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    No home field advantage for Rams in London

    MATTIAS KAREN, AP Sports Writer
    Updated 3:32 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    LONDON (AP) — The St. Louis Rams are familiar with fans cheering for the opposition, even at their home games.

    They're likely to get an even bigger dose of that Sunday when they go up against the New England Patriots at Wembley in the annual NFL game in London.

    The Rams are technically the home team, but the Patriots — and especially Tom Brady — have a much bigger international following and may get more fan support.

    The Rams already had a taste of that in a home loss to Green Bay on Sunday.

    Coach Jeff Fisher said "we had a lot of Green Bay Packer fans in our stadium last weekend. ... Didn't bother us, didn't have an impact on the outcome of the game."

    Quarterback Sam Bradford said the Wembley game is "a big stage, a big opportunity."

  • #2
    Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

    We'll see what happens as far as support, and I'm happpy our UK members get this opportunity, but IMO, playing a "home" game in London is not a good idea. Of course, a big win might change my mind.

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    • #3
      Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

      Maybe it will be like Rocky IV.

      By the end, the plucky, upstart Rams will win over the foreign crowd and Sam, draped in a Missouri flag, will exclaim "If yous can change... and I can change... EVERYBODY CAN CHANGE!" (While Robert Kraft reluctantly applauds in his luxury box).

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      • #4
        Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

        The bad news is ther will be a lot more Pats fans in the stadium tha rams fans. The good news is that besides whiner fans another very popular uk team) most will be pats haters hence we should outnumber them overall.

        The only thing I hope is that the fans have learned a bit of how to cheer for a team. I went to the first 2 international series games and most of the crowd just cheered non stop so neither offense could hear a thing regardless, there was no home atmosphere for either team. After the last one I vowed never to go back (I've been spoiled and very lucky to go to STL 15 times in my life) as it just aint as good as going stateside for a game, but i wont miss the chance to watch my Rams over here. I am really looking forward to it and getting the chance to mmet up with some old freinds and new.
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        • #5
          Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

          Hmm, our friend Mattias underestimates the presence of the Clan in London! For one of our clan warriors on British land, ten thousand Rams fans march into Wembley!!!

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          Last edited by RealRam; -10-24-2012, 03:23 PM. Reason: Clan / Ram charge

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          • #6
            Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

            Cna it be any worse then last week at the Lou??

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            • #7
              Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

              If it was a "Road game", I wouldn't be able to see it, as the kitty kats are playing at the same time. With it being a "Home game", the AFC team gets the broadcast, that means CBS. Since there is no local AFC team, and CBS is otherwise known as the cheatriots broadcasting station, I get to watch the game on recordable TV.


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              • #8
                Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                Knowing that we have 6 days to acclimate in London, I'd still consider that home field advantage. Even though it'll be a neutral field in Wembley, we should play less sluggish than the Patsies. Just hope it'll outgun the talent pool in the Patriots offense.


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                • #9
                  Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                  No home field advantage what-so-ever. Wembley stadium: 60% Patriots fans, 35% Random fans, 5% Rams fans.

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                  • #10
                    Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                    The St. Louis Rams are familiar with fans cheering for the opposition, even at their home games.
                    What an embarrassing statement. It's a shame the Rams have such disloyal fans. I don't care if they move to LA or Mars, but they need to move somewhere they will be appreciated and supported.

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                    • #11
                      Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                      Originally posted by sosa39rams View Post
                      No home field advantage what-so-ever. Wembley stadium: 60% Patriots fans, 35% Random fans, 5% Rams fans.
                      So it will be like the Green Bay game then?

                      I don't know where you got your figures from, but they are rubbish. Random NFL fans will make up the majority of the crowd.
                      @EssexRam_

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                      • #12
                        Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                        Originally posted by tomahawk247 View Post
                        So it will be like the Green Bay game then?

                        I don't know where you got your figures from, but they are rubbish. Random NFL fans will make up the majority of the crowd.
                        Yeah I was kidding. But thats the sad part. We need to travel to another continent to try and sell some tickets, and 90% of the fans there wont even be our own...

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                        • #13
                          Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                          Yes but the CLANRAM will be there and I will be there .......... thats got to cound for something .... right!

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                          • #14
                            Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                            Unlike past years, when it was Buccaneers, Giants, Chargers, the neutral fans don't care either way. But the Patriots are polarizing - a lot will want the underdogs (Rams) to win. I still think the crowd will be the loudest they've played in front of this season.

                            We'll make some noise for them. Screw the damn Patriots.

