On the eve of the final game of this disappointing St. Louis Rams season, plenty of questions arise. The committee on NFL opportunities in Los Angeles is set to meet in about a week and a half to make a decision on who’s moving where and what’s to become of the NFL situation in LA. Fans alike of the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Oakland Raiders all await their team’s fate.
Dave Peacock and the St. Louis Stadium Task Force have worked their tails off to get the St. Louis Stadium proposal together and approved, and the entire city of St. Louis and Rams fans thank them whole heartedly. Now all we can do is wait, and watch Sunday’s regular season finale at Levi’s Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers; 385 miles away from where Mr. Enos Stanley Kroenke wants to build his beloved stadium in Inglewood.
As much as Rams fans like myself don’t want to admit it, Sunday’s game might be the last time we ever watch the “St. Louis Rams” play a game under that name. The game doesn’t mean much for either team, being that the Rams are 7-8 and the 49ers are 4-11 and neither are in contention for a playoff spot; although the Rams could finish at .500 for the first time since 2006.
I was talking to my old man the other day, who grew up a St. Louis Cardinals football fan. He was talking about the team back then and them moving and I found something incredibly ironic. Back in 1987, the Cardinals last home game in St. Louis came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rams could potentially move after this season and who was their last home game against this season? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The scores of the games were incredibly close too. The Cardinals beat the Bucs 31-28 in 1987 and a couple weeks ago the Rams beat the Bucs 31-23. I doubt the Rams lose tomorrow against the Niners, but if they were too, they would finish with the same amount of wins as the ’87 Cardinals, seven. A few very odd coincidences.
A conspiracy theorist would be all over that last paragraph but who knows? I think I can speak as a whole for Rams fans here. We will be glued to our televisions on Sunday watching our Rams just as we have throughout the years. We’ll yell at our screens every time Greg Robinson gets a holding penalty or a big return is cancelled out due to a block in the back penalty on special teams. We’ll also shout for joy every time we see AD99 in the backfield sacking the QB or Trumaine Johnson getting another interception. The possibility of the Rams leaving won’t be on my mind Sunday. For me, it’s going to be just like every other Sunday. Cheering my heart out for my favorite football team. Go Rams, and keep the Rams in St. Louis.