What the L.A. Rams uniforms ought to look like

I’ve always had a soft spot for the L.A. Rams. My neighbor J.J. was a big Rams fan, having moved from Southern California to Northern Virginia the same time we arrived from New Jersey. He moved to Michigan though when I was 8 and became a straight ticket Detroit sports fan, while I eventually did the same with D.C. The move back to Los Angeles was announced on J.J.’s birthday.

I don’t have any strong feelings about St. Louis, well maybe one (just don’t click), and it did produce one of the greatest Americans of our or anyone elses lifetimes, Yogi Berra. It always felt weird though that the Rams were there and not in L.A.

About five years ago, I got wind of the movement Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams and the real possibility that the Rams could someday play their home games in the Southern California sunshine again. Back then I blogged a lot more and when the Rams came to play D.C., I floated the idea of the Rams heading back and adopting a yellow jersey and mocked something up back then.

In what turned out to be their final game in St. Louis, the Rams wore yellow “color rush rash” uniforms. The all yellow below the helmet was excessive but a yellow jersey looks sweet, so here is what I’d like to see them go with as their primary design:

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The early L.A. Rams started a bit of a precedent with yellow uniforms that the Lakers and Kings later embraced. The upside of the yellow jerseys is they could probably wear them on the road most of the time too, creating some excellent color vs. color matchups even better than the 1994 throwbacks games.

For their secondary jersey, I’m advocating the blue jersey/yellow pants combination they wore for 20 years.

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Lastly, for an alternate, making a white/blue combo that is reminiscent of the Fearsome Foursome era, but with the modern Ram horns on the jersey. They could theme it with the fourth game of the year or something. I don’t like the look as much as the other ones, but I gather there is an attachment to it for some Rams fans. I like it when teams in the same city have similar colors and that look works really well with a Dodgers cap too, though the others are good enough.

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One common change, that I haven’t depicted as well as since I’m getting used to the poorly named free graphics program GIMP (miss you PhotoShop) is Northwestern-stripes on the socks, an homage to sleeve stripes of the past. The 50th L.A. season patch is based off of the 40th season patch and modified from a Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams graphic. Primary sources for the graphics are Gridiron Uniform Database, Sportslogos.net & the NFL.

By the way, the Rams started in Cleveland, moving after winning the 1945 NFL Championship to Los Angeles. Vince Guerrieri, a former colleague of mine, recently appeared on the Railbird’s Nest podcast to talk about their first city and departure.

As for St. Louis, they are probably done with the NFL, but should a team ever return, I have something in mind for them too. Call them the St. Louis Archers and have it similar to the early 2000 Rams uniforms and colors.

St. Louis Archers

I didn’t quite round off the sleeve arches, but you get the idea.

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2016 Skiing in the Mid-Atlantic preview

Big January 22, 2016 stormWinter finally decided to show up and we even had some conversational snow on Sunday. Several days out, a significant snow storm is being forecast: WeatherUnderground (source of that image capture above) | Capital Weather Gang (The Post)

It’s time to talk about skiing.

This post if for you, @ouij.

This year I want to go somewhere I haven’t been in a while or ever. One place I’m openly investigating via the DCski.com forum is Elk Mountain in Northeast Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains. Any input? It got a good write-up in Washingtonian’s skiing preview earlier this season.

Of course, this weekend’s impending storm could change things.

I’ll been lax on my exercises, but I’m getting caught up. All that warm weather kept me cycling which helps the legs quite a bit.

Ski areas, reviewed

In addition to dcski.com, I’ve profile all the ski areas I’ve been over the last decade, especially Whitetail. Lots of Whitetail.

Whitetail – Tuscarora Mountains, Southern Pennsylvania (2011, 2013, 2015)
Massanutten – Massanutten Mountain, Virginia (2014)1000!
Timberline – Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia (2013)1000!
Blue Knob – Allegheny Mountains, Central-ish Pennsylvania (2012)1000!
Camelback – Poconos (2009 sand several times before)
Big Boulder – Poconos (2007 and many times previously)
Jack Frost – Poconos (2007)

I pretty much insist on at least 1,000 feet of vertical these days (though Whitetail is within 60 or 70 feet) and have marked those areas appropriately.

Oh all of those, I discourage Timberline though because it just isn’t well-capitalized enough to provide a 21st century experience. I hope the encroaching Corridor H (US 48) helps find some serious investment in lifts and snow-making.

Blue Knob is also under consideration. I think the Virginia resorts might just be too far south in this mild winter, but if we get another late-week storm, I’d go to Massanutten again. The story has changed since I started writing this post last week.

As always, an excellent resource for resort profiles is dcski.com. Also, if you have questions, head to the forum or facebook page. Someone also suggested gondyline.com for previews: VA | MD | PA | WV

Twitter list

I also created a twitter list last year of Mid-Atlantic skiing. It’s less depressing in recent weeks than it had been and sometimes it has real information other than just RT’ing people that say nice things!


Where’s my clutter free magazine?!

Remember when I mentioned last year that signing up for NASTAR would get you a few subscription to Ski Magazine. Welp, never got a copy. Boo NASTAR!

Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn

An inspirational playlist of skiing videos that even Warren Miller envies:

Now how can the climatic ski scene and ski pole duel (which needs lightsabres added to it) from Better Off Dead not be on youtube?

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Places I went in 2015

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Chantilly, Va.
Gloucester, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
Port Royal, Va.
Springfield, Va.
Tysons, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Annapolis, Md.
Chevy Chase, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Jessup, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Stephensville, Md.
Barnegat Light, N.J.
Beach Haven, N.J.
Holgate, N.J.
Medford, N.J.
Red Lion, N.J.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.

The usual criteria apply — I had to spend a night, eat a sit-down meal at a local place or have an adventure for a place to count.

It was really good getting back to the Jersey Shore this year.

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