You have a Saturday morning reading assignment, Rams fans. TST favorite and resident cynic edpjr is back, after vowing to stay away, chastened by the long suffering the St. Louis Rams have inflicted upon their fans through years of callous mismanagement. No more. Edpjr is back with a great fan post expressing the kind of optimism everyone around here is feeling watching a Rams team compete for the first time in years. Give it a read.
In other Rams news...
CB Ron Bartell practiced yesterday, though limited. He has been adamant that he'll play against the Buccaneers this week and that his thigh bruise is nothing like the injury last year that limited what he could do in coverage. The Rams will need Bartell to lock down Mike Williams, a rookie 4th round pick who has been by far the most impressive rookie WR this season.
The news isn't so good for WR Mardy Gilyard who re-aggrivated his hamstring and missed practice yesterday. That gives Laurent Robinson the chance to start making the case that he has something to contribute after disappointing through the early part of the season. Steven Jackson will be the focal point of the offense this week against a Tampa team allowing running backs to rush for triple digits.
Several players make their return this week. Special teams ace LB Chris Chamberlain and LB David Vobora will be on the field. CB Kevin Dockery is back too, which will help the nickel package with Justin King out this week.
No fine for Chargers LB Kevin Burnett for his helment-to-helment hit on Sam Bradford. The league made a big point to crack down on those kind of hits this week issuing some high profile fines and sparking a big conversation about the nature of the game. Nevertheless, Burnett's hit on the rookie QB that went unflagged by the refs also went unflagged by the league. Agree or disagree, it's all about consistency when enforcing rules.
Lots of college football today, and we'll have you covered right here at TST. Also, don't forget about Turf Show Radiowhich is on the air tonight at 5 p.m. Central time.