Think this through, St. Lou.
This is really all on you.
What other city has a giant stainless steel arch-y thing — the tallest of its kind not affiliated with a McDonald’s — urging anyone, anything, any franchise to go West?
The Rams, like the football Cardinals before, and other pro franchises before them, are simply doing as you’ve prompted.
Dismantle that claustrophobic tourist trap immediately if you can’t deal with the consequences.
As the truck stop of the Midwest, you’ve provided unbridled inspiration for Americans to get their Lewis and Clark on, and then buy overpriced jerseys with those names on the back to validate their identity. More on this, and other pressing questions, at this link …
What we suspect we’ll be covering with Sunday’s media column:
Fans in Anaheim knew the Rams were going away after the final regular season game on Dec. 24, 1994. Where are they now? (Getty Images)
Fox Sports, based in Los Angeles, premiered in September, 1994, its first year of covering the NFL, taking over the rights to the NFC package.
Three months later, the Rams played their final game in Los Angeles (actually, it was, of course in Anaheim … the Raiders also played their final game in L.A. on that same date — Dec. 24 — at the Coliseum).
The Rams decided to go to St. Louis, star-struck by the 18th largest media market in America at the time, to begin the 1995 season.
And how did that all go? We weren’t much paying attention.
Fox, which still has the NFC rights, and the Rams, still in the NFC West, have reunion tour plans in the works, according to things that happened this week.
We’ll see how much anyone will say about the ramifications of this rambunctious endeavor as it relates to the TV and radio world, and who might be positioning themselves for new work.
What’s worth putting out there now:
== It’s only taken 49 years before we are finally able to see some complete semblance of the first Super Bowl (then called the World Championship Game between the AFL and NFL) played at the Coliseum, so embrace this version spliced together by NFL Films footage of all 145 plays (which only last about 40 minutes) that will air on the NFL Network on Friday at 8 p.m. “Super Bowl I: The Lost Game” is a three-hour program that includes a pregame, halftime and postgame surrounding the Green Bay Packers’ 35-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and this version will include modern broadcast coverage and graphics, according to the league.
Audio from the NBC Sports radio broadcast featuring Jim Simpson and George Ratterman was layered on top of the footage to complete the broadcast. (Simpson, it should be noted, died Wednesday at age 88. The ESPN tribute to him, the first play-by-play voice on its air, is quite thorough).
The airing Friday is intentional: It’s 49 years after the Jan. 15, 1967 contest.
As Richard Sandomir wrote in the New York Times, this is not from the original broadcaster that either CBS or NBC had in its possession — the two networks each did the game, but their copies of it have been recorded over. An almost-complete CBS videotape of the game was uncovered in 2005 by the son of a man who taped it at a TV station in Pennsylvania, but the NFL has resisted purchasing it while claiming to have the rights to it. Sandomir also notes that a copy of the original reels were donated to the Paley Center for Media in New York, and it has been restored, but it is not available for viewing.
There were only two ground cameras and one sound camera included in the allotment of equipment by the NFL Films crew for the 1967 game. NFL Films, in just its second year of existence then, had John Butterworth, Joe Fain, Morris Kellman, Stan Kirby, Stanley Leshner, Dave Marx, Skip and Ken Nelson, Walt and Jim Porep and Art Spieller on its crew. Continue reading →
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, right, and Alabama coach Nick Saban try not to look to awkward talking to each other during a staged news event Sunday prior to the College Football Playoff championship game in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET: NO. 1: COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CLEMSON (14-0) vs. ALABAMA (13-1) Details/TV: At Glendale, Ariz., Monday at 5:30 p.m., ESPN For those without a vested interest in the outcome, here are five talking points for awkward office interaction at the vending machine: = If No. 1 Clemson wins, it will be the first team in college football history to ever reach 15-0. That’s more a function of a process that demands that, after a dozen games in the regular season, there’s still a conference championship game, a bowl game and then this all-alone title contest left to jump through. If the Tigers really want to prove something, it could schedule a game with the Chargers on Super Bowl Saturday just to prove the invincibility.
= If Clemson wins, perhaps the entry of “Clemsoning” in the Urban Dictionary gets a rewrite. The definition as it stands: “The act of delivering an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.” It might also be a setback to the Sports Illustrated cover jinx belief, since Clemson was there as well last week.
= If No. 2 Alabama wins, coach Nick Saban would have his fifth national title (and fourth in seven years, counting his first at LSU). By some measures, that would match the record of Crimson Tide legend Bear Bryant. By other measures (especially those in Tuscaloosa), Saban would still be one short because the insistence that Bryant has six titles, counting a very messy one in 1973 (No. 1 in the coaches’ poll, No. 4 by AP, after they lost their Cotton Bowl game to Notre Dame).
= If Alabama wins, it will extend a dominance over Clemson that will reach 13 victories in a row. The last time Clemson beat Alabama was in 1905, not long after John Heisman (yes, that guy) coached the team.
= No matter if Alabama wins or loses, the prevailing thought is that Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, either heralded or humiliated, will have another head coaching job waiting somewhere. That’s just how this current Tide coach rolls.
THE REST OF THE WEEK: The NFL meetings in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday seem important, but we’d tend to go with the narrative set here by the Associated Press’ Tim Dalhberg entitled “Greed the motivator as NFL teams rush to L.A.” … The first of (at least) two USC-UCLA basketball meetings happens at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) … The first of (at least) five Kings-Ducks meetings happens at Honda Center on Sunday (6 p.m., FSW, Prime Ticket) … The NFL’s divisional round of the playoffs has Kansas City-New England (Saturday, 1:35 p.m., Channel 2), Pittsburgh-Denver (Sunday, 1:40 p.m., Channel 2), Green Bay-Arizona (Saturday, 5:15 p.m., Channel 4) and Seattle-Carolina (Sunday, 10 a.m., Channel 11) … More to read at this link.
The beauty of “The Beast 980” crossed paths with the nature of the beast that is the business of radio on Wilshire Blvd. this week, just down the street from the La Brea Tar Pits.
Turns out, the whole thing really was kind of the pits. All mucked up.