Rebuilt Lemon

The St. Louis Rams, this Sunday’s opponent, have the third-oldest 53-man roster in the league. How does a bad team, generally seen as in rebuilding mode, end up with so little youth on the squad? The 49ers are seen as a team arriving, after a rebuilding phase, and they have the fifth youngest team in the league.

One explanation is that the Rams are, well, the Rams. Hahaha.

This concludes our in depth analysis of the squad in St. Louis.

As for out depth analysis, the Rams have a 2009 first round left tackle, Jason Smith, who can’t play there and can’t play at right tackle, either. And it doesn’t matter, because he’s on IR, along with the other tackle, Roger Saffold. They have a high profile FA center, Jason Brown who has been benched in his second year with the team and replaced with SF castoff and perennial bench warmer Tony Wragge. [Go, Tony!] They have five CBs on IR! Their QB has been injured, their WRs are laughable, their schedule has been brutal, their coach is a lame duck, their ownership is in flux, and their St. Louis brethren baseball team just won the World Series and lost their long time manager Tony LaRussa so nobody gives an eff about the Rams and wishes they would just move back to L.A. and stop embarrassing their city.

On the plus side, there isn’t any. A 1-15 team has been rebuilt in two years to a 2-9 team. Now the rebuilt team must be rebuilt. Sounds like a job for a third world mechanic.

Everyone in the NFL and many who are not would like to find the answer to the biggest mystery in the league this year: How in hell did the Rams beat the Saints? Let’s hope this remains the biggest mystery and is not replaced by a greater one this coming Sunday.

Once upon a time, the Rams were hated rivals of the 49ers. This has not been the case since the team moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995. That is the same year that O. J. Simpson bought his way out of a double homicide rap, exposing the justice system as a buyer’s market and opening the door wide to Reality TV, which as we all know is mostly fake shit that entertains people by showing how depraved Americans are willing to be for a buck and some televised face time. This does not imply there was any connection between these two events, except to note that both O.J. and the Rams have reached similar fates as of 2011. You be the judge. Coincidence? Or something more sinister?

The Rams were briefly relevant from 1999 to 2003, winning one Super Bowl and being aced out of another one by Bill Belichick’s hidden camera crew. I point this out not to praise the Rams so much as get in a cheap shot at Belichick. It’s more fun to take shots at Belichick than to discuss the St. Louis Rams. Anyone can understand that. Right?

The Rams beat the 49ers last year in the Singletary-suicide game which locked the 49ers out of the 2010 playoffs. They then traveled to Seattle and laid an egg to lock them own selves out of the playoffs too. That is your Rams highlight reel for the second decade of the third millenium.

Some people inferred from the Rams 2010 season of general ineptitude but a lot better than 1-15 badness that the Rams were the favorite to win the NFC West in 2011. It’s been quite a bit of fun guffawing at these pundit people as this season has unfolded. Some of them, like ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando, went down kicking and screaming, which made guffawing at him even more fun. Mike was still gushing about the Rams when they reached 0-5, assuring one and all their second half schedule would lead them back to contending status. Thanks for the laughs, Mike.

But I come to bury the Rams, not to praise them. So suck it up Sunday and suck, Rams. We would prefer this game to be a laugher, followed by champagne all around. Don’t screw it up.

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33 comments on “Rebuilt Lemon
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m one of the few that think OJ did not kill Nicole. If he did it, why did they need to frame a guilty man? Oh yes, I forgot, somebody needed a feather in his cap to win an election.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would not label Skeebers as altruistic of the Rams.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps I was too harsh? Ewe could be ramming home a shot? I must adjourn to the boudoir now and apply some mouflon rouge.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Do it on Molin Ridge! Or something like that.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    For those who didn’t get that last one, it was a poke at Moulin Rouge.

  6. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Berger. Do you know what was in the bag that Robert Kardashian took out of OJ’s house before he was arrested? And how, conveniently, the next day, Kardashian recused himself from being OJ’s lawyer?
    Hmmmmm. Can we connect the dots?

  7. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently not . . .

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I figured out that you jumped off the cliff with everybody else.
    I hear the fall is not bad, it is the landing that hurts.

  9. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Moulin Rouge? Fabulous movie. Nicole never looked better. Nicole Kidman. Nicole Simpson not so good. When I think Moulin Rogue, I think Toulouse-Lautrec. I’d give my rt. arm for a Toulouse-Lautrec work of art. I’d give my lt. arm for a new 49er quarterback.

  10. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Bergs. Not enough air up there in Reno?

