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    1. I really want the Rams to beat the Niners this week.

    2. I really want the Rams to get the first pick in the draft.

    3. GO LIONS!!!

    4. Steven Jackson has done enough. If his back feels better after a week off then, by all means, he should play. If not, he's done enough... great play, great effort, great leadership. Can't say enough about the guy.

    5. Someone is going to have to tell me what they see in Null to make them think he is more than a career backup/journeyman at best. I just don't see it.

    6. If the Rams are the beneficiaries of instant karma next year, they should go undefeated. I can't recall watching a team lose so many players to injury (not to mention the flu).

    7. Call me crazy, but despite the record, I sense so much more unity and hope from the Rams than at the end of the last two seasons.

    8. Interesting stat: James Laurinaitis is fourth in the NFL in solo tackles.

    9. If you can't see the progress Chris Long has made, you're just not looking. He's not there yet, but I wouldn't bet against him.

    10. I still have hope for Donnie Avery, but I won't try to change the minds of those who don't.

    11. Peter King's All-Decade Team had Randy Moss and Hines Ward as the WRs. Um... Peter... did you bother looking at who was first in receptions and yards for the decade? That would be Torry Holt (and, oh, by the way, the other All-Decade WR should be Marvin Harrison).

    12. Looks like the Seahawks have packed it in. Mark my words... the biggest story in Seattle next year will be regarding how the Hawks are the most likely candidate to select local hero Jake Locker at the top of the 2011 draft.

    13. I am actually looking forward to this offseason. From Jan 1 until the end of the draft, there will be a lot to talk about.

    14. Wherever C.J. Spiller lands, I will be a fan. That kid really impresses me.

    15. If the Rams get the No. 1 pick, I think our biggest worry will be that the team will pass on Suh. Unless Bradford wows the doctors and scouts, I don't think we need to worry.

    16. Here's a tougher question... if Bradford's shoulder is evaluated as not entirely healed, but expected to heal completely, AND he falls out of the first round, would the Rams pull the trigger?

    17. I've noted this in other threads, but I still think there will be a cap in 2010.

    18. Term that that people most frequently use, but don't fully understand: (a) antioxidant, or (b) West-coast offense?

    19. Its interesting how quiet the sale of the team front has been. This means one of two things: (1) the team is about to be sold, or (2) the team is not about to be sold.

    20. I have the Rams as the early favorites for Team of the Decade in the 2010s (why not us?).

  • #2
    Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

    Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
    1. I really want the Rams to beat the Niners this week.
    Me too - ain't happenin' tho.

    2. I really want the Rams to get the first pick in the draft.
    Me too - will happen.

    3. GO LIONS!!!
    Ditto.

    4. Steven Jackson has done enough. If his back feels better after a week off then, by all means, he should play. If not, he's done enough... great play, great effort, great leadership. Can't say enough about the guy.
    Me either.

    5. Someone is going to have to tell me what they see in Null to make them think he is more than a career backup/journeyman at best. I just don't see it.
    Attitude and composure. C'mon - he got thrown to the wolves.

    6. If the Rams are the beneficiaries of instant karma next year, they should go undefeated. I can't recall watching a team lose so many players to injury (not to mention the flu).
    And never have it referred to in the Media.

    7. Call me crazy, but despite the record, I sense so much more unity and hope from the Rams than at the end of the last two seasons.
    Anyone not seeing this simply is not watching.

    8. Interesting stat: James Laurinaitis is fourth in the NFL in solo tackles.
    are 1, 2 or 3 rookies?

    9. If you can't see the progress Chris Long has made, you're just not looking. He's not there yet, but I wouldn't bet against him.
    And...with questionable support.

    10. I still have hope for Donnie Avery, but I won't try to change the minds of those who don't.
    I wish I did, but I don't.

