The 2012 season will kick off this weekend for the St. Louis Rams, as they take on the Detroit Lions in the burned-out ruins of an abandoned auto plant, kind of a Thunderdome situation. It's going to be awesome.
Okay, so the game will actually take place at Ford Stadium in Detroit, which is only marginally nicer than the burned-out ruins of an abandoned auto plant, but without the leather-and-spikes ambiance or a post apocalyptic Tina Turner showing off the gams. I'm also not expecting the game to be particularly awesome; the Rams have the youngest team in the entire NFL this year (read: it's a rebuilding year...again), and the Lions have one of the more talented teams in the league. However, that also should mean hope for Rams fans, one of the longer-suffering fanbases in professional football.
It is with that hope in mind that we present to you, as we hope a new era of prosperity begins for the Rams, the five greatest moments in St. Louis Rams history.
#5: April 19, 1997 -- The Rams Set the Pace
Orlando Pace is going in the Hall of Fame soon. He's one of the greatest offensive linemen in the history of the game, and almost certainly the greatest in the history of the Rams. And when he goes into the hall, it will be as a St. Louis Ram, all thanks to one of the greatest trades ever made in the draft.
The Rams traded up into the first spot, swapping with the New York Jets, in order to take the big left tackle out of Ohio State. It was the first draft pick of the Dick Vermeil era, and set the tone for much of what was to follow. Pace became a franchise cornerstone, protecting the blind side in one of the greatest offenses ever. Pretty good trade, huh?