Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Post-Quake Pirates in Line to Raid La

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Post-Quake Pirates in Line to Raid La

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Attention, civic leaders: want to get a football team for the new domed stadium? Give Al Davis a call. His Los Angeles Raiders could be ready to make a move.

Al was already unhappy in LA, and recent damage caused by the earthquake will require at least $35 million in repairs to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. LA city officials don't know whether the stadium will be restored in time for the opening of the 1994 football season. The Raiders have no lease and are free to leave at anytime.

Relocating to another Los Angeles-area site - such as the Rose Bowl in Pasadena - is a possibility. But Davis, according to news reports, already has had discussions with officials in Baltimore and Hartford, Conn. Sunday's Buffalo News reported that the Raiders would "probably" move to Baltimore.

That's questionable, but Baltimore's stadium situation obviously gives that city a considerable advantage over St. Louis. The Baltimore stadium lease is wide open - no strings attached. The St. Louis lease is tied up by Jerry Clinton.

Why would Al Davis want to write a check and pay off a St. Louis beer distributor to settle a dispute that didn't involve the Raiders? Not when Davis can just zoom into Baltimore or Hartford without complications.

Ditto for the LA Rams. If they choose to move, they'll want the best deal - not an invitation to participate in the bloody St. Louis lease war.

Good pickup by the Cardinals, signing Rick Sutcliffe. He's a leader, revered by young pitchers. If Sutcliffe can help settle down the young staff and win a few games, great.

Deal with it, Buffalo.

That was a cold-hearted thing that Pro Football Hall of Fame voters did to Dan Dierdorf, raising his hopes by including him on the list of seven finalists, only to exclude him at the end. Dan deserves to be in Canton. It seems that a few grumpy sportswriting voters - older gentlemen - resent Dierdorf's celebrity as broadcaster on ABC's Monday Night Football. We vow to work behind the scenes to get D. …

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