    11. Peter King's All-Decade Team had Randy Moss and Hines Ward as the WRs. Um... Peter... did you bother looking at who was first in receptions and yards for the decade? That would be Torry Holt (and, oh, by the way, the other All-Decade WR should be Marvin Harrison).
    King was OK at one time - now he's just a parrot.

    12. Looks like the Seahawks have packed it in. Mark my words... the biggest story in Seattle next year will be regarding how the Hawks are the most likely candidate to select local hero Jake Locker at the top of the 2011 draft.
    Would like to replay all the "heads" picking them this year. They're going to be bad for awhile, due in part to Mora (IMO).

    13. I am actually looking forward to this offseason. From Jan 1 until the end of the draft, there will be a lot to talk about.
    Me too.

    14. Wherever C.J. Spiller lands, I will be a fan. That kid really impresses me.
    I've not seen him.


    15. If the Rams get the No. 1 pick, I think our biggest worry will be that the team will pass on Suh. Unless Bradford wows the doctors and scouts, I don't think we need to worry.
    It just cannot happen. When I ponder all the bad things that have happened that were out of our control, and then think about NOT taking Suh, I actually physically shudder in horror...

    16. Here's a tougher question... if Bradford's shoulder is evaluated as not entirely healed, but expected to heal completely, AND he falls out of the first round, would the Rams pull the trigger?
    In a heartbeat.

    17. I've noted this in other threads, but I still think there will be a cap in 2010.
    Hope so.

    18. Term that that people most frequently use, but don't fully understand: (a) antioxidant, or (b) West-coast offense?
    WCO - and I still don't.

    19. Its interesting how quiet the sale of the team front has been. This means one of two things: (1) the team is about to be sold, or (2) the team is not about to be sold.
    My view is that I don't see anyone St. Loo or LA born who's made it big and always wanted to own a NFL Team - ala Snyder. Point being, if they're sold, I'm assuming the buyer is going to be intelligent enough to not mess with the Devaney Spags combo, which will produce spectacular results leading to # 20...

    20. I have the Rams as the early favorites for Team of the Decade in the 2010s (why not us?).
    Works for me.

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    • #3
      Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

      Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
      5. Someone is going to have to tell me what they see in Null to make them think he is more than a career backup/journeyman at best. I just don't see it.

      I don't think there is enough information yet to assume one way or the other on Null.

      I will say I think people get too hung up on where players come from and what they did in college. Yes it is an indicator but you will never know until someone steps in and plays.

      Phil Simms went to Morehead State University and he seemed to do ok.

      Brian Brohm was a really good college quarterback with huge numbers and look at his performance last Sunday with the Bills.

      Bottom line... scouts and coaches get it wrong all of the time. The system isn't perfect. Null's rookie performance, to me, just looks like the rookie performance of most quarterbacks... whether they were drafted in the first round or last.

      IMHO

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      • #4
        Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

        As for 19, I think things like sales need to be done behind closed doors. The reason why we haven't heard anything is that we shouldn't. There are still games being played and we can't have any distractions off the field.

        We won't know if the team is going to be sold or not, everything is just speculation. Won't believe anything until its official, and thats the way it needs to stay.

        As for Null, it's hard to evaluate. The guy had virtually next to no tools around him. He has two regular starters on the O-line and two solid receivers out. Not to mention, against Arizona SJax was out.

        Let the entire crew come back healthy, and lets see what he has. Either way, this experience is helping him.

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        • #5
          Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

          [QUOTE=AvengerRam;324310]15. If the Rams get the No. 1 pick, I think our biggest worry will be that the team will pass on Suh. Unless Bradford wows the doctors and scouts, I don't think we need to worry.

          Who? :-)

          16. Here's a tougher question... if Bradford's shoulder is evaluated as not entirely healed, but expected to heal completely, AND he falls out of the first round, would the Rams pull the trigger?

          In a heart beat!! Won't happen though. But wouldn't that be great, getting a future "this guy sucks" QB in this draft for the haters in addition to Suh!

