St. Louis Rams Quietly Cancel FanFest in Latest Confusing Stadium Development

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Steve Truesdell
Rams fans will losing some well-liked events this coming season.
Tracing the ins and outs of the St. Louis Rams stadium drama would be lot easier without all these mixed signals.

And no, we're not talking about the plot recently unveiled by the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to build a shared $1.7 billion stadium near LA. Although that plan may complicate Rams owner Stan Kroenke's own vision to build an LA-area stadium for the Rams, there's also a good chance the Raiders/Chargers deal is a bullshit scare tactic to leverage tax dollars from Oakland and San Diego.

Rather, the mixed signals come from right here in St. Louis, where the Rams have canceled major fan events for the coming season, while at the same time city and NFL officials are polling fans about their feelings toward a new riverfront stadium.

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Rams Stadium Wishlist: 5 Features Guaranteed to Keep NFL Football in St. Louis

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An illustration of the proposed Rams stadium -- but we have some ideas to make it more awesome.
The current mood surrounding the Rams' future in St. Louis could be described as somewhere between guarded fatalism and a double frowny face emoticon. :((

Ostensibly announced to compete with Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plans to build an NFL stadium near LA, the new St. Louis stadium would cost between $860 million and $985 million, and would require $200 million in loans from the NFL, $250 million from Kroenke himself and as much as $55 million in state tax credits. The rest, say the plan's architects, would be provided by a handful of other sources, including $350 million from extending the existing bonds at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch remarked that the plan, in its current state, rests on "creativity and hope."

Desperation is in the air to keep the Rams in St. Louis. If the city, its residents and business leaders are going to save the team, they're going to need a truly special stadium to woo Kroenke. Along with hope, they're going to need extra strength creativity, and we have five completely reasonable suggestions.

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Rams Owner Kroenke Won't Return St. Louis Mayor's Phone Calls

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Theo Welling
Will the Rams still be in St. Louis in 2016? Only "Silent" Stan Kroenke knows.
Billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams (and notorious asshole) "Silent" Stan Kroenke is living up to his nickname.

Kroenke has yet to say anything publicly about Monday's expected-but-still-bombshell news that he and the owners of Hollywood Park are planning an 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could be the possible future home of St. Louis' NFL team.

Turns out, he won't even return St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's phone calls.

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Rams Owner Kroenke's NFL Stadium in Los Angeles Will Be Ready by 2018: Report

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Steve Truesdell
The Rams will be sticking around St. Louis in 2015 -- but after that? Only Stan Kroenke knows.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is notorious for closely guarding his plans for the team's future, but the billionaire real estate developer appears ready to pull the trigger on an 80,000-seat NFL stadium within Los Angeles County, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The deal would combine a 60-acre plot of land Kroenke bought last year with the 238-acre Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Previous rumors of Kroenke's plans for the site included a dual football/soccer stadium, and this new deal would incorporate the stadium into a massive retail and entertainment complex.

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Rams' Davin Joseph Writes "I Can't Breathe" on Cleats for Eric Garner: Ex-Fans Burn Jerseys

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Rams player Davin Joseph may have been inspired by his teammate Kenny Britt , who last week posted this photo of his Michael Brown wrist tape before the game.
Last week, it was five members of the Rams' high-flying receiving corp who made a public show of support for the Ferguson protests by making the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture as they took the field.

But if their critics -- such as the St. Louis Police Officers Association -- assumed Rams players had gotten their fill of social commentating, they'd be wrong.

This past Sunday, Rams starting guard Davin Joseph made his own statement by writing the recently coined rallying cry against police brutality, "I can't breathe," on his cleats. The words serve as a tribute to Eric Garner, who was recorded saying "I can't breathe" repeatedly after being placed in a fatal choke-hold by a New York City police officer in July. Joseph Tweeted a photo of his cleats prior to the game against Washington.

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NFL Insiders Trade Conflicting Rumors On Rams Moving to Los Angeles

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The throwback Rams' jerseys are pretty, but St. Louis fans fear the team may get thrown back to LA.
There's not much sunshine in Ramsland these days, and that's only partially connected to the team's horrible, no good, very bad tendency to collapse at the worst possible moments.

This past Monday's game against the San Francisco 49ers was particularly painful. The Rams rookie quarterback scuttled a comeback with a late interception.

There's not much good news off the field, either. According to new "insider rumors" drifting around this month, Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL are already committed to moving the team to Los Angeles. But St. Louis Rams fans aren't taking these rumors sitting down.

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5 Reasons the St. Louis Rams and Sam Bradford Are Cursed

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Flickr/Erik Drost
Sam Bradford: The unluckiest man in the NFL. But is he cursed?
Have you heard? The St. Louis Rams are cursed -- cuuuurrrsed!

Indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury on Saturday has sports journalists and fans contemplating the supernatural to explain both the Ram's bad fortune and Bradford's ever-so-delicate ligaments.

Bernie Miklasz's Monday column got right to the point; the Post-Dispatch writer conceded that while his rational faculties normally prevent him from believing in curses, "the Rams and Bradford are really, really, testing me on that."

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Fan Promises Free Drinks Forever if Michael Sam Sacks Johnny Manziel, Sam Does Twice

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Michael Sam celebrates after sacking Johnny Manziel.
Be careful what you bet on, or you'll have to put your money where your tweet is.

Twitter user @SquareKnight made a boldly hyperbolic wager with the world before Saturday's matchup between the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns.

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Video: Michael Sam Stuns ESPYs Crowd With Emotional Award Speech

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St. Louis Ram Michael Sam just keeps making history.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house after Michael Sam walked off the stage at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night with the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award grasped in his right hand.

"This year I have a lot of experience being part of something a lot bigger than myself. At times I've felt like I've been living in a massive storm, and I know the storm will end," said Sam in his opening remarks, reflecting on the whirlwind journey that took him from a childhood marred by hardship to the NFL, the first openly gay player drafted in the league's history.

"To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don't fit in and will never be accepted, please know this," he said, concluding the speech in a voice breaking with emotion -- "great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself."

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Step Off, Arizona Cardinals: Kurt Warner Rightfully Belongs to the St. Louis Rams

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Whoever he is, the Rams shouldn't let the Arizona Cardinals claim him.
Hey, who remembers Kurt Warner?

You know, that hunky, God-fearing quarterback Rams coach Dick Vermeil scrounged up from a Iowa grocery store in 1998? The guy who became the starter in 1999 after the Rams starting quarterback left the field in agony? The backup who put the team on his back, won a Super Bowl, lost another and then -- seemingly overnight -- turned into an interception slingin', fumblin' machine?

St. Louisans may have their reservations about Warner, but we think most would agree he is, for better or worse, ours. Ours and not, say, the Arizona Cardinals', whose front office announced last week that it would be inducting Warner into its Ring of Honor during halftime of its season opener on September 5.

Fifteen years have passed since Warner won a Super Bowl with St. Louis, but there's no indication that the Rams Ring of Fame will be inducting the leader of "the Greatest Show on Turf" anytime soon. That doesn't sit right with us, and we have five reasons why.

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