Nostalgia rules as Rams make winning return to Los Angeles

Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:06pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nostalgia was the dominant feeling for excited Rams fans on Sunday as they watched their team play its first National Football League game at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 37 years.

Win or lose against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, it hardly mattered for the Rams faithful on a gorgeous afternoon of unrelenting sunshine with temperatures peaking at 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius).

The fact that Los Angeles, relying on superb defense, ground out a stunning 9-3 victory over the Super Bowl champions of two seasons ago in front of a crowd of just over 90,000 came as a welcome bonus in their opening home game of the season.

Much more important for their fans was the sight of the Rams players, wearing 'throwback' royal blue and yellow uniforms, on their return to the City of Angels.

The Rams had not played a regular season game at the cavernous Coliseum since 1979, with the franchise moving to nearby Anaheim later that year before heading further afield after the 1994 season, to St. Louis, for the next two decades.

Now they are back in Los Angeles where they will play at the fabled Coliseum until construction of the nearby Inglewood Stadium is completed and the venue is opened for the 2019 season.

Rick Gonzalez, an engineer for California-based health insurer Kaiser Permanente, became a Rams fan in 1977 as a high school student and stayed loyal to the team throughout their lengthy absence from Los Angeles.

"I was kind of upset when they went to St Louis but I have always supported them all the way," Gonzalez told Reuters after watching the Rams rebound from a humbling 28-0 shutout by the San Francisco 49ers in their season opener.   Continued...

Sep 18, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams flags are waved on the field after a score in the second half of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Rams won 9-3.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports