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February 3, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Football League has explicit procedures for franchise relocation, but for the right amount of money, those guidelines can--and have--been overlooked. The Los Angeles Rams initially failed to meet NFL guidelines in their proposed move to St. Louis, but after team President John Shaw talked about financial terms with league officials, and the Rams agreed to pay a $29-million relocation fee, league owners agreed to let them go.
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December 4, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a smart young man. He's the first quarterback from Harvard to throw a pass in the NFL, and he's an instant rookie sensation in St. Louis after coming off the bench to bring the Rams back from the dead last Sunday at Houston. But he doesn't know everything. "Everybody expects me to know every answer to every question," he told reporters this week. "During training camp some guys were in a big, heated discussion. So I walked over to see what they were talking about.
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SPORTS
January 23, 2000 | RANDY HARVEY
Life isn't fair. Or at least the NFL isn't. With one more victory, Georgia Frontiere and Bud Adams will be in the Super Bowl. That would be like Bonnie and Clyde becoming bankers of the year. What did Frontiere and Adams steal? Not their teams. Adams had as much right to move his Oilers, now Titans, to Tennessee in 1997 as Frontiere had to move her Rams to St. Louis two years earlier. What they stole was the joy from football fans in Houston and Anaheim that was sapped by inept ownership.
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January 9, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
He had caught merely seven passes this season, none for a touchdown, but St. Louis tight end Cameron Cleeland felt eerily calm when he grabbed the pass that launched the Rams to the second round of the playoffs. "It's one of those plays you're waiting your whole entire life to make," he said. "I practiced it 100,000 times as a kid. And I lead the league in practice-Friday TDs."
SPORTS
October 22, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can anyone beat the St. Louis Rams? The easy answer is yes. The harder question is how. Start by playing them on grass to negate some of that relay-team speed. (Kansas City will today, and so will the AFC champion in the Super Bowl if the Rams make it to Tampa.) Score first. Score often. Drop seven or eight defenders into pass coverage to try to defend against Isaac Bruce, Az-Zahir Hakim and Torry Holt. Be aggressive, even at the risk of getting burned. Don't try a conservative zone.
SPORTS
January 28, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
Kurt Warner shuffles in front of 200 journalists, cameras rolling, pencils poised, a nation watching. Five questions swoop down at once, cutting each other off like angry birds. "Do . . . Would . . . How . . . Is . . . Why . . . ?" He smiles like an 8-year-old. He picks the question about perseverance. "This is how I expected to play," he says. "I have not surprised myself. I have surprised only other people. All I needed was a chance."
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January 23, 2000 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some might call them the Fearsome Fivesome. Others might call them nuts. They are five Southern California men, all in their 30s, from different walks of life. One is a pharmacist, another a house painter, two work for Sony Pictures Entertainment and one is the advertising manager for a business publication. Their common bond is that they have remained loyal Ram fans through thick and thin--mostly thin.
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January 18, 2000 | By T.J. SIMERS
A Ram fan for as long as I can remember, I knew this was coming. You can't keep a good organization down. Restrained by a duty to remain objective, I have found it difficult, traveling the land, writing positively about the other wretched souls doomed to finish behind our team, but that's the dirty job. Now that it has become obvious to everyone else that the Rams have already won Super Bowl XXXIV, there is no longer any reason to hold back.
SPORTS
October 30, 1999 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Things you thought you would never hear or read: * Owner Georgia Frontiere and President John Shaw "vindicated" by the NFL's awarding a franchise to Houston, instead of Los Angeles, according to one local media opinion maker. (Don't knock that cup of coffee over.) * The city's poster boy of success is nothing less than a proud alum of the Arena Football League, Kurt Warner. What's next? Will next year's NHL scoring leader come from the wild world of roller hockey?
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January 9, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
He had caught merely seven passes this season, none for a touchdown, but St. Louis tight end Cameron Cleeland felt eerily calm when he grabbed the pass that launched the Rams to the second round of the playoffs. "It's one of those plays you're waiting your whole entire life to make," he said. "I practiced it 100,000 times as a kid. And I lead the league in practice-Friday TDs."
