It was great to see Long. He stopped in mid answer when he saw me at his podium to say hello. Ran into Aeneas Williams, wearing his gold Hall of Fame jacket, in the media lounge outside the media workroom. Went by Radio Row to meet somebody and ended up getting my picture taken with Mary Lou Retton. She was very nice and really tiny! And always good to see and renew acquaintances with reporters, team officials, and others in the "industry" as the late, great Joe Strauss used to call it.
She was a pretty good singer, too, I believe.
I think you've got a pretty good handle on it. I guess Davis is playing footsies with San Diego, but does he really think they're going to put up an Adelson-like $650 million to help build a stadium? Don't hold your breath on that one, Mark. And you're right. Jerry Jones and Houston's Bob McNair would fight a third team in Texas. London? Still can't see the logistics working.
I'm hearing Kevin Demoff is pretty popular out there as well, including by the media.
Apparently not, because they've been used by several teams in the past, including the Rams when they came to St. Louis.
If you've seen some of the team owners "in action" at league meetings, it does make you wonder how they made their fortunes.
OK. But if this is Mark Davis, asking for $1 a year lease? Inserting first-tier language? Really?
Obviously, it doesn't make much sense to me. He better have a great scouting department, which judging by the current state of the 49ers roster, doesn't seem to be the case. There's obviously a learning curve in the personnel business, and Lynch may find that out the hard way.
Well, actually, Kroenke inherited it from Chip Rosenbloom. But it was in pretty bad shape. But seven seasons later, it's not in much better shape. As for Georgia, don't forget about the '80s. I think the Rams went to the playoffs seven times in that decade.
If I'm Washington management and I can't get a long-term deal I'm comfortable with, just franchise Cousins again. It's one thing to say you can do better than Cousins, it's another thing entirely to actually go out and do it. Who right now could you get on the street, in the draft, in free agency, or in a trade that would be an upgrade?
There are still plenty of franchises that have been in the family for decades, and came pretty cheaply back in the day.
He didn't really get into that. And when I did a story on him during the regular season, it was the same deal _ he didn't want to rip the Rams publicly as part of praising the Patriots. But he has talked about the great attention to detail displayed by Belichick and his coaching staff, and the level of preparation. He has alluded to the accountability and the level of expectations at Foxborough. Obviously, none of that was the same at Rams Pack..
Appreciate the thought. But I just couldn't see a competing league like that being a success.
Thx. Long always handled himself with class, represented St. Louis well, and truly enjoyed his time there.
Thx for your input Rip. Yeah, the Steelers were bad, very bad, until the 1970s.
Don't think so, although he'll call the plays.
Depends to a large degree on how hard he works in the offseason.
I think it's only eight years, but I get your point!
OK, with that I think we'll end this exercise. Sorry I have to leave a little early this week. Must get to a New England media session. We'll be back on at our regular time and place next week (1 p.m. Tuesday), with a new Super Bowl champion and perhaps another Ram (or two?) in the Hall of Fame. Thanks for playing. . . .And a P.S. to a RipRepulski question from below. Southwest had about 2,800 students when I was there.