It’s strange to have the Rams back in L.A.
Even though I’m currently in suburban Denver, I grew up with the Los Angeles Rams-not realizing that they originated from Cleveland and moved to L.A. in 1946 after they won the 1945 NFL championship.
That’s strange, because teams usually move after their fanbase ditches them. These guys moved to Los Angeles not long after they won a world title.
They won another world title as the Los Angeles Rams in 1951, but then came the long drought.
The Rams either made the playoffs or were the laughing stock of the league-and I remember both extremes.
I remember when kids made fun of me in elementary school because I wore Los Angeles Rams’ jerseys; either Jack Youngblood’s 85 or Pat Haden’s 11.
I even got Pat Haden’s autograph when I was 10.
Longtime Los Angeles sportscaster, Fred Roggin, became an accidental commentator while in the course of being a sports anchor when he called the Rams ‘the Lambs’, but recovered beautifully when he said, “Well, they did play like lambs today.”
Hey, he told the truth on that one.
The Rams would either make it to a title game or they would finish near or in dead last, and it was no different when they moved to St. Louis in 1995, when they finished 7-9. The Rams finished 14-2 the season they won the Super Bowl-by one yard. However, they were in quicksand by the time they decided to move back to the beach.
Even as I watch this preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, not much has changed. They’re still the lovable losers-yeah, like I could actually do any better.
I may be in Denver. But, like, I’m from the Valley, dude!
That being stated, I’m glad the Rams-however good or bad-are back in Los Angeles, and I record the games whenever I can.
I guess part of me is still that 10-year-old kid who put on that Rams helmet in my backyard and dove into the dirt as if I were a wide receiver or tight end for Los Angeles.
However, the Rams are currently down to Green Bay 14-3 at halftime.