    Were you on the Casey Anthony jury?

  11. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I guess you’d be unarmed then, Dennis.

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    But what else is new?

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If they ever remake “Mommie Dearest,” I nominate Casey Anthony for the lead role. But knowing our society Casey has a better chance becoming Mother of the Year than Mommie Dearest. Where’s my wire coat hanger?

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody else think the Texans will claim Donovan? KC? Da Bears??

  15. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Apologies, Chuckster – I hadn’t checked your blog yet. Delhomme???????? Give me a gray-haired one-legged McNabb anyday.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Donovan died. I saw him in concert. He opened for Yes on the “Going For the One” Tour.

  17. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Gawd, I hated Donovan. I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd in their last Bay Area concert (Day on the Green, after The Outlaws and Santana and before the headliner Peter Frampton – talk about sacrilege!). I know they died right after.

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I was there too, RTF. I didn’t miss too many days on the green.
    Did you happen to see Aerosmith in 1978? They were FUBAR through the show, and sucked badly, Steven Tyler couldn’t remember the words to half the songs. The place was nearly empty when they finished up. The rest of the concert was great, but they biffed royally. The other bands were Foreigner, Pat Travers, Van Halen, and AC/DC.
    Shit, I haven’t lstened to Yes in a long while. I saw that tour in Oakland as well. They had a rotating stage in the middle of the coliseum arena, and Rick Wakeman’s keyboard blew up and caught on fire during Long Diatance Runaround (I thnk). There was a 20 minute delay while they found and wired up another keyboard.
    Good times . . .

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frampton wasn’t THAT bad. His Humble Pie stuff is pretty killer. His live album ruined his career though. Well, it was the beginning of the end. The Sgt. Pepper Movie and his atrocious In You album that killed his career for 25 years.

    Saw him play with David Bowie in the late 90s. In Bowie’s band. Different, but good.

  20. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You stopped by and didn’t post, RTF?

  21. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, my Internet access is sporadic and unpredictable these high plains days. I’ve just popped in for a few random comments on Skee’s for the time being. I’ll be back, likely after Alex gets completely shown up by Brees on Jan 14/15. But that’s another story.
    Frampton kept us waiting for a long, long time before he appeared, then appeared and sounded waxed out of his mind. My thought at the time was, “Drunk”.
    I liked his live album, but his appearance was miserable following those other gems.

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rufus, hope all is well in NM. Maybe next year with some better Internet access you could better attend to your FF team. The team you don’t wanna be playing right now is Rob’s. His Rhino’s are on a roll. He and Berger are fighting tooth and nail for the final playoff spot. Still plenty of excitement for us fantasy geeks.
    Merry Christmas.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I must be confusing that Frampton show with the DOG a year earlier. He was on fire that show. Fleetwood Mac (ehhh), Gary Wright (ehhh), but UFO opened, and Michael Schenker was absolutely phenomenal.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we’re getting 85 MPH winds rolling through here. No rain, but wind up the wazoo . . .

  25. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It wasn’t a “Day on the Green,” but I caught Def Leppard and Huey Lewis and the News at the Oakland Coliseum (indoors) back in the late 80’s. My girlfriend at the time was the music fan, but my night was made when Joe and Ronnie hit the stage and sang b/u for their song, “Hip to be Square.”
    But my worst memory from that night was my GF buying me some of those Def Leppard Union Jack shorts and a tank top. Loved her as I might, I sure the hell wasn’t putting on that shit.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Listen to Frampton’s newest CD. It is all blues and called Fingerprints. NJ sent me a copy and it is great.
    I just came over the Sierras. It is really blowing hard at the top. I had to slow down and drive with two hands on the wheel.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just found out that Frampton CD was from 2006. I think he had another in 2009 with a good blues version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like some Raider player, McClain, held a gun to someone’s head. I think he was trying to get OJ’s memorabilia back for him!

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Shows you how stupid NFL players are. McClain was excused to go to Alabama to attend one of his grandparent’s funeral. According to the police report he fired off a shot to scare the guy with the gun inches from the guy’s head.
    Goodell is going to plaxico
    Mclain. There goes the Raiduh season because his backup Blackstock sucks.

  30. robNo Gravatar says:


    the raiders are still the raiders i see !

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob. You know what makes me LOL about the Raiders? They still think they’re a rough and tumble team. Maybe once upon a time the Raiders could have made a disturbance and brawled with the rest of the league. Now? Bobbery will get them nothing but snide comments from the likes of yours truly…

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17