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Don’t Tell These Fans Rams Can’t Win in St. Louis

Any St. Louis sports fan with a good memory should welcome the Rams with open arms. The franchise has an impressive record in St. Louis.

When the Cardinals were located in St. Louis from 1960 to 1987, they played the Rams seven times at home. The Rams won six of the games.

Even the 1965 Rams, with a 4-10 record, won in St. Louis, 27-3.

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Trivia time: Who holds the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards?

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Ram express: Art Thiel, commenting in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on the hiring of Dennis Erickson as coach of the Seattle Seahawks: “Erickson was in an extraordinary position--a coach with zero pro experience who had at least three NFL clubs (Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles) slobbering for his services. It would have been a fourth except the Rams were too busy catching the last mudslide out of Los Angeles.”

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Nit-pickers: Tom Weir in USA Today: “About those 16 sportswriters who must have gotten out the microscope when they decided Mike Schmidt wasn’t worthy of a first-ballot vote for the Hall of Fame.

“May you someday be denied a Pulitzer because of a misplaced comma.”

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Range logic: Pete Carril, Princeton basketball coach, on why he wouldn’t move Steve Goodrich from center to forward: “He has shooting range. What he doesn’t have is the making range.”

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British humor: Nick Faldo in Golf World after winning the Million Dollar Challenge in South Africa:

“I asked my wife, Gill, if she wanted a Versace dress, diamonds or pearls as a present and she said no. When I asked her what she did want, she said, ‘A divorce,’ but I told her I wasn’t intending to spend that much.”

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Incentive: Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe on Bill Russell signing autographs in Boston: “Russell doesn’t give interviews, doesn’t particularly care for Boston and never signed autographs until a huge check was waved in his face.”

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Ancient gag: Sportscaster Ralph Lawler noted that a recent Clipper game was broadcast on the radio in Chinese. After treating viewers to about 20 seconds of the broadcast, Lawler said: “The thing about Chinese play-by-play is, an hour later, you want to hear it again.”

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Invisible man: Kevin Paul Dupont in the Boston Globe on the new NHL schedule that will match teams only against other teams in their conference: “Wayne Gretzky will not show up at the Garden. Then again, he never did.”

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Trivia answer: Timmy Smith of the Washington Redskins, with 204 yards against Denver in 1988.

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Quotebook: San Diego Charger linebacker David Griggs on the tense final moments of the AFC championship game: “My poor mother must have had a heart attack. Hi, mom. We won.”


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