          17. I've noted this in other threads, but I still think there will be a cap in 2010.

          18. Term that that people most frequently use, but don't fully understand: (a) antioxidant, or (b) West-coast offense?

          (c) Ram Fan.

          19. Its interesting how quiet the sale of the team front has been. This means one of two things: (1) the team is about to be sold, or (2) the team is not about to be sold.

          IMO, that's 50-50! :-)

          20. I have the Rams as the early favorites for Team of the Decade in the 2010s (why not us?).

          The system and the youth combined with the high picks will make it so!![/QUOTE]
          Semper Fi!

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          • #6
            Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

            IMO Uncapped year is going to happen. No deal in place and there is no signs of one comming on the Horizon. There is more talk of lockout because the uncapped year looks like a forgone conclusion. I don't think the lockout will happen because there is just too much money to be made, but an uncapped year looks verry likely with Free agency just a few months away with nothing in place.

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            • #7
              Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

              2010 will almost certainly go uncapped...whether or not we play in 2011 is the question at this point.

              people call me crazy, but we're on the edge of competing on both sides of the ball. if we can replace a few guys on both sides, i think we'll be very good. a new qb, backup rb, continue to upgrade the o-line, fix the d-line and we're getting somewhere.

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              • #8
                Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                Originally posted by Rambunctious View Post
                I don't think there is enough information yet to assume one way or the other on Null.

                I will say I think people get too hung up on where players come from and what they did in college. Yes it is an indicator but you will never know until someone steps in and plays.

                Phil Simms went to Morehead State University and he seemed to do ok.

                Brian Brohm was a really good college quarterback with huge numbers and look at his performance last Sunday with the Bills.

                Bottom line... scouts and coaches get it wrong all of the time. The system isn't perfect. Null's rookie performance, to me, just looks like the rookie performance of most quarterbacks... whether they were drafted in the first round or last.

                IMHO
                I was talking to a co-worker this moring. He did not know that Null was a rookie out of D2. As soon as he heard that, his impression of Null took a drastic change.

                While he may only be a Journeyman/Backup the rest of his career, he has shown more tools than you would expect to see ina D2 rookie. Maybe our opinion of Null is based on our failed wish to see him come in and be Matt Ryan II. Maybe he will be better than we think, and we won't find out until he has moved onto a different team because we want a QB with a better pedigree.


                gap

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                • #9
                  Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                  To Avenger- point by point:

                  1. A win would be nice
                  2 & 3. Yes on both counts
                  4 & 5. Agree on both counts
                  6. The Rams' injury situation is of almost comical proportions. I don't understand it.
                  7. That most guys are still busting their tails is a tribute to them and to Spags.
                  8. Good players on bad teams usually are league leaders in tackles, as they're on the field for long periods of time. Not surprising Laurinaitis is currently 4th.
                  9. Chris Long has definitely made great strides. Ditto for those being blind who haven't noticed.
                  10. Too early to give up on Avery, but 2010 is a critical year in whcih he must elevate his game.
                  11. Peter King was asleep at the switch for overlooking Holt and Harrison.
                  12. Seattle blows. Two losses to them was a slap in the face.
                  13. Looking forward to the offseason as well. At least all my Sundays won't be ruined.
                  14. Haven't seen enough of the guy to comment one way or the other.
                  15. Devaney won't pass on Suh, unless he's offered a King's ransom to trade down.
                  16. Bradford slips to round two? Can't see it happening, but grab him.
                  17. Cap a strong possibility in 2010.
                  18. No comment
                  19. When I see something concrete about the Rams being sold, I'll care- until then it's a dead issue to me.
                  20. Team of the 2010's? Bold statement for a team that's 6-41 over the last 3 years. At least that's better than fans in 2012 telling me to "be patient, we're still rebuilding".

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                  • #10
                    Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                    Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                    1. I really want the Rams to beat the Niners this week.

