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As a Rams Fan Sometimes You Just Have To Say Something

By Laurie Brown

I’m a passionate Rams fan but I know where they stand. I went to every home game last year. I watched every away game on TV. I’m well aware.

The other night was 40 cent wing night at Culpepper’s, a local bar and grill type place here in St. Louis. Normally wing night is very popular and Culpepper’s is packed both in the restaurant and at the bar where you pick up the to-go orders. But this night it was freezing outside. I think it was 14 degrees or something like that. Serious cold with ice on the ground. Most people were staying home that night, but not me. I didn’t want to cook.

So I walk in to pick up my order and there are two other people at the bar, a woman doing some sort of paperwork which seemed odd and a guy obviously waiting for his own order to-go. This guy’s wearing a Denver Broncos jacket which makes me crazy. If you are from out of town and you are wearing your team’s jacket, fine. But if you’re waiting for an order at Culpepper’s, on wing night, in icy cold weather where you have to walk carefully so you won’t slip, you live here and you should be wearing a Rams jacket. Period.

So, I sidle up to the guy and say kind of sideways, “You know, we have an NFL team in this city too”. He turns and he looks at me kind of sheepishly and says that yeah, he likes the Rams but they were so hard to watch and he really likes Tim Tebow and so the jacket.

He seems like a nice guy and he does have a point about the Rams being hard to watch but that does not excuse the jacket. So we start to talk about the team and how we’re worried about Sam Bradford because he took such a beating this year and we hope he’s not been permanently psychologically damaged. We talk about Steven Jackson, how great he is and how we both feel he deserves a winning season.

I plug Craig Dahl because he’s my favorite Ram. We talk about the Edward Jones Dome and where we like to sit and we agree that it’s fun to sit in the end zone even though it seems like it wouldn’t be. I tell him how I met Torry Holt and how nice he was to me and how we hugged. (Yep, I hugged Torry Holt.) We talked about the Rams, we talked about the Rams, we wondered where our wings were and we talked about the Rams some more.

Finally Steve the bartender appeared with our respective orders. As we made our way out the door and shuffled carefully to our cars I suggested he buy himself a Rams jacket and helpfully mentioned that they should be pretty cheap right now. He said he thought he might. We parted ways and I stepped cautiously the last few feet to my car. The smell of the sweet and spicy wings mingled with the cold night air and I felt I deserved these wings especially tonight because I had brought a fan back into the fold.

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One Response to “As a Rams Fan Sometimes You Just Have To Say Something”

  1. Ron Davis says:

    from a Dallas fan . You are a great fan because your not a front runner . one day you will get rewarded .

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