Have you heard? The St. Louis Rams are cursed -- cuuuurrrsed!
Indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury on Saturday has sports journalists and fans contemplating the supernatural to explain both the Ram's bad fortune and Bradford's ever-so-delicate ligaments.
Bernie Miklasz's Monday column got right to the point; the Post-Dispatch writer conceded that while his rational faculties normally prevent him from believing in curses, "the Rams and Bradford are really, really, testing me on that."
ESPN beat writer Nick Wagoner upped the ante with his evocatively spooky column -- "Dark cloud still hovers over Rams." Possibly inspired by the anguished Tweets posted shortly after Bradford went down, Wagoner theorized that the past fifteen years of Rams heartache is somehow connected to the magical 1999 Super Bowl season.
"It's hard not to wonder," he wrote, "if one of the team's then power brokers, someone such as president John Shaw or president of football operations Jay Zygmunt, made some sort of deal with the devil to create that perfect storm."
In any case, Twitter users were quick to establish the "Rams are cursed!" bandwagon after Bradford went down clutching his left knee.
Sam Bradford down! Rams curse !— Protein P (@ProteinP_TM) August 24, 2014
@billykeene22 curse of the rams— drewski loc (@ALPHA_Locust) August 24, 2014
See ya Bradford. Curse of playing for the shatty Rams I guess..— Chris Seymour (@chris_seymour4) August 24, 2014
The Rams Got A Curse On Them Or Something— Dat Grizzly (@Phonso_Datguy) August 24, 2014
Granted, all this curse talk could just be fans' natural reaction to the prospect of another doomed season, especially since the Rams must somehow compete in the monstrously talented NFC West division. But Daily RFT doesn't shy away from paranormal investigation: If the Rams really are cursed, somebody must have put that hex on us. Here are the likely culprits:
1. Sam Bradford
Of course, the injured quarterback himself could be the source of the Rams' curse. Drafted in the first round in 2010, Bradford was hyped as the next Kurt Warner and given a rookie contract so bloated that it's now commonly referred to as "The worst contract in the NFL."
Then there are Bradford's performance issues on the field, his inconsistent accuracy and his tendency to dink-and-dunk with short passes while wasting the talent of speedy receivers like Tavon Austin. We could go on, but that territory is very, very well trod. Now, after four years of disappointment, most reactions to Bradford's injury are those of empathy toward a young man whose career may very well be over.
Continue for more possible sources for the Rams curse.
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