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TST’s 10 Most Popular Story Lines of 2016

We blogged. You clicked.

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Blogging for the Los Angeles Rams would be a heck of a lot more fun if more of the headlines revolved around winning. But, on more Sundays than not, we at Turf Show Times look for silver linings. We await the excuses. We pray for better.

But it’s not always about losing...believe it or not. There’s a whole lot of football that still goes on after Week 17, and we here at TST try to provide the best Rams’ coverage in the biz from the doldrums of the offseason to the waning, often painful, moments of the regular season.

Articles get clicks for a variety of reasons. It could be a jazzy headline, or proper execution of a permalink. Juicy rumors are always a plus. It could be being first(!) to publish breaking news. It could be social media shares/likes/what-have-yous. Sometimes bigger outlets pick up our stories (which goes a loooong way). But it can always be attributed to the good folks who frequent TST with regularity (and to that I’ll say thank you).

At any rate, without any further jibber jabber from yours truly, here are the Top 10 links (due to clicks) from 2016 (in order).

2016 NFL Conference Playoffs: Dates, Times, How to Watch

The Rams weren’t in the playoffs in late January, 2016. But Joe did a pretty solid job of keeping the fans apprised of upcoming matches. Yeah, that’s right, the sites top article of the year had nothing to do with the Rams.

Jeff Fisher was “forced to draft” Jared Goff

JUICY RUMOR ALERT! Keyshawn Johnson joined Stephen A. Smith on...well, I’ve probably said enough already.

Chad Reuter Goes 4 Rounds in a 2016 NFL Mock Draft

So mock drafts were huge for the Rams this year. Even before the blockbuster trade to nab Jared Goff, the Rams had the opportunity to stand pat at 15th overall and still have two second round picks at their disposal.

Reuter went Paxton Lynch at 15, then snagged Kendall Fuller (CB) and Tyler Boyd (WR) in the 2nd, before finishing up his mock by drafting Michigan St. center Jack Allen in the 4th.

How bout them apples?

Tre Mason Reported Missing

It went from jokes about his absence in the offense last year to actually missing in 2016. More scary, less funny.

The Bradford Trade Could Land the Rams Sean Payton

Well this is interesting. Four days into 2016, with Jeff Fisher gainfully employed by the Rams, the question arose about whether or not the Rams - who had two 2nd round picks at the time - could/should trade away one for Saints’ coach Sean Payton.

16,773 voted. And 73% said yes.

On a related note, the Saints wanted a second before the year. After another disappointing season, the asking price should be much lower.

7-Round Mock Draft for the Rams

Our very own Misone went in on a 7-rounder here, staying put at 15 and taking WR Corey Coleman in the 1st round. He then followed that up with Hunter Henry (TE), Karl Joseph (FS), Artie Burns (CB), Roberto Aguayo (K), and Matt Judon (DE).

The Los Angeles Rams Drafted Braxton Miller...sorta

I remember this one. Waking up, only to find out that the Rams had gotten an early start on the draft, nabbing Ohio St. WR Braxton February.

New Unis on the Way. What Color Would You Want?

Knowing that the Rams were indeed moving back to Los Angeles, it was only a matter of time before the uniform conversation came about. We polled the fans, and the Fearsome Foursome blue and whites narrowly edged the Greatest Show on Turf unis.

The Rams Didn’t Just Leave St. Louis. They’re Burning Every Bridge.

The comments section had to be gold in this one. Filled with finest, most articulate hot taeks.

Charley Casserly Has a Wild Trade Idea for the Rams

It’s late February. The Rams still have a boat load of picks and question marks on their roster abound. Charley Casserly offered up an idea for the Rams regarding how they can trade away both their 2016 and 2017 first round picks.

As always, thanks for reading. Teamwork makes the dreamwork. Appreciate the TST faithful, and Happy New Year to you all! Go Rams!