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  • A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

    Amazing Amazing Amazing! This was the best Bash weekend I've ever had. A whirlwind of good times from the minute I hit town until the minute I left.

    After getting off the train in downtown, my brother and I met laram0 and his friend Chris at our hotel, got some Pizza and then went over to the Arch, which is the second best thing to do in St. Louis. While talking outside the entrance, I decide to call Ferter to see what he was doing, and as I'm calling him, I turn around and surprise, I see this guy a few feet away, looking at me with a smile on his face, to which I ask, Ferter?? And sure enough, it was the man, the myth, the legend himself with this beautiful woman who was somehow his wife. I don’t know how they found us, but I guess it was fate (just by random chance, we were also at the same 17 story hotel, with our rooms on the same floor, directly across from each other). We all went over to the Irish bar next to our hotel and had some drinks, talked Rams football, Clanram moments, and of course, had the now infamous Marc Bulger discussion, where I was ridiculed and pummeled by everyone involved. Good thing we all laughed and joked through the entire discussion.

    Saturday morning, laram0, Chris, my brother and I took a cab to the Anheuser-Busch brewery for the tour. Talk about a good deal, not only is it an interesting tour, but it's free, and at the end, you can sit in the tasting room and have your fill of several of their beers. laram0, Chris and my brother did just that. By the time we took off, they’d left about 20 empty glasses on the table. What a bunch of lushes! We decided to walk the three miles back to the hotel and got a new perspective on the city.

    Then later in the evening, we all met up for the Bash. We were back at Jake’s, and had some good discussion and bonding before dinner. It was great to meet some new attendees and see some old friends, especially RamGram’s family, who despite recent difficulties, made the trip. After dinner, we had the raffle, and I was lucky enough to once again clean up with some nifty prizes. Here’s where I need to give thanks to my buddy laram0. My eyesight in low light, looking at small type isn’t what it used to be, so when I couldn’t see if my ticket numbers were called, laram0 was kind enough to alert AvengerRam with, “Hey, numbnuts here has it!” So again, I want to thank him for that! We finished up with a few drinks, some more Rams talk, and a few laughs before heading out.

    Let me just say some things about the people at this year’s Bash. laram0 is now a close friend who I always look forward to hanging out with every chance I get. AvengerRam is someone I have a great repoire with, and a guy who keeps this thing going every year, always doing a magnificent job. Ferter said it well in another thread, we got along like we’ve been friends for life. He is the great guy I knew he would be. And his wife Laurie is an absolute doll. She had a smile on her face the entire weekend, and wasn’t fazed one bit by my dry, sometimes too dry sense of humor. TekeRam and his wife Becka are always a pleasure to see and great to interact with. Their upbeat nature is infectious. Gap was a blast to hang out with, and I enjoyed talking Rams football with him. At the game, he kept me pumped up and engaged with his intense, die-hard attitude. Badmoforamfan and his wife were surprise attendees, coming out from Denver at the last minute, and were a great addition. They fit right in and like everybody else, seemed to smile the entire weekend. ZiaRam and his brother came out from New Mexico, and although I wasn’t sure what to expect from them, their youthful exuberance was a breath of fresh air. It was really fun to see them put that exuberance to work during the game.

    Once you get past the veil of cyberspace, it’s easy to see that ClanRam members are a special group of individuals.

    Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY! I was keyed up, but had a good feeling about the game, especially after noticing that my airline reservation had the letters GZ in it. Little did I know what a good omen that would turn out to be. Most of us got into the Dome early, and settled in. By the time the player introductions took place, the stands were virtually empty, and I felt bad that guys like Jo-Lonn Dunbar and James Laurinaitis, who were fired up and exhorting the “crowd”, didn’t get the thunderous ovation they deserved. I don’t want to be negative, but at the start of the game, there were still thousands of empty seats, which was disappointing. The amount of no-shows was staggering, especially in the upper deck. That said, the crowd that was there, were all incredibly loud and vocal throughout the entire game. The fans of St. Louis did themselves proud, as did ClanRam. I don’t know about anyone else, but by the time the game was over, my voice was completely gone, my hands literally had bruises on them, and my calves hurt from jumping up and down. Obviously, a small price to pay.

    The game itself was emotionally wrenching to get through, but that just made the outcome all the more sweet. It took six years and five visits, but the Rams finally gave me my first home win in St. Louis, and the first I personally experienced in 18 LONG years since being a season ticket holder in Anaheim. The feeling was incredible, and I’ve still got it.

    I’m not sure if it was my view from the stands or not, but is sure looked like there was a new NFL rule in place, the Seahawks rule. It allows Seattle players on both sides of the ball, to push away any opposing player in a position to make a catch. Someone in our group made the point that Golden Tate must out there playing DB. I’m going to watch the game again, but there were two plays where it looked blatantly obvious that Seahawk defenders pushed Ram receivers in attempts to make catches, with no call.

