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  • Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

    It has come to my attention that I really owe the fans of the St. Louis Rams a big apology.

    You see, when the story that Stan Kroenke was going to exercise his right of first refusal broke, I was crushed. For over a year I had repeatedly stated that there was no chance that Kroenke would do this, and suddenly I had egg on my face. To make matters worse, I wasn't even the one to break the news that Kroenke had, indeed, decided to buy the majority stake in the team.

    I know it was immature, but in response to all this I lashed out. I started printing stories that I knew would get the fan base, particularly those who frequent the PD site, riled up. I suggested that Kroenke's move could adversely impact the draft. I intimated that the ownership issue was the reason the Rams didn't trade for Brandon Marshall. And the, I went to the old standbye.... I raised the spectre of Kroenke moving the team to Los Angeles.

    Others jumped on the bandwagon. Brian Burwell wrote an article about how, merely because Kroenke tried to negotiate a deal with Shahid Khan, Stan could not be trusted. Even Mike Florio, my good friend over at Pro Football Talk, joined in.

    Of course, Kroenke finally had enough of the blather and came out and stated in no uncertain terms that his priority is to keep the team in St. Louis. I pretty much knew that all along, but I just wanted Stan to give me a little attention and let me be the one to break the "news."

    Anyway, I do feel bad about all this, and I just wanted to say I'm sorry.


  • #2
    Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

    LOL non-biased journalism at its best hahahhahahahahahahaha


    • #3
      Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

      Dear BernieM,

      Take two buckets of toasted ravioli & call me in the morning. I won't pick up but you'll like the song on my message; Frank singing "What Kind of Fool Am I ?"

      A Rams fan


      • #4
        Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

        Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
        Dear BernieM,

        Take two buckets of toasted ravioli & call me in the morning. I won't pick up but you'll like the song on my message; Frank singing "What Kind of Fool Am I ?"

        A Rams fan
        buckets? You meant trash cans right?


        • #5
          Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

          This HAS to be an impostor, the real Bernie Miklazy would never be so humble or so right.


          • #6
            Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

            Ladies and gentlemen, the Geraldo Riverra of sports reporting!


            • #7
              Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

              This is why I ignore the bernie.. I'm in Mich I'm not even around st louis and I can tell he's a dousche


              • #8
                Re: Dear Rams Fans: I'm Sorry

                on a side note

                anyone want to join me in a boycotte of Wal-Mart?

                Thought I'd throw that in there as one more non-Ram issue


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                  Any help would be appreciated - the best views will be published on my site,
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