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  • LA Times Bashes Rams with Headline; Results in Backlash

    As the hangover from the Superbowl loss started to seep in, the Los Angeles Times believed that a snarky, insulting front-page headline would be just the remedy for mourning Rams fans.

    And insult they did. Labeling the team the "Lambs", they essentially diminished the incredible year the team has had to reach the biggest game in football. The impact the Rams organization has had to the sports community in Los Angeles is tangible and measurable.



    However, the significance of their impact this year expanded far past the gridiron. From the incredibly tragic shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in November to the havoc and destruction that the wildfires caused, the Rams were a pillar of support and stability in the community, with many players offering assistance and time to help the victims.

    With a year the Rams have had, both on and off the field, one would think that not only the fans would be behind them, but also the very news outlets that report them and beg for press passes.

    Unfortunately, it seems that either the LA Times are now ran by bitter Saints fans, or they are idiots and did not fully comprehend how much of an impact the Rams have had in Los Angeles.


    The results are telling. There is significant backlash on Twitter. People have been bashing the newspaper company, with many saying they have now canceled their subscription, some of which have lasted over 10-20 years. Several editors of the LA Times have come forward with very weak apologies, all of which have also been ridiculed.


    I think it's very telling that a team that has only been in the city for 2 years after a 20 year disappearance act can have enough support from its fans to make those fans turn off their loyalty to a newspaper that has been around since 1881.



    Los Angeles is now the Rams city. The LA Times better get with the times.


    ~Rockin

  • #2
    Way to go local fans! Who was the writer?

    Even the sub-headline is BS. Goff and Brady had very similar stats, including 0 TD and 1 INT each.
    “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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    • #3
      Maybe Im the minority, but Im ok with it. Im hoping this will light a fire under the a$$. They aren't bashing what they've done, they are bashing the pathetic superbowl bowl performance. I don't want them patting themselves on the back how amazing the season was, maybe that's why they sucked in the SB in the first place. Totally fine with it. I live in the NYC area and trust me the same headlines if not worse would happen here if the giants or jets laid an egg in the SB.

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      • #4
        I'm with you kman. As bad as the loss was I think that it will make the Rams a better team and more competitive in the future. Things that come too easily tend to be taken for granted. I think that this loss should make the team hungrier next season. I never liked the LA Times anyway.

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        • #5
          I don't have a problem with a critical headline, but to use the term "Lambs", which is derogatory slur used by hated rivals to mock the Rams, was WAY out of bounds IMO. Shame on the LA Times, which has become an agenda driven rag.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
            I don't have a problem with a critical headline, but to use the term "Lambs", which is derogatory slur used by hated rivals to mock the Rams, was WAY out of bounds IMO. Shame on the LA Times, which has become an agenda driven rag.
            derogatory slur?? come on man, I think that's taking it a little too far to describe it that way. We are talking about a name of a football team, not some racially charged comments about people

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            • #7
              As an aside, the person who writes a newspaper article DOES NOT write the headline. That is done by someone else at the Paper.

              I kind of agree with Mike- the term "lambs" is a well-known insult from the days when the Rams were horrible, re-surfacing periodically when a rival or enemy wants to rub salt in the wounds.
              I'm all for fans calling out poor performance, especially on the big stage, but for a well-known newspaper serving a team in a new market, Ii's not really a good look nor is it particularly original.

              Kman is absolutely right: The NY/NJ media does this regularly!



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              • #8
                Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
                As an aside, the person who writes a newspaper article DOES NOT write the headline. That is done by someone else at the Paper.

                I kind of agree with Mike- the term "lambs" is a well-known insult from the days when the Rams were horrible, re-surfacing periodically when a rival or enemy wants to rub salt in the wounds.
                I'm all for fans calling out poor performance, especially on the big stage, but for a well-known newspaper serving a team in a new market, Ii's not really a good look nor is it particularly original.

                Kman is absolutely right: The NY/NJ media does this regularly!


                Not only is that done regularly here in NYC area, no one makes a big stink about it. Maybe I have a bone to pick with the fans in LA. This team just had 2 good seasons, and yet the rams home games have more of the opponents fans at the games then rams fans?? Yet they are going to whine about a silly headline trashing the team?? That makes no sense to me at all. Start going to the games and supporting your home team, if you are going to be up in arms about a silly headline in a paper. I am not referring to anyone specific here, just LA in general if indeed people are up in arms about this headline

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kman1521 View Post
                  derogatory slur?? come on man, I think that's taking it a little too far to describe it that way. We are talking about a name of a football team, not some racially charged comments about people
                  Without question, it's a derogatory slur used by bitter rivals and those that hate the Rams. It's meant to demean, mock, insult, disrespect, and belittle. The LA Times had no business using it. Do you really think "derogatory slur" can't apply in a sports context as a pejorative?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post

                    Without question, it's a derogatory slur used by bitter rivals and those that hate the Rams. It's meant to demean, mock, insult, disrespect, and belittle. The LA Times had no business using it. Do you really think "derogatory slur" can't apply in a sports context as a pejorative?
                    no, I don't think so in my opinion...I don't get offended at all if someone calls the rams "Lambs". its just part of being a sportsfan..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
                      As an aside, the person who writes a newspaper article DOES NOT write the headline. That is done by someone else at the Paper.
                      Headline writers are like gossip columnists – all hype, no substance. I will say, I have not published if someone insists on titling my piece. Only I get to mischaracterize my intent. This is what they do, mischaracterize things. I'm just not sure if they are stupid or it's the editors who are more stupid for enabling the junk. It's not that the term "Lambs" is pejoratively insulting (I know, go look it up ...), it's that it's not an accurate characterization of the overall play.

                      NRC's seemingly unjustly penalized hit was not lamb-like. After a couple of up-the-middle gashes, Suh's "closeline" of a NE RB on the right side of the scrimmage line was not lamb-like. NRC's play on the ball resulting in Littleton's Int was not lamb-like. Franklin-Myers' sack and FF was not lamb-like. The clean tackle of Gronk that resulted in that hobbling thigh bruise was not lamb-like. And although it bent at the wrong time, the overall play of the D was not lamb-like. The O definitely was de-horned, but the D put its head down and butted horns for 3 /1/2 quarters. Just another mischaracterizing headline – what's new anymore. All one can ever do about righting a wrong, is to go vote, but with your wallet.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kman1521 View Post
                        no, I don't think so in my opinion...I don't get offended at all if someone calls the rams "Lambs". its just part of being a sportsfan..
                        Exactly. It's just part of being a sports fan, which is the context I take offense to the term "Lambs". I feel the same way about "Same old sorry ass Rams". In the sports sense, I see both as purposeful insults. Again, IN THE SPORTS SENSE.

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                        • #13
                          They should screen print that on Tshirts and paint it on the locker room walls until their next Super Bowl appearance. If history is any type of indicator they might be looking at it for a long time.

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                          • #14
                            I am still in recovery (listening to lots of rock and roll and not much sports talk) but they did cross the line here. Any LA Rams fan know this is a slam to our team. In this move the Times has declared that they do not support the Rams, which is no surprise. This publication has been slipping for years and losing readership. They are in the process of moving out of their downtown building and into a suburb in the south bay town of El Segundo which tells me they are not the force they once were. I had already cancelled my subscription after 35 years because they no longer report news, but instead give their opinion on it. That's ok though, the Times needs the Rams, not the other way around.
                            "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                            Jack Youngblood

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                            • #15
                              I'm actually shocked people still buy newspapers. There's more truth and facts in the National Enquirer and Mad Magazine.

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