Let's get started. I'm a die-hard Rams fan. I had season tickets both at the Coliseum and Anaheim Stadium for many years. And even photographed several games from the sidelines over the final two seasons before they moved. This blog was created after reading a newspaper column by Bill Plaschke in the Los Angeles Times Sports section (read it here) about the lack of identity for former L.A. Rams players. I decided to see how many Rams fans still have an appreciation for what the Rams meant to L.A. If you're a real fan, you've got stories to tell and opinions to share. Even if you're bitter about losing our team to St. Louis, air it out right here.
January 12, 2016
Well, folks. . .it's happening. The Rams are returning to Los Angeles! After a grueling 10 hour meeting in Houston, the NFL owner's voted to allow the Rams to leave St. Louis and build a stadium in Inglewood. They will begin play in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum next season (2016) and their new home is scheduled for completion in 2019. The man responsible for this incredible situation is Rams owner Stan Kroenke. It's still somewhat surreal because if someone had told me 20 years ago that the Rams would come home, I would have laughed. WELCOME BACK, RAMS!
January 5, 2016
Well, it's been quite awhile since I posted here, but this is important news to Rams fans in Los Angeles. After all the rumors and speculation, the intent of the Rams to return to L.A. was made official by this statement on the team's website: "The St. Louis Rams informed the National Football League today that the Rams propose to relocate to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The relocation would be effective for the 2016 NFL League Year."
June 6, 2014
Last month, I was interviewed by Emily Kaplan of Sports Illustrated for a story about the Rams final game in L.A. in 1994. The story is now online at The MMQB (Monday Morning Quarterback), along with a couple of my photographs, including the "cover shot" of the game program & ticket. It's an interesting read. Check it out at the link here:
May 4, 2014
Mike Lansford was the kicker for the L.A. Rams for 9 seasons beginning in 1982. He was one of only a handful of kickers in NFL history who kicked barefoot. It's hard to imagine how painful that would be, but he was good at it. Not known for long field goals (over 50 yards), he was however a very clutch kicker and made several game-winning kicks in his career.
July 30, 2013
Dick "Night Train" Lane was a defensive back for the L.A. Rams in 1952-1953. In his rookie season, he intercepted 14 passes (in a 12-game season!), a record that has never been broken. During his career, he was selected to several All-NFL and All-Pro teams. He was a tough hitter who liked to tackle opponents by their necks, which was legal at that time. In 1969, he was named the best cornerback of the first 50 years of pro football, later chosen by The Sporting News as one of the top 100 football players of all time, and then voted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 74.
February 16, 2013
March 11, 2012
Even though defensive back Alvin Haymond only played 3 seasons for the L.A. Rams, I remember him for his kick returning skills. He actually led the league in punt returns in 1969, and had over 1000 kickoff return yards in 1970. He was an exciting player and a precursor to some of the big-name, flashy return men who would come along later in the NFL.