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Rams and Polar Bears

The Rams football team is like a bunch of polar bears living in Antarctica. Polar bears are currently classified as a vulnerable species. Living in the circumpolar north the main threat to polar bears is the shrinking polar ice shelf. From the ice shelf polar bears do the majority of their hunting and breeding. Similarly, the Rams could be considered a vulnerable species.

They too might lose their current hunting and breeding habitat (St Louis). This is not even partially due to global warming, but due to shifting economics conditions which has cast a shadow on St Louis (and the rest of the country).

There are 19 subpopulations of polar bears, 5 are declining, five are stable, two are increasing and seven have insufficient data to make any kind of decisions. For the Rams there are 6 ‘subpopulations’, two are increasing (linemen and coaches), the quarterback position is stable, the running back team could be labeled as improving with new backup talent (Pittman, et others), the wide receiving core is an obscure bunch with hardly sufficient data to make any real decisions, and for the sake of brevity and keeping a positive foot forward, we will call the rest of the team the 6th subpopulation and denote it as stable.

There are many myths surrounding the lives of polar bears. They bury their black noses when hunting, they are left handed, and their hollow hair conducts ultra-violet light and captures energy. None of these things are true. In the same way there are many myths surrounding the Rams organization.

Under the flood lights of the Edward Jones Dome Rams players appear several feet larger than their opponents. Having unstable and uncommitted ownership will not affect their player’s performances. And in a losing sports culture, winning can be achieved without dramatic and expensive re-engineering.

When the most dramatic change is the acquisition of some talented lineman… it is a myth to think it will be a sufficient rutter to turn the entire ship.

Can we reverse the affect of global warming and save the arctic shelves? No probably not. Will polar bears become extinct? Hopefully not. I’m not quite sure what the answer is except to acknowledge there is a serious problem and that we must take swift, significant and consistent action to move things in the right direction.

(Thanks to Polar Bears INTL for PB facts.)

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