September 6, 2006 |
When Jamie Martin was sports editor of the Signpost, the school newspaper at Weber State, he probably would have double- and triple-checked the facts if he'd ever come across a story as improbable as the one he's living.
August 3, 2001 |
Two guys named Jack, traveling the same route, are headed for a small town in Ohio named Canton. If they begin in Los Angeles and pass through Anaheim before turning east, how long will it take them to reach the doorstep of the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Answer: One will take 11 years longer than the other. This question will never wind up on the NFL's Wonderlich intelligence test, because no one, not even the Rhodes scholar Ivy League quarterback, would be able to figure it.
January 28, 2001 |
It was another big day for the Rams. The old Los Angeles Rams. Their first in many years. Two of their finest players, defensive end Jack Youngblood and offensive tackle Jackie Slater, were voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday as members of the seven-man class of 2001. They joined guard Tom Mack and running back Eric Dickerson to make it four Rams in two years. It was also a great day for USC.
January 16, 2001 |
If Jack Youngblood is not a hall of famer, why did Chuck Knox once say, "He'll go down as one of the top defensive ends in the history of football"? How come former Ram equipment man Don Hewitt vowed never again to issue jersey No. 85? Why did men cry at Youngblood's retirement news conference on Aug. 27, 1985?
February 6, 2000 |
Todd Lyght observed with wide-eyed amazement when an estimated 200,000 people jammed the streets of downtown St. Louis, barreled over the safety barricades, had the police throwing up their hands and utterly giving up on crowd control during last Monday's Super Bowl celebration parade. "If this had happened in Anaheim," Lyght said, "if we had won the Super Bowl, then where would they have had the parade? Downtown Irvine? No matter what the people back in L.A.
January 28, 2000 |
Could Kurt Warner propel the St. Louis Rams into the Super Bowl? Could the Ram defense persist in keeping the pesky Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of the end zone? As the final minutes ticked away in last Sunday's NFC championship game, one of the more loyal employees in Ram history suddenly faced a more pressing question. Paper or plastic? Pete Donovan devoted 12 of the best years of his life to the Rams, working in public relations, marketing, promotions and corporate sponsorships.