Emotions are a bit raw today. Not a good day to pick a fight with me. St. Louis sports fans, rated as the best, most loyal in the nation have been slapped in the face yet again by the NFL.
Sports are sports–business is business. There’s not joy in the city by the muddy Mississippi today, and a whole lot of bitterness toward Stan Kroenke and the league.
Why is anyone surprised? St. Louis was the fifteenth biggest media market when I left the area twelve years ago. It’s probably slipped some since then. LA is at or near the top. The St. Louis Rams Super Bowl victory in 1999 was a hoot.
I’m burning my St. Louis Rams memorabilia–unless an offer I can’t refuse comes along. The great, Wayne Gretzky, late in his career played for the St. Louis Blues. How many sports fans know that?
The St. Louis Browns left and became the Baltimore Orioles. The St. Louis Hawks skipped town for Atlanta. The Blues NHL team almost became the Saskatoon blues. Bill Bidwell, St. Louis football Cardinals owner, held local politicians hostage for a domed stadium. They built it–he left for Arizona anyway. St. Louis fans should be used to this by now.
Tractor pulls, motocross, rodeos–get your bookings in today. The Edward Jones Dome–nee TWA Dome–is available. What’s so bad about being a two-sports town? Indianapolis has the Pacers and Colts. Didn’t they steal the Colts from Baltimore?
Put your left foot in, put your right foot out, you do the NFL shuffle and turn yourself about.