Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All the Parallels about to Intersect for Big Red, Rams

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All the Parallels about to Intersect for Big Red, Rams

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The Return of Bill Bidwill is set for Friday evening at the Trans World Dome. And if you think about it, not much has changed since 1988, when Billy packed up his bow ties and left to settle among the iguanas in the Arizona dust.

The parallels are eerie. Let's run through our little parlor game. Call it, "The Six Degrees of Bill Bidwill." Here goes:

The Cardinals haven't had a winning season since the 1980s. The Rams haven't had a winning season since the 1980s.

Bidwill couldn't get a stadium built in St. Louis. Bidwill can't get a new stadium built in Arizona.

Bidwill charged high ticket prices when he moved to Arizona. St. Louis Rams fans were forced to purchase high-priced PSLs.

St. Louis remains a Baseball Town, with fans and media panting over the prospect of watching Mark McGwire take batting practice. Phoenix is excited over its baseball expansion team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, who begin play in 1998.

In Bidwill's final seasons in St. Louis, he was overshadowed by a slugger, Jack Clark. As Bidwill returns, he's being overshadowed by a slugger, McGwire, who makes his Busch Stadium debut on Friday night.

Big Red at the TWA Dome; Big Red (McGwire) at Busch Stadium.

Bidwill couldn't sell out home games here in the 1980s. Bidwill still can't sell out home games here; more than 2,000 seats remain for Friday's game at the TWA Dome.

On Friday afternoon, Bidwill will eat a yummy banana-chocolate malted at Crown Candy on St. Louis Ave., just like the old St. Louis days.

Jim Hanifan coached the Cardinals to their last winning season, in 1984. Hanifan now coaches the Rams offensive line.

Bidwill has had five coaches in the 1990s. The Rams have had four coaches in the 1990s - five if you count team President John Shaw.

Bidwill hired Bud Wilkinson. The Rams hired Dick Vermeil.

The Cardinals lost a productive quarterback from Oregon (Neil Lomax) to a premature, career-ending injury. …

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