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Headline News: ‘Arrivederci Aroma’

December 30th, 2019 · No Comments · Back in the Day, Football, Italy, Journalism, Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Rome

A clever headline tells a story … with a twist. I prefer to think everyone likes a clever headline, but I fear only people in the publishing business really appreciate a good “hed”. Like this one, from the Los Angeles Times 40 years ago. “Arrivederci Aroma: Rams Stink Up the Coliseum”

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Back in the Day: Joe Namath, Rams, Mystery Woman,Wrong Room

December 26th, 2019 · No Comments · Back in the Day, Football, NFL, Rams, Sports Journalism

Joe Namath has a new biography out, and in it the former New York Jets hero and leader of the great upset victory in Super Bowl III relates his spending Christmas alone, in December of 1979. The episode is outlined in this excerpt from “All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters.” And nearly any […]

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What I Said a Month Ago

December 17th, 2019 · No Comments · NFL, Rams

I buried the Rams on November 10, five weeks ago, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-12 and saw their record fall to 5-4. Over the weekend, the Rams were thrashed 44-21 in Dallas, to fall to 8-6. And rather than tell you about that particular game, how about going back in time, to […]

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The NFL’s Answer to ‘Frozen’

December 15th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, NFL

Perhaps you have heard about the successful Disney movie entitled “Frozen II” — a thing with princesses of a northern kingdom, spirits, trolls, a magic salamander and lots of ice. The National Football League, which appeals to a slightly different demographic, has a similarly successful sub-zero event. It’s called Chicago at Green Bay. It is […]

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Rams Fans: Your Team Peaked in 2018 and Now Is Heading South

November 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Write it down. The “new” Los Angeles Rams reached their zenith in a 54-51 nationally televised victory over the Kansas City Chiefs a year ago, improving to 10-1 and looking very much like a championship team. They did, in fact, reach the Super Bowl last season, but they were awful, against the New England Patriots, […]

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It’s NFL Time: Ready for ‘RedZone’; Not Ready for Fading Rams or Fishy Patriots

September 8th, 2019 · No Comments · NFL, Rams

In a few hours, NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson will begin firing National Football League news at us, with accompanying action clips. To me, that marks the true start of the NFL season. Not some bad Thursday night game that left people wondering about the competence of Mitchell Trubiski. I consider Hanson’s work some of […]

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Brian Goff: 1974-2019

April 25th, 2019 · 5 Comments · Football, LANG, London, NFL, Sports Journalism, The Sun

The last time I spoke with Brian Goff, I was a little annoyed with him, or so I thought. Really, I was annoyed with myself. See, Brian Goff did not annoy people. He was polite to the nth degree and seemed to have no enthusiasm for drama in the workplace. Or raised voices, for that […]

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A Day of Infamy for the Rams

February 4th, 2019 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Uncategorized

St. Louis, you can have them back. What’s that? You don’t want them? You don’t traffic in stolen franchises anymore? Good call. That was Super Bowl 53 we watched yesterday, and Rams fans (such as they are) can’t un-see it. I’m old enough to have watched every Super Bowl ever played, and your Los Angeles […]

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The Super Bowl Worst-Case Scenario

February 2nd, 2019 · 1 Comment · Football, NFL, Rams

That was my feeling, moments after the New England Patriots completed their 37-31 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football Conference championship game 14 days ago. “This is a worst-case scenario.” “This” being the Los Angeles Rams playing the Patriots for the Super Bowl trophy. And why, pray tell? Because the […]

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Remembering Super XIV: Steelers 31, Rams 19

February 1st, 2019 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

For those of you who have little or no recollection of this game, which was played in January of 1980, there is something you need to know: Despite the final score, this was one of the two best Super Bowls of the first 15 played. (Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17, in 1976, was the other.) It […]

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