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“It lives up to all the hype,” Rams punter
It's been 17 months since the Rams moved more than 1,800 miles from St. Louis to Los Angeles — and then bounced from Oxnard to Irvine, before planting roots in Thousand Oaks. They're sharing laughs about the unexpected experiences of their first year, and finally, they're settling in — on the field, and with their families.
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The Chargers, who moved north 90 miles from San Diego to Costa Mesa in June, aren't as surprised about the scene change, and it seems the team will require less time to acclimate.
"It could have been chaotic," general manager Tom Telesco says. "But it wasn't."
It helped that the Chargers remained in San Diego for several months after making the decision to move. Offseason workouts continued at the team's San Diego-area facility, and the children of players and staffers finished the school year with friends.
"It hasn't been bad," tight end Hunter Henry says about the process. "Was pretty easy, really smooth."
Because a locker room is filled with different personalities from many backgrounds, the charms of "La-La-Land" are going to affect people in various ways. Every player has an L.A. story to tell. Here are some of them:
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Rams offensive lineman Jamon Brown: "Car registration, smog [tests], different things when it comes to I guess what's legal, because I never did a smog [test]. I transferred to California plates, so I had to get the smog [test], I had to get my truck weighed … I didn't know that was a thing. . . . It was kind of like, 'What?' when they said, 'Did you get your smog test?' I had no idea."
Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree: "People just go to the beach like every day. It's just a normal thing. Me growing up in Georgia and going to St. Louis, I don't have beaches like that so going to the beach is like a vacation for me, but it is just like everyday life here. … I want to try surfing and so I might try that one day, eventually."
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Chargers safety Tre Boston: "When you hear L.A., you think of big city, entertainment, lots of media, like New York, so when you hear L.A., you see A-list superstars, so you kind of see yourself intermingling with these people, getting to meet people, people outside of football, getting to network, getting to know these people and hopefully you guys get into business later on."
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