St. How is Louis feeling ‘the next day’

ST. LOUIS — You don’t have a bad dream. It really happened. In fact, the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl last night. In Los Angeles (Ok, Inglewood). It sucks that the NFL, in a very well-produced segment featuring Halle Berry, blows away Hollywood’s relationship with the football game. It sucks to see celebs in Rams gear who know nothing about the pain of witnessing really bad football for the Rams outside of the team’s first season in California. , acting as if they had been walking together the whole time.

There is some pride in knowing that Aaron Donald, the best defensive soccer player on the planet, was drafted by St. Louis Ramsand Johnny Hekker, one of the good guys who worked with the team here, was able to experience success.

But the gut punch was the podium after the game. Roger Goodell, flattering Enos Stanley Kroenke, presented the Lombardi trophy. It was enough to make one feel that the $790 million payout for the team’s departure was no more than a rounding error on the balance sheet.

Randy Karraker, from our friends at 101 ESPN asked in a Twitter poll If this is the darkest day in the history of St. Louis, compare it to, among other things, when the Rams left, when Don Denkinger’s missed call cost the Cardinals the 1985 World Championship, or when Nick Kypreos knocked out Grant Fuhr through injury in 1996. .

If those are the choices, the date on which the group departs is the clear winner for this writer. At the time it happened, it wasn’t too surprising, like last night’s game, but the NFL’s vote didn’t just hurt sports fans, it tore the region apart, with an approach like incineration that Kroenke and Demoff used to burn their way out of town, in a “one death by a thousand cuts” fashion.

St. Louis has teams that want to come here. The city is having another one in St. Louis City SC. The Cardinals will eventually return to playing baseball. The Blues got back into action in the second half, where we’ll see if the team can add some defensive help and get a hot keeper (any goalkeeper) into the knockout stages.

And the region will still spend the NFL payout, $500 million+ after legal fees.

We’re going to have to put up with a little more disappointment because of this Super Bowl win. There will be a parade, with more geeks, more Stans.

But the good news is that this is not 2016. The sun rises the day after the team leaves. It popped up this morning and it will repeat tomorrow. St. How is Louis feeling ‘the next day’

Charles Jones

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