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The Rams Hold A Garage Sale

Last May the St. Louis Rams held a garage sale for season ticket holders out at their training facility at One Rams Way. It was one of those situations where you line up outside the gate and get a wristband and the color of the wristband determines when you enter. First fifty, second fifty, etc. My husband and I were in the second fifty. It was a rainy day and a light crowd and they ended up letting us in early. At the door we were greeted by various important looking Rams people. Was one Billy Devaney? Was one Kevin Demoff? At the time I didn’t know and didn’t care.

It was a thrill to be in the inner sanctum where the team practices when it’s too wet or too hot to practice outside and the amount of stuff they had for sale was staggering. This was when the lock-out was still in force and we figured the Rams staff was filling time by cleaning out every desk and closet in the place. There was everything from office-type Christmas decorations to the biggest shoes you’ve ever seen in your life. There were massive signs that had hung at the Edward Jones Dome at one time or the other, welcoming the team back, urging recycling and playing for 60 minutes, etc. These big signs were snapped up fast. But the best thing were the boxes and boxes of clothing. This was player stuff, never worn and in some cases still in plastic wrappers.

The check-out area was in the end zone and the merchandise was spread out from side-line to side-line up to about the forty. Tables of stuff, boxes of stuff, piles of stuff and even a small section of semi beat-up office furniture and weird corporate artwork. There was probably a hundred boxes of cheerleader calendars from the year before and at first they were selling each calendar for $1 apiece but as the day wore on they were giving away boxes of them to anyone who would take one. At the beginning of each check-out line there were boxes of free stuff…promo items from past games, foam first-down hands, thunder stick type things and my favorite…game worn socks half-white and half-blue.

I wanted a jacket. There were plenty to chose from, everything from light pullover windbreaker things to massive hooded, down jackets that went down to the knees. Rain coats, fleece-lined jackets, the Rams had outerwear for every conceivable weather condition. Trouble was, they were bought for players and they were all huge. It seemed 2X was the “medium” here and lots of stuff was 3X or even bigger.

My favorite items were the sideline sweats. They were grey, NFL branded, said St. Louis Rams Equipment and then had a player number. Everyone was digging through these boxes trying to find their favorite players stuff. It didn’t seem to be current players but I did find Atogwe’s #21 (he had just been released). And then the jackpot…Number 81. I initially went for it because last May #81 was Mardy Gilyard and he was my favorite player (don’t say anything! I know!), but a Rams staff person pointed out a difference in the NFL logo and knew when that change had been made and said it couldn’t have been Mardy’s which was disappointing, but then she said it has belonged to…Torry Holt! Score!

I did get my jacket that day, a still too large but I make it work medium. The only medium I saw all day. I got a bunch of other stuff too…$2 t-shirts and work-out shorts. Heavy long-sleeved tees. A bunch of the side-line sweats and a handful of the freebies. The Rams had put out footballs and those cut-out figures with the holes you throw balls through for some after sale fun. I kicked a very short field-goal. We really didn’t want to leave but after awhile there was nothing more to do. We filled up our car with our treasures and headed home loving the Rams just a little bit more.

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