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The Rams and Getting Their Signals Straight

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Rams

Think back to the Los Angeles Rams’ 2016 NFL season. Prize draft pick Jared Goff was a mess. When he finally got a chance to play, in the final seven games of the season, the rookie quarterback looked clueless and panicked, conditions that rule out competence. And, yes, he was 0-7 as a starter. The […]

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Eli Manning and His Career in This Blog

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, France, Lists, NFL, Sports Journalism

Eli Manning will not start for the New York Giants on Sunday, ending a streak of 210 consecutive starts at quarterback for the Giants, going back to 2004. However, the Giants are 2-9 and their playoffs hopes were buried weeks ago, and Eli will be 37 in five weeks and is not having a very […]

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Goff Prompts Re-Evaluations by NFL Cognoscenti — and Me, Too

November 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Rams

Let’s make this formal. I apologize for suggesting that Jared Goff was a bust. (This is Day 2 of the Empathy Tour; pretty sure I will get over it.) I never directly wrote, on this blog, these words: “Goff is a bust.” But I did suggest here and here and here that he could be, […]

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Rams Get a Reality Check

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Golf, NFL, Rams

Whoa, there, Rams fans. Your team is not going to sprint to the Super Bowl any time soon. That 7-2 start? Nice. But when the Rams stopped playing cupcakes and ran into another quality team, the Minnesota Vikings … well, it did not go well. To the tune of 24-7, with the “highest-scoring-team-in-the-league” Rams on […]

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Goff and Keenum: Showdown of 2016 Rams QBs

November 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Funny thing, NFL schedules. Fans and journalists yammer, before the season, about how easy or tough this or that team’s schedule is. And then they play the games … Which this year has led to an unexpected, semi-elite showdown of division-leading 7-2 teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings teams. Teams who, two months […]

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Rams and Goff on a Roll No One Saw Coming

November 5th, 2017 · No Comments · NFL, Rams

OK, everyone who predicted the 2017 Los Angeles Rams would win six of their first eight games, with Jared Goff in the upper third of the league in passing yards (2,030, ninth) and quarterback rating (97.9, ninth) … please stand up. All of you standing … thanks to owning up to your outrageous lies. We […]

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Solving the NFL’s Anthem Angst

September 24th, 2017 · No Comments · NFL

The National Football league prefers to focus all attention on what happens between the lines, even when brains are being battered. So we can be confident that league executives took no pleasure in the confusing mess that was the players’ protest during the national anthems at 14 stadiums today. The protests were not unexpected. They […]

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San Diego State Can Own the Nation’s 8th-Biggest City

September 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, Chargers, Dodgers, Football, Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, soccer

By population, the city of San Diego ranks No. 8 in the country, with approximately 1.4 million residents. By professional sports teams, however, San Diego now ranks perhaps No. 40 in the U.S. It has baseball’s San Diego Padres … and we are done talking about Big Four U.S. sports teams based in one of […]

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One Fine Day/Night: Dodgers, Rams Win

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Young sports fan me, ages 9 to maybe 15, would have been very happy with how this day turned out. My two favorite pro teams won! Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 4, leaving them one victory shy of clinching the National League West. The Rams 41-39 over the San Francisco 49ers, their greatest rivals, on the Thursday […]

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The NFL and Angeleno Disinterest

September 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Chargers, NFL, Rams

So, the NFL. The pain begins anew, tomorrow, with the New England Patriots and the not annually concussed Tom Brady playing the Kansas City Chiefs. The initial round of maiming for the 2017 iteration of a dead-end sport will be in prime time. Which prompts me to think about the two teams in greater Los […]

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