The exciting return of the Rams to Los Angeles was a déjà vu moment for those of us old enough to remember. In the old days, the team played regularly at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Who could forget the Fearsome Foursome in the 60s? Rosey Grier, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones made up the Los Angeles Rams starting defensive line. They were hard to beat and Dick Butkus called them "the most dominant line in football history.”
The Rams was the first NFL team to play in Los Angeles and among the first to integrate with African American players. They signed Kenny Washington and Woody Strode in 1946.
The Rams were once a glory team of the NFL, but has struggled to regain prominence for the last 10 years. Now that the players are back where they belong, it’s like magic. The Rams came out of the gate winning from Day One during the pre-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, 28-14. The next week, they won again, 21-20 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The team’s re-entry into Los Angeles has resurrected everything it has touched. It brought fresh new life and much needed revenue to the lackluster Coliseum, a venue that hosted the 1984 Olympics, but until recently was just a shadow of an historic sports stadium.
The Rams’ Midas touch caused the team to sell out of season tickets within 6 hours. Its 20-year absence from the City of Angels created a vacuum not only in Los Angeles football, but socially as well.
Unlike dozens of other cities where families bond over the sport, a whole generation of football lovers missed the opportunity to take their kids to a football game. We had no bragging rights for our own home team. The city that once boasted two home teams—the Rams and the Raiders—was suddenly absent from the roster of NFL football hosts.
Now that the Rams are back, football fever has never been so great. Folks here feel , and thanks to the Lakers, Dodgers and Kings, have sports teams to cheer all year ‘round.
That said, if you haven’t yet watched an L.A. Rams game, either in person or on TV, it’s time to get behind them. Our home team will play the 49ers on Monday, September 9 in San Francisco’s Levi Stadium. Catch the action on Monday Night Football. Yes, “we’re more than ready for some football.”