Chris, thank you so much. Much appreciated.
Thank you so much Gary. Always appreciated hearing from you. Hope things are good in Pennsylvania.
I don't think the teams will have much problem selling suites. There is such a corporate/entertainment presence in LA, that won't be an issue. Selling the PSLs and "regular" seats is another issue. We'll see how that goes, especially as the years go by. About a year ago, I got an email from a fan that included a survey from the Rams on potential PSL prices. If memory serves me, the cheapest _ I repeat, the cheapest _ PSLs were going for $5,000 (again, in the survey). That's 20 times more than the cheapest PSLs were for the St. Louis Rams in 1995. I realize there's a lot more disposable income in LA, but I also think the LA fans are pretty discriminating _ after the newness of the stadium wears off, they're not going to put up with a garbage product.
Dr. thanks. It's the way of the world.
I think there was a typo in your post.
I believe so. I think the plans still call for game capsules, etc. Again, the NFL may have abandoned St. Louis. It may not be as much coverage as you like, but we're not going to abandon the NFL.
I'd still like to write one. It just may be back burner for a couple years now with the Blues thing. In the initial aftermath of the Rams move, I needed a couple of offseasons (meaning late spring/early summer, when I take my down time) to decompress and re-charge. I was thinking next offseason is when I'll do it. Because even in what were my new post-Rams NFL duties, the offseason is when you'd have to do the lion's share of work on a book. Now, we'll see what happens. But I appreciate you asking..
The reaction by some when I retweeted an LA Times writer's picture of the empty seats at the Chargers game was hilarious.
Well, they've sunk a lot of money in Tom Brady, don't you think?
Won't be Game 1. In an ideal world, I think Fox would like to wait until 2018 to use Trubisky. I know Tribusky's been impressive, but correct me if I'm wrong, hasn't he been playing against second_ and third-stringers? It's a little bit different against the starters, not to mention against game-planning, disguised coverages, etc, that you'll see in the regular season.. It's a tough-tough situation for Fox. He needs to win games this year. Throwing a young, raw QB into the fire probably isn't the best way to do that. See: Jeff Fisher, LA Rams, 2016. (In fact, Fox has talked to Fisher about the hazards, etc., of playing a young QB, as was the case with Goff.)
Yeah, I heard Parkway North's numbers were down.
Could be wrong, but I think he's still got a little tread left. I'm gonna say he gets 1,000 yards.
I'd give the edge to Goff. He had Todd Gurley coming off a rookie of the year season. Tavon Austin coming off a career year (which included 10 TDs). Gurley had a very capable backup in Benny Cunningham. A solid tight end in Lance Kendricks. Kenny Britt as a decent No. 2 receiver. Bradford had Steven Jackson in his seventh year, starting to wear down a little (got 1,000 yards that year, but just 3.8 per carry). Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson were the top two receivers, and I believe Amendola got hurt late in the season. Daniel Fells was the top tight end. The closest thing Jackson had to a backup was Kenneth Darby.
I think most of the players enjoy coming over to London the first time _ and all the attention it receives. I think when it becomes an annual or almost annual thing as is the case for the Rams and the Jaguars, it can get old.. The travel is tiresome. The schedule in the NFL is tight and pretty regimented. Players, but especially coaches, don't like the routine to be disrupted. Question No. 2: Fisher would shave his moustache. I could be wrong, but I think I can recall seeing him without the 'stache once or twice. (Am I wrong? Am I nuts?) As for Bruce, I doubt it happens next year. The best thing that can happen for Bruce, however, is if both Moss and T.O. get in this year. I have a real problem with T.O., but that's neither here nor there. That's the best-case scenario for Bruce. And I look forward to being in Canton to write that story. (After all, early August is a down time in the NHL.)
It can happen in December if they can find a way to finance about $60 million.
Thanks Gavin. I hear that Gretzky guy was pretty good.
Not much of a sense of urgency at Rams Park, or whatever it's called these days.
Lots of things. The challenge of learning a new beat, covering a new sport. I know what Blues hockey means to this town. The chance to cover a playoff team. Looking forward to seeing some towns in Canada. I hear Edmonton is great in January!
It's simply the cost of doing business in today's game. In five years, their contracts won't seem so outrageous. Although I do get your point about only one Super Bowl ring among them. But Luck has taken the Colts to the conference championship. The others have taken their teams to the playoffs. And you also have to think about replacement costs. Who do you get to replace those guys? Cheaper usually isn't better.
Dr. stop. Don't play that game.
I've heard a little bit of that early hype. Awfully early for that, though, even if I was still a football writer!.Even when the Rams were here, I usually didn't start thinking about that stuff until December.