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Ok Richie – I’ll Take Your Bait

In the Around the Horns blogpost from today by Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bill quotes Richie Incognito, the Rams fiery RG on his distaste with Rams fans and his happiness to play in front of mostly loud boisterous Bears fans.  I usually support the Rams players when they rip the Rams fans for being quiet, or selling their tickets or for anything else.  But, during this AWFUL season, this struck me in a different light.  Mr. Incognito, you are wrong.  Let’s take this apart one at a time, FJM-style.

“It seems like our fans aren’t coming to the game…”

The fans are not coming to the game, Richie, because the Rams are awful to watch and embarrasing to be associated with.  However, every home game this year has been a sellout enough to be shown on local TV, so it seems like the fans are still coming to the game.  Maybe they are spending more time at the bar than in their seat, but who could blame them?

 “…so it’s fun when the other fans come in and start hooting and hollering. At least someone is in the Dome yelling,”

Both groups of fans are yelling things at you, Richie, and most of them probably begin with “you..” and end with “…suck”.  But, I’m just guessing.  I don’t know too many Bears fans.

“When we played the Giants (Sept. 14 at the Dome), they had the whole lower bowl filled up (with Giants fans). We know how our fans feel about us; that’s fine.”

If you think the Rams fans think you are a bad football team, then you would be spot on.  I cannot and will not rip someone for selling their worthless Rams tickets for face value (or higher) in these tough economic times.

“It’s nice to have the other fans here. At least they cheer. Our fans get in their seats, they don’t know how to cheer, when to cheer.”

Ok – cheering at a football game is easy.  Yell when the other team has third down.  Cheer when something goes good for the Rams, do not cheer when something goes bad for the Rams.  The thing is, Richie, as you may have noticed, things have not been going so good for the Rams.  So the Rams fans have not been cheering.  It is as simple as that.  When the game gets close, the Rams fans will get into the game and cheer and scream.  But, inevitably something will go wrong and the Rams fans will stop cheering as with the cheering rules I outlined above.  It just seems like the other team’s fans cheer more because they have more to cheer about.  It is very hard to care for a team that does not look like they care either.

“We get the other team’s fans coming in, and they cheer real nice for us. It provides for a good football atmosphere, having the Chicago fans down here.”

Now, I’m really confused and I think Richie is too.  If he thinks that the other team’s fans are cheering FOR him…I’ve got a bridge to sell him.

There are a lot of problems with the Edward Jones Dome and Rams fans, but Richie Incognito is wrong in this case.  The Dome is very bland and there is too many commericals, crappy music and weird lighting.  Rams fans probaby got spoiled during the Greatest Show days and will inevitably compare any team with the ’99-’01 Rams.  But, there is an easy way to earn back the Rams trust and cheers…win.  There’s no tricks to it.  If you play hard, Rams fans will like you.  If you win, Rams fans will love you.

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