NFL Draft

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    September 2, 2014

    Michael Sam Cut from St. Louis Rams Roster, Practice Squad

    If Michael Sam is going to be the first out gay player to play in the NFL, it probably won't be with the St. Louis Rams. Coach Jeff Fisher called Sam last weekend and met with him Sunday to tell him he's one of four players cut from the Rams' 53-player roster. "It was a football decision just like ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Michael Sam Admits Thinking He Shouldn't Have Come Out During NFL Draft

    As the 2014 NFL draft went into its third and final day, Michael Sam says he was afraid his decision to come out publicly would mean he'd never hear his name called. The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year admits he feared his sexuality would stop him from achieving his dream of playing professional ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    A Miami Dolphins Player Is Already Suspended for Offensive Tweet About Michael Sam

    Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones' reaction to the St. Louis Rams drafting Michael Sam can be summed up in one word: Horrible. That's the adjective Jones tweeted out shortly after Sam celebrated joining the Rams by kissing his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. Sam is the first out gay man on an NFL roster.

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    May 8, 2014
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    March 20, 2014

    On Mizzou's NFL Pro Day, Michael Sam Tells Supporters "I Will Be a Tiger Forever"

    All eyes are on Michael Sam. As Michael Sam steps back onto his ol' Mizzou stomping grounds Thursday for pro day -- where NFL scouts watch players on their home turf before the draft -- football fans across the country wonder where the man aiming to be America's first openly-gay NFL player will lan ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Mizzou's Michael Sam Comes Out; May Become First Openly Gay Player in NFL

    Michael Sam, a defensive lineman formerly at the University of Missouri, came out yesterday evening in two simultaneously released interviews with the New York Times and ESPN. "I am an openly, proud gay man," he told interviewers at the sports network. After an extremely successful final season wi ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    A Not-So-Fond Farewell to Jason Smith

    The Jason Smith era in St. Louis has come to an end, as the Rams dealt the former first round pick to the New York Jets yesterday afternoon. It's a disappointing end, to be sure, for the second overall selection just three years ago, and for the team that drafted him. Poor performance has been ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    NFL Draft Round 1:The Rams Trade Down, Load Up on Picks

    Yesterday I wrote about the options for the Rams at number six in the NFL draft. I concluded there were essentially only four players the Rams could really be considering for their first round pick: Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil (whose name I misspelled on at least three occasions; i ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    The Rams' Draft Options: Who Does The Team Take First Tonight?

    The NFL Draft is tonight, coming to you live from New York City. This promises to be one of the least interesting drafts in recent memory, at least at the very top; there is literally no doubt in anyone's minds about who the first two picks will be. The Indianapolis Colts will begin their rebui ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012
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    August 3, 2011

    Should the Rams Be In On Osi Umenyiora?

    Wikimedia CommonsUmenyiora signing autographs on a USO tour. ​The annual drama that is the New York Giants/Osi Umenyiora contract dispute has recently signed on for what seems like a tenth consecutive season, with the Giants giving Umenyiora permission to seek a trade. First off, it seems a l ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Former Mr. Irrelevant/ St. Louis Rams Linebacker David Vobora Awarded $5.4 Million in Steroid Lawsuit

    With a company name like Anti-Steroid Program, who would have thought?​In June 2009, St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora decided to take a supplement called "Ultimate Sports Spray." He must have felt pretty safe taking it, since it was made by a company called Anti-Steroid Program and distr ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Winners and Losers On Day One Of the Draft

    ​The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books, and there's plenty to talk about before round two starts up again tonight. Cam Newton was picked first overall and fellated unceasingly by pretty much everyone with a microphone for the rest of the night. The lockout scared a bunch of teams i ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Rams' Draft 2011: Wonderlic'd

    Vince Young holds one of the most famous low Wonderlic scores in recent history, prompting plenty in the NFL to question whether he had the acumen to make it as a quarterback in the pros. ​In case you've never heard of the Wonderlic test, here's the gist of it: it's a test designed to measure the ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Missouri's Tim Barnes Getting NFL Draft Hype

    The Union Buster, preparing to take a swipe at the NFLPA Game and, possibly, Tim Barnes' future.​Tim Barnes, former center for the Missouri Tigers, is garnering some attention this week as he plays in the NFLPA Game. That's the National Football League Players' Association, better known as the Pla ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Blaine Gabbert Goes Pro; Where Do the Tigers Go?

