Deadspin Rams Preview Takedown – Part 2

Please see my initial response to the Deadspin article about the St. Louis Rams below.

Again, my issue is not with suggesting the Rams “suck”, but the evidence “Adam S.” uses to justify his position on the Rams.  Let’s go quote by quote. Check the full article here. (Naughty language warning applies whenever going to Deadspin.)

It is not a football town

True.  The St. Louis Cardinals will always been king in St. Louis.  No one is arguing that point.

and if you live within 180 miles, you are stuck either watching lame Rams games or the Sham-Wow guy … during the dozens of blackouts that I have put up with.

One again, if you live in Eastern Missouri or Southern Illinois, you are going to get the local team’s games, which is the St. Louis Rams.  If you have an issue with this, get DirectTv and watch whatever games you want.  Local games are shown in the local market.  However, I’m confused about the “dozens” of blackouts.   Is he talking about the Rams blackouts?  The Rams were never blacked out in the local market until 2006 and every weekend in every market 3 NFL games are shown at noon and 3pm Central time.

More takedown after the jump!

My first game ever, I saw Rich Brooks’ … Rams receive the opening kickoff against the 49ers. The 49ers took less than 30 seconds and only two plays, even though they kicked off, to score a Young-to-Rice touchdown.

So, let’s see here.  This must have been week 8 of the 1995 season and the Rams 4th home game.  Was it the first Rams game watched or attended?  The first game the St. Louis Rams played against the San Francisco 49ers was a rout for 49ers 44-10, but the first touchdown was a pass from Elvis Grbac to John Taylor. Not exactly Young to Rice.  If you are going to write an article for Deadspin, at least do your research.

I went to the worst game in the history of the NFL. The score was 15-12 49ers, there were only 431 yards of total offense. 8 turnovers, including 5 fumbles by Tony Banks (4 were lost), one Lost fumble and 3 interceptions by Jim Drunkenmiller.

So, it looks like “Adam S.” can use Pro Football Reference, after all.  I was at that game in 1997, but one I would argue was worse was the Rams 1998 season opener in which the incomparable Jerald Moore fumbled on the Rams own 5 yard line on the first play from scrimmage in the game.  The ball was scooped up for a touchdown by the New Orleans Saints.  The play was a toss sweep to Moore who couldn’t get to the edge if there was a buffet there.  The Rams were on the 5 yard line because of a penalty on the opening kickoff.  Didn’t bode well for the Rams 4-12 season.  Oh yea, and the 49ers QB was Jim Druckenmiller.

Brenda Warner: I have to say, she is in style wherever she goes. In St. Louis, she had that mom-jeans … look that is so popular in the Midwest. Now she is in Arizona, she looks hotter than the cougars we tried to pick up while we was in Nashville this weekend. The Midwest just does that to you. That’s why I stayed in the South.

Oooh, a Brenda Warner joke.  How topical!  Those went out of style in 2001.  And yes, “Adam S.”, you are so cool trying to pick up cougars in Nashville, so thanks for including that.  I’m obviously awed by your inability to pick up so-called “cougars” with your friends. Wait, you live in the “South”?  Why are you complaining about Rams on your local TV?  You don’t even live in the local TV range.  Unless you count Sikeston, MO as the South.  Good luck with those cougars Adam.

If you have a Super Bowl MVP quarterback who hurt himself playing, while all of the good player on his team get hurt, and a mediocre [one]who looked good because he was put in as soon as everyone got healthy, which would you keep?

Another Warner vs. Bulger argument?  Seriously?  Ok, this really must be 2002.  I don’t know what Kurt Warner you watched when he played with the New York Giants.  Warner was seriously shell-shocked from the Rams offensive schemes that required him to hold the ball longer than all other QBs in the game.  Warner looks like a better QB than Bulger now, but did the Rams want to keep him while he cowered away from every throw for 2 seasons?  I don’t think that Kurt Warner would have made the Rams a better team over the past 5 years than Bulger did.  The Rams had so many problems elsewhere, including the offensive line that it wouldn’t matter who was the signal caller.  Warner looks better with an offensive line that can pass protect and the best 3 WRs on one team in the game.  If Bulger gets time and has weapons, he will be more than “mediocre” as well.

That’s it.  Takedown complete.

One again, my issue is not with saying the Rams suck, because they have and certainly will again sometime in the future.  But, the points that are presented are from 2002 and before.  They are all certainly covered elsewhere in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002 ad nauseam and no longer apply to the current crop of Rams players, coaches and front office.  Deadspin is a behemoth in the world of sports blogs and if this is the way the Rams are represented, that is sad.  But, it is the way the Rams are represented and that is sad.

This is the kind of article I would expect from the Bleacher Report.  It is full of obscenities, inaccuracies, misspellings and inappropriate non sequiturs.  Of  all the articles to choose for the “Why Your Team Sucks” preview on Deadspin, this one is beyond awful.


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