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2013 Rams – WYSIWYG

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Not a lot going on in Rams Nation.  The Rams just wrapped up another round of OTAs (organized team activities) yesterday.  2012 draftee RB Isaiah Pead will miss the first game of the 2013 regular season after getting busted for taking PED’s.  And every returning member of the team vows to take on more responsibility or to take on a larger role in the Rams success this upcoming season.  Sam Bradford would like to solidify his leadership blah blah blah.

In life and in sports I believe in the WYSIWYG philosophy (what you see is what you get).  It’s the ole ‘if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck… it’s probably a duck’ approach.  For example, if you lose a pro bowl caliber and record setting running back and don’t replace him with someone with similar proven abilities, then your running game will not be as good as it was.  You can hope others with lesser credentials will step up and fill the void, but most of the time they won’t.  Don’t yell at me; most of the time it’s true.  The great thing about sports is 1 out of 10 times the improbable happens and it is extremely exciting.

Does my pragmatic view make me a bad fan?  Surely conversations would be more upbeat if I optimistically believed the Rams 2013 RB threesome (Richardson, Pead, and Stacy) would perplex and bewilder opposing defenses as they lead us to a 2013 playoff birth.  Am I a bad fan for not feeling comfortable handing over our own defensive secondary to two inexperienced and unproven safeties (McDonald and Stewart)?  I am definitely not a good fan if, although I admit Sam Bradford has skills and a certain amount of innocent toughness, I think he doesn’t have ‘It’. The winning NFL ‘It’ (don’t come at me with his college record.  I’m really tired of hearing that old hack.).  Just like Alex Smith doesn’t have it.  Just like Tony Romo or Mark Sanchez don’t have ‘It’.

So where does that leave me?  Well, first I confess I have become a little cynical after standing by the Rams from 2007-2011.  Those 5 seasons where not only bad seasons for the Rams; they were perhaps the worst 5 year stretch for any team in the history of the NFL.  So, after 1 semi-respectful yet still losing season in 2012 (although I did thoroughly enjoy our play against the SF 49ers), I have not all at once become a blossoming believer.  What I believe is that going into 2013 we will have the strongest offensive line we’ve had in years.  I believe that outside our deep defensive secondary we have a very tough defense.  I believe we have a lot of young talent that has brought a lot of speed with it.  I believe that if God is willing, we could have a very competitive and successful organization in a few years.  I believe 2013 will be another rollercoaster and rebuilding season.  I believe I will be watching every moment with great anticipation.

So, I’m left simply being a fan.  Forgive me for losing my wide eyed optimism, but I will still never stop cheering for the Rams.  Good or bad I’ll be there.  Go Rams!!!


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  1. […] 2013 Rams – WYSIWYG Not a lot going on in Rams Nation.  The Rams just wrapped up another round of OTAs (organized team activities) yesterday.  2012 draftee RB Isaiah Pead will miss the first game of the 2013 regular season after getting busted for taking PED’s.  And every returning member of the team vows to take on more responsibility […]… […]

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