Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Euphoria Ram-Pant among Fans St. Louis `Waiting for a Winner'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Euphoria Ram-Pant among Fans St. Louis `Waiting for a Winner'

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FANS Inc. may not be talking, but the real fans are all abuzz.

The mood was upbeat Sunday at Ozzie's Sports Bar at West Port Plaza, where more than 300 fans were watching the San Francisco-Dallas game - and smiling about the St. Louis victory. Everyone had heard about Rams owner Georgia Frontiere's comments earlier Sunday that the Rams' move to St. Louis was a sure thing.

Typical was Don Maier of Chesterfield, who said, "I've been waiting for this since the Cardinals left. I'm so excited. Every night I've been watching TV to get the latest Rams news."

Maier recalled "a lot of hurt, a lot of emptiness" when the Cardinals left for Arizona in December 1987.

"But here, there's just a lot of ecstasy," he said.

At the same table, Jack Young of Webster Groves said, "We're already setting up a row of seats. I'm going to pay whatever it costs to get into the stadium."

Despite such local revelry, FANS Inc. - the group that negotiated the deal with the Rams - declined to respond Sunday to Frontiere's comments. A spokeswoman said the group was waiting until Tuesday afternoon, when FANS Inc. has scheduled a news conference to announce the Rams' move.

"It's not official yet. Nothing has been signed," a spokeswoman said Sunday night. "It'll be official at 2 p.m. Tuesday."

Official or unofficial made no difference to fans like Teddy Clemons of Ladue. Clemons, wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey, said his heart would stay with the Steelers but his attention would be on the Rams.

"We're waiting for a winner," he said. "Billy Bidwill couldn't do it. Let's hope the Rams can do it."

A dubious note was sounded by Rich Roberson of west St. Louis County. "It's great, but what kind of price have we paid? Maybe we're compromising our city for another Bill Bidwill team," he said. "To me, Georgia Frontiere manages her team the same way."

A former St. Louisan who now lives in Los Angeles seconds that sentiment. David Cummins, who moved to Los Angeles from Manchester shortly before the Cardinals left town, is no fan of Frontiere.

"Ever since she took over the Rams, they've been nothing," he said in a phone interview. …

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