January 23rd, 2000 the Rams had shocked the world and made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. They had just beaten the Vikings the week before and were now to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It had been a physical defensive battle all game. The greatest show on turf had been struggling, but the defense managed to keep them in the game. Down 6-5, the unthinkable happened. Quarterback Kurt Warner threw a perfect pass down the sideline to not Isaac Bruce, not Torry Holt, not even Marshall Faulk, but to Ricky Proehl, his first touchdown reception of the season, and it couldnt have came at a better time. After a controversial incomplete pass the defense managed to hold off the Bucs 11-6 and advance to the Super Bowl where they would play the Tennessee Titans.
Once again scoring was a struggle for the greatest show on turf. They had their opportunities, but they failed to capitalize and were forced to settle for three field goals. The defense once again played great forcing a shut out in the first half. The Rams finally scored a touchdown in the third quarter with a touchdown pass from Warner to Holt. The Rams had a comfortable lead up 16-0, the Lombardi Trophy was within reach. The Titans however, managed to battle back and tie the game at 16. The next drive was where all the magic happened. I think every Rams fan who was around at the time remembers it. Warner went back to throw and threw deep down the right sideline for Isaac Bruce who made the catch and broke away from two Titan defenders to make his way into the end zone. The Titans were not done yet. Steve “Air” McNair lead the Titans all the way down inside the red zone. As time ticked away McNair threw a pass to Kevin Dyson who was then tackled my MLB Mike Jones at the one yard line. The Rams had done the impossible and won Super Bowl 34.
Those were the good days right? The Rams hope to bring those days back sooner rather than later and to promise that to the fans the Rams will where the 1999 blue and yellow throw back uniforms against the Buccaneers and the Titans this season. A lot has changed since 2000. All three teams have had their ups and downs, for the Rams it’s mostly been downs. The stakes surely wont be as high as they were back then, but that doesnt mean they wont be fun games to watch. Last season the Rams wore the throwbacks just once against the 49ers and had much success pulling out the win, hopefully this season they do much of the same.
It’s always nice to see the Rams where their throwbacks, they bring back alot of good memories. If it was up to me they would be the regular jerseys and then the blue and white uniforms would be the throwbacks. Unfortunately that is not the case, but for now we get to enjoy these uniforms once or twice every year. Mark week 9 and week 16 on your calendar Rams fans because those two game will be special.