First, an apology to those citizens of St. Louis who were born or have become Rams fans. As the name LARams.net implies, a primary premise under which this website will operate is that team owner Stan Kroenke will relocate his NFL franchise to Los Angeles, its home from 1946 to 1994. As folks in other great NFL cities, e.g. Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, etc., know, tradition in American sports typically falls a distant second in priority to short-term business decisions and the profit motive.
LARams.net is not intended to engage in schadenfreude or to unjustifiably denigrate anyone in St. Louis for lacking support for the team, but rather to celebrate the return of football to Los Angeles.
Having covered in professional capacity World Cup soccer, European and NBA basketball, CFL football and a handful of NFL team beats (Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos), editor/lead writer Os Davis has a personal stake in a Los Angeles Rams rebirth, having recently relocated to Orange County, a shout away.
Website commissioner Paulie C. has been a Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams fan since the days of Jack Youngblood and Vince Ferragamo; few await the return of the Rams to L.A. more than ol’ Paulie, despite his own location thousands of miles removed from La La Land. Why is the incipient Los Angeles Rams’ resurrection so important? Says Paulie C.:
“It’s all about tradition. They belonged there. There was history and a sort of nostalgia that came with the Rams being in L.A. Not as much as, say, the Cleveland Browns, but the Rams played in L.A. for a long time.”
(Also of note: The establishment of the Rams in Los Angeles in 1946 – a full dozen years before the Brooklyn Dodgers set up camp on the West Coast – made them the first professional team ever based in the city. Now that’s the kind of history Paulie C. means, Greatest Show on Turf or no.)
Relocation issues aside, LARams.net seeks to simply cover Rams football, day to day, week to week, through the offseason, preseason, regular season and perhaps even through the post-season for the first time since 2004 (despite the prospect of playing what’s shaping up to be the NFL’s toughest division). We’ll be talking draft, rumors, depth charts, odds, and of course the games themselves.
As for the advertising appearing on this website, well … anyone who’s run one knows about the time and money required in such a venture. We can promise that all advertising partners – including sportsbook, fantasy football and e-commerce providers – featured on LARams.net are legitimate and accountable, safe and secure in transacting business.
With the book now closed on the 2014 NFL season, the Rams are a team in transition – and not merely in the geographic sense. Even as the search for a proper QB continues, the defense gave fans for optimism as the likes of Arizona, San Francisco and Denver were stifled in second-half games. Yet question marks still riddle the offense even beyond quarterback (with a poor free agency market indeed): Can Zac Stacy lead a rushing attack? Was the dread-inducing WR corps merely a reflection of pathetic passing? And on behalf of the beleaguered QBs, can the offensive line be supplemented at all?
Will 2015 be the final year for the Rams in St. Louis? Highly likely.
Will the Los Angeles Rams reboot bring an immediate contender to La La Land in 2016? Maybe.
So what happens in the 2015 season? For that, we’ll have to wait and see. Watch it go down with LARams.net.
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