The Rams Will Be Wearing These Uniforms Tonight: Wendell Tyler Approves
Rick Chandler 05:20 pm, October 13th, 2014
Appropriate, since Tyler played for both the Rams and the 49ers, rushing for more than 1,000 yards three times, at least once for each team. San Francisco and Los Angeles meet tonight in Monday Night Football, and the Rams will be wearing these throwback unis (or alternates, whatever) ... bringing to mind glorious days of yore in Los Angeles when that team was the 49ers' real rival.
The 49ers don't have throwback unis, because their current duds pretty much approximate what they used to wear, going all the way back to John Brodie and Gene Washington in the 1970s. And before that the only big difference were those glossy golden pants, and no one wants to see those back.
So tonight should look just like it did in Tyler's day, circa 1979, when the Rams made it to the Super Bowl. Tyler, by the way, played in three Super Bowls -- one for the Rams and two with the Niners -- and won two rings.
So is this a bit of creative foreshadowing? Could LA have their Rams again, 20 years after losing them to St. Louis? It's known that the NFL has hired someone whose specific duty it is to help pave the way for an existing team to move to Los Angeles in the near future. And player agent Leigh Steinberg says that team will more than likely be either the Raiders ... or the Rams. Or both.
“This market is empty. Who will claim it?” Steinberg asked. “Jerry Jones, whose Dallas Cowboys are the highest-valued NFL team (according to Forbes) at $3.2 billion, once told me: ‘The only franchise that would be as valuable as Dallas is Los Angeles.’
“There’s a reasonable chance those two teams could come and share a stadium,” Steinberg added. “They are two of the lowest valued teams in the league. (Forbes estimates the Raiders are worth $970 million, the Rams, $930 million.) If they moved here, their franchises would almost immediately double in value. Just by being here.”
In Roger Goodell's money-trumps-all regime, the only surprise here is that it hasn't happened yet. Unless there's a dusty fact lying in some library archive of which I'm unaware, it would be the first time that two pro franchises in the same sport moved into a city at the same time. Could you imagine an announcement like that? Huge. Goodell would go from court jester to the Iron Throne, instantly.
As for tonight's game, the 49ers seek to keep pace in the NFC West with Seattle (also 4-2) and Arizona (4-1). The Rams (1-3) haven't won at home since Dec. 22 of last year. Their rushing defense is No. 18 in the league and they have a total of one sack in four games. But in the teams' past eight meetings, the Niners are only 5-2-1, including a loss and a tie in their Super Bowl year of 2012-13.
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