I never thought I’d say that.
I’m a wounded Rams fan like a lot of Rams fans. Over the years I’ve run the gamut from eager fanatic to clinically depressed season ticket holder. Parts of this season did not inspire confidence. Were the Rams better or not? I could not stand another season of embarrassing losses and hearing my team booed off the field.
We were all wondering what kind of team they would be this year. They made us wonder too with their ridiculous games with question choices made by the head coach down. (Jets. Vikings.) Thank God there was the new dome Pro Shop to drown my sorrows in after those games.
But then all of a sudden, like a kid bullied in junior high, the Rams seemed to develop an “I’m not taking this shit anymore” attitude led by head trouble-maker Cortland Finnegan with probable encouragement from Mr. No I Never Smile, JF. They showed some real toughness in the first San Francisco game. It looked different. Sam didn’t fold like origami. During several games there was post-play pushing and shoving. It was like hockey but better because it was the Rams. If *only* Jeff Fisher had thrown a punch in there somewhere. You know he wanted to.
Everyone took a half-step back, started to take notice. Then the Rams beat the 49ers. What? They would actually get mentioned on Sports Center. Steven Jackson went all alpha-male a few times and got benched for it once. (We all know that’s what happened.) Even Sam Bradford showed emotion. Something changed and it worked for them.
So, it’s all over now and I’m thinking ahead to season ticket renewal, the draft and training camp. It was a far from perfect season, closer to something like somewhat above adequate, but the Rams have become tougher and thus more competitive thus more fun to watch. I’m curious and excited to see what they bring next season.