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15 years ago today the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl. I watched the game on the giant screen at the brand new Missouri State Student Union with @JeffSackman and @WilliamPepple and about 100 other students. It was amazing.
15 years later and the Rams have sunk about as low as possible. It’s been 11 seasons since the team had a winning record. The current owner seems determined to alienate the fan base so he can move the team to Los Angeles. Things look pretty bleak for football in St. Louis. But I refuse to get down on this team. So here’s a quick pick me up to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the St. Louis winning the Super Bowl.
Top 5 Current Good Things About The St. Louis Rams
1. Last season was a lot of fun to watch
As I mentioned in a previous post, 2014 Rams were exciting to watch despite their losing record
2. The new stadium proposal looks pretty sweet
A riverfront, open-air stadium would be awesome!
And it would do wonders for that section of downtown. The proposed site is currently a bunch of burnt down and abandon warehouses, and also where I tailgate before home games. I would happily trade the tailgate parking lot for a stadium parking lot!
3. The rest of the nation is finally mad at the New England Patriots for cheating
Watching the Rams lose to the 2001 Patriots was depressing. Finding out later that the Patriots cheated to win was infuriating. Watching most of the rest of the nation shrug off Spygate was baffling. Being two days away from the Patriots legacy being forever tarnished is thrilling!
It almost makes up for getting cheated out of the Super Bowl win. Almost…
4. Everyone now knows Stan Kroenke is shady
The fans have known that Stan was shady for awhile, but now it is common knowledge.
If St. Louis wants to stop him from stealing their team then it’s time to put up a fight!
5. St. Louis Rams gear is super cheap now!
Today I purchased a Kurt Warner Rams jersey at Marshalls on clearance for $15.
I’ve wanted a Warner jersey for years, but didn’t want to plunk down big bucks to buy one. When most folks abandon the team, it just leaves more to spread around for the real fans! $15 on the 15th anniversary is a fitting tribute in my book!
Today it was announced that Rams own Stan Kronke is building a new football stadium in California. Stan the Scam wants to steal back St. Louis’ franchise to Los Angeles, and now everyone knows it. Screw you Stan, we’re keeping this team! St. Louis might be known as a baseball town, but that’s because the locals cheer louder for the best results. And I can tell you first hand from this past season, St. Louis can cheer for a winner. I attended half of the Rams home games this year, and the hometown won 3 of the 4 games. The three winning games I saw were a hell of a good time. The Edward Jones Dome got loud, like wayback when it was the TWA Dome.
October 19th against the Seahawks was probably the most fun I’ve had attending a football game in St. Louis. It started out wild with the north river tailgate crew. Volz and Hot Rod were celebrating the attendance of 100 straight home games, stretching back to 2002.
A very celebratory tailgate gave way to an amazing win by the home team. The Rams managed to defeat the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks with trickery and big runs. It was nuts in the stadium that day, best win I’ve seen in person.
One month later I went down for another amazing game against another Super Bowl Team from 2013. It was snowing on the 16th of November as I filed into the dome along with a traveling legion of Broncos fans.
The Rams defense showed they were worth the hype as they shut down the all-time touchdown leader, Peyton Manning. It was like watching an unknown pitcher strike out Barry Bonds; amazing to see in person!
Two weeks after the snow, it was 70 and sunny on the last day of November as I walked in to the Dome.
That Sunday I watched the Rams obliterate the helpless Raiders 52-0. I have been to my share of blowouts that went against the home team, and I can now say I prefer it this way. All three games were a tremendous amount of fun and a great example of what St. Louis could potentially lose.
I think the St. Louis Rams are on the verge of having a breakout season, and it would kill me to see this team leave for L.A. I want the Rams to stay in St. Louis dammit! I think Stan Kroneke is doing his best to piss off locals like me into writing off the team, but I ain’t falling for it. This town supported a team through the good years, and it’s ready to do so again. St. Louis is a NFL city no matter what this rich asshole thinks. Keep the Rams in St. Louis!
With a city packed full of angry folks it was a good week to head to a place where everyone can let of some steam. What better place than the ballpark with the Tuesday Nite Heckle Club! This month I decided to put in some effort into planning an appropriate heckling crew. It paid off as I was able to pull together an all North County group of guys. And not just any NoCo guys, but the best type: Hazelwood West Class of 1996 guys!
Through the magic of Twitter and $6 tickets I was able to get a hold of a pretty impressive crew of guys I graduated with from high school. From left to right after me we have @dakOdin and @Klause222 and @ToddBlalock1 and finally @marcps fresh from his return to St. Louis from New York. I also brought heckling crew MVP Deputy Tim. He was Class of 1998, but close enough.
The game was a real strange one. Late in the game the Cardinals were down 4-2 despite outhitting the Reds 10-4. This was due to the three fielding errors and a lot missed opportunities on the bases for the Cardinals. Out in right field my heckling crew was hooting and hollering at Reds right Fielder Jay Bruce, but to no avail. The Cards managed to tie the game in the 8th, which set up a showdown in the bottom of the 9th. Right away the Cardinals managed to load the bases with no one out and chase the Red’s pitcher. A new Red’s pitcher came in to face Cardinals hitter Jon Jay. The crowd got super loud while the pitcher warmed up on the mound and came to a crescendo anticipating the showdown. And on the first pitch the ball went inside and hit Jon Jay on the leg. The Reds walked in the winning run!? The stadium went quiet for ten seconds as everyone shrugged a bit and then decided to cheer again. A win is a win, dammit! Even when the win is ridiculously anti-climactic. We still left the stadium happy.
Luckily for me that wasn’t the end of my nite. I agreed to drop @marcps at home up in Florissant, which turned out to be a great opportunity to show NoCo a little love. We stopped for a late nite snack at our hold stomping grounds, the Denny’s by the old McDonell Douglas campus. Nothing like a chicken fried steak after midnite.
It was great to be back in Florissant, even for only an hour. And it was great to hang out with so many great guys from Hazelwood West, if only for an evening. And most of all it was great to be reminded again that North County is still great place.
I could usually give a shit about soccer, but damn if I don’t enjoy watching Deutschland’s Futbol Team dominating at the World Cup 2014!
Watching the Germans embarrass Brazil at home 7-1 was so enjoyable, both for the images of crying fans and for the flood of jokes on Twitter during the game. Here were my two lame attempts.
Not to brag, but both of my Tweets were Favorited once. I guess you could say I’m pretty much blowing up online with my soccer fandom. The Finals on Sunday are going to be sweet, Go Germany!