    The high point of Blaine Gabbert's Mizzou career, and one of the few things in this world guaranteed to always cheer me up. ​As we noted yesterday, Blaine Gabbert will not be returning for his senior season at Mizzou. The Tiger quarterback announced yesterday he will enter the 2011 NFL draft.  ... More >>

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    December 4, 2010

    Rams 2011 Draft Need, Part 2: Outside Linebacker

    commons.wikimedia.orgJames Laurinaitis has solidified the middle; now the Rams need to find him some help on the outside.​Yesterday we looked at the Rams' situation at wide receiver, and it was determined said situation is, at least in the near term, somewhat less than ideal. A combination of inju ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Rams 2011 Draft Needs, Part 1: Wide Receiver

    How I'd pick 'em.​We're coming up on the three-quarter mark of the NFL season, meaning our beloved Rams are just about to enter the home stretch. It's been a remarkably exciting season to this point, as well, if not entirely satisfying at times. (read: the San Francisco loss, the Oakland loss, the ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Sam's Rams or The Vick-y Suh Show?

    ​Okay, so that title probably doesn't make any sense at all to you just yet, but I promise it will. I'd like to play Janus for a bit this morning, and I hope you'll indulge me. A little over halfway through the football season, the Rams' rookie sensation quarterback, Sam Bradford, is turning ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Down to The Wire on Vincent Jackson

    Sure, it doesn't have anything to do with football, but Vincent Price is the best Vincent I could think of associated with St. Louis. Plus, he's awesome. So there. ​The deadline to acquire the services of Vincent Jackson is fast approaching. Well, not a deadline, exactly, as any team wanting to de ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Confidential: Jason Brown's Butt Makes Sam Bradford Quiver

    Image viaWait, how did Sam Bradford hurt his arm again?​Or at least that's the the take home message from the Rams installment of's "Camp Confidential" series.  The column is the work of several ESPN writers on a tour of the training camps of every team in the NFL. The Rams' time in ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    The Cardinals Draft Preview: Names to Watch

    Bud Selig, the man in charge of not only the draft, but all of baseball, in fact. Really inspires confidence, eh? ​With the MLB draft just mere hours away, I thought I might try to roundup at least a few of the names I think the Cardinals just might be interested in calling. These aren't all first ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Rams Chances to Win the Super Bowl? Ehh, Not Good.

    A chip cast in favor of the Rams could pay off at 100 to 1. ​The Rams began mini-camp last week with the No. 1 pick of the NFL draft in Sam Bradford. And sports bookies the world over are now expecting the Rams to return a.s.a.p. to their former glory, right? Err, wrong. Yesterday the SportingNews ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Ridiculously Premature Thoughts on the Rams' Draft Picks, Vol. 2

    The first picks are predictable, the latter are where the fun can be had.​I've already gone through the picks the Rams made in the early rounds of this year's draft, and I like what they did. The big question, of course, is Sam Bradford, who will likely make or break the Rams' draft pretty mu ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Ridiculously Premature Thoughts on the Rams' Draft Picks, Vol. 1

    I've been told premature opinions aren't a big deal, and they happen to every guy sometimes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that's a lie. ​I'll own up to it: last year I tried to do an actual report card on the Rams' draft. I gave actual letter grades to all the picks, in spite of the fact none o ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Rams Draft Sam Bradford No. 1; Mizzou's Sean Weatherspoon Goes in First Round

    If you somehow haven't heard yet, the Rams yesterday picked Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford as the team's first pick (and No. 1 overall pick) in the NFL draft. Mizzou linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also went in the first round yesterday as the No. 19 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons. Cong ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Dissecting the Rams Draft Deal Discussion

