So how did it begin for you?

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Your RAM love, I'm talking! I'm a long-time LA RAMS fan, BRAND NEW NERD to this site, and so COMPLETELY stoked they are back home where they belong. I wanna hear your stories!

For me it was 1977, and I was in the 4th grade. We were a military family, and had just moved from Virginia to Kansas.

Now, as a kid in Virginia, we followed baseball. Every kid played little-league baseball from basically the time they could walk. We played wiffle-ball on the street corners, and in back yards, and actual baseball wherever we could.

But for whatever reason, in Kansas it was different. Football was the thing. Which was weird; in 1977 the George Brett-fueled Royals were dominant, and the Chiefs stunk. But no, for my class of 4th graders, it was all about pro football. Recess was all about two-hand touch (or two-hand shove-into-the-dirt), and half of my classmates were all Dallas Cowboy fans. Even my dad loved Roger Staubach.

By the third week I realized I would have to choose a team to be my own.

And there was no way it was going to be the Dallas Cowboys.

(Or the Chiefs. They really stunk!)

I knew a LITTLE bit of the Rams. I knew they had Joe Namath, even if he didn't play much. Every kid knew Joe Namath. But he wasn't enough to draw me to them.

The playoffs rolled around, and I decided to actually WATCH a game. As it happened, it was Vikings vs. Rams, in what would later be termed the "Mud Bowl," and ... let me tell you, if you can take yourself back to those days... A kid, watching on a black-and-white television set... and absolutely captivated by what was unfurling before my eyes. Two teams, drenched in rain, caked in mud... two teams with cool HORNS on their helmets, SLAMMING into each other, over and over again, sliding all over the field...

It was crazy. And it was like a religious experience. By halftime I realized ONE of these teams would be MINE. I just had to choose.

I chose the Rams.

They lost. (Maybe shoulda took the hint, no?)

(Though hindsight being what it is, thank god I didn't choose the Vikings. Zero rings and a hatred for one's own kicker that is real.)

(Ring? Why yes, thank you. God bless you, Greatest Show on Turf; God bless you, Mike Jones.)

Followed 'em ever since. Jack Youngblood, Jim Youngblood (no relation). Vince Ferragamo, Lawrence McCutcheon. Wendell Tyler and his fumbles and his end zone prayer. Tony Zendejas. John Robinson and Ground Chuck. Erik Dickerson. Crissy Everett. Dieter freaking Brock. Jerome Bettis, Isaac Bruce (who I just KNEW would be great, not lying)!

As an adult I moved to Los Angeles--well, Orange County, to be precise...

... but it was two years after the Rams had already left for St. Louis. Timing is everything, right?

Doesn't matter where they play; I'll love 'em. They're my Rams, and clearly they are your Rams. I bleed blue and gold and... millennium blue... or whatever that ugly color is.

And they're home again.

So how'd it begin for you?


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Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:54 am

Lineage. My dad was a LA Ram fan, he brainwashed me at an early age. :D Plus we are distantly related to a former Ram great, so it was like rooting for family.

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Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:00 pm

22 October 1989 at Anaheim Stadium v Saints. 21-40 loss. I'd seen exhibition games in London, but this was the real thing, a real NFL game.

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My first memory of following the Rams was in the playoff game in 1969 against Minnesota. I was 11 years old at the time and went to all our local high school games with my Dad. This was the first time that I can remember watching a pro game on TV. I remember I was pretty upset with the loss against the Vikings, but I was hooked and pretty much became loyal fan until they left Los Angeles. That was the last Ram game I ever watched with my Dad as he passed away in the summer of 1970. Later in life I have moved to Ohio and became a Browns fan, as I didn't want to become a band wagon Steelers fan! I guess I am now a fan of two teams as the Rams have moved back to LA. I remember listening to Dick Enberg describe the game at home games on KMPC, which never came in real clear in the San Gabriel Valley. Home games were never on TV as it was almost impossible to sell out the Coliseum in those days with 100,000 seating capacity. It is going to be a learning experience learning the Rams players at this time, as after they moved to St. Louis I was done.

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1975. Playoff game vs Dallas. I almost became a Cowboy fan when it was over, was wanting them to win that SB after the Rams were eliminated. But the next season I was back with the Rams again to stay and never again liked the Cowboys. In fact I hated them along wtih the Vikings and 9ers.]Image

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I remember watching a game in the mud vs the Colts . I think it was 1971 on a Monday night. I was only 7 at the time but I was hooked


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I BARELY remember the '69 season. I was just 6, but my dad was getting me going early. I do remember watching Gabriel , Snow, and Ellison We lived in Buena Park and at the end '70 we moved to San Jose. All of the sudden me, a super young LA fan, was amongst the dreaded enemy in NorCal! I spent the next 9 years there, surrounded by Whiner and Giants fans. I stood by my roots and was an avid Rams/Dodgers/Lakers/Kings fan. We finally moved back to Huntington Beach when I was a Freshman and I breathed a sigh of relief! The 70's were an awesome time to grow up a Rams fan, frustrating as hell... but still great! Watching the games when we could in NorCal on TV. Never got to go to a live game during the 70's, because of family $$.

