Support the Rams

Richard Liang, Staff Writer

You could watch the game as an unbiased bystander, but where’s the fun in that? As a diehard Rams fan, I suggest you join the bandwagon for one night and enjoy barking at the TV, “Joe Burrow, whose house are you in!?!” Here are three reasons why you should join the Ram tram for Super Bowl LVI:

(1) Do it for Detroit.

You may be wondering how Detroit relates to the Super Bowl. Let me explain.

Detroit sports teams have consistently stunk since the 2010s. The Pistons were hovering around .500 for a decade before going into full rebuild mode entering the 2020s. The Detroit Red Wings have gradually fallen from grace since their back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances in ’08 and ’09. The Lions—well, they’re still the good old Lions. Speaking of the Lions, their beloved former quarterback Matthew Stafford now stars as QB for the Rams.

For 11 straight seasons, Stafford carried a garbage organization to mediocrity. He sacrificed his body to scrape victories for the Lions, endearing himself to the city of Detroit. Lions fans loved Stafford when he was a Lion. Many still love him as a Ram.

Detroit sports fans, especially Lions fans, have suffered through countless years of disappointment. A Stafford victory in the Super Bowl would equate to a monumental Lions Super Bowl (which, ahem, they have never had). Let’s rally for Stafford so that the Detroit natives can have something to smile over. 

(2) Do it for the Narrative Changers.

There are three notable names on the Rams offense—Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr. and Cam Akers—all of whom have defied the odds.

Akers’ story is truly amazing. As a rookie, Akