January 24, 1999
The meeting dragged on past midnight. The Los Angeles Rams' owner, Carroll Rosenbloom, was interviewing Detroit Lion assistant coach Chuck Knox at Rosenbloom's Bel-Air home. At 2:30 a.m., Knox looked Rosenbloom in the eye and told Rosenbloom what he'd been waiting to hear: "I can win." That said, Knox became the Ram coach, replacing recently fired Tommy Prothro. And win he did. Five consecutive NFC West titles. Double-digit wins in each of his five seasons.
January 26, 2008
We are told not to speak ill of the dead. Accordingly, regarding Georgia Frontiere, I can say nothing at all. Jerry Underwood Yorba Linda -- I have read many of the glowing remembrances of Madame Ram, but here's another point of view: I will remember her as the person who took professional football out of Los Angeles because she wasn't wealthy enough and blamed the fans for her unfettered greed. David C. Hall Whittier -- I was always appalled at the lousy press Georgia Frontiere received in the L.A. Times.
February 21, 1985 |
If Charles Robert (Ground Chuck) Knox should ever write his biography, the working title should be, "Nobody Ever Called Me Genius." Or, "What Does a Guy Have to Do to Get in That Club?" A genius in football is a guy who can take the best set of players in the league and beat the next-best, 20-17. Someone once said: "Genius is not getting any kicks blocked." When Chuck Knox came to the Rams as head coach in 1973, he didn't even look at the contract owner Carroll Rosenbloom thrust at him.
January 11, 2000 |
There's not much excitement in this town of 7,700, across Lake Pontchartrain about 45 minutes north of New Orleans. There might occasionally be a rowdy party in the ballroom at the Holiday Inn on a Saturday night, but otherwise things are quiet. There are no big corporations with boardrooms filled with people obsessed by profit margins, and that suits Steve Rosenbloom fine. Rosenbloom, 55, and his wife, Shelly, who have two young children, have lived in Covington since 1991.
May 15, 1994 |
The five stages of L.A. Ram fandom, or so we have been told: 1950s: Royally entertained by Waterfield and Van Brocklin, Fears and Hirsch. Just happy to have the boys here. 1960s: In love with George Allen, Roman Gabriel and the Fearsome Foursome. Can't wait for Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. 1970s: Tormented by Minnesota and Dallas. Cynicism setting in. 1980s: Re-invigorated by John Robinson and Eric Dickerson. At least until Dickerson is traded for a pocketful of sawdust. 1990s: Fickle.
February 13, 2012 |
What flies between an athlete or owner and his/her significant other/others, theoretically, is none of anybody's business. Derek Jeter break-ups are best limited to double-play situations near second base. "Dennis Rodman on the rebound" is an announcer's call, not life after Carmen Electra. After all, when it comes to sports, what's love got to do with it? Well, only everything if your ace pitcher can't throw a strike because he lost three houses in a divorce settlement.