    When the game was over, most of us went out to watch the players exit the Dome, as well as get some pictures and autographs. TekeRam is the absolute master at getting pictures with players and autographs. He should write a how-to book on the subject. After watching the last guy out, Chris Long, accommodate every autograph and picture request, the remaining group triumphantly walked down to the Landing to have dinner at the Morgan Street Brewery. It was a great way to revel in our victory and have one last get together before we all went our separate ways.

    Again, it was simply an AMAZING weekend, and I already can’t wait to go back next year. I HIGHLY recommend making the trip. It’s an experience like no other.

    I’ll post pictures on my profile page when I get a chance.
    Last edited by r8rh8rmike; -10-02-2012, 11:53 AM.

  • #2
    Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

    After all that - I'll keep my reply short:

    "I Love you guys"




    :ram:

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    • #3
      Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

      Great write up Numb Nuts....I mean Mike. I tried to give you rep but I need to spread some around. I'm pretty stingy with the reps you know.
      sigpic :ram::helmet:

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      • #4
        Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

        Very nice post Mike thanks for sharing!

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        • #5
          Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

          Originally posted by laram0 View Post
          Great write up Numb Nuts....I mean Mike. I tried to give you rep but I need to spread some around. I'm pretty stingy with the reps you know.
          Stingy with the rep, but not the cab fare. Thanks again big guy, you always take care of me on Bash weekend, and regardless of how cheap I am, I won't forget your generosity and that I owe you, big time!. At least I hope I won't.

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          • #6
            Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

            Let's see some pics!

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            • #7
              Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

              That sounds awesome, and I'm very excited for you guys. But.......
              We decided to walk the three miles back to the hotel
              ....from AB to the hotel?!?! Not exactly a country club you fellas were walking through.

              Holy crap, guys. That's tempting fate there!
              The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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              • #8
                Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                Originally posted by HUbison View Post
                That sounds awesome, and I'm very excited for you guys. But...........from AB to the hotel?!?! Not exactly a country club you fellas were walking through.

                Holy crap, guys. That's tempting fate there!
                But HUb, fate was on our side this weekend!

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                • #9
                  Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                  Originally posted by HUbison View Post
                  That sounds awesome, and I'm very excited for you guys. But...........from AB to the hotel?!?! Not exactly a country club you fellas were walking through.

                  Holy crap, guys. That's tempting fate there!
                  That free beer gave us muscles that we really didn't have.
                  sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                  • #10
                    Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                    Originally posted by laram0 View Post
                    That free beer gave us muscles that we really didn't have.
                    BTW - Looking through some of my pics I did get you shaking Chris Long's hand. When it comes to scoring a high five or a handshake - You're the ClanRam stud.


                    :ram:

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                    • #11
                      Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                      Originally posted by Ferter View Post
                      BTW - Looking through some of my pics I did get you shaking Chris Long's hand. When it comes to scoring a high five or a handshake - You're the ClanRam stud.


                      :ram:
                      Post those pics, please!
                      sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                      • #12
                        Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                        This sounds fantastic. Let me reiterate my jealousy and cross my fingers that next year is the year.

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                        • #13
                          Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                          Originally posted by laram0 View Post
                          Post those pics, please!
                          Will do big guy!

                          But, I got to go back to work for a couple of days, so it will probably be this weekend.



                          :ram:

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                          • #14
                            Re: A Bash Weekend/Game Perspective (It's a long one)

                            Okay, pictures added to my profile page. I expect to see others to do the same.

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                            • r8rh8rmike
                              A "Better Late Than Never" Bash Retrospective
                              by r8rh8rmike
                              Once again, it was a great weekend from start to finish. The win being the icing on the cake. We had members come out from Massachusetts, Florida, Southern California, Northern California, Washington State, Pennsylvania, and a few from the St. Louis area.

                              I started by getting up at 3am on Friday, drove down to Palm Springs to catch my flight to Phoenix, where my brother joined me for the connecting flight to St. Louis. Everything was going way too smooth, so of course, something had to give. As we taxied out for takeoff, the captain announced that one of the engines had to be shut down because of a warning light, and that it had to be looked at by maintenance back at the gate. Suddenly, thoughts of a screwed up weekend overwhelmed me. So....back to the gate. After watching a bunch of guys run around the plane waving their arms and some banging noises, the captain announced a loose fitting was tightened, and we were good to go. Then it was off to St. Louis as I held my breath, hoping the engine wouldn't fall off as we took off.