                    2. I really want the Rams to get the first pick in the draft.

                    3. GO LIONS!!!

                    4. Steven Jackson has done enough. If his back feels better after a week off then, by all means, he should play. If not, he's done enough... great play, great effort, great leadership. Can't say enough about the guy.

                    5. Someone is going to have to tell me what they see in Null to make them think he is more than a career backup/journeyman at best. I just don't see it.

                    6. If the Rams are the beneficiaries of instant karma next year, they should go undefeated. I can't recall watching a team lose so many players to injury (not to mention the flu).

                    7. Call me crazy, but despite the record, I sense so much more unity and hope from the Rams than at the end of the last two seasons.

                    8. Interesting stat: James Laurinaitis is fourth in the NFL in solo tackles.

                    9. If you can't see the progress Chris Long has made, you're just not looking. He's not there yet, but I wouldn't bet against him.

                    10. I still have hope for Donnie Avery, but I won't try to change the minds of those who don't.

                    11. Peter King's All-Decade Team had Randy Moss and Hines Ward as the WRs. Um... Peter... did you bother looking at who was first in receptions and yards for the decade? That would be Torry Holt (and, oh, by the way, the other All-Decade WR should be Marvin Harrison).

                    12. Looks like the Seahawks have packed it in. Mark my words... the biggest story in Seattle next year will be regarding how the Hawks are the most likely candidate to select local hero Jake Locker at the top of the 2011 draft.

                    13. I am actually looking forward to this offseason. From Jan 1 until the end of the draft, there will be a lot to talk about.

                    14. Wherever C.J. Spiller lands, I will be a fan. That kid really impresses me.

                    15. If the Rams get the No. 1 pick, I think our biggest worry will be that the team will pass on Suh. Unless Bradford wows the doctors and scouts, I don't think we need to worry.

                    16. Here's a tougher question... if Bradford's shoulder is evaluated as not entirely healed, but expected to heal completely, AND he falls out of the first round, would the Rams pull the trigger?

                    17. I've noted this in other threads, but I still think there will be a cap in 2010.

                    18. Term that that people most frequently use, but don't fully understand: (a) antioxidant, or (b) West-coast offense?

                    19. Its interesting how quiet the sale of the team front has been. This means one of two things: (1) the team is about to be sold, or (2) the team is not about to be sold.

                    20. I have the Rams as the early favorites for Team of the Decade in the 2010s (why not us?).
                    1. I just want to smack the whiners around so bad...like a Rams win 56-0.

                    2. I think we already have that first pick...just a feeling.

                    3. The Lions have a chance to win now that Stafford is out. They should have drafted Sanchez like I said...

                    4. I agree.

                    5. Null is improving week-to-week. He takes the game seriously. I think he'll make a great franchise QB....a great BACKUP franchise QB, that is.

                    6. John Lennon said "Instant Karma's gonna get you". If you listen real close, you can hear a faint background noise. You play it backwards, it says "Instant Karma for the Rams in twenty-ten".

                    7. You're crazy, but I agree. Now if we can just have some unity of the fan base...

                    8. Not bad for a rookie. Maybe we should trade him for some draft picks. (just kidding...)

                    9. If you think Chris Long is dangerous now, wait until we draft Suh (if it happens). No one will know who to double team, and even I could walk into the pocket.

                    10. Avery is a work in progress. Check on him next year at this time.

                    11. Peter King is a giant.....hygeine product.

                    12. Seahawks are three years away from legitimacy.

                    13. I agree. $20 says Suh is one of the hot topics.

                    14. Guess I need to research this one.

                    15. Sam Bradford? Are you serious? Late 1st round at best.

                    16. Pull the trigger to shoot themselves in the foot by drafting Bradford? I hope not!

                    17. I agree - rush deal on the cap. Too much money to lose otherwise.

                    18. Term that that people most frequently use, but don't fully understand: Vick. 'Nuff said.

                    19. I think Chip will find a way to buy out his sister's part, even if it means bringing in outside money.

                    20. I'll put five on that.
                    temp_4394_1467243487543_20
                    RAMS!

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                    • #11
                      Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                      What did you do for 19, subcontract out to Bernie? ;)
                      "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                      Jack Youngblood

