I meant to post the above picture back in February. I was swillin’ and starting the grillin’ (chicken wings on Roxanne AKA the limited edition red Weber kettle, vortex style) on an anomaly warm low-70s day in the middle of February. Now it’s late March, windy and cold as usual. I can’t wait for proper spring weather.
The Los Angeles Rams are being hyped up as Super Bowl contenders for next season. Check out the title of this post — a hell of a time to be an LA Rams fan. It is, my friends. It is so odd to me that I watched this franchise wallow around in hell from 2005-2016, and all of a sudden, a year after coming back to Los Angeles after a 22-year reprieve, they win the NFC West for the first time since the 2003 campaign and their running back, Todd Gurley, finished second in the MVP voting.
Next season, they are going to be rolling in hot, fresh off of signing Marcus Peters, the best defensive back in the league, from the Kansas City Chiefs and Aqib Talib, a well seasoned veteran who most recently played for the Denver Broncos. To beat it all, a couple days ago they signed Ndamukong Suh and they are gonna stack that offensive line wreckin’ sumbitch next to Aaron Donald, a generational talent and the undisputed best defensive tackle… nay, defensive player… in the NFL.
The last time we saw a franchise go out and stack one side of the ball, it was the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, when they formed the, ah, ‘Dream Team’ only to fall to a mediocre record of 8-8. I hope the Rams don’t under-perform this upcoming season. The Seahawks are worse, but the 49ers have greatly improved with their high paid but still unproven quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
It is reasonable to assume the Rams will take a step back next season, though. I’m not trying to be a Cynical Cindy here, but teams have footage on a team that played above expectations from last season, the Rams lost a few pieces from their coaching staff and, lastly, the Rams will be playing a first place schedule.
Years of watching the franchise play like shit (2007-2009 when they only won six games in three seasons, and then going 2-14 in 2011) has tarnished any trust or faith I have in watching this squad perform up to expectations or better. But hey, this ain’t Troy Sparks Jr.’s old squad. This franchise appears to be in good hands under the capable leadership of Sean McVay now.
I can’t wait to see what happens, but as always I’m seeking to avoid being caught up in the Horns hype.