SPORTS
September 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
It may be November before Marshall Faulk lines up again for the St. Louis Rams. Faulk broke the bones that connect his pinkie and ring fingers to his left wrist when his hand struck a helmet early in the third quarter of the Rams' 24-23 loss at Seattle on Sunday. He'll be sidelined four to six weeks.
SPORTS
September 29, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
They are panicking in St. Louis, melting down in Missouri, all because the hometown Rams have lost their first three regular-season games, two of them by a touchdown or less. We'd like to tell them all to get a grip, except we have learned from history and know that St. Louis is too ploddingly literal when it comes to this stuff. Within the last decade, St.
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September 25, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kurt Warner clenched his teeth and exhaled, his soft whistle piercing the awkward quiet of the St. Louis locker room. It is the awkward quiet of the Ram offense, however, that has everyone in the organization frustrated and confused. "I'm a little bit baffled," Warner said after Monday's 26-14 loss at Tampa Bay, a game in which four of his passes were intercepted. "It's the same team that's been here so long.
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January 25, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dick Vermeil lives just outside Philadelphia and gets the royal treatment whenever he ventures into the city. And why not? He rescued the hapless Eagles in the 1970s, turning a 4-10 team into a Super Bowl participant in his first five seasons as coach. So, it's with a hint of sadness that he confesses this: He won't be rooting for them Sunday in the NFC championship game. Not against St. Louis. Not a chance. "If they were playing any other team, I'd be in their corner," he said Thursday.
SPORTS
November 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
Watching Marshall Faulk run at will, St. Louis Ram Coach Mike Martz knew that resting the NFL's reigning MVP for three weeks was the right thing to do. Faulk ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns in only one half, leading the Rams past the Carolina Panthers, 48-14, Sunday. "Marshall was as good as he's ever been," Martz said. "And when he's like that, you've just got to keep handing him the ball. He's like that most of the time."
SPORTS
December 28, 2000 | MIKE PENNER
Now that the votes have been counted and the trophy awarded, it must be said that there never was a doubt: Paul Edinger's 54-yard field goal Sunday was the NFL kick of the year. Edinger, a Chicago Bear rookie, packed some wallop with one swing of his leg--knocking the Detroit Lions out of the playoffs, granting the St. Louis Rams a last-second stay of elimination and delivering the league most-valuable-player award to Marshall Faulk.
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September 25, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kurt Warner clenched his teeth and exhaled, his soft whistle piercing the awkward quiet of the St. Louis locker room. It is the awkward quiet of the Ram offense, however, that has everyone in the organization frustrated and confused. "I'm a little bit baffled," Warner said after Monday's 26-14 loss at Tampa Bay, a game in which four of his passes were intercepted. "It's the same team that's been here so long.
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February 1, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You're a movie producer looking for a football drama and three scripts come across your desk. The first is about a quarterback who stocks supermarket shelves while dreaming of winning the Super Bowl, then eventually makes his dream come true. "Rocky" with a helmet. Forget it. Too unbelievable. The second is about a coach who gets out of the game for 15 years, then comes back as a senior citizen to win the Super Bowl. "The Old Man and the Tee." Not interested. Pure fantasy.
SPORTS
December 15, 2000 | Associated Press
The "Bob 'N Weave" was an expensive celebration dance for eight St. Louis Rams, who were fined a total of $90,000 Thursday by the NFL. Wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, repeat offenders this season, were fined $20,000 each for violating the rule against "prolonged, excessive or premeditated demonstrations" during the Rams' 40-29 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Tight end Roland Williams, also a repeater, was fined $15,000.
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December 10, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an ordinary lunchtime Thursday at Rams Park, except for one thing. All the televisions were tuned to the same show. From the training room to the players lounge and even the media workroom, every screen showed the St. Louis Rams dominating the Minnesota Vikings in last season's playoff game--a wild 49-37 victory in which the Rams scored five consecutive touchdowns and led by as many as 32 points.
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