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                      • #12
                        Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                        Originally posted by MoonJoe View Post
                        What did you do for 19, subcontract out to Bernie? ;)
                        thats brilliant, i was thinking something similar when i read the original post

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                        • #13
                          Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                          I think it's great that our great players are flying under the radar. Steven Jackson is always listed behind Adrian Peterson as a top back in the league, yet he carries the ball more, gets more yardage, and doesn't fumble the ball.

                          James Laurinaitis is obviously the best defensive rookie in the league, but he won't get any recognition.

                          Donnie Jones is a wonderful punter, but he's a punter so nobody talks about him.

                          OJ Atogwe is a complete machine, but if you asked somebody from New York who "Oshiomogho Atogwe" was, they'd ask you what type of food he made.


                          And it's also great that we are laughed at for "only beating the Lions because of a fake FG" and can't beat a real team.

                          And of course, Chris Long is still the worst top-5 pick in history according to ESPN and New Yorkers, he hasn't made any strides at all this year.

                          (those last 2 were sarcasm)

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                          • #14
                            Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                            1. Dare to dream.

                            2. Wish granted.

                            3. Okay.

                            4. He is an amazing talent.

                            5. Neither does any sane person.

                            6. The most players/game lost to injury in one season happened to San Francisco in 2005, I believe, when we went 4-12 (sweeping the rams, btw).

                            7. Really? Okay.

                            8. Interesting.

                            9. Chris Long is exactly who he was expected to be when he was drafted. He is solid, but not special. He was the well-developed, low-risk pick with limited upside.

                            10. I am not sure you would succeed, in any case.

                            11. Peter King is a good reporter, but a terrible analyst. He needs to stop. Please . . . just . . . stop . . .

                            12. Keep dreaming.

                            13. There may be only one thing to talk about, but it will be talked about a lot.

                            14. Okay.

                            15. Suh is, by far, the best DL to come out this decade. That said, the Rams are absolutely out of their minds if they do not take a QB with that pick. I can only hope.

                            16. In a heartbeat. It will never happen, though.

                            17. You are wrong.

                            18. (b) West-coast offense. Should be termed "Cincinnati Offense".

                            19. (1)

                            20. (why)
                            Last edited by WhinerFan; -12-29-2009, 12:40 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: 20 Random Near-the-End-of-the-Year Thoughts

                              Originally posted by The Rammer View Post
                              James Laurinaitis is obviously the best defensive rookie in the league, but he won't get any recognition.
                              Laurinaitis is great, but i dont think he has been better than Brian Cushing or Jairus Byrd

                              Just look at the stats for Laurinaitis and Cushing:
                              Laurinaitis
                              115 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 2 Int

                              Cushing
                              128 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 FF, 4 Ints

                              Laurinaitis has been great, but Cushing has had an excellent rookie year

                              As for Jairus Byrd, he leads the league in interceptions with 9, which is ridiculous for a rookie
                              @EssexRam_