                              We got into St. Louis only an hour late and headed up to the Metrolink platform, where I noticed someone on the train looking at me through the tinted glass, and motioning to the person next to them. I'm thinking, what's going on here? The door opens, and it's Steve (Majorram) and his wife Liz, who had just flown in from London. I stepped in to say a quick hello, and the door closes, the train takes off, and I see my brother still on the platform glaring at me with a "what the hell are you doing" look. No problem. I call my brother and tell him to meet me at the hotel, and then have a nice chat with the Brits until we get downtown.

                              Once downtown, I get a call from Curly Horns (Ed) and his wife Laurie. We meet down by the barricaded Arch, and decide to get an early dinner. I give laram0 (Mike) a call, but he's off giving his girlfriend a tour of the city, so we go eat. At dinner, Curly Horns chastises me for not contacting macrammer (Mike) and MoonJoe (Joe - go figure), to which I fired back that they had to see the "2013 Bash!" thread that had been started, and that they would respond. Turns out Curly Horns was right, and we never got the Friday crew together. Sorry guys.

                              Saturday morning, I get ready to go to breakfast, and no wallet. Panic! Lose your wallet in downtown St. Louis, forget it. I call the front desk and they don't have it, but ask them to try the Irish restaurant in the hotel where we ate. Hallelujah, they have it! Dodged a bullet there. My wallet stayed in my front pocket the rest of the trip.

                              After breakfast, I talk to Curly Horns, who is going to the Farmers Market with Laurie (what fun), and laram0, who is going to the Brewery with his girlfriend and buddy Chris. Been there, done that, so we decide to take the train to Union Station to maybe find some Rams crap, but the place is dead, and virtually no Rams gear, I mean...
                              -10-10-2013, 08:40 PM
                            • RamWraith
                              '07 Bash Experience
                              by RamWraith
                              Here is what happened in a nut shell through RamWraith's eyes:

                              ***If I miss someone or something I apologize. I am summarizing the best I can, and with so much information and good times I am sure I will miss something. So anyone that was there feel free to add to this thread
                              .

                              Friday:
                              Arrived after an hour and 10 minute flight from Minneapolis, in which I was held up at the security check point...I guess I looked shady. We arrived around 6:00pm. Got to the hotel and immediately ran to the free drink counter at the hotel before the time expired. Downed my drinks and 1/2 of my wifes and met Big Blue. Blue is a super nice guy. He hasn't posted much, but let me tell you he is a die hard fan. This guy puts the "B" in big. I would bet that if we could have introduced him to Linehan he just might have started at one of the line positions. The beer tickets ran dry so it was off to the hotel troth to meet Dez. Here is the best way to put it. Airline tickets; $600.00, Hotel Room; $550.00, Ram memorabilia $425.00, seeing Dez again; PRICELESS! I love my bro!! We (I) drank and caught up on old times. In honesty it was the highlight of my trip, and my favorite part.

                              Saturday:
                              I did not realize how much I had consumed until I woke up at 6:00 with this awful taste in my mouth and a splitting headache. My wife figured I drank a little too much as we sat down and came up with the numbers...ooopppsss. It was off to breakfast where we met Dez again and his wonderful wife (she is as great as the big guy). This is when I finally met the guy I have heard so much about. Randy (Big Red Ram). All I can say is what a HOOT. The guy came dressed in his kilt and full Irish attire and not once did I see the smile leave his face. A few other came a short time later. r8rh8rmike was the first one I got a chance to meet. I love this guy. ALL CLASS!! He is as funny and exciting as any fan I have met. One of them guys that make you proud to have as fellow fan and friend. He keep me entertained all weekend with his wit and charm. RamGram also came with I believe was her daughter. She is one to the sweetest people you will ever meet. Her love for the Rams is as noticeable as the smile on her face.

                              At this point after some good ol' B.S.'ing, we split up. The family and I went to the Brewery and the rest headed shopping. The Brewery was not a good place to be after a tough night the night before. The smells of hopps and barley were enough to make me pretty ill feeling, not to mention the 8 block walk around the facility. And then to top it all off...they gave me free beer. Needless to say a few sips was about all I could take. All in all it was pretty cool, it just should have been on better circumstances for me. After that stop the family and I power shopped. Hitting as many out of the main-strip shopping centers as we could. Wal-marts, Targets, and Sports Authority came away...
                              -10-30-2007, 05:08 PM
                            • RamsFanSam
                              The Bash/Home Opener Weekend
                              by RamsFanSam
                              It's Monday morning - tired as heck from the weekend, but overall, it was well worth it! If you haven't been to a Bash before, you MUST make plans to go next year!

                              My weekend actually started out on Friday morning. My girlfriend, Colleen, and I dropped our two youngest kids off at their schools and hit the highway by 8:30. One hour into the trip, we stopped in Lebanon, MO, at an outlet mall to rummage through the Rams gear. Though the selection was limited, we still found a few bargains.