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                            • #15
                              Re: No Home Field Advantage For Rams In London

                              Originally posted by TheBritishRam View Post
                              ...A lot will want the underdogs (Rams) to win. I still think the crowd will be the loudest they've played in front of this season.

                              We'll make some noise for them...
                              Go for it BritishRam!!! Make noise and Ram thunder! Like this ...

                              We'll be looking for Rams fans on TV - especially if they look like the ones in Post #5 above: from the Clan!

                              PS: Very nice upgrade modifications to the ClanRam website!
                              Last edited by RealRam; -10-25-2012, 06:31 PM. Reason: PS

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                              • TorontoRam
                                Reflections from London
                                by TorontoRam
                                I'm sure there have been posts about the advantages and disadvantages of the Rams playing a 'home game' in London, England. And, I'm sure I'd agree with most of them. However, Mrs. TorontoRam and some of our family and friends attended the game at Wembley and the surrounding festivities in Trafalgar Square and the 'Tailgate' at Wembley prior to the game. A few brief reflections:
                                • The NFL, Rams, and Patriots had the events, including the game very well organized and kudos to all including and especially Kevin Demoff and his staff
                                • The fans, many of whom were not necessarily Rams or Patriots fans but NFL fans (stands looked like a montage of NFL jerseys) were well behaved and obviously enjoyed the game (no hooliganism)
                                • The staff at Wembley have their act together big time. No parking and 85,000 people to access and egress the venue. London bobbies on horseback provided crowd control as fans left the stadium, allowing about 1,000 per train to enter the Tube as each train arrived and after each train departed

                                All in all it was a great event for the NFL and both teams although a disappointing outcome for the Rams.
                                After the game we went back to our hotel in London and watched Eli and the Giants carve up the Cowboys when it counted, which made our hearts leap with joy and gave us at least some consolation.
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                                -10-31-2012, 09:06 AM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                I'm not sure if I could support the London Rams.
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                The NFL announced today that it will increase the number of games played in London next year.

                                Some have suggested that the league wishes to have a team in London one day.

                                The Rams have an owner who also owns a sports franchise in London.

                                While I don't really think it will happen, let me say right now for the record: a move to London might be the only thing I can imagine that would cause me to cease being a Rams fan.

                                I am that opposed to having a full-time NFL franchise in London.

                                Frankly, I can't think of any good argument for having an NFL franchise in London (apart from the potential financial benefits to the league, which I don't care about). In terms of tradition, logistics (distance and time zone), the benefit of regional rivalries, and desireability for players, it is an absolutely horrible idea.

                                So, while I will support the Rams in St. Louis, Los Angeles, or any place in between, I don't ever want to hear about the London Rams.
                                -11-06-2014, 08:23 AM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                No Rest For Weary Rams In London
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                No rest for weary Rams in London

                                4 hours ago • STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

                                LONDON — Things are moving quickly for Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams as they deal with a change of continents and time zones.

                                Now their bodies just have to catch up in time for the annual NFL game in London on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

                                The Rams arrived at Heathrow airport early Tuesday morning, and a few hours later they were on a wet field in Regents Park in central London doing drills with about 500 local school children to show off the American version of football.

                                "I think everyone was a little bit tired on the bus ride here," Bradford said, "but that's why we got here so early in the week so that we could acclimate ourselves to the jet lag and get accustomed to the time difference. So hopefully by Sunday it'll be a non-factor."

                                In his live chat that's underway on the STLtoday.com website, Post-Dispatch football writer Jim Thomas was asked about the team's arrival in London. Thomas replied:

                                "So far so good in London. Very good hospitality. Long flight, not much sleep for the players. They arrived in London about 2:30 a.m. STL time (8:30 a.m London time), took a long bus ride to their hotel to check in, and then after about an hour at the hotel, the players took another long bus ride into London for a Play 60 event where they worked with London youth on some football drills.

                                "I think it's a good thing that the Rams are spending the entire week out here, to help get the jet lag out of their systems. Interestingly, New England isn't coming out here until Friday morning."

                                About the Rams' accommodations in London, Thomas said:

                                "I'm not going to mention the hotel — actually it's more like a country estate about 35 minutes' drive from Heathrow airport. Rolling hills, quaint cottages, cattle grazing, the whole bit. Plus a golf course, on site!

                                "But at the end of the week, the Rams are switching to a downtown London hotel (again, I'm not going to name it), I guess to have a shorter ride Sunday to Wembley Stadium and a quicker ride to the airport Monday morning. They can't leave until Monday morning because of air traffic regulations at Heathrow."

