Given something to cheer about, St. Louis fans can rock a stadium with the best of ‘em.
But evidently, folks like Richie Incognito seem to think it’s fans’ job to cheer blindly – even for a mediocre team.
Incognito, a burly offensive lineman for the Rams came out recently with some harsh criticism for Rams fans. He said he welcomed a stadium half-full of Bears fans this Sunday because at least there would be SOME noise.
Now, I’m not one to pick a fight with somebody capable of making minced meat of me, but we do have to say this to Mr. Incognito:
Oh, shut up.
I can’t speak for Rams fans, but from here, it looks as if Richie Rich is misplacing blame.
But that’s becoming par for the course for some members of this team, most of whom can’t remember the Greatest Show on Turf days when the Trans World Dome – a.k.a. The Ed – was the noisiest place in the NFL. Of course, there were reasons to cheer back then.
All those victories from Warner, Faulk and Co. were admittedly the main reason for much of the noise, but the fans also saw that the team gave a damn and showed it on the field.
Of course, nobody’s around from the pre-glory days, when the on-field antics were nearly as frustrating as they are now.
Tony Banks? Lawrence Phillips? Wow, just think back to those gory days.
The early years didn’t produce many victories, but fans packed Busch Stadium and later the new dome. The return of the NFL to St. Louis was part of the reason for the early excitement, but the fans remained and supported the team – win or lose. They saw something in those teams that seems to be missing from this group of male horned sheep – intestinal fortitude.
Oh, some of them get all cranked up after they make a downfield tackle following a 20-yard gain by the opposition. They might be trailing by 20 points, but they thump their chests like Tarzan and wave for the fans to cheer.
But that’s high-school stuff – we’re not interested.
So please, Richie and Steven, et al:
St. Louis fans know when you’re trying and when you’re not. Quit the jaw jacking and play.