St. Louis Rams Attendance Myths

Sam Bradford

Sam the Ram Bradford made his solid debut for the Rams last week but it seems that the attendance levels have big one of the biggest topics this week. This is bringing the usual dose of Rams and St. Louis bashing. So my advice to anyone planning to do some bashing is simple. Get your facts straight first.

Myth #1: St. Louis can’t support a team unless its winning Superbowls

1995: The Rams were the new thing in town so it should come as no surprise they sold out despite being 4-12 the year before. Record 7-9

1996: Record 6-10: Once again Sold Out

1997: Record 5-11: Sell Out

1998: Record 4-12: Sell Out

1999: Record 13-3 Superbowl Victory: Sell Out

2000: Record 10-6: Sell Out

2001: Record 14-2: Sell Out

2002: Record 7-9: Sell Out

2003: Record 12-4: Sell Out

2004: Record 8-8: Sell Out

2005: Record 6-10: Sell Out

2006: Record 8-8: Sold out every game except last home game

So there you have 11 seasons of mixed performance. Good, bad it didn’t matter. The team sold out 95 consecutive home games! If the fans were as fair weather as most accuse them of being then this streak would’ve ended in ’96 or ’97 once the luster of being new wore off. You can also go back and look at the attendance of the St. Louis Football Cardinals. Despite many, many bad seasons attendance was always relatively high.

And during 2007-09, the team only won 6 games. That’s 6-42. Despite that, there was still 16 home sell-outs.

Myth #2 St. Louis is a baseball town & can’t support Football

As the numbers above show, there is plenty of fan support in St. Louis. The issue is recent years is simple. The quality of play on the field has not been NFL quality & during poor economic times no team will sell out when it’s that bad. No one is going to spend $400 to take their family to a game in which the home team will likely be losing by 3 touchdowns by the end of the first half. Look around, St. Louis isn’t the only NFL team not selling out now. And the fans in St. Louis may not be the “most passionate” fans in the league but they are still great fans. Did you hear the noise level Sunday? It certainly sounded much louder than the reported attendance numbers. And it’s also worth noting that the TV Ratings for that game were the highest they’ve been in years.

In St. Louis teams have to show heart. It isn’t just about winning Superbowls. The last few seasons this team has:

  • Lacked talent
  • Not spent money on Free Agents: See 2009 NFL team payrolls
  • Had Poor Drafts
  • Gone Through Coaching Changes
  • Had NO owner
  • No Heart or Desire to Win

Each of those factors is a major issue on its own. But having all of them at once is a very serious problem.

The Future In St. Louis

Currently things are looking bright. Stan Kroenke has finally been approved as owner and that should enable the team payroll to greatly increase. The team had a good draft and landed a franchise QB in Bradford. Steve Spagnuolo is going strong into his 2nd year as Head Coach. This season will have its rough patches but improvement will be shown. As the team improves and shows signs of effort the fans will come back. Hopefully they come back before it’s time for stadium negotiations.

2010 Orlando Summer Pro League Awards

MVP

James Harden, Oklahoma City: 17.5ppg, 4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5stl, 1.0bpg

All Orlando SPL Teams

Heres the official All League Teams. I disagree with many of the selections but this what they announced. And why the hell did the name 3 teams when there was only 8 teams altogether?

First Team
James Harden, Oklahoma City
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia
Damion James, New Jersey
Derrick Brown, Charlotte

Second Team
Terrence Williams, New Jersey
Luke Harangody, Boston
Byron Mullens, Oklahoma City
Eric Maynor, Oklahoma City
Jodie Meeks, Philadelphia

Third Team
Patrick Ewing Jr., Orlando
Magnum Rolle, Indiana
Kosta Koufos, Utah
Paul George, Indiana
Kyle Weaver, Oklahoma City

Orlando Summer Pro 2010: Final Standings & Leaders

Standings

Thunder      4-1
Bobcats      3-2
Jazz             3-2
Nets             3-2
Pacers         3-2
Sixers          3-2
Celtics         1-4
Magic          1-4

Individual Leaders(min 3 games played)

Points Per Game

1. 19.3    Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
2. 18.8   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2. 18.8   Damion James, F, Nets
4. 17.8   Joe Crawford, G, Magic
5. 17.5   James Harden, G, Thunder

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.0   Marreese Speights, F, Sixers
2.   7.8   Paul George, F, Pacers
3.   7.3   Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   7.3   Jeff Adrien, F, Magic
5.   7.0   Derrick Brown, F, Bobcats
5.   7.0   Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers

Assists Per Game

1.  6.0    Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
2.  5.8   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics
3.  5.3   Jeremy Pargo, G, Bobcats
4.  5.0   Eric Maynor, G, Thunder
4.  5.0   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics
4.  5.0   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.0  Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
2.   1.4  Daniel Orton, C, Magic
3.   1.4  Conor Atchley, F, Nets
4.   1.3  Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
5.   1.0  Several tied

