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  1. I feel like they are trying to emphasize the "authentically Memphis" image by putting Memphis on the home jersey. Hope the rebrand helps with attendance. As a former Memphian now in St. Louis, I didn't realize how much I'd miss the Redbirds until I moved.
  2. When I saw that the Redbirds weren't changing their name to the Memphis Dryrub Ribs or something crazy I was relieved. But I still think this rebrand is fantastic.
  3. Penn State for the rest of the decade should be glad they weren't given the death penalty.
  4. This promo image from the St. Louis Cardinals calendar shows the team's 125th anniversary logo. For some reason they only count years from joining the National League. Seems like an odd mashup of eras to me.
  5. My theory on the Pistons is that the conversation went like this: Pistons: We'll move into your arena if we're equal partners. Wings: If we're going to be partners you can't have any side arenas. Pistons: OK Palace land will be sold and building demolished.
  6. Agreed about new Vikings stadium. The shadows were barely noticeable and didn't effect TV viewing. I know shadows in some stadiums really impact the quality of the TV broadcast.
  7. National Car Rental Field, proposed new home of the St. Louis Rams While the stadium design itself was nothing too noteworthy, it would have been one of the few stadia that was within visual distance of the old stadium (in a situation where the old one wasn't torn down). I'd love to see this design without the upper deck for a potential St. Louis MLS stadium, but the latest rumor has that stadium over by Union Station/Scottrade Center (but even an announcement about a proposal is six months or more away).
  8. The thing about the 8 et start time is how many east coast people are turning the games off because they have to go to bed. Wouldn't a station rather keep those people at the expense of some west coasters missing the start? I don't really care about the network and who covers what, but MLB Network should have day games several times a week and an evening game on any night no other network has a game. With the current contracts, it'd be Sun afternoon: TBS Sun/Wed: ESPN Tues/Sat: FS1 Mon/Th/Fri: MLBN I don't need NBC back in baseball; I don't need their "context". Oh and if TBS just has to pick a playoff "theme" song each year go for it, but it can only be played once before the game and once after.
  9. LA folks, Is there anyone who says they won't cheer for the Rams because of anguish from when they left in the 90s? Now to answer the questions I saw above: 1. The dome is really not as bad as people make it out to be. It is dark inside, but the CVC's (Convention and Visitors' Bureau who runs the dome) renovation plan would have increased light from the outside dramatically, and if ETFE takes off the roof could have probably been upgraded to allow more light as well. It would be a fine stadium with renovations the CVC planned in their second proposal. The dome's real problem was that it was built on spec. Because it was built on spec, the CVC was desperate to get a team so they gave away the story with the insane "first-tier" clause. The other thing is the CVC is not in the best shape financially. I wonder what would have happened had the Rams said OK to the CVC renovation proposal because I'm not sure they even had the money for that. 2. I am glad, however, they got this move over with instead of staying here until the Inglewood Stadium is ready as someone suggested above. Several lame duck years here would have been terrible for everyone. I'm glad we're not having to deal with what San Diego is going through with yet another lame duck year for the Chargers. 3. Also, I should clarify that there is a very little chance the dome actually gets demolished. It was thrown out as an idea in a brainstorming session and the next thing you know some local media had reported the dome being torn down. If anything, I could see them dropping a floor in the middle to create an additional convention hall but even that is doubtful. When I attended the legends of the dome game (with the field still in yellow end zones) the place wasn't looking so great. There was mold around the drinking fountain, random Rams signs still up, and empty team store areas. The concessions were painfully slow for a crowd of 10K, but that I imagine is because most of their staff found other jobs with so few stadium events in the dome. I sure hope they can maintain the place properly and get some more events in there. The state football association moved the state championships to Springfield and Columbia over the next few years in part because of the Rams leaving. Last time I checked, there are only four stadium events scheduled the rest of the year, a Beyonce concert and three days of dirt racing. It is used for conventions also but that business has slowed, especially in the Midwest which is a cutthroat convention market right now.
  10. I hate that name so much. I have some alternatives. Missouri Dome (state gets some advertising for the money it puts in, could even slap the state tourism logo on the roof, see mockup below) Dirt Cheap Dome (named after a local liquor store and a nod to the fact that if they hadn't built the place on spec St. Louis very well may still have a team; I don't think they give the Rams such a dumb lease otherwise.) National Car Rental Dome (maybe Enterprise would be in the mood to be generous, doubt it) Also in rare team match ups, the Los Angeles Rams have never played the Tennessee Titans or the Houston Texans.
  11. Agreed with Gothamite: There was surprisingly little clearance merchandise in the St. Louis area since anything that just said Rams could be resold in LA instantly. I still wonder if they could keep the same uniforms but switch the gold to yellow in the interim or if that's still considered a "new uniform".
  12. It was free hat day. It was very unorganized. I was in 5th grade and at the hat giveaway spot this guy what trying to tell groups to send one person per party to get the hats. My Dad said hell no to that and drug me along with him to the hat table. It says "Charter PSL holder" on it, and we still have them somewhere in his basement. Both he and I have taken all our Rams stuff down at our respective homes but didn't throw it away. It didn't seem right to display it, nor to burn it or toss it out.
  13. The Rams are doing exactly what the Memphis Grizzlies did when they left Vancouver. They wore the Vancouver stuff in Memphis for three years while they played in The Pyramid. When the FedExForum opened, they switched to their current set. Then some people buy merchandise twice. Grizz logos Also, would the league allow them to switch out gold for yellow immediately (like 2017) while saving the complete redesign for the new stadium? In LA what are people wearing now on new t-shirts, etc.? Yellow/blue throwback stuff or gold/blue?
  14. This also reminds me of when the Rams played at Busch Stadium in their first year in St. Louis. The cutout turf for the bases had some sort of problem so they played at least one (but maybe more) of the 5 games there with the dirt showing through on an AstroTurf field. pic of Rams at Busch Stadium II
  15. 1. The Memphis Grizzlies will not relocate. The one thing Memphis did right re Grizzlies is the strict lease, plus the new owner agreed to several provisions which make moving the team very difficult (at least in next decade). 2. When the Sonics moved, a movement to get NBA back to Seattle started quickly. There is no such movement in STL regarding the Rams. I don't see a NFL team in my hometown again in my lifetime (next 50-70 years). 3. I don't see a North American league expanding to Europe unless supersonic flight becomes possible again (a la another Concorde). I see it as a certainty if this technology is developed. 4. One of the four major sports leagues will move all their championship games to pay TV or streaming services. 5. Several more teams will announce plans to replace 20 or so year old stadiums and people will still have "WTF" reactions (a la Turner Field). possibilities with "rationale" Honda Center: need to be in downtown Anaheim or area with more "development" opportunities Wells Fargo Center: same reason as Anaheim Everbank Field: will claim stadium is really old because one part remained from old Gator Bowl Chase Field: already some rumors about Diamondbacks moving to a reservation or someting Angel Stadium: has been discussed a bit already (was heavily renovated in 90s)
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