Susan Schmolke is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan and still smarting over their loss to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.She was looking forward to the Rams facing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday and winning back a championship for the city.The Red Sox win is still fresh.,A longtime fan, she was excited that the team, which played in St. Louis from 1994 until 2016, had made it to the Super Bowl just three years after its return to Los Angeles.Its a win even just getting here, Schmolke said.,If you follow a team, you should stay with them.Yolanda Ramirez, 42, another longtime Rams fan, echoed similar sentiments.Of course Im sad, she said after Sundays loss, but at the same time, at least we went all the way to the Super Bowl.,He said he and his wife drove from El Paso to watch the game here.He said Rams fans should be proud of what the team accomplished this year, despite the loss.We came all the way from Texas to celebrate with local Rams fans, Larry Agilar said.,We came a long way in a short time, and Im proud of our team we were in the Super Bowl.Agilar wasnt the only one who traveled across the country to watch the game in Los Angeles.Paige Cayon said she flew from Chicago to watch the game with her husband, a corporate pilot who was in California for business and is born and bred Boston.
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Young, old, in between, an exciting season for L.A. Rams fans like Gomez came to a disappointing finish on Sunday as the team in just its third year back in Los Angeles fell to the New England Patriots 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII.,(Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)
Crowds of football fans watch Super Bowl LIII at Flights Craft Beer Sports Grill in Hawthorne on Sunday, February.03, 2018.,(Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer)
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The 71-year-old Kroenke didn’t just bring the Rams back to L.A. from St. Louis in 2016.,“The Rams certainly needed a new stadium and Los Angeles is a big enough market to attract private funding.,And what would they have said about dropping $5 billion (believed to be the biggest private, current development project in the world) on a stadium to move a football team to Los Angeles?,Both the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers also wanted to move to Los Angeles, but neither ownership group – even when they paired together – could present the stadium plan that Kroenke could.,(AP) Kroenke felt a corner was turned earlier this season when a game against Kansas City had to be rescheduled from Mexico City and on seven days notice, which included a period of devastating wildfires and a mass shooting, 77,000 fans showed up to support local charities.
The billionaire owner of the Rams never came clean with the people of St. Louis before he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016.,Three years after they abandoned St. Louis for L.A., the Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday.,(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)
Fans were excited to see DeJong, whose Illinois roots also include a successful stint at Illinois State.,He isn't afraid to say how he celebrates each home run that DeJong hits.,On Monday at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center, Williamson wore a red shirt with white block letters on the front reading "Illinois State baseball" to the annual Decatur Cardinals Caravan stop.,DeJong signed a six-year contract extension in March 2018 and played in 115 games last season with 19 home runs and 68 RBIs after missing time with an injury.,Illinois State was an important step in DeJong's journey to a middle-of-the order bat on the Cardinals.
The future is taking shape in the concrete pillars and sloped canopy roof of a transformative new stadium that will serve as home to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers when the world’s most expensive sports complex opens in 2020.,[Rams-Patriots Super Bowl guide] Moreover, after decades in which taxpayers shouldered much of the cost of new sports arenas, the privately funded stadium is being closely watched as a potential new model for first-rate NFL venues built without public subsidies.,It is the vision of Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke, a Missouri-born billionaire developer and sports mogul, who took to heart NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s insistence that any new stadium built for pro football’s return to Los Angeles must be iconic and serve as home to two teams.,(Allison Zaucha/For The Washington Post) NFL's most expensive stadium Though the Kroenke organization won’t confirm the cost or provide details of its privately funded financing plan, NFL owners in March agreed to raise their debt waiver to accommodate the Los Angeles project.,[Sally Jenkins: Gifting Daniel Snyder any money or land for a new Redskins stadium would be absolute madness] Just a decade ago, it seemed the Dallas Cowboys had set a spending mark that wouldn’t be topped when they opened ATT Stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion, with the city of Arlington helping team owner Jerry Jones finance the project with tax hikes and bonds.
For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.,And, finally, they came up with a huge interception in overtime to set up Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal — the longest kick ever to win a playoff game.,It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who had been 6-0 at the Superdome since their pairing began in 2006.,If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could've run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range.,It was another bitter end for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the "Minnesota Miracle" — the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
The Rams have broken hearts and left behind bitter fans in two different cities — in St. Louis, where the team spent 21 years, won a Super Bowl and then split town in a nasty divorce, and in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city and team’s home from 1946 to 1995, where the Rams built and lost a fan base before returning three seasons ago.,A win over the Saints on Sunday and the prospect of a football championship for Los Angeles could bring Rams fever to a boil and carve out a place for the team in the city’s crowded sports scene.,The Rams didn’t have to work quite as hard to build loyalty in St. Louis, where football-starved fans snatched up tickets early in 1995 and were rewarded four seasons later when an unknown backup quarterback named Kurt Warner and tailback Marshall Faulk turned their offense into the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf” and won a dramatic Super Bowl championship in 1999.,A couple of weeks ago, Saints coach Sean Payton hauled in the Lombardi trophy and a big stack of greenbacks to show his team what was at stake…
Tony Hernandez, a third-generation Rams fan from east of Los Angeles, said half of his uncles and many of his friends gave up on the Rams after they moved away.,Hernandez said he briefly quit watching the team during the 1995 season in protest of the move, but soon was back to watching every game and even flying to St. Louis to cheer in person.
Before he knew the next opponent, owner Jerry Jones likened the recovery of his Dallas Cowboys from 3-5 to their first playoff win in four years to a boom-or-bust wagon train headed to California.,The other big change, also during the open week, was firing first-year offensive line coach Paul Alexander and promoting someone familiar with what had helped the Cowboys mold one of the best blocking units in football in former player and assistant line coach Marc Colombo.,In his first year, coach Sean McVay led LA to the NFC West title in the franchise's first winning season in 14 years, including a 35-30 victory at the Cowboys after falling behind 24-13.,Dallas has gone to Oxnard for training camp every year since 2010, and Jones played a pivotal role in getting league approval of LA owner Stan Kroenke's move from St. Louis three years ago.,The Rams' new stadium doesn't open until 2020, so the first playoff meeting between these teams since 1986 will be in the same place as that 20-0 LA victory: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.