But at least to me it's much harder to accept that we have an owner who doesn't give a crap and a completely incompetent set of managers in charge of the organisation. Lawyers and accountants making football decisions, friends hiring friends, no accountability at the top.

    Players and coaches come and go, but owners and management can stay for decades and decades, and if they're as bad as ours they can almost assure that we will be, on average, among the bottom teams in the league and continue to make mind-boggingly stupid decisions. Sure sometimes everything comes together as it did in '99, but I'm increasingly realising what a crazy fluke that was. Ownership and management are incompetent, there is no nice way to say it but it's true. Our brief taste of success for a few seasons between the debacle of the 90's and our current situation really was a case of the blind chicken stumbling upon a corn by pure accident.

    Contrast that with other succesful teams where ownership and management are working together with a strong coach and ensures success year after year, of course there are...
    -09-17-2008, 06:54 AM
  • lowasah
    Rams and MRSA infection
    by lowasah
    Hi Ram fans,

    I have followed the Rams stretching back to my time living in St. Louis, MO. I am currently a professor in biology who researches bacteria and how they infect people. I found a few references to an outbreak of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in Rams players in 2003 - including an article from the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005. I wonder, though, if any of you know more about this story, and would be willing to share? In particular I'm interested in the personal experiences players had during the infection, any impacts that it had on the team, and any changes that the team or trainers made in response to this incident.

    Perhaps this is not the right place for this question but I thought I'd try!

    Luke
    -07-29-2010, 11:15 AM
  • AvengerRam_old
    I will always be an optimist
    by AvengerRam_old
    That's the type of fan I am, and I'm not going to change. So let me be clear on my opinions on the primary naysayers with whom I will never see eye-to-eye:

    Ram beat writers who predict doom and gloom. I look to sportswriters to provide me with information to which I don't have access. I also am interested when a knowledgeable writer can provide analysis of aspects of the game regarding which I may not be familiar. What I have no use for is their attempts at prognostication. I have found in my many years of following football that the so-called experts are no better at predicting the future of a team or individual players than I am. And, when all they want to do is create controversy by predicting doom and gloom, I really have no interest.

    Message board posters that do the same. There are many who think that its their job to point out the team's flaws and warn the optimists not to get too upbeat. I've got news for you... I don't need anyone to tell me that the Rams have flaws. I'm well aware of that fact. I have never been shy about expressing my opinion when the team makes errors or poor decisions. But I've been a Ram fan for over two and one half decades, and in that span I have started virtually every year with the hope for a championship. I was only right one time, but I'm still an optimist. The day I'm not, I'll find another hobby.

    So, here I am, at the start of another Ram season. I am well aware that there are problems to address and weaknesses on the team.

    But here it goes:

    I think the Rams can win it all this year.

    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
    -08-29-2004, 09:25 PM
  • RamFan_Til_I_Die
    Thoughts from a Ram Fan serving in Iraq
    by RamFan_Til_I_Die
    A pretty cool and inspiring story of a die hard Rams fan I copied from an article by Peter King of SI. Full story here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...qb.9.18/5.html


    I think there is a God, and he is watching over Mike McGuire, our staff sergeant from St. Louis serving in Iraq and piloting a platoon charged with finding and disarming Improvised Explosive Devices. His most recent e-mail to me the other day: "I am not a real religious man, but someone is looking out for me. We found an IED the other day and began to block off the area so it could be blown up in place when all of the sudden we began to take small arms fire (AK-47), which is not a big deal. That does not affect me, and we've taken a lot of it, but what did hit home was when the AIF (anti-Iraq forces) began to throw indirect fire (mortars) at us. They came raining down on us just like in the movies. The first round went right by my shoulder. It was so close I felt the breeze as it went by me and hit the ground. The blast blew me forward and luckily caused no serious damage to me or my guys. One of my squad leaders with me, Staff Sgt. Fraser, did take shrapnel to the head but his helmet saved him and he ONLY got a class-three concussion. I don't know what class three is, but he was so out of it after it hit him that he could not walk. I have never experienced anything like that. We also got ambushed by 10 or 15 insurgents firing at us. We did get some kills and a number of enemy captures. I like when we capture them. They look so terrified. Anyway all the guys are fine and show a lot of courage. This week we captured six insurgents and killed at least one and I think more, and brought in two vehicles that were used as mobile mortar teams against us. And we found a total of six IEDs. It was a great week but a crazy one. I know my platoon has been very lucky and they take it well with the close calls and all. I have three guys in my platoon now who have been put in for the Purple Heart. Anyway, onto the fun stuff. How about Kurt Warner???? 300 yards, three touchdowns, what a game! I was out on a 12-hour mission and stayed up until 3 a.m. here to watch it. And the Rams beat Denver (OH YES!) and Steven Jackson rushed for 100-plus yards. We don't lose when we rush for 100 a game. And Jim Haslett is going to change the Rams -- should be fun to watch. Well this week was enjoyable for work and football. Take care, Mike.'' Anyone else have goose bumps?

    Great story about the harsh life of the military personnel over in Iraq and around the world, and an obviously dedicated Rams fan. If you ever think you had it rough finding a way to watch the game, just think about this guy.

    Sgt. McGuire you and the rest of our soldiers are in our prayers.
    -09-19-2006, 09:06 AM
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