Friday, January 15, 2016

We Lost Our Football Team--But There is a Bright Side (Maybe)

If you follow sports at all, you've probably heard that St. Louis lost its NFL team this week. The Rams had been in Los Angeles for almost fifty years before moving to St. Louis twenty-one years ago. In 1999, the team won its only Super Bowl championship and earned the nickname "The Greatest Show on Turf."

But that's just a memory now. Amid much acrimony, the NFL approved the team's return to Los Angeles, and team owner Stan Kronke became Public Enemy Number One here in the River City. Native St. Louisian and Bravo TV personality Andy Cohen pretty much said what local football fans were thinking on his show the other night....


Personally, I think the NFL should have gone with Disney CEO Bob Iger's Carson project, which would have been home to the current San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. With Disney involved, it could have led to some interesting ideas for both team uniforms and potential themed luxury boxes. Collin and I had a discussion about it and came up with some ideas of our own. For example, the teams could have changed their names to the Rebels and the Stormtroopers and uniforms could be changed accordingly...

Maybe they could enter the stadium to the Star Wars theme and the Imperial march. Though I'm not sure the Stormtroopers' coach would want to wear that Darth Vader helmet.


And think about the potential for luxury boxes with themes. I'm thinking Star Wars, Marvel, Indiana Jones....


This could have made football a whole lot more fun!

 

18 comments:

  1. I imagine some Rams fans wouldn't mind having Kronke's head on a plate instead of a monkey head.

    I don't care for football (I really don't understand how a high school football game can bring in thousands of people), but the news about this did reach up here. Kronke spat in the face of the fans. There's a special spot in hell for guys like that.

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    1. The fans got even by filing a class action suit against Darth Kronke.

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  2. I really don't care for football either. If you want to watch fun games, go to your high school games and support them. They are playing because they enjoy the game.

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    1. I don't care much for high school or college sports, either. I never attended when I was in high school, and when I was at St. Louis University, where basketball is king, well, I hate basketball. I like baseball--our Cardinals are great! But my favorite is hockey. They beat each other up!

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  3. While I'm not a huge sports fan, I am a person who roots for his home town and state. I'd be pretty upset at losing my home team.

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    1. I thought the idiot owner's demands for a top-tier stadium were absurd, since the Rams were far from a top tier team.

      Now back in the days of the Greatest Show on Turf--that was different. Those guys were amazing!

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  4. The star wars uniforms are nice. The sleeves must be cut off though, to let manly arms breathe.

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    1. Yep...those muscles need breathing (flexing) room!

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  5. Atlanta's lost a lot of sports teams through the years. But seems there are always more wanting to come in. St. Louis will doubtless weather this loss and come up with something better!

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    1. I'd like to see the Oakland Raiders come here. They're a team in need of a stadium and we have a stadium in need of a team.

      Plus, I like their team colors. I'd buy a jersey or two.

      Some angry fans are burning their Rams memorabilia. I think that's wrong. The guys who played for the Rams when we won the Super Bowl have voiced their support for the fans, and it's their merch that's being destroyed.

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  6. Money Money Money !
    I remember when Georgia moved the Rams to Saint Louis. Karma.
    Is the studium up to snuff ? Do the fans support the team ?
    We had Angels tickets for many long losing years till they won the World Series.
    Is the stadium strong enough for the Oakland Raiders, they used to be "the thug" team.
    Hope this would work out ! Minus the thugs.
    But I am a baseball fan so what do I know.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. No, the Rams weren't in Georgia. They were in LA. They moved to St. Louis, and now back to LA.

      I like the Angels, too. They got a couple of our best guys.

      Thugs, huh? That could be interesting....

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    2. no no no Georgia Frontiere the owner of the Rams after Carroll Rosenbloom mysterious death. She wanted them moved ! Much like the owner of the Baseball team in the movie Major League.

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    3. The Rams were in Los Angeles almost 50 years. Georgia Frontiere was originally from St. Louis. She moved them here, ironically with the help of fellow Missourian Stan Kroenke, who bought the team after she died.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Los_Angeles_Rams

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  7. I think some team should eventually move there. There is so much money and politics in sports any more, it gets ridiculous. I watch football & baseball--merely because I enjoy the sports, but I try not to get too emotionally involved. I'm a Cub's fan. Need I say more?

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    1. St. Louis has also gotten some interest from Major League Soccer, which at the moment is extremely popular.

      A Cubs fan? You have my sympathy! (Just kidding....)

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  8. Disney and football. Might've been a great idea especially since i'm not much of a fan.

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    1. Think about it. Disney could make football interesting!

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