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RamView: Week 11 – Part VIII

RamView, November 22, 2009
From Row HH
(Report and opinions on and from the game.)
Game #10: Arizona 21, Rams 13

* Upon further review: Bill Leavy’s crew left plenty to complain about. I’ve seen nothing to convince me the spot wasn’t off by at least half a yard on Jackson’s 3rd-and-1 run in the 2nd. It’s spotted as no gain, and the Rams don’t convert on 4th down, either. Fitzgerald always gets away with pass interference, but what he did to Justin King on his TD bordered on cartoonish. The crowd really, really wanted DPI on DRC on the 4th-down end zone pass to Avery, but seeing it on TiVo, it looks like a fair call. I sure hope the 15-yard penalty on Goldberg, whatever it was, was worth calling at that juncture of a close contest, though I rather doubt it. I’ll levy Leavy a C-minus.

* Cheers: Even in a loss to the hated Cardinals, this game had one of my favorite Dome moments. The stadium was eerily, nervously quiet waiting for the Rams to start their potential game-tying drive in the 4th. What should happen to pop up on the video board to break the silence? John Belushi rallying the Deltas. Over? Did someone say, Over? NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL WE DECIDE IT IS! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! The crowd went nuts. When Bluto asked, “Because when the going gets tough?” we all yelled back, “The tough get going!” Avery started making plays a minute later and the crowd stayed bonkers. We had our moment, until the Rams failed to convert at the end. Still, more Bluto rallies, please. Who’s with me? Let’s gooooo…. Up until then, there was little mistaking the crowd’s dissatisfaction. The Rams were pretty much booed off the field at halftime, and Spagnuolo’s decision to kick the second FG was booed as hard as I’ve ever heard that booed here. The halftime show was by the stylish Willard (S.W. Mo.) High School Band. The Rams generously bought up 4,000 tickets to put the game on TV, but I doubt three poor quarters and a belated rally will spark much walk-up traffic for Seattle next week. Expect a blackout Sunday and a much-less-detailed-than-usual RamView on Monday.


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