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My step-father was a big LA Rams fan and began taking me to an occasional Rams game at the Coliseum starting in 1963. I remember one of the defensive linemen for the Rams was wearing white shoes and that created quite a buzz among the crowd.

I've always been a Rams fan, regardless of where I lived.

Welcome to the forum.

Go Rams!

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My earliest memories of football games are of my dad pounding the armrest of the recliner as we watched the Rams on TV. I was probably 6 or 7 at the time.

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Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:40 am

I was born in Canoga Park but we moved when I was about two to a place with no pro sports teams around. Since I knew I was from near LA, I naturally became a Rams/Lakers/Dodgers fan. Back when I started watching football on TV (about 1970), we only got to see a couple of games on Sundays and MNF was just beginning. It was a rare treat when I got to see the Rams play, usually on Monday night. If they weren't playing, I'd watch to see them during the halftime highlights. Those white Rams horns on a blue helmet were about the coolest thing I had ever seen. Then, later in the 70's, I started to see a lot more of them when they were in the playoffs every year. True, there were a lot of heartbreaking losses to bear but they were always in the mix and finally played one of the most exciting Super Bowls up to that time against the Steelers in Pasadena. Still the only team to play a Super Bowl in their hometown.


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1964. Rams games were broadcast in Black and white. Grew up with the Rams in my house for as long as I can remember.

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Watched my very first NFL game on Ch4 in the UK back in the mid 80's. It was the Denver Broncos v's the LA Rams, and was an exhibition game being played at the old Wembley Stadium in London. Was hooked on the game and the winner of that fixture ever since. :D

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My dad took me to my first game at the Colliseum, it was 1969, vs. Cleavland...a pre-season game. I was 9 yrs old. Became a Rams and Dodgers fan that same year....never looked back.

Fan since 1969

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When I was around 8 years old my dad took me to a barber shop and the Rams were playing someone on a small black and white TV. I liked their helmets and have been a fan and followed them ever since. I'm actually surprised I can even remember this, we were living in North Carolina at the time. There is nothing like staying with your team through the good times and bad, it is kind of like a marriage. I LOVE MY RAMS

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1974 playoff game against the Vikings. Rams lost of 14-10 on because of James Harris int in the end zone after Tom Macks phantom off sides call.

Rams should have played for the Super Bowl in both 1974 and 1976 (Ron Jessie got broke the plane of the goal line on that first drive).

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Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:11 pm

A couple of things - I am moving out, after law school is over that is, and I want to take the bar and practice in L.A.

I live in Central Illinois - I hated hearing all the whining from STL fans (STL is 1 and a half hours out from where I live) about the Rams leaving, even though that city never supported the team.

I wanted to adopt a NFC team to root for.

I wanted to root for a team that wasn't scared to spend money in free agency.

But, to be honest, I just liked watching the team. I'm a L.A. sports fan. I love the Dodgers, Lakers, and UCLA. It just fit.

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Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:37 am

This is my first post on this site, but I have been reading it for awhile. Love the passion and the insights. Looking forward to interacting with so many great Ram fans.

I was living in New England, and the Patriots were awful. Everyone I knew was a Cowboy fan, and I hated the Cowboys.

I became a Ram fan the day after my 9th birthday in 1973 watching the Rams roll the Cowboys 37-31 in LA. I was living in New England, and the Patriots were awful. Everyone I knew was a Cowboy fan, and I hated the Cowboys. It was the first year the Rams had switched to the blue and gold unis with the horns on the sleeve and I loved the helmet. John Hadl threw 4 TDs to Harold Jackson and Jack Youngblood got into a scuffle with Roger Staubach. LOVED that defense.

I learned A LOT about not talking trash in the 70s because of the Rams, who broke my heart every year around Christmas with the inevitable playoff loss to the Vikings or Cowboys. Those playoff wins over the Cowboys in Dallas -- especially the 14-12 win in 76 with two epic defensive stands at the end of the game -- were highlights. Getting to the Super Bowl was great, but bittersweet because Youngblood had the broken leg and we missed so many chances to pull off the upset.

All of that childhood disappointment made winning the Super Bowl that much more special. Naturally, the Rams NEVER make it easy on their fans so it had to go down the wire. The feeling of euphoria and disbelief after that final tackle was amazing. Still haven't gotten over XXXVI or last year, but love the direction we are headed in.

Go Rams!

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Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:31 pm

Pop told me I was a Rams fan back in 72

I remember the first time I saw the “new” royal blue canary yellow unis in a preseason game in KC

I fell in love instantly and haven’t recovered yet

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