I am a highly competitive person. Heck, today I played Pickle Ball with the in-laws and showed no mercy to a bunch of 70 year old-s. I tell my 10 year old, that second place is the first place loser. I push him to be the best person he can be. I am saying this in advance of the epiphany I recently had about our beloved Rams.
My feelings toward the team have changed since Georgia passed, and they sold the team to Kroenke. Now add in the hiring of a young up and coming GM - who was has no qualms with rolling the dice - and the courtship of Jeff Fisher & Co has put in place. The decisions this administration have made with personal, have renewed a sense of happiness I haven't felt in years. I am excited about what the future holds. We have youngest team in the league, and having the key positions of a team in place, our future is bright.
Here is what is different for me entering this year than years of the past: I do not care if we make the playoffs. in fact, I really do not care if we win any games. I have a ten year son, and I feel the same way about the Rams as I feel about him. I want him to succeed in life, but I know that there's a good chance he may not be a great success, but that is ok. What matters to me is that everyday he grows, and watching him grow brings pride to my heart. The same goes for the Rams; everyday hearing how much Sam is evolving into a team leader brings that joy to my heart.
We are not going to win every game, and for the first time in my life I think I'm fine with that. What matters to me, is we fight, that even when we lose, and the team that beat us does not forget how hard we fought. I recall watching the Ravens play a few years ago. When they would play a team one week, the team they played would take weeks to recover from it. I want to see that from our Rams. I want teams to circle the date on the calendar and dread that week. The Rams - regardless of the outcome - are gonna give us their toughest game all season long.
All that matters to me is watching Coach point these young men in the right direction. I'll enjoy watching them grow together every Sunday. I can't wait to see how last years rookies have developed. I can't wait to see how our veterans - Sam, JL72, JL55, CL72 and Finn - assert themselves in the locker room. I can't wait to see how we dust ourselves off when we fall. I am almost more excited to see how we respond to adversity, versus how we respond to success. I am excited for this team not for success, but for this team because its as if they were my children, and I am watching them grow up before my very eyes. I used to be very upset following a loss, and I don't think this will happen any more. I still may get upset a bit, but the pride that is in my heart now will lessen the blow. I'm not saying I want our beloved Rams to fail. I want us to win the Superbowl, and to shatter every record ever made. But the journey for me now will be so much more fulfilling for some reason. In a perfect world, I guess I'd wish that we get to experience both: Great success and watching these young men grow up; becoming great men, as well as great football players.