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    I am going into semi- retirement from watching Rams football. This is a difficult decision given my 35 year allegiance to this team since I was 4 years old, but one I feel I must make for my own sanity and health. There is simply no way I can stand to continue watching this kind of incompetance each Sunday. Before I do so, some thoughts about today. I will attempt to be as respectful and as measured in my comments as possible.

    Today's effort resembled our opener vs. Seattle. We hung in for awhile, made some good defensive stops, then ended up shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties that negated 1st downs, turnovers and cluelessness. We've been shut out in 2 of our first 4 games. I've been to funerals that were more enjoyable than watching us try to move the football offensively. Just dreadful.

    Boller showed today why he lost his starting job with Baltimore and why he'll never be anything more than a stop gap 2nd string guy at best.

    The offensive line was atrocious again- 5 sacks allowed and numerous pressures. There's no excuse. It's not like we haven't invested money into this unit. This is either a complete lack of collective talent or a bunch of overpaid underachieving wastes- I really don't know which, at this point.

    I'm very disappointed in the coaches right now. I believed and still have faith that Steve Spagnuolo is the guy for this job. But penalties, blown assignments and lack of execution is a reflection on the coaches- no iffs, ands or buts. And right now, it is reflecting very poorly on these guys, because we have a team that is spinning its wheels, shooting itself in the foot and executing poorly. The play calling is terrible (let's run draw plays to Jackson on 3rd and 8) but part of the reason is because we have absolutely no one other than Steven Jackson who is worth their weight offensively or a threat to do anything.

    Josh Brown- a guy lauded a couple of years ago as one of the top two or three kickers in all of football and paid handsomely for the privilege- stinks. With the kind of salary he's drawing, he should be automatic on field goal attempts. He's been far from it recently. And for all of Donnie Jones impressive punts, can you angle kick or put the ball inside the 10 a couple of times when punting from mid-field instead of blasting it into the end zone for a touchback? How many times, Donnie?

    One of the things that makes you feel a little better while rebuilding is to see steady improvement each week. It hasn't happened. Our one close game came vs. a Washington team that we're coming to find out isn't very good. Although there are flashes by a couple of guys (Otogwe and Laurinitis come to mind), we are no better now than we were in our opener vs. Seattle and aren't even close to being a competitive football team, much less winning games. The results are no better than last year. And there will come a time very quickly when hanging your hat on effort alone just won't cut it.

    The Saints, The Bears, The Colts and The Vikings are among the ass-kickings that await- to say nothing of the Cardinals twice and a Houston team that's winning.

    I just can't sit by anymore and ruin my Sundays. So in the short term, I'll focus on the Dodgers' playoff run, the NASCAR chase and the start of basketball in a month. Long term will be Christmas shopping, house projects and anything else I can think of. After a decade of bad football (1991-1998), a 5-31 record in our last 36 games, a 14 game losing streak and the last five years of this garbage, I'm done. I simply cannot invest anymore time, passion and energy into this football team.

    When I read or hear of this team starting to act and play as if they are a true NFL football franchise instead of a weekly embarrassment, I'll reevaluate my decision.

  • #2
    Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement


    Bye. *waves*


    • #3
      Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

      I for one respect your decision, I'll still be here, why??? Cause I'm an idiot who LOVES the RAMS.....yes, even if their worse than a division 5 high school team, if there is such a thing...peace.


      • #4
        Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

        Originally posted by blood85 View Post
        I for one respect your decision, I'll still be here, why??? Cause I'm an idiot who LOVES the RAMS.....yes, even if their worse than a division 5 high school team, if there is such a thing...peace.
        hey your not alone,as disgusted as I am right now, I will always be a Rams fan,they will get better, it may take 10-15 years and they may be playing in Poland but we will see good times again.


        • #5
          Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

          Well Spoken I however Love football, and so it would be hard for me to stop watching all together. But I feel your pain as I've been a fan just as long. Man I'm not too far behind just supporting em on this forum and gearing up for Basketball. I refuse to be overwhelmed with this team in it's loosing venture.


          • #6
            Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

            My mindset for each game is this: I am happy if they simply compete. If you go in with low expectations, they still might not reach them, but it is not as hard of a fall.


            • #7
              Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

              is a semi-retirement the same as a Brett Favre retirement ?


              • #8
                Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                Originally posted by swatter555 View Post
                My mindset for each game is this: I am happy if they simply compete. If you go in with low expectations, they still might not reach them, but it is not as hard of a fall.
                The only thing is they're not competing.


                • #9
                  Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                  You can't leave, JK! You're too close to 3,000 posts! Hang in there things can only go up from here on out!


                  • #10
                    Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                    Originally posted by dgr828 View Post
                    You can't leave, JK! You're too close to 3,000 posts! Hang in there things can only go up from here on out!
                    I'm not going anywhere,this is to much fun,I give myself about an hour after each game to cool off and then I find this all amusing.


                    • #11
                      Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                      Don't you like train wrecks? Car crashes? Stunts gone bad? Watching politicians trying to look like they're not lying? You know, when there's nothing left to see but human suffering...

                      In all seriousness, todays fiasco had to be the worst I have ever seen. I wont quit watching though, a win will now be a miracle and will exceed all expectations. I can watch a game without holding my breath or worrying about winning, they really have taken all the stress of being a rams fan out the picture. Thanks guys!
                      "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                      Jack Youngblood


                      • #12
                        Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                        It was pretty bad today and it's been happening for a long time now, so I guess I can't really blame you.

                        Me, I'm a Rams fan. I made it through the 90's and I'll make it through this. I'm already looking forward to next Sunday.


                        • #13
                          Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                          I wish we could get back to the glory days of the 90s!


                          • #14
                            Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                            Originally posted by McKnight
                            hmmmmm. I would Prefer ONE specific year in the 1990's. lol "1999" 1990-1998 SUCKED!
                            Exactly, compared to now the 90s were "Glory Days". These days its HAITIES!!!


                            • #15
                              Re: My official announcement of semi-retirement

                              I don't blame you. I like to watch football. What the Rams are playing is not football.


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