                              Back on the road by 10, we drove straight into St. Louis. I took Colleen to Union Station for lunch and more shopping. There's only a few stores there, but a few of them are loaded with Rams stuff! We added more items to our Rams inventory, not just for us, but for the young ones for Christmas.

                              Next, we went to our hotel, and the desk clerk was nice. He allowed us to check in a couple of hours early - I guess seeing a couple dressed in Rams stuff instead of Cardinals red was the key! We got cleaned up and headed out the door for a little sightseeing and then on to Llywelyn's Pub (Soulard) for one of the Rams Kickoff Parties. I thought that the other Clanners who arrived on Friday might make it down to the Soulard Llywelyn's since it was the closest to the dome, but we didn't see anyone else there. Trish and Shannon, a couple of lovely cheerleaders arrived at 6:30, making their way through the crowd and greeting everyone. They took the time to stay and visit with Colleen and I for quite some time, about 45 minutes. They were extremely nice, very friendly ladies. I did get a pic of Colleen with them. About 7:15, Danario Alexander arrived. He, too, made his way around in the crowd, greeting and chatting with the patrons. He was very friendly as well. Colleen asked for his autograph and a picture, and he was more than happy to oblige. I will say he seemed almost embarrassed by the attention - almost like he was uncomfortable with being in the limelight. There was also another man in a Rams jersey who garnered a lot of attention - he walked through the door wearing a #31 jersey. At least two dozen people flocked around him wanting his autograph. He soon found a dark corner at the bar near us, and I mentioned I liked his jersey, telling him you don't see too many Archuletta jerseys being worn anymore. He said he wished he didn't wear it - people thought that he was Adam Archuletta. I thought he looked a lot more like Will Smith of movie fame. After all, Archuletta wasn't African-American, was he?

                              They had some great giveaways and prizes, too. Spirit towels, tickets, VIP box tickets, season passes, a Chris Long autographed authentic helmet, a Steven Jackson autographed football, some jerseys - we didn't win anything, but we had a great time. One of the great deals was the beer - draft beer was $3.75 but if you wanted to keep the Rams beer glass, it was only $4.00. I got two...I have to admit, I wish I could have drank...
                              -09-12-2011, 09:02 AM
                            • sjacksonrules
                              Those going to the bash
                              by sjacksonrules
                              Well guys it is almost here. As I write this it is 5 days and 9 hours. I just wanted to see if we were meeting somewhere before the game and about what time.


                              Also I don't know about you guys but I will be screaming from the time the defense is lined up till they stop. I want to try and get everyone else screaming in the dome to so the offense can not hear. I was screaming most of the time at the whiners game last year and everyone around me seemed to get up after I did. So I figure since we are a bigger crowd we could get everyone else screaming too. We need to show the eagles what kind of 12th man we are. I think we can get the defense pumped up and get it to where vick is running for his life (and not succeeding).

                              And one more thing isn't it possible to meet the players as they come out of the dome afterwords? If so is anyone else planning on staying for that? I thought some people told me that you could get signatures after the game but it was pretty cold when I went last time and we didn't have the proper jacket for it.
                              -09-05-2011, 08:55 PM
                            • r8rh8rmike
                              2008 ClanRam Bash Weekend
                              by r8rh8rmike
                              With the exception of the game, it was a perfect weekend as far as I'm concerned. I had a blast from the moment I stepped off the train in St. Louis on Friday to Monday morning when I left.

                              It started immediately when my girlfriend Fran and I walked into the Drury on Friday afternoon to find Dez and several others taking advantage of happy hour, and we quickly followed suit. Then we all walked down to Big Daddy's on the waterfront and met most everybody else who was in for the Bash. Let me tell you, the alcohol was FLOWING! On Saturday, Dez drove a few of us all over the St. Louis area shopping for Rams crap, being led by his satellite navigation device which actually spoke with a British accent. It was hilarious. Then of course it was off to Jake's for the Bash dinner where we met more members and once again, the alcohol was flowing, including the 15 year old gasoline Dez was pouring everyone. It was a great evening with a great turnout and nothing but laughter all night. Special kudos to AvengerRam for helping to put things together and doing his normal stellar job of hosting the festivities. The next morning those of us staying at the Drury had breakfast before heading across the street to meet everybody else at the game. We whooped it up and high fived for three quarters until the bottom dropped out. Definitely the low point of the weekend. Despite the depression, several of us met for dinner later and managed to have a very good time. After breakfast on Monday, most of us headed off for home. Again, despite the painful loss, it was an absolutely incredible time.

                              It never ceases to amaze me how warm, friendly, intelligent and fun-loving every member of ClanRam I have met really is. Absolutely the best people on Earth, and I mean that.

                              I've posted some pictures from the weekend on my profile page and I'm sure others will do the same.
                              -09-17-2008, 02:37 PM
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