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I'm a long time Rams fan, author, and blogger for The Novel Road. I've also been an Editor for SBNation's TST, but a busy life took me away from doing what I've loved doing. Known for writing feature articles, interviews, and humorous short stories, I tend to take the road less traveled in my work... My novel - Devin Briar - is available at Amazon, Apple's iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashword, and every other site that sells great books!
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Gore Vidal's "Lincoln" wasn't a bad read, but it was historical fiction...
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Just an afterthought... At Turf Show Times, we write a few things most other sites don't.
If you ever what to grab a quick humor read, there’s more here:
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They came out of the gate hot, then trotted for a week against Washington...
But the key components are there. This could turn into something special when it comes to the front four. At linebacker, the Rams lost #3 in the NFL tackler Alec Ogletree to a fractured ankle against the Cardinals. Akeem Ayers – signed in the off season – and newly re-signed JoLonn Dunbar should be able to take up some of what will be missed.
The rams secondary is playing its best football right now. Long a team weakness, the Rams’ safeties right now are ‘frickin buzz-saws. Mark Barron will be tasked with being the second contact guy that’ll be needed to hogtie Eddie Lacy before he gets going. I’m not sure any defense can shutdown Aaron Rodgers, but it will be fun to watch…
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It's the 49ers fan in you, isn't it? lol
Imagine Gregory in among the Rams front 7… Eeeek! Scary!
By the way, Schreff isn’t in my top OLs. I like Collins, Humphreys, Erving, A.J. McCann, and at #5, Schreff
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Rams fan here...
Please forgive my dropping in to your thread, but after reading some of the comments, I thought I’d offer a few thoughts…
While Carr’s performance against the Rams marked a low point, don’t make the mistake of thinking he isn’t a possible franchise QB. I’ve watched him this season, and I’ll say to you guys what I said to Seattle fans a couple of years ago when they were absolutely furious with Pete Carroll for going with a rookie QB instead of free agent Matt Flynn: "Russell has a set of intangibles that reminded me of a young Joe Montana". In my opinion, Carr has an intriguing skill set that eerily reminds me of a young guy taken in the 6th round years ago: Tom Brady.
Give Carr time, and a decent, OL. Many here point at his "Checking down" as a downside in the Rams game, but every team they’ve played this year has done so to counter St. Louis’ front seven. It took Rams DC Gregg Williams too long to figure out how to counter QBs getting the ball off quickly, putting pressure on what’s been an almost all rookie secondary. When Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins returned, the Rams defense lit up Peyton Manning, who tried to "check down" and failed.
In my opinion, Raiders and Rams fans have something in common to an extent. The Raiders needed to move on from injury prone, though talented Darren McFadden, just as the Rams have to sadly move on from Sam Bradford. Both have the amazing skills to play the game, but their bodies just can’t take the abuse. Signing MJD was a terrible move, in that I feel he’s just playing for a paycheck. Before the Raiders signed him, he’d seriously contemplated retiring the last couple seasons. The Rams have a great young guy in Bradford who fans love, but he just isn’t the answer. Oakland’s signing a bevy of FA-s was a stop gap to appease fans that hasn’t worked out. It also cost the team a year where they could have developed young players.
This is just my opinion, but I think the Raiders aren’t far from being a very good team, especially on defense. Khalil Mack is going to be special, and a good HC and GM can build around him. The same can be said for Carr, but he’ll need an OC and GM who can draft toward his truly good skill set. I think you’re a WR, OT, TE and RB away from making a serious run at the AFC West and the postseason…
Hang in there Raiders Nation. Things will get better very soon – Douglas M – Editor, Turf Show Times
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For me, it's all going to come down to the game in Seattle... It's not about the W/L record anymore
If the Rams beat the Hawks at their home, 2015 will be a different story. It will mean we’re seeing the front edge of just how good this team can be. The rest of the Rams schedule isn’t bad, with Arizona coming to the EJD where they’ve suffered in the past. S.D. is folding, and Wash. n’ Oak. are jokes. NYG-s could be tougher than many think… Bottom line: Even if the Rams win-out to a 10-6 record, it won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs this season.
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Manning is going to get the ball out fast, and use play action to stymie blitzes
To win, the Rams secondary MUST have a big day. Julius Thomas will be the guy to shut down, especially in the redzone. We have to accept that Manning is going to pick on Jenkins if he’s playing one on one outside. So if I’m the DC for the Rams today, I set the front four on auto and play seven guys in coverage. The Rams have to play big, and make receivers pay for going over the middle. If they can shutdown the inside passing lanes and force Manning to throw outside, the Rams can take this game. Big "IF", eh? :-)
Fisher said in his press conference that trying to fool Manning isn’t easy. So I think the Rams need to throw out the gimmicks, and play straight ahead smash-mouth defense. Put the game on the shoulders of the Rams front four. Give up some rushing yards, and slow the game down.
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I don't have a problem with an article that has as its purpose showing off great looking women...
It’s when you guys flood other article threads with the pics that make some people uncomfortable. Plus, some of the guys were edging very close to the line as far as nudity. I’ve asked for you guys to show some common sense, but a few took advantage of the situation to see just how far I’d let them go.
Consider this e-mail I received from a TSTer. While at work, he had just read an article, and panned down to the thread to see what other TSTers thought. The HR person in his office walked by, and saw the pictures of a barely covered woman, who was basically naked except for a dental floss-esk bathing suit she was strategically pulling at… He received a written warning, that’s now a part of his permanent file, and was told if it happened again he’d be fired. Bottom line, he told me he could no longer visit TST because he had no idea what would be in the comment threads, and that the TST ISP had been tagged by the office I.T. guy as a banned ADULT SITE!
Other e-mails told of reading the comment threads and their wives or kids saw what was in them. I hope you can see why I stepped in when I did now. That said, if an article is labeled/titled so there’s no misunderstanding what will be in it, and the thread contains pics of women that are fully covered in certain bodily areas, I think I can work with it. But make no mistake: If someone does an article like I’ve mentioned, and one of the guys decides to be an idiot and post something that’s over the line, the article in its entirety will be deleted immediately, and the offender will be banned from all of SBNation down to their ISP.
I’m not asking much of you guys, and you know it. All I ask is that you use good taste and common sense. TST is one of the most lenient of all the 320 SBN sites. We like to have fun here. But I won’t endanger TST’s future by letting a few immature idiots ruin a great St. Louis Rams fan site. As far as I’m concerned, the slate is wiped clean from this point. There also will be no further warnings.
I’m sorry if any of you think this is in any way unfair, but we were pushed to this point by things getting out of hand…
As always, your friend,