ESPN did a good article on Jerry Jones’ comments last week about the growing possibility of an NFL team coming back to LA. Here’s the link…
So basically the leases for the Rams and Raiders stadiums are each up within the completion of the next two seasons. Neither team will be receiving public funding to build a new stadium or make any improvements on their current ones because, well, St. Louis and Oakland are extremely poor. Ironically, these teams happen to be the last two franchises to play in LA, both leaving after the ’94 season. Seems like the right time for one of them to come back to the second largest market in the country, no?
Look, we all know LA isn’t exactly the most hardcore sports town. People don’t necessarily follow the teams game in and game out, and when we lose, we shrug it off and move on with our night. But we’re talking about the NFL here. And not just any NFL. We’re talking the NFL of 2013. The NFL that has grown leaps and bounds in nationwide popularity since 1994. The NFL that just crushes ratings no matter who’s playing. They could broadcast Jaguars vs. Chiefs for three straight Monday nights and barely slip. LA would go fucking bananas if a team came here. Obviously they’d sell out every game. We’d finally have a team to latch onto and root for on Sunday’s at the bars. It would bring a spark to the city like when the Clippers started being good, but 20 times bigger. There’s really nothing like having your own hometown team to get the people buzzing on a Sunday afternoon, and keep the conversation going at the water coolers on Monday’s. Being from Massachusetts, the entire region literally shuts down and is glued to the TV every Pats game. I need that feeling out here. It makes the fall SO much more interesting.
And let me be real here. I don’t want the Raiders, I want the Rams. Oakland needs the Raiders. That’s one of the only things they identify with. The black and silver has been in Oakland for almost 20 years now and I think they’re fans would riot losing if they lost that shit team. Give me the Rams all day. Better team, better division, and a rivalry with two of the best up and coming teams in football. I love the idea of going four times a year against two of the best defenses, because if we were to pull out some wins and make the playoffs? Battle tested. Just like the NFC East was for a couple years. The Niners and Seahawks are gonna be good for a while. Why not bring the Rams to LA and really make an NFC WEST.
So I plead with the Rams owners here. Find a way to make it work. I need you. LA needs you. And you need Bieber rocking a Rams hat. Let’s do this shit. GO RAMS!