Ever since the Rams have moved away from the Los Angeles area, the team has struggled to find their place in the NFL. In their relatively short stint in Cardinals Land, the lowly Rams made it to only two Super Bowls, and won only one against a dismal head coach in Tennessee. That dreadful showing in the 19 years the teams has been in St. Louis obviously was not enough for Stan Kroeke to keep the team in his hometown any longer…
St. Louis is a baseball town, after all, and saying the team has struggled mightily over the past decade might be an understatement; picking in the Top 5 of the NFL Draft more times than they have made the playoffs over that period of time. It was only a matter of time until the NFL tapped into the second-largest media market in the United States, and with Minnesota and Buffalo finalizing plans to stay in their respective cities through the 2019 season, the Rams were the next logical choice. The growing distaste between the St. Louis Rams and the city of St. Louis on “renovating” negogitations has cast a dark light over the organization for the last couple of years. Now, with a fresh start in Los Angeles, the NFL hopes that moving the Rams will bring success and popularity to a bleeding franchise.
The move is expected to occur at the end of the 2014 regular season, just as the lease on the Edward Jones Dome has expired.
— Tony Softly (@SoftlySTL) April 1, 2014
Unconfirmed reports this morning out of the Los Angeles area have shown fans are already filling the streets outside the team’s former home, Angel Stadium, after hearing the news. The festivities are said to possibly even delay the home town’s baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels, later tonight when they are set to take on the Seattle Mariners.
The move also means that Rams head coach, Jeff Fisher, will now be apart of two teams that have ended up moving, his first being when the Oilers/Titans moved from Houston to Tennessee. Fisher did not last long in Tennessee after the move from Houston, which raises questions about his future with the newly-crowned Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams are expected to play in Angel Stadium starting in 2015, while plans are being hashed out for future stadium to be build. The hope is that the land Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, purchased awhile back will get approved for the building of a MLS stadium, rumored for the LA Gunners, that would also serve as a home for the Rams; meaning a dual stadium for both the Gunners and Rams. It could also be the home of Super Bowl LVI.
The Rams will also make the uniform switch going back to old school yellow/blue combination, something that all Rams fans wouldn’t mind seeing.
This debate on whether or not the Rams should be in Los Angeles or St. Louis has always been a hot debate among fans, and it looks as if the “old timer” L.A. Rams fans will win this round. Whether or not the fan base will split after the move is still yet to be known. Either way, you have to feel bad to the “old, old school” Cleveland Rams fan base, who, again, lost out on an opportunity to have a real NFL franchise in their city!
As for the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis is said to be “in the running” for an expansion NBA team, prematurely named the St. Louis Thunderbirds. An unconfirmed report is stating that former L.A. Rams superstar, Eric Dickerson, could be the main buyer behind the team and that Jim Crews, the Saint Louis Billikins current head coach, is the likely candidate to coach the new team, should St. Louis win the expansion bid.
So much information all at once.
The Rams move from St. Louis has already, less than 24-hours in, surprisingly changed a lot in the sports world. Who knows how successful the new Rams will be in Los Angeles? One thing we do know: This entire story is phony. Happy April Fool’s Day from all of us at Ramblin’ Fan!
*Tony Softly is a parody account of Tony Softli; it is not a real account*