July 31, 1992 |
At age 31 he became the youngest head coach in the NFL, and after his command stint with the Rams, Harland Svare began his innovative but torturous journey with the Chargers. The "Sack Svare" stickers are long gone now, but the man who persists in being ahead of his time is at it again.
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March 25, 2006 |
Half a century ago, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was the hub of professional sports in this city; the NFL's Rams were packing the stadium every Sunday in the fall, and the Dodgers were filling the stands while waiting for their ballpark in Chavez Ravine to be built. In the early 1960s, the Lakers took up residence at the Sports Arena next to the Coliseum in Exposition Park. And a few miles to the west was the House of Serfas, where the athletes held court before and after games.
January 13, 1997 |
The Fearsome Foursome patrolled the defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams from 1963 to 1966 and became one of the most revered group of linemen ever assembled in the NFL. Three of the four, Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Deacon Jones, will participate in a fund-raiser for the fourth, former teammate Lamar Lundy, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Cal State Fullerton. Lundy has prostate cancer.
December 19, 1991
The past two dreadful seasons aside, ecstasy has far outweighed agony for the Rams, from the franchise's start in Cleveland in 1937 and through moves to Los Angeles (1946) and then to Anaheim (1980). In 54 seasons--the team suspended operations in 1943--the Rams have had 31 winning teams and 19 losers; four finished at .500. The Rams have made one Super Bowl appearance--losing to Pittsburgh, 31-19, on Jan. 20, 1980--and five NFL championship appearances, winning in 1945 (vs.
November 23, 1991 |
The Rams' 8-19 record since 1989 is the second-worst for a 27-game span in franchise history. Their worst record over 27 games was from the end of 1961 through the middle of 1963, when the Rams compiled a 4-22-1 record under Bob Waterfield and Harland Svare. The Rams also were 8-19 in the first 27 games of their existence, 1937 through the first two games of 1939. Since giving up two No.
March 18, 1990 |
The story is legend, and I've told it before, about Charger Coach Harland Svare, after a game played in Oakland in 1972, shaking his fist at the ceiling fixture in the visitors' locker room and bellowing, "Damn you, Al Davis!"--on the assumption that the Raiders boss had the place bugged. It is not an apocryphal story. Dr. Arnold Mandell, the Chargers' team psychiatrist, was a witness and wrote of it in his book, "The Nightmare Season."