Yeah, the NFL and Stan Kroenke do know who to lawyer-up.
I think they feel Trubisky is more of a prototypical pocket passer and a more accurate thrower than Watson. But I definitely see where you're coming from. Watson certainly knows how to win and knows how to play on the big stage in the biggest games. But it's his accuracy as a pocket passer that has some teams concerned. And I think it's a fair question on Trubisky. A guy that may be expected to come in and lead an NFL franchise on Day 1, couldn't even start in college until his junior season.
I've mentioned it several times in this forum and elsewhere. A once-passionate, 21-year marriage ended in a messy divorce. You don't get over that in a few months or perhaps even in a few years. And it's as much the way it happened as the fact that it did happen. With Stan Kroenke trashing the city on the way out of town. The Rams and the league seemingly misleading St. Louis on their intentions. I never try to pander to anyone. And while it may be understandable why the Rams moved, that doesn't mean it was fair. And for all the old LA Rams fans that say they stuck with their team through think and thin, I ask you this: If another team had moved into the market and won a Super Bowl with one of the most excited offenses in NFL history, would you have stayed loyal to the StL Rams? Think about that.
My, you are an optimist. The NFL knows how to lawyer up, knows how to pile up legal fees, knows how to test the will of anyone or any city going against it. This figures to be a long ride, barring a settlement.
In my experiences there, pretty good. Crowd's pretty into it. The stadium is just off the downtown area, next to the Cumberland River. Sightlines seem to be pretty good in the stadium. Lots of country music played during timeouts.
Yeah, the "baseball town" narrative never seems to go away. And when I do an out-of-town interview (radio, webcast, etc.) I'm frequently asked about the empty seats as well. I point out that the Rams had only 9 blackouts in their first 15 seasons here, a stretch that included most of the 15-65 freefall from 2007-2011. I also point out that in one offseason _ after Kroenke announced the Inglewood stadium plan and it became clear he planned to move to LA _ that the Rams lost 10,000 season tickets in their last season in St. Louis. Pretty understandable, you would think, under the circumstances. Otherwise, the fans were amazingly loyal. I think if you had 13 consecutive non-winning seasons in any market, you'd see plenty of empty seats. But St. Louis does get its share of sympathy/empathy from other writers. After all, there are plenty of NFL cities that have lost franchises in the past 35 years: Oakland, LA, St. Louis, Houston, Cleveland, Baltimore, San Diego.
Wow. You're going Old Testament here.
Certainly is. Make no mistake, the NFL loves the fact that Kroenke is building a palace for them in LA, but I think the league generally has come to the realization that Stan isn't much of an owner when it comes to the football part of things. You know, winning games. For their last three years in St. Louis, Kroenke and Demoff were much more concerned about getting that stadium project going in LA than they were about the product on the field in St. Louis. And I think that will come to light if certain "witnesses" are called on to testify if this thing ever reaches trial.
Donald very easily could be a $100 million man when it's time to do his contract extension.
I guess the agent is saying that Foster's shoulder is healing quicker than expected. But according to ESPN just the opposite is happening _ its not healing as expected. (I haven't read the story.) Saban is rough on his players. Lots of padded practices. And it's not uncommon for Alabama players to be kind of beat up when the enter the NFL. So this situation is worth watching. Certainly if there are long-term concerns about the shoulder, it could cause him to drop.
The consensus seems to be that Fournette will go first and could very well be a top 10 pick. A lot of people don't think he'll get past Carolina at No. 8. I I'm not aware of anyone that has Cook rated that highly. Fournette looks like the quintessential NFL power back. Although at this point, Cook clearly looks like a better pass-catcher. He had nearly twice as many catches in college as Fournette. Cook does have more injury issues than Fournette, including two shoulder surgeries.
C'mon now. You're talking about the guy who discovered Kurt Warner.
Have done very little court reporting over my career, although I did cover part of the big Freeman McNeil case way back when that paved the way to modern free agency in the NFL. If this thing does reach trial, I very much would like to be part of our coverage team.
I read that somewhere, and think that's very much overstated. Business deals are business deals, and if the stadium vote had passed, St. Louis would be getting an MLS team. Besides, I think we're talking about only five NFL owners that also have ties to the MLS. Oh by the way, did you notice that Kansas City was awarded the NCAA Div. II national championship football game for four consecutive seasons? The games will be played in Kansas City's MLS stadium. #StLshortsightedness
No, but they may have to walk into a courtroom.
Since the Chargers are playing in a 30,000-seat stadium, there may not be many empty seats. I think we all know what will happen if the Rams throw out another 4-12 campaign. I'm most interested to see what happens in Oakland. They have a very good team, but they're leaving town. Will things get ugly there?
Yeah, it's amazing how the NFL, uh, finessed those cross-ownership rules, isn't it?
I hear you. We'll see what the draft brings.
If you live in the city and vote a lot, I think you have a chance.