Redskins – Rams (who I’d put back in L.A.) prediction

You know what’s weird? Since I started following the NFL in 1983 and the St. Louis Rams have been around longer than the Los Angeles Rams. I still don’t know why the Rams left Southern California for a fairly small Midwestern market with a so-so NFL history. Given that they won a Super Bowl and lost another, I suppose you can make the argument that it was a good move.

Los Angeles is likely going to be back in the NFL within the next 5 years — a stadium in downtown L.A. is planned and seemingly needs only a team to break ground. There is another potential stadium in the City of Industry that is also shovel ready. If it were up to me, the new L.A. team would be in the NFC West and called the Rams. If I were the St. Louis Rams, I’d sell the nickname to the L.A. group that gets the team and maybe get a 1st round pick out of it too. The St. Louis team would be something like the Archers or something and have current colors, while the new L.A. Rams would go back to the traditional blue and yellow gold. I’d also have the new Rams jersey uniforms be throwbacks to the 1980s version with one difference:

New L.A. Rams primary uniform concept:

The Rams ever move back to LA, this should wear this uniform I mocked up

There is precedent from the Rams history as well as the Lakers and Kings for wearing yellow/gold at home. They’d only wear blue if they were on the road and the home team wore white.

Here is what I’d have the St. Louis Archers look like:

I'd rename the St. Louis Rams to the St. Louis Archers

Pretty much the same uniform as now, but with a different helmet logo and the arch on the sleeve would match the arch on the helmet (too hard for me to reproduce)

Then again, maybe the Rams just move back to L.A. anyway, as seems to be feared in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, back to the present reality, the Washington Redskins are headed to St. Louis to face the Rams. It seems like they play annually and that the Rams have the upper hand for some reason. The Rams have won 2 of the last 3 meetings with the one Skins win being a 9-7 victory during Jim Zorn’s second year. I think the Rams luck continues as the Redskins regress to the mean. Rams over Redskins 24-16 — two Rex Grossman turnovers.

Uniform graphics adapted from Gridiron Uniform Database

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40 years ago today, the Washington Senators played their final game

The darkest day in D.C. baseball history was 40 years ago today. That night, the Washington Senators played their final game which they forfeit after fans overran the field at RFK Stadium. They appeared to be on their way to a 7-5 win over the New York Yankees when bedlam ensued. The Shirley Povich column in The Post the next morning, “The Senators final game” is one of his most famous:

…Arlington, Tex., which, to embittered Washington fans, is some jerk town with the single boast it is equidistant from Dallas and Fort Worth…

…The mad scene on the field, with the athletes of both teams taking refuge in their dugouts, brought official announcement of Yankees 9, Senators 0, baseball’s traditional forfeit count almost since Abner Doubleday notched the first baseball score on the handiest twig at Cooperstown. But by then the crowd-mood was philosophical, “So what?” Or more accurately, “So whatha hell?” The Senators were finished, even if the ball game wasn’t.

The Post gamer: Rowdy Fans Hand Senators Final Loss

The villain in the matters was Bob Short, the Senators owner who, according to some, planned to move the Senators along. At the very least, Short was under-capitalized and his tactic of selling the highest priced tickets in the league did not help D.C. baseball’s cause or improve his cashflow since he drove fans away.

Last year, Steve Ray, uploaded the entire 151 MB final Senators game broadcast featuring Tony Roberts and Ron Menchine. It is worth a listen sometime. Menchine infuriated Short who was listening via telephone speaker back in Minnesota. Menchine’s reaction to “WE WANT SHORT” chants is brilliant.

More from Washington D.C. Baseball History: SHORT STILL STINKS!

PREVIOUSLY

Forgive the Texas Rangers? Never!
Rooting against the Twins and Rangers; final Senators broadcast and more history
Why We Fight: Texas Rangers

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State at Indiana

Week 5 of Blue White Roundtable — Isn’t it weird that the Nittany Lions are traveling to play the Hoosiers, but not going to suburban Maryland to play the game? I was all ready to get on the Blue Line to FedEx Field.

BSD: Is it worth starting Matt McGloin this week at QB? Will we settle the QB competition this week, or are we destined to see this last throughout the Big Ten schedule?

WFY: Sure, what the heck, start McGloin and bring Rob Bolden off the bench so Bolden has the advantage of seeing how things develop. Oh wait, McGloin disagrees with Joe Paterno that puts him at advantage? Who knows? I think the only way this competition gets settled is if one of them gets hurt.

I’ve been on the side of making Bolden the #1 all season long, based on his potential, but that is getting harder. McGloin looks better against bad teams and worse against good teams than Bolden — but neither can beat a good team right now. In short, I don’t know what to think any more.

BSD: Penn State is deep at linebacker, but Mike Mauti was one of the best players on the field. How much will his absence impact this defense? Can Nate Stupar keep up the frenetic pace he set last week in Mauti’s absence?

WFY: Mauti’s latest injury is a tough one because I think he has that extra something that you need late in a close game. The interception against Temple comes to mind. However, if you had to pick a position to suffer a serious injury to a starter, you’d go with linebacker. Instead of being at least 2 deep at every linebacker spot, they are now 1.66 deep at every spot, right?

Stupar seized his opportunity last week and caused all sorts of havoc against Eastern Michigan, including a great read that almost turned into a pick-six. I don’t expect him to continue it at that level as the Big Ten season progresses, but I think he’ll be solid.

BSD: Let’s turn to Indiana. Highly regarded assistant coach takes over a struggling, low-tradition program. Is Kevin Wilson the guy to turn it around? Shouldn’t they be at least a little better than they’ve looked this year?

WFY: I don’t know whether Kevin Wilson can turn around the Hoosiers — he has so many disadvantages there. I don’t think the state of Indiana knew much about football until Peyton Manning started playing Indy’s stolen NFL team. I will say that Indiana made a good decision to try and find a hot assistant rather than some MAC coach. I have a feeling they will improve next year, he’s finding out what he has and needs, while weeding out the players who are too beat down from being a Hoosier.

BSD: Pick one – Dukes or Beachum.

WFY: Dukes, he’s healthier, right?

BSD: Predictions.

WFY: Matt McGloin will light up the Hoosiers. The quarterback situation will have the clarity of the Susquehanna after Tropical Storm Lee. Joe Paterno will coach from the box. Rob Bolden will continue to be taller than McGloin. Songs from the Bruce Springsteen of Indiana, John Cougar Mellencamp, will be played throughout the day. In other news, New Jersey is so much better than Indiana. CB D’Anton Lynn will be missed more than Mauti. Slias Redd will rush for over 100 yards.

Isn’t it weird that the Nittany Lions are traveling to play the Hoosiers, but not going to suburban Maryland to play the game? I was all ready to get on the Blue Line to FedEx Field.

The Roundtable

Black Shoe Diaries
Nittany Lions Den
JoePa’s Doghouse

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