    The scene outside Rams Park, as protesters march against the injustice of giving $45 million to a completely unproven commodity. ​Less than a week from the NFL draft, there's been plenty to talk about lately, particularly the revelations coming from the Cleveland Browns' front office regarding tal ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Grading the Rams Draft

    It's been over a week now since the NFL draft, specifically since the Rams' draft. I suppose you're wondering at this point, is this guy just really lazy, or a little slow on the uptake? Well, I freely admit to being both of those things, but I also have a reason for writing my draft grades this lon ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Raiders' New Safety, Michael Mitchell, is NFL Draft Shocker

    The biggest shock of this weekend's NFL draft was the performance of the Oakland Raiders. (It might not have been quite as huge a shock, given that Al Davis, the longtime owner of the Raiders, may have lost his mind by this point.) The Raiders' first-round pick was surprising enough, when Davis decl ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    The Lions Drafting Strategy: Take Everyone!

    It looks like the Detroit Lions, who own the first pick in the NFL draft, may be planning on taking Jason Smith, the offensive tackle out of Baylor. It's upsetting for Rams fans -- because some want to see them draft him at #2. I covered Smith not too long ago, when I previewed the offensive ta ... More >>

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    March 2, 2009

    The Patriots' Smell Floats to Kansas City

    The most important bit of news over the weekend was the big deal that took place in the NFL, when the Kansas City Chiefs acquired quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel from the New England Patriots for a second-round pick.Now, that's pretty newsworthy just by itself, of course; Cassel w ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    2009 St. Louis Rams Draft Preview: Offensive Linemen

    I gotta tell you, I think that the NFL draft may be my favorite thing about the NFL. Seems a little weird, I know; one would think that I might prefer, oh, you know, actual games and things like that, but nope. I love the draft in just about every sport, but the NFL draft is the granddaddy of them a ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    The End of the Whole Mess: Five Things to Take from the Rams' Painful Season

    Well, the Rams' 2008 campaign has finally, mercifully, come to an end. And you know what's just a little bit sad about that fact? They actually started to look a little bit like a real team there toward the end. Yes, they lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. But guess what? The ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Are the Rams Playing (Losing) for Draft Picks? It Could Appear That Way

    At some point in time, I honestly have to wonder if the Rams are throwing these games. Not completely just going in the tank, mind you; obviously, I think there's a real component of true ineptitude here. Yes, I realize that is a pretty serious understatement, and that this group largely looks ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Are the Rams the worst team in football? Let the NFL NIT decide.

    "Oh God," the bartender at Nadine's Gin Joint muttered yesterday afternoon. "It's time for the Rams again." Then the boys in blue and gold promptly met everyone in the bar's lowest expectations, getting stomped 34-10 by Arizona, the unlikeliest of NFC West champions. Talk eventually turned to the ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008

    Rams Update: Bulger's Bleeps and Haslett's Headache

    All along, I've tried to avoid getting in on the Jim Haslett bandwagon. I really have. Games like the one that took place yesterday ("Cardinals Rout Rams," "Cardinals Crush Rams," "Kurt Warner Leads High-Flying Cardinal Offense") are the reason why. See, I actually really like Jim Haslett; I think ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    And the Top Five Baseball Draft Picks Will Be...

    With the NFL Draft coming up this weekend, and all the surprises seemingly gone from the top teams, let's look ahead to baseball. But first, on the Cardinals game last night: I'll sum up last night's game very succinctly. The offense jumped on Ian Snell early, and then went to sleep. Anthony Reye ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    And the Top Five Baseball Draft Picks Will Be...

    With the NFL Draft coming up this weekend, and all the surprises seemingly gone from the top teams, let's look ahead to baseball. But first, on the Cardinals game last night: I'll sum up last night's game very succinctly. The offense jumped on Ian Snell early, and then went to sleep. Anthony Reye ... More >>

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    October 30, 2007
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    February 9, 2007

    Harriett Woods: 1927 - 2007

    Harriett Woods died last night at her home in University City. She was 79 and for the past year had battled leukemia. I didn't know Woods all that well. Her kids were older than I was. (I mostly remember Pete, a football hero at U. City High, then at Mizzou -- and a fourth-round NFL draft pick.) Bu ... More >>

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