ST. LOUIS -- The speculation, rumor and innuendo as it pertains to the St. Louis Rams and a possible return to Los Angeles is nowhere near its conclusion; that won't happen until something more concrete occurs in one of the cities on the stadium front.
With the news coming late last week that Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased 60 acres of land in Inglewood, Calif., the speculation machine has kicked into a higher gear. Many want to believe it's simply a leverage play by Kroenke to get what he wants from St. Louis. Others think it's much deeper than that and it was the first step in a move. The reality is that nobody except Kroenke knows the actual answer.
At LATimes.com, columnist Bill Plaschke offered his opinion that a return for the Rams to Los Angeles isn't as far fetched as other schemes and thoughts that some team, any team was set to move there over the years.
Blaschkes main argument is that instead of the lip service other owners have used as threats to get what they want, Kroenke provided action behind it with a substantial investment. None of the other owners who have tried to leverage Los Angeles did the same.
Of course, as we've said and mentioned here many times, nothing is guaranteed in this situation. Here's one prediction that seems pretty safe to me: All of the speculation that goes with this situation is only just beginning and it's going to be a long time before any real resolution comes to fruition.
A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In Saturday's Ram-blings, we looked at the connection between Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former Rams coach Mike Martz. ... Next, we recapped Friday's chat with a breakdown of the many topics we covered along the way. ... Next, we looked at former Rams linebacker Kevin Greene missing the Hall of Fame again this year. ... Greene wasn't the only Rams-affiliated pass=rusher to miss out on a lofty honor. End Robert Quinn was denied the Defensive Player of the Year award as well. ... We capped off a busy weekend with the final edition of Rams-related playoff notes.
I can't recommend this Frank Caliendo video any more. Watch it. Laugh. Watch it again. Laugh some more.
Some good thoughts from azcentral.com NFL writer Kent Somers on Aeneas Williams' Hall of Fame selection.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas writes that Williams was quite emotional when he got the call.
The Associated Press reports that Quinn finished fourth in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year.
Turf Show Times did us all the favor of rounding up 10 early mock drafts and breaking down how the analysts view the Rams' picks.