Perhaps you’ve heard, Rams owner Stan Kroenke has joined forces with Stockbridge Capital Group to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, CA. Teams have used L.A. as a tool to leverage their current markets into new deals for nearly two decades, but this marks the first time an NFL owner controls a big enough site to be a viable option.
For St. Louis Rams fans, this news is none too encouraging, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kroenke is a business man, and L.A. is lucrative. Makes sense. So, what do we, the St. Louis Rams fans, do now?
For starters, we can hope the NFL sticks by their relocation bylaws. Roger Goodell wouldn’t do something shady like lie, or bend the rules, would he? There’s also the group put together by Governor Nixon to keep St. Louis an NFL city. Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz will be reporting to the governor later this week. So, we’ve got that going for us.
The main thing we should do is remain calm. The moving vans aren’t backing up to the Dome yet. According to reports from the league, there will still be Rams football in St. Louis in 2015. Like a wise man with a mustache once said, “We’ll see how that process plays out.”
Keeping that in mind, who should we root for if the Rams leave???
Sure, the L.A. Rams will have a special place in our hearts. We’ve built a relationship with these guys and they’re a young and defensively talented team. It’d be pretty hard to watch the Rams find success in Los Angeles, after the product we’ve seen here for more than a decade.
That’s like saying you hope the girl that broke up with you finds a great guy and lives happily ever after. Right.
I’ve set a couple of parameters when I pick my new team to cheer for on Sundays. I’d like them to be in relatively close proximity to STL, I’d like the chance to watch my new team in the playoffs, and I’d like to know the team won’t be going anywhere for a long time. That criteria in mind, I’ve come up with four possible suitors.
Kansas City Chiefs
Only 248 miles down I-70, the Chiefs are a good option. I’m liking the two winning seasons in a row with a trip to the playoffs just last season. Andy Reid seems to have things heading in a good direction over there. I’m not an enormous Alex Smith fan, but he’s reliable enough and Jamal Charles is a beast. They have a great atmosphere and a passionate fan base. Arrowhead is always rocking on game day. It’s also a great place to tailgate if you’re into that sort of thing. I am.
Can you say, “Franchise Quarterback”? We’ve been searching for the QB of the future for quite some time here in St. Louis, so if you have to jump ship on a franchise it might as well be to one that has the toughest position set in stone. Andrew Luck is about as good as it gets. Imagine how good the Colts could be if they actually had some weapons around him. They’ve gone 11-5 the last three seasons and just beat the Bengals in the Wild Card round. The future looks pretty bright in Indy, I might want in on that.
The Bears aren’t going anywhere. They’ve been a fixture in Chicago since 1922. As for the chance to win, I’m not so sure. They have no head coach, no general manager and the enigmatic Jay Cutler at QB. Plenty of question marks there, but at least you’d be jumping on a bandwagon with a storied history.
Green Bay Packers
They’re not exactly close, but it’s the freaking Packers. This team boasts six consecutive winning seasons with trips to the playoffs. They’re Super Bowl Champions in recent history. Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best QB in the game…what more could a fan want? I can see myself catching someone during a Lambeau Leap. The only downfall here is that I’m a cold weather wuss. For a winner, though, I’d tough it out.
To clarify, like most of you reading this, I absolutely want the Rams to be here for years to come. I still have some faith that the process will work, so let’s try to remember not to freak out. All we can do is cheer for the Rams while they’re here, but it never hurts to have a backup plan!!!