So Sunday, I watched the game with baited breath. I don't really watch the games with an expectation of winning, but I do watch them expecting to see my Rams compete. Today the question was really, competing against whom? Or is it who? I don't know but either way, the Rams were supposed to win today at least 4 separate times. The inconsistency and lack of discipline as one of the league's youngest teams, the Rams still fought on. They still made plays when they needed to. I guess now my question is, if we can tie with the best team in the NFC as "screwups", we can surely win a Super Bowl when we hit on all cylinders. Oh excuse me, did I forget to mention not only as "screwups", but without two of our best players on the field, PURPOSELY?!!
I mean really, imagine Steven Jackson running the ball like he did today, to the point of losing his helmet in a game that was for the Lombardi? Could you see Danny "Bull Cojones" Amendola actually making those body-sacrificing catches for a game that really mattered in the post-season? I can imagine a time where this all comes together at some point, yet I can't ignore the fact that for every mistake, we still hung in? I gave up today before the Rams did. I wanted to change the channel when Young GZ showed a weakness on the second kick attempt after a "screwup" that pushed the Rams into the ?? zone. Side note: "screwup" is just another term for dumb-ass penalty and ?? zone is that place where the $%^* might hit the fan for the Rams. But my beautiful wife said, "we might as well watch to the end". Not sure I am glad I did or not, cause the second half and overtime felt like making out with a date that's not sure if they wanna go to second base or not!!
So I could spend all day breaking down the stupid "illegal block to the back" penalties we got today, but I won't. I could also complain about some of the gouging that occurred due to some porous run defense, but I won't.
I can only commend the fight. I can only marvel how the Rams didn't give up. I am absolutely blown away at how this team plays, through every adversity! So although we had many "screwups" today, I am truly proud of the fight that our Rams showed. I can still be hype right?
Yet, I am also extremely embarrassed by the sloppy play, inability to get after a rookie QB, the inability to get in a frickin huddle due to time, wondering how a veteran can't GET ON THE FRICKIN LINE FOR THE PLAY....GIBBY (sorry Pettis, laid you out earlier, but was wrong)?!! I won't complain. I will simply dwell on one very clear fact...we tied with the best team in our division on one of our worst days against all odds.
My God what happens when we really have it together? What happens when we start having veterans in these systems? What happens when Sam has more than one year of this offense under his belt? What happens when those top draft picks for next season hit the squad? That's what I contemplate.....(sidenote, did you hear, let alone see that crack Dunbar put on Smith? Dat was a "night night" tap!)
I'm still encouraged that through all of our "bone-headedness" (yeah I made it up), we still hung in. After we shot both our feet, staring at our right hand wondering if there's a bullet left, we went into overtime?!! Then in overtime, we ensured that we made every unimaginable mistake to kill momentum and hope, and we tied?!! Maybe it isn't hype I feel, but .....shock?