                                Sunday's game will kick off at noon St. Louis time (5 p.m. in London; daylight savings time ends there this weekend).

                                As the home team in the sixth regular-season game played in Britain, Bradford said the Rams are also taking their ambassadorial duties seriously and want to have a visible presence in London to help boost the game's popularity.

                                "I think it would be really easy for us to come over here and lock ourselves up at the hotel and just go through our normal routines," Bradford said. "But I think this is a great chance for the NFL to expand...
                                -10-23-2012, 04:25 PM
                              • THOLTFAN81
                                Official: Rams London Bound
                                by THOLTFAN81
                                By Jim Thomas, STL Post Dispatch

                                The Rams are headed overseas next season.
                                League sources told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday night that the team will play an AFC foe — believed to be the New England Patriots — during the 2012 regular season in London.
                                London, of course, is the home of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s Arsenal soccer team of the English Premier League.
                                The NFL games in London usually are played around mid-season. And with the exception of this season, when Chicago played Tampa Bay, all of the previous matchups have featured an NFC team vs. an AFC club.
                                The 2012 game will be a Rams "home" contest, meaning they will play only seven games next season in the Edward Jones Dome.
                                It is also believed that this could be a multi-year arrangement with the Rams, not unlike the Buffalo Bills playing in Toronto.
                                NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in October that he had been talking to several teams about becoming regulars in London to help build an overseas following.
                                Such a development, Goodell said then, would be "very powerful and lead us to what we ultimately would like to do — have a franchise here in London."
                                Tampa Bay, owned by the Glazer family, has played in London two times in the past three seasons. The Glazers also own Manchester United of the Premier League.
                                The NFL began playing regular-season games in London in 2007, so this will be the sixth such contest played at Wembley Stadium, which seats 82,000.
                                The NFL has committed to play at least one regular-season contest there through 2016.

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                                Enjoy overseas fans.
                                -01-19-2012, 11:02 PM
                              • tiger1971
                                London
                                by tiger1971
                                Well this was my opportunity to see The Rams at close quarters after many years of following the scores to greater and lesser degrees.

                                I have been much more interested this year after buying tickets as soon as they were available - £80.00 a piece to sit in the third tier at around the 15 yard line - than at any other point over the last 20 + years. I have followed my Association Football Club (Hull City AFC) for 20 years but my fondness for the Rams pre dates this.

                                Well the NFL certainly know how to throw a party! I assume the NFL put together the London game rather than the "home" team anayway.

                                My Steelers friend and I set off from Brough in East Yorkshire on the 0935 train ready for a day of NFL talk and the match, during the previous week my Steelers friend dropped the bombshell that despite being a Steelers fan for many many years and originally hailing from Memphis, she had never actually attended a Steelers game in the flesh. It also looks like we will be attending next year as I return the favour of lending my support to her team.

                                The journey down was fine and we high fived a few Rams fans along the way and hissed a couple of groups of Pats fans too.

                                Quick trip to our hotel to drop off the bags and we were at Wembley just before 2 pm, I had a couple of photos taken next to the massive posters of the Rams players and admired the way that Wembley had been be-decked with Rams colours, logos and images.

                                On the tube we met a family of Pats fans from Boston who we chatted to for a while - at one point four other Rams fans joined our carriage and we actually out-numbered the Pats fans 5 to 4 !!!!!!!

                                We headed pretty much straight away to the Official Tailgate party and the Rams logo'd bar area where my friend was very excited to find Bud Light on offer!!!! No sooner had we started to drink our first beer of the day we heard a massive boo from the 500+ fans in the Bar area - the NFL Network was on the big screens and Tom Brady had made his first appearance of the day and the majority of people were happy to show their feelings!!!!

                                We sank a couple more beers and grabbed some food and avoided the massive queues for mechandise (lets be honest we can grab this stuff online a lot more easily).

                                We then headed over to the Green Man to see if the unofficial tailgate was still in operation and wanted to curtail our drinking for a while. We arrived at the Green Man at about 1530, after side stepping a collapsed Chargers fan in the street, and grabbed another beer there. Decent location selling beer by the tray full and you can tell they are set up for this type of event on a regular basis!

                                It was really good to see so many NFL fans in all the different jerseys with so many different accents - french, scandinavian, german, japan etc etc Evena few american fans who were based in London but had never attended an...
                                -10-30-2012, 06:07 AM
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