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January 30, 2000 | By MIKE DOWNEY
Maybe we were the problem. Maybe the reason the Rams never won a Super Bowl was us. Maybe we never gave the Rams a real home-field advantage. Maybe we didn't cheer the same way St. Louis' football fans cheer. Maybe we were too quiet, too laid-back, too sophisticated, too sober, too fussy, too weird, too Hollywood, too something. Maybe we didn't give the Rams enough of the old rah-rah. Maybe we never met their emotional needs.
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NEWS
January 30, 2000 | By MIKE DOWNEY
Maybe we were the problem. Maybe the reason the Rams never won a Super Bowl was us. Maybe we never gave the Rams a real home-field advantage. Maybe we didn't cheer the same way St. Louis' football fans cheer. Maybe we were too quiet, too laid-back, too sophisticated, too sober, too fussy, too weird, too Hollywood, too something. Maybe we didn't give the Rams enough of the old rah-rah. Maybe we never met their emotional needs.
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SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve McNair versus Kurt Warner in the Super Bowl. As quarterback matchups go, it's not exactly John Elway against Brett Favre, Roger Staubach against Terry Bradshaw. A year ago, McNair and Warner would have been lucky to get tickets to a Super Bowl. Five months ago, they couldn't get roster spots in some fantasy leagues. But at least Warner goes into Sunday's game having established solid credentials this season for the St. Louis Rams.
SPORTS
January 30, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The world watches . . . well, almost everybody. "The Queen [of England] might tune in if the Kansas City Royals were playing," said a cheeky Ken Elliott, covering today's Super Bowl XXXIV for the London Evening Standard. "But the Rams and Titans? She's probably more interested in the Mike Tyson fight--that's what the chaps over there have been obsessed with the past week."
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | BOB OATES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The St. Louis Rams figure to beat the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's Super Bowl for one defining reason: As good as Tennessee is defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are better--and the Rams overcame that defense last weekend. If they could outscore the Buccaneers, they'll outscore the Titans. The problem with relying on a great defense to win playoff games--as Tampa Bay did and as Tennessee does--is that no matter how wonderful they are, defensive teams can't stop everything.
SPORTS
January 30, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The world watches . . . well, almost everybody. "The Queen [of England] might tune in if the Kansas City Royals were playing," said a cheeky Ken Elliott, covering today's Super Bowl XXXIV for the London Evening Standard. "But the Rams and Titans? She's probably more interested in the Mike Tyson fight--that's what the chaps over there have been obsessed with the past week."
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
It was Cliche Clearance Day at the Super Bowl on Friday, with two head coaches and a commissioner parading in front of hundreds of reporters for the final time before the big game. Not to worry. We brought an interpreter. Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner: "It's unfortunate any team has to move. What [this matchup] does show is that those cities which made commitments to NFL teams will share in the investment they made."
SPORTS
January 28, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER
Welcome to Ice Bowl II. Surely you remember Ice Bowl I, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys in 1967 in what was then the NFL championship game in sub-zero temperatures at Green Bay. Sunday's game between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans will be played in an ideal environment at room temperature in the Georgia Dome. If only the rest of the week were as pleasant.
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Delta Airlines canceled as many as half its flights through Atlanta on Friday and today because of a winter storm, leaving some football fans without a way to Sunday's Super Bowl. The third-biggest U.S. carrier said travelers should anticipate cancellations and delays through Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport through this evening because of snow and freezing rain. "The safety of our passengers and our crew is our No. 1 concern," Delta spokeswoman Alesia Watson said.
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
Give it back, Georgia. Return the first Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl history to its rightful owner--the city of Baltimore. The statute of limitations probably rules out a police raid, but by all accounts, Georgia Frontiere is in possession of 29-year-old stolen property. Witnesses have seen the trophy from Baltimore's Super Bowl V victory in 1971 in her Bel-Air home. A duplicate had to be made and sent to Baltimore, where it's displayed in a trophy case as if it's the real thing.
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve McNair versus Kurt Warner in the Super Bowl. As quarterback matchups go, it's not exactly John Elway against Brett Favre, Roger Staubach against Terry Bradshaw. A year ago, McNair and Warner would have been lucky to get tickets to a Super Bowl. Five months ago, they couldn't get roster spots in some fantasy leagues. But at least Warner goes into Sunday's game having established solid credentials this season for the St. Louis Rams.
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | BOB OATES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The St. Louis Rams figure to beat the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's Super Bowl for one defining reason: As good as Tennessee is defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are better--and the Rams overcame that defense last weekend. If they could outscore the Buccaneers, they'll outscore the Titans. The problem with relying on a great defense to win playoff games--as Tampa Bay did and as Tennessee does--is that no matter how wonderful they are, defensive teams can't stop everything.
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
It was Cliche Clearance Day at the Super Bowl on Friday, with two head coaches and a commissioner parading in front of hundreds of reporters for the final time before the big game. Not to worry. We brought an interpreter. Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner: "It's unfortunate any team has to move. What [this matchup] does show is that those cities which made commitments to NFL teams will share in the investment they made."
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Delta Airlines canceled as many as half its flights through Atlanta on Friday and today because of a winter storm, leaving some football fans without a way to Sunday's Super Bowl. The third-biggest U.S. carrier said travelers should anticipate cancellations and delays through Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport through this evening because of snow and freezing rain. "The safety of our passengers and our crew is our No. 1 concern," Delta spokeswoman Alesia Watson said.
SPORTS
January 29, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS
Give it back, Georgia. Return the first Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl history to its rightful owner--the city of Baltimore. The statute of limitations probably rules out a police raid, but by all accounts, Georgia Frontiere is in possession of 29-year-old stolen property. Witnesses have seen the trophy from Baltimore's Super Bowl V victory in 1971 in her Bel-Air home. A duplicate had to be made and sent to Baltimore, where it's displayed in a trophy case as if it's the real thing.
SPORTS
January 28, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER
Welcome to Ice Bowl II. Surely you remember Ice Bowl I, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys in 1967 in what was then the NFL championship game in sub-zero temperatures at Green Bay. Sunday's game between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans will be played in an ideal environment at room temperature in the Georgia Dome. If only the rest of the week were as pleasant.
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