They can take the Rams out of St. Louis, but magical memories remain

BY NORM SANDERS
If you closed your eyes for a moment and just paid attention to the sights and sounds Saturday inside what used to be known as the TWA Dome, it all seemed too familiar.

St. Louis Rams pregame player introductions with the haunting beat of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” blaring in the background. Nothing had changed.

Clouds of smoke and chutes of flames filled the tunnel as Rams players were introduced. Isaac Bruce. Kurt Warner. Torry Holt. Orlando Pace. Adam Timmerman. Jeff Wilkins. Coaches Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz.

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St. Louis fans honor Rams legends indoors, trash Stan Kroenke outside

 

Eric Edholm

ST. LOUIS — Jeff Schnurbusch spent his hard-earned money on his beloved St. Louis Rams for more than 20 years, but he has made his final two purchases toward the team whose owner broke his and thousands of others’ hearts when the franchise moved to Los Angeles.

One was a ticket to Saturday’s Legends of the Dome game that honored the great Rams teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The other was a custom-made Rams jersey with one clear message.

That would be Stan Kroenke, perhaps the most hated man in Missouri. As much as Saturday’s event was a celebration for most of the Rams legends that lit this city on fire starting in 1999, it also served as another painful memory of the team that the city now has lost, the second time in 30 years an NFL left St. Louis behind.

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One Last Rams broadcast looms for Steve Savard


By Dan Caesar

It’s only a flag football game, but Saturday’s contest at what used to be known as the TWA and Edward Jones domes figures to be a memorable one for those involved — including more than the players.

The “Legends of the Dome” game is to showcase players and coaches from the Rams’ heydays in St. Louis, their “Greatest Show on Turf” days of the 1999-2003, and serves as a sendoff to pro football in St. Louis now that the team has left for Los Angeles.

It probably will be the final time many former Rams will play in St. Louis, and also shapes up to be the last Rams broadcast for Steve Savard — the team’s radio play-by-play broadcaster for the past 16 seasons.

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As Chuck Knox battles dementia, granddaughter fights for his legacy

By Bill Plaschke

LOS ANGELES — They are a different kind of team, in a different kind of battle, one that even the toughest days of the Rams’ impending training camp can’t match.

In a retirement home in Anaheim, the greatest Rams coach fights to find his memory.

In an apartment in downtown Seattle, his granddaughter fights to make sure the football world doesn’t forget him.

Chuck Knox, 84, suffering from dementia, spends his days in a pleasant cottage with wife Shirley, his striking blue eyes bright, his warm smile strong, but his mind faded, such that he recognizes few visitors and has little contact with old football friends.

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Rams games could still be aired in St. Louis, but it all comes down to ratings

 

By: Alex Alarcon 
With the Rams relocating from St. Louis back to Los Angeles, a big question is whether or not the city of St. Louis will still air Rams games. That question may have finally been answered. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar, ratings will determine if the Rams stay on TV in St. Louis.

Per Caesar, the last time a team left St. Louis (the Cardinals), ratings actually increased. For the Cardinals, their 42 games after they departed for Arizona were still aired in St. Louis, and the ratings were big. Actually, the games were shown more in St. Louis than in Phoenix. However, that was 28 years ago.

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Rams Roster Preview: C Tim Barnes, L.A.’s Road Grader

By QBKlass
Tim Barnes has been on quite a journey to get where he is now.

After going undrafted out of Missouri in the 2011 NFL Draft, Barnes signed with the Baltimore Ravens, but did not make the final roster. The Rams swooped him up shortly after his release from Baltimore. After years of being cut and re-signed, it would appear that Barnes has found a home with the Rams, at least for this upcoming season.

He was arguably the team’s best run blocker last year, especially considering Rodger Saffold was injured for most of the season. The mean streak that he plays with is a good tone setter for the rest of the offensive line. His movement skills in space are not the best, but he can handle 1-on-1 situations fairly well. Pass protection is not a strength for him, though, and may be his eventual downfall.

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Rams Player Profile: Safety Brian Randolph

by Christopher DuVall

Brian Randolph is a steal for the Los Angeles Rams and could outplay defensive backs already on the roster

It is hard to understand why Brian Randolph wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine and went undrafted after a fantastic pro day. The 6’0″ 200 lb defensive back ran a 4.4 in the forty which was second fastest of the safeties who had been invited. He did 37 reps of 225 lbs at his pro day which is nine more then any defensive back in the draft this year. The former Vol was a five year starter and a standout defender in the SEC in 2015. His stellar play resembles that of an early round pick. Randolph may not start right away but he will offer tremendous value to the Los Angeles Rams in 2016.

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Painted with love: Rams cheerleader spray painted Klay Thompson’s driveway

By: Alex Alarcon 
With the Rams relocation back to Los Angeles, the party scene and spotlight will be an easy access to players, even if their obvious focus is on football. However, it’s not a Rams player in the news this time, it’s a cheerleader.

Los Angeles Rams cheerleader Cherise Sandra was seen at Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson’s house party per TMZ, and she left her mark during the party. Sandra apparently grabbed a can of spray paint and went to town on Thompson’s front patio.

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