Rams run through inferior teams and ‘do not go gentle into that good fight’

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The Los Angeles Rams routed the Raiders in Oakland in the season opener.

Rams Quarterback Jared Goff was good for 233-yards and 2- TD’s.

L.A. running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Cooper Kupp both scored receiving TD’s, and Cornerback Marcus Peters scored on an interception.

The star was Kicker Greg Zuerlein, good on four of five attempts for 12-points…and he only used one leg.

The Rams spoiled Jon Gruden’s return to coaching and rapped the Raiders on the snout with a 33-13 “L”.

Last Sunday the Rams went head-to-head against their division rivals when they hosted the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cards lost their home opener to the Washington Redskins in an embarrassing 24-6 whooping…they were even worse against the Rams.

Forgive the avian and culinary crossover-metaphor but the Cardinals were plucked, roasted, carved and served.

The Rams received the kickoff and punted out of two possessions in the 1st Q.

They moved 59-yards on their next 4-plays and scored on an 11-yard handoff to Todd Gurley.

Zuerlein strained his groin during warm-ups and was unable to take the field for the PAT, so head coach Sean McVay lined them up for a 2-point try.

Arizona committed a neutral zone infraction. The ball was placed on the 1-yardline and Gurley was good up the middle, 0-8.

Replacement Kicker Johnny Hekker put up a field goal on the Rams next possession and L.A. closed the First Half with another 8-points from Gurley on a 1-yard TD run and the conversion. L.A. up, 0-19.

Goff was intercepted on L.A.’s first possession of the 3rd Q. But on their next, he threw two passes (14 and 21-yards) to set up another Gurley TD run and a 2-point conversion pass to RB Malcolm Brown, 0-27.

In week 7 of last season, Arizona lost in L.A. 0-33…they were even worse this year.

In desperation, with 7:13 left in the game, the Cards threw deep. Rams cornerback Sam Shields undercut the route, went airborne and came down with the ball.

Shields returned the rock for 22-yards to set up Los Angeles’ final scoring drive (7-plays for 25-yards) culminating in a 3-yard TD reception by tight end and big boy (6’6”, 255 lbs.) Tyler Higbee.

This time Hekker’s leg was put to work for the PAT.

Goff completed 24 of his 32 attempts, for 354-yards with one TD and one interception in the 0-34 shaming of Arizona.


Where’s the outrage?

Are we becoming so jaded by the daily attacks on our sense of right and wrong that we have given up on fighting for what is right?

I thought there’d be a huge controversy over the outcome of the Canelo Alvarez/Gennady Golovkin fight.

Instead, most sports writers and boxing commentators have brushed right past the travesty, and are already talking about a third pairing.

Not me. I’m angry.

I watched GGG win that fight. He got his distance in the first two rounds and used stiff jabs to march forward.

He landed hooks, uppercuts, and counterpunched until he opened an ugly gash over Canelo’s left eye.

Golovkin outworked Alvarez round after round and rocked him several times. Alvarez did land bigger shots, but they had little to no effect on Golovkin.

It went all 12-rounds and I scored it 116-112 for GGG.

I had the British broadcast feed, and their ringside commentators all gave it to Golovkin. The attending HBO team did so, as well.

HOF trainer cum boxing analyst Teddy Atlas and renowned sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, both had Golovkin as the winner.

But the judges at ringside scored a majority decision (114-114 and 115-113, twice) in favor of Alvarez.

In a close contest, I might defer to those present at the event.

But I scored it the same as Atlas, Smith and the two major telecast teams…in direct opposition to the judges.

Golovkin was robbed. Doesn’t anyone else want to know why?

Where’s the outrage?

God Bless and never stop fighting for what’s right.

Mark Felicetti hopes Dylan Thomas would not mind the paraphrasing. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.


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