Only three words, but they packed a punch: Lambs, not Rams.
The headline on The Times’ front page the day after the Los Angeles Rams’ 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl sparked numerous calls, emails and tweets from Times readers and Rams fans. They called the headline disrespectful, disgusting, disappointing and dismissive of a championship team.
“It’s a low blow,” one caller said. “This is our home team. We don’t need that.”
Another reader weighed in: “Do you as the editor of this paper mean to imply that the 53 men on the Rams were submissive yesterday? That game was extremely hard-fought and physical, and although it did not go the Rams’ way, that was an old-school game the Rams fans can be proud of.”
And from a longtime reader: “I'm not even an NFL fan. I am, however, a fan of this city. Headlines and articles like this one keep our city from finding something to believe in and something to bring us together.”
Angel Rodriguez, the assistant managing editor who oversees our sports coverage, said the headline was not meant to be mean-spirited or dismissive of the great season the Rams had this year.