Stories on the business of moving the St. Louis Rams franchise

So what can Kroenke, new facility do for Inglewood…?

Friday, May 20, 2016 1:17 AM

Welcome to Inglewood, city of championsWhen entering Inglewood, the driver is greeted with a sign welcoming him/her to “The City of Champions.” Some truth exists within the bold proclamation, but such glories are at present in Inglewood’s past: specifically, the trophy case of this would-be Titletown holds six titles the “Los Angeles” Lakers won there before the franchise jumped ship along with the then title-less Los Angeles Kings just in time for Shaq ‘n’ Kobe to assert their dominance over the NBA from the Staples Center.

Three reasons why football fans cannot possibly vote for Donald Trump

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 1:37 AM

On a Super Tuesday on which we can also celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the USFL, LARams.net  reckons it's an appropriate time to rerun this piece, which was originally posted in October of last year. The point: If you must vote Republican, please don't vote for the guy who killed the most noble experiment in American professional sports...

Donald Trump has a commanding lead over his would-be competitors for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. This writer is an unabashed stat guy when enjoying two obsessions – football and electoral politics – so let’s crunch some numbers.

•  US census bureau statistics say that 23.1% of the population is under 18 and thus ineligible to vote. Of the estimated 318.9 million, this leaves 222.9 potential voters.

Three reasons why any self-respecting football fan cannot support Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:04 AM

On a Super Tuesday on which we can also celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the USFL, LARams.net  reckons it's an appropriate time to rerun this piece, which was originally posted in October of last year. The point: If you must vote Republican, please don't vote for the guy who killed the most noble experiment in American professional sports...

Donald Trump has a massive lead over his would-be competitors for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. This writer is an unabashed stat guy when enjoying two obsessions – football and electoral politics – so let’s crunch some numbers.

•  US census bureau statistics say that 23.1% of the population is under 18 and thus ineligible to vote. Of the estimated 318.9 million, this leaves 222.9 potential voters.

YES!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:07 PM

It’s official: The Los Angeles Rams are returning for the 2016 season!

Here comes the cavalry and/or Jerry Jones!

Saturday, January 9, 2016 11:33 PM

The most interesting bit for a Rams fan during the late stages of the Kansas City Chiefs-Houston Texans playoff “contest” yesterday? The teaser-style announcement that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the most vociferous supporter of Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s bid to move his team to Inglewood, was attempting to broker a deal which would bring the Rams along with the Chargers into Kroenke’s planned venue on the old Hollywood Park site.

Unfortunately, little got out to the greater public than a single in-game utterance for about 12 hours, when Pro Football Talk provided some details this morning about Jerry’s pitch at the NFL’s current conundrum regarding which of three prospective franchises to move Los Angeles.

Irony-free TNF commercial highlights San Diego, Oakland fan bases

Monday, December 21, 2015 1:02 AM

Chargers, Raiders fans plug Thursday Night Football -- O, the irony!With no apparent sense of irony, the “Thursday Night Football” producers began running the latest installment of the cutesy “My Team” advertising campaign as scheduled during last night’s Arizona Cardinals-Philadelphia Eagles game.

Like the other spots in the run of commercials this year, this spot for the Thursday night NFL game (click on the link, ‘cause this is damn hard to find online) features two “typical” fans from the teams’ home markets exhorting viewers to tune in. Unlike the other spots, this particular ad comes off as anywhere from absurd to ridiculous thanks to the fact that both of these supposedly chummy NFL supporters are from cities – San Diego and Oakland – which could well be bereft of their “beloved” franchises two weeks from now.

Mixed messages, speculation continue (no kidding) on Rams to Los Angeles

Saturday, December 19, 2015 10:44 PM

What’s a fan to do on a Sunday when the Rams are off? There’s futilely cheering on the Cleveland Browns (argh) in a last-ditch chance to beat Seattle and thus keep the Rams’ under-1% chance of advancing into the playoffs (giggle), but that feels likely to go south in direct opposition to the beer tab real quick. And those of us lucky — that’s right, *lucky* — enough to get into the fantasy football post-season will be refreshing, checking and repeating.

On this Sunday early, though, LARams.net is checking the state of the Rams’ move to Los Angeles, a perhaps already done deal about which the 99% (let’s face it) actually *knows* little to nothing.

Naturally, more than a few theories are available online, mostly falling into one of three geographically-centered viewpoints:

Yellow Rams suffer anxiety about last(?) game in St. Louis

Thursday, December 17, 2015 12:29 AM

As though things weren’t bad enough for the Rams in a rare Thursday Night Football (only on NFL Network! Yippee): They’re geared up in chicken yellow, are going on four days off and are still “powered” by what is now universally acknowledged among fandom as the league’s worst quarterback situation.

On paper, last week’s nearly-blown win over the just-as-sorry Detroit Lions provided a little optimism for a few fans. The 21-14 broke a seemingly interminable six-game losing streak with a Jeff Fisher special, a by-the-numbers win – and by “by the numbers”, LARams.net means the following:

1. Pray for a defensive touchdown
2. #FeedGurley
3. Repeat

Shocker: NFL exec defends billionaires, self, public funding of stadiums

Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:46 AM

If NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman really wanted to advance a line of bullshit exonerating St. Louis Rams billionaire owner Sam Kroenke from ponying up his own money for stadium funding, why would he take that game to St. Louis sportswriter Bernie Miklasz, an often eloquent observer grown cynical in coverage of the Rams’ seemingly inevitable departure to Los Angeles?

Los Angeles fan’s reaction to Rams season thus far: Sour grapes

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:12 AM

In 2015, Rams fans are the fox and the NFL playoffs are the grapes...One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch.

“Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he.

Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”

“The Fox and the Grapes” by Aesop