The Pittsburgh Steelers traded star wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. Last season Brown had 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and notched 15 touchdowns. If there was a better receiver last year, he played exclusively in a video game.
Last night’s Thursday Night Football game featured the Los Angeles Rams (4-9) versus the Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1). The Seahawks, of course, won, 24-3. The Rams are so bad they shouldn’t even be in the NFL.
When the Rams returned to Los Angeles, people described it as the second largest city in the United States having an NFL team again. I don’t think that’s even technically accurate. The Rams are a lot of things, an NFL caliber team they are not.
Los Angeles is a terrible sports town. It’s even worse when it comes to the NFL. The area once had two teams, the Rams, and the Raiders. Both teams left LA for greener pastures. That’s if think of either St. Louis or Oakland as greener pastures.
The fact that the NFL chose a Rams-Seahawks game as something worthy of prime-time national viewership shows just how out of touch they are with reality. To sweeten the pot, to make last night’s game even more unwatchable, they had both teams wear special alternate uniforms. This is the same NFL that won’t allow the Rams to return to their original Los Angeles colors and logos until 2019. Instead, they have to wear the colors and logos they used in St. Louis.
I can’t imagine how terrible it must have been to watch last night’s suckfest. The Seahawks uniforms are the worst uniforms I’ve ever seen. And I’m a fan of ugly uniforms. These Seahawks uniforms are beyond ugly. They look like they could induce seizures or even eyeball cancer.
When I first heard the Rams were returning to Los Angeles, I just assumed they would be going back to the blue and yellow colors. They wore those colors when they left Los Angeles (technically Anaheim) for St. Louis. They then changed their colors to a darker shade of blue and a darker shade of yellow. Both shades were much uglier than what they wore in Los Angeles, in my humble opinion.
Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations for the Los Angeles Rams told the Los Angeles Times that they do not plan on changing the colors until the 2019 season:
The Rams’ uniform issue will be officially discussed for the first time Tuesday at the NFL owners’ meetings. But Demoff said the team would not apply for a change until 2017, putting it on track for implementation in 2019.
The NFL requires a two-year notice before a team can change their uniforms. Since they will start playing in their brand new shiny Inglewood stadium in 2019, waiting until then to switch colors I guess makes sense to them. I guess they think doing both at the same time is good synergy.
I think that is a mistake.
They need to get the Southland excited about the Rams coming back. Keeping the drab colors of St. Louis only serves as a constant reminder that the Rams thought it would be a wise idea to relocate to St. Louis.
The Rams will be playing eight home games in Los Angeles. The NFL allows teams to wear their approved throwback uniforms two home games each season. The Rams throwback uniforms are the old blue and yellow uniforms they wore when they first moved to St. Louis. It is the uniform they wore when they won their first Super Bowl. That means the Los Angeles Rams can look like the Los Angeles Rams twice each year. Judging from the official online store of the Los Angeles Rams, it seems they are more than willing to embrace their old colors.
The NFL should not require a team that moves to another city to also give a two-year notice that they are changing their uniforms. They should allow a team to automatically change uniforms if and when they change venues. This is especially true if the team is going back to its original city and they want to to go back to their original colors and logo.
I hate the St. Louis logo. It looks like the type of logo an NHL team would use for a year or two before moving on to something even worse.