Opinion of the Publisher By: Randy Dinwiddie Jett Agency LLC
Ok everyone, this story is 100% true and 100% PERSONAL.
It was 1977 and I was 7 years old. I absolutely loved the Los Angeles Rams. Although the Rams tried hard, nothing changed from then to now when they would break your heart at the end of the year. The hardest working team in the NFL but seem to always end up short.
It was the NFC championship AGAIN and my brother Roger was relishing in the fact that Roger Stauback would be sending the little team that couldn't home for another season and denied an NFC championship game. Well that year Roger was wrong and it was his little brother rubbing it in when an unknown Quarterback named Vince Ferragamo sent Americas team crying all the way back to Dallas.... For years I dreamt of the Rams moving to Missouri, but the chances of that happening back then were nil.
Let's move the clock up a little further... its 1994, I am married and live in Kansas City Mo... and the Rams move to STL Missouri. Knee deep in debt work and responsibility I was forced to let go of my following of the Rams to get my young family stabilized. It would not be until 2014 until I was able to show up to my first STL Rams game with my wife and 2 boys. They were playing the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks. The game was close, but there was a fake punt by the Rams which enable them to score and win the game in the last seconds. It was the most exciting game I have ever watched and finally after 30 + years my dream had come true.
Well as if that wasn't the cat that meowed the loudest, I was stoked and immediately went online to follow the team that I had to walk away from for so many years and came across some pages of facebook that began to tell the story that the Rams weren't so happy with STL because of promises that were not kept and the price per ticket was down from years ago. Well deservingly so the fans of STL were more then fair to a team that never had but 2 successful seasons and one was when they won the Super Bowl with the Greatest Show on Turf. For 20 years the fans of STL showed up stronger and the Rams seemed to get weaker for the most part every year. The bottom line was that the Rams were potentially moving and I was not going to have it.
I contacted the front office of the Rams and offered our services to keep the counts up for the games in most all 2014, it appeared that 54,000 people per game would have been way good enough for a 400 at best team in 2014.
2015 goes by, and the rumors were even worse that this would be the last year for the Rams in STL mo. I knew that the most important game of the year would be the last game of the year and the dome had to be full to send a message to owner Stanley Kroenke that Missouri loved the Rams and that maybe if he would put a product on the field we would continue to show up strong.
Months we marketed for this game. DOOR AFTER DOOR... HOUR AFTER HOUR... POST AFTER POST... It took countless hours. Many people were fed up with the Rams because of all the Drama and felt as though they had been taken by Stanley Kroenke and were broken hearted that after all they did for a then Bankrupt team in 1993, he was planning on moving our team back to the very town that nearly bankrupted them/
Well , I took my son John to the last game of the year. It was against the Tampa Bay Bucs. My heart was in my throat the whole way to the seat as I was afraid that the fans would not show up. I was wrong. Over 50k people showed up for that game to watch a team that we all really knew would be leaving us. The crowd let their voices be heard as the booming voice "Kroenke Sucks " blared over the game and the promoter on the intercom.
We all know the story now. The Rams have left us , but they left the best fan town in the business and #st.louis should be proud of staying loyal to their town even if we did get stiffed by the NFL again. God is good and faithful all the time. It was the very first prayer I had as a kid to see the Rams in person and in the end he gave me so much more.
Hard and Smart work , and putting God first pays off.