Despite Sensible St. Louis Proposal, Rams Belong in Los Angeles

By Greg Archuleta

The chants of beat L.A. are a common occurrence in athletic competition, and it appears as if the city of St. Louis can match the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The proposal from the St. Louis Rams about renovations to the Edward Jones Dome has made the hearts of an entire city sink.

Los Angeles, not St. Louis.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke unveiled a plan estimated between $500 million and $700 million that wasn’t a blatant attempt for him to get out of a lease that expires before the 2015 season.

The proposal is designed to make the Jones Dome one of the top eight facilities in the NFL. It also should allow the city to use the facility in a similar manner that the city of Dallas uses Cowboys Stadium.

Hopefully, St. Louis is as short-sighted as any major U.S. banking institution. The Rams belong in Los Angeles.

It wasn’t Los Angeles’ fault that then-Rams owner Georgia Frontiere tried to do everything she could to discourage Los Angeles fans so she could move the team to St. Louis in 1995 – moving the team to Anaheim, hiring coach Chuck Knox for his second go-round with the team in 1992.

Knox last coached the Rams from 1973-77 and showed that the game had passed him by.

The knock is that Los Angeles fans don’t care enough to support an NFL team. But it seems to support two major league baseball teams and two NBA franchises just fine.

The St. Louis Rams had the “Greatest Show on Turf,” but the Los Angeles Rams had the “Fearsome Foursome” – a defensive line consisting of Rosie Greer, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olson and Deacon Jones. It was the franchise that running back Eric Dickerson put on his back.

Los Angeles was the team was known for its quarterbacks – Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin – in its early years but always seemed a quarterback away from challenging for a championship from the 1960s on – going through players such as Roman Gabriel, Pat Haden, Vince Ferragamo, a past-his-prime Joe Namath …

Jim Everett was the face of the franchise through the late ’80s and early ’90s.

The team got to the NFC championship game in 1989 but suffered a 30-3 rout at the hands of the mighty San Francisco 49ers. L.A. was the preseason Super Bowl favorite in 1990 but underachieved in grand fashion with a 5-11 record.

That set the wheels in motion for Frontiere to get the Rams to St. Louis. Coach Dick Vermeil, quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk and rest of the Greatest Show on Turf followed and won a Super Bowl.

A bittersweet moment for Los Angeles Rams fans everywhere.

With all due respect to the departed Frontiere, now that she’s gone, St. Louis has had its fun with the franchise. It should’ve been time for the team to make its return.

Too bad, Rams owner Stan Kroenke seems intent on keeping the team in St. Louis.

Too bad for L.A.

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