Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New `Cup' to Erase Memory of Big Red

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New `Cup' to Erase Memory of Big Red

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As the story goes, the "coveted" Governor's Cup was unearthed during some recent remodeling at Arrowhead Stadium. But it won't be needed.

Although it's not ready yet, there's a new cup on the way for the revived preseason series between Missouri's two National Football League franchises. And it's a good thing, too.

"The cup is really ugly," Rams cornerback Todd Lyght said. "We're debating whether we should leave it here in Kansas City or not. We need to take it over to a silversmith, have him melt it down, and do it with a mold."

When told a new cup was indeed being commissioned, Lyght said, "They really need it because that is an ugly cup. But we're glad to have it."

Fellow defensive back Keith Lyle had a suggestion for craftmanship of the new cup: "It needs a wood base."

The new cup will include no mention of days gone by, when the football Cardinals routinely got beaten by the Chiefs in August. The Big Red were 6-13-1 against Kansas City in the Gov Cup's previous life.

And as one Rams official, who requested anonymity, said Saturday: "We don't want to inherit that record."

A Rams contingent that included part owner Stan Kroenke, as well as Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., were guests of Gov. Mel Carnahan at a pregame tent party just outside Arrowhead.

"I'm glad that we're able to get this thing back in action," Bosley said. "It's a great opportunity to get everybody back together."

The governor's tent overflowed with state legislators Saturday. Representing the Rams besides Kroenke were vice presidents Jay Zygmunt, Bob Wallace and Steve Ortmayer, and the team's executive without portfolio, Kroenke's St. Louis attorney, Alan Bornstein.

The old cup was used during the postgame trophy presentation, with quarterbacks Steve Walsh and Tony Banks representing the Rams' players. But the ceremony offered no clue as to the outcome of the quarterback derby. …

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