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And then there were two (teams in St. Louis) - A Hunt and Peck

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And just like that, the Rams are gone.

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I understand this is a Cardinals blog, but please humor me for just a second. This will not take long.

I have written about the Rams on here only one other time when I discussed a new talk show featuring a staff of only women gimmickly named "We Need to Talk", and how some mean boys made me feel like I did not belong in the sports world when I said I liked the Rams. I hated feeling like that.

With the news that the Rams are moving, those feelings have returned. Instead of mean, fourth-grade boys, however, it is billionaire owners telling me I do not belong. That I am not a good enough.

I feel this way because no matter how hard I try, sports are very personal to me. It is why I felt betrayed when Albert Pujols left, why Jason Heyward signing with the Cubs made me feel sick, and why I cried myself to sleep the night Oscar Taveras died. It is not something I can easily explain. Maybe it is the time and effort spent with the players at the forefront of my thoughts. Maybe it is the shared identity of being a part of St. Louis. Maybe it is a character flaw.

The St. Louis Rams are why I love sports today. The Greatest Show on Turf made me fall in love with the thrill of victory and is why I sought it out in other forms, like baseball, hockey, basketball, and anything else I could find. That team made me love competition. Without the Rams I would not be writing for Viva el Birdos. Football made me love baseball. And that is why the Rams will always hold a special place in what is left of my heart after they tore it out.

Best of luck in Los Angeles.

Go Cardinals! Go Blues!

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