Steals Per Game

1.   2.4   Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   1.7   James Harden, G, Thunder Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.   1.6   Evan Turner, G, Sixers
3.   1.6   Mike Green, G, Sixers
5.   1.5   James Harden, G, Thunder
5.   1.5   Donnell Taylor, G, Magic
5.   1.5   Russell Robinson, G, Pacers

Turnovers Per Game

1.   4.8  Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   4.2  Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
3.   4.0  James Harden, G, Thunder
3.   4.0  Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.   4.0  Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics

Dan Gilbert’s Open Letter to Cavs Fans

The Cavs majority owner pissed and right fully so. But I think he went a little to far in his title prediction.

http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/gilbert_letter_100708.html

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron’s Time in Cleveland Comes to Firey End

The images of LBJ jerseys being set ablaze pretty much says it all for Cleveland. I feel horrible for the city and those fans. 7years of an organization being completely built around the hometown savior now seem like such a waste of time. The heart and soul of the franchise & city is heading to the beach. Attendance is going to plummet and rightfully so. The outlook doesn’t look very bright at all for the Cavs.

I suppose the bright side is that the LeBron drama is over for at least a while. On second thought, let me take that back…The talk about LeBron to Miami will continue for at least another month.

James, Wade & Bosh. Barring injury Miami will be the 2011champs. I don’t care who the supporting cast is. Hell, Pat Riley can even sign me up to be the 12th man on that squad. It doesn’t matter. They will find perfectly capable role players to surround their core of superstars. Sure there is only one ball but these guys can handle sharing the spotlight. If they couldn’t then they wouldn’t have taken less money to form the South Beach Super team. I’m not a big fan of LeBron’s decision but it does put him in a situation to get not just one ring but several.

Orlando Summer Pro League Leaders (Day 4)

Here are the leaders after Day 4. The final stats and league recap will be posted Saturday.

Standings

Bobcats      3-1
Pacers         3-1
Sixers          3-1
Thunder      3-1
Jazz             2-2
Nets             2-2
Celtics         1-3
Magic          0-4

Points Per Game

1. 23.0   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2. 19.7   James Harden, G, Thunder
3. 19.3   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
4. 18.8   Damion James, F, Nets
5. 18.7   Joe Crawford, G, Magic

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.0   Marreese Speights, F, Sixers
2.   7.3   Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   6.8   Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
3.   6.8   Paul George, F, Pacers
5.   6.7   Jeff Adrien, F, Magic

Assists Per Game

1.  6.3   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2.  6.0   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.  5.3   Jeremy Pargo, G, Bobcats
4.  5.0   Eric Maynor, G, Thunder
5.  4.8   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.0  Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
2.   1.3  Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   1.3  Daniel Orton, F, Magic
3.   1.3  Alexis Ajinca, C, Bobcats
3.   1.3  More Tied

Steals Per Game

1.   3.0   Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   2.0   James Harden, G, Thunder
3.   1.8   Evan Turner, G, Sixers
4.   1.7   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
5.   1.5   Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics

Turnovers Per Game

1.   5.3  Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2.   4.5  Oliver Lafayette, G, Celtics
3.   4.5  Paul George, F, Pacers
4.   4.3  James Harden, G, Thunder
5.   4.0  Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers

Orlando Summer Pro League Leaders

Here’s the league standings and leaders after Day3.

Standings

Sixers          3 -0  
Bobcats      2-1
Nets            2-1
Pacers        2-1
Thunder     2-1
Celtics        1-2
Jazz            1-2
Magic         0-3

Points Per Game

1. 23.0   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2. 20.7   Damion James, F, Nets
3. 19.7   James Harden, G, Thunder
4. 19.5   Joe Crawford, G, Magic
5. 19.3   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.0   Marreese Speights, F, Sixers
2.   8.3   Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   7.0   Jeff Adrien, F, Orlando Magic
3.   7.0   Paul George, F, Pacers
5.   6.3   3 tied

Assists Per Game

1.  6.7   Terrence Williams, G-F, Nets
2.  6.0   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
3.  5.3   Jeremy Pargo, G, Bobcats
4.  5.0   Eric Maynor, G, Thunder
5.  4.5   Curtis Stinson, G, Magic

Steals Per Game

1.   3.0   Paul George, F, Pacers
2.   2.0   James Harden, G, Thunder
2.   2.0   Evan Turner, G, Sixers
4.   1.7   Jrue Holiday, G, Sixers
4.   1.7   Mike Green, G, Sixers

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.7  Magnum Rolle, C, Pacers
2.   1.7  Kosta Koufos, C, Jazz
3.   1.3  Daniel Orton, F, Magic
3.   1.3  Paul Davis, C, Magic
5.   1.0  Several Tied