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                                by AvengerRam_old
                                A few things bouncing around my head today...
                                1. I'm sorry to see the end of the Holt years, but I have no ill will towards him. I hope he ends up somewhere where he can end his career in style and secure his HOF status (even if its in Dallas, which I suspect is a likely place for him).
                                2. Michael Crabtree is the ultimate Wild Card in this draft. If Curry goes No. 1 to Detroit, I think there is a chance that the Rams will pull the trigger on him, notwithstanding his lack of offseason workouts.
                                3. If, on the other hand, the Rams go with an OT, the O line could turn around very quickly. Two additions (Jason Brown and Monroe/J.Smith) could make a HUGE difference.
                                4. Is there a more "forgotten man" than Brian Leonard? I really think he needs to become a full-time backup RB and drop the whole FB thing. In that role, he could be an asset.
                                5. I hate to jump the gun on things, but I really am getting a good "vibe" from the Spagnuolo/Devaney/Demoff team.
                                6. Nick_Weasel had a very good observation about the Rams becoming a younger team with the changes made this offseason. That is a key to rebuilding that is often overlooked.
                                7. Two-part prediction: (i) someone will sign Richie Incognito to an offer sheet, and (ii) the Rams won't match.
                                8. I need to research whether Pace has a March bonus that would impact his status on the team. Does anyone know the answer? My opinion remains that Pace should be kept for one more year.
                                9. A name I'll be watching closely on Draft Day if the Rams don't take Crabtree: Darrius Heyward-Bey. It would probably require a trade up from the second round, but he's a guy who has amazing tools.
                                10. Still have my eye on B.J. Raji as a possible first round pick.
                                11. I can't emphasize how much I DON'T want T.O.
                                12. I predict that Atogwe will sign a long term deal rather than playing for the franchise tender. Or maybe I just hope that happens.
                                13. This is Alex Barron's contract year. Will that motivate him to play to his abilities? (nothing else has)
                                14. I wish John Greco had been given more opportunities to play last year.
                                15. I hope I get to see a game at the new, improved EJD this year.
                                16. If not, I hope I can make it to Jacksonville for the Jaguars game.
                                17. This just in: the Rams are still not moving back to Los Angeles.
                                18. Is it me, or are the Seahawks a franchise that seems to be headed in the wrong direction?
                                19. When are the draft magazines going to hit the newstands?
                                20. Yes, I am a draftnick. You got a problem with that!?!?!
                                -03-05-2009, 10:58 AM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                20 (Whew!!!) Post-Road Win In Denver Random Thoughts
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                1. That fourth quarter was sponsored by Pepcid.
                                2. Sam Bradford. Wow. Just... wow!
                                3. Shurmur... you need to trust Sam when the Rams have the lead. I'm sure there will be a ton more said about the turtleshell playcalling at the end of the game, so I'll leave it at that.
                                4. Winning feels GOOD!!!!!
                                5. First place after 12 weeks feels GREAT!!!
                                6. Chris Long came up HUGE at the end. How can you not like that guy?
                                7. A shout out to James L too for a AWESOME pass breakup on the last series.
                                8. It would be easy to get down on the CBs getting beat, but, let's not forget... Denver has been throwing the ball around like this all season, and two of our top 3 CBs have a total of less than 30 games COMBINED under their belts.
                                9. Josh Brown made four FGs, but his one miss and missed extra point made the game closer than it should have been. I think he'll be the Rams' kicker next year, but he may have to compete to keep his job.
                                10. If Danario Alexander can ever stay healthy for an extended period of time, he'll be a true diamond in the rough. Gotta love the guy's tenacity.
                                11. Bradford: 8.3 yards per attempt today. Like to see that become a trend.
                                12. By my calculation, Sam's QB rating is now at 82.0. In case you've forgotten, he's a rookie.
                                13. I think its time for John Greco and maybe even Hank Fraley to get a few reps at OG. Goldberg, in particular, seems to be getting beat way too much.
                                14. One of the things I really like about this Rams team is that there are very few players about whom you'd say "he's as good as he's ever going to be."
                                15. If you had told me that on November 28 the Rams would be in first place and the Miami Heat would be in third in their respective divisions, I would have called you a crazy person.
                                16. I was at Sam Bradford's first regular season games. That fact becomes more and more of a thing to brag about each week.
                                17. Seattle blown out at home by KC. Didn't see that one coming.
                                18. By the way, I called this one Rams 30-21 before the game. Not a horrible pick.
                                19. Did I mention how much I enjoy it when the Rams win?
                                20. On to Arizona!
                                -11-28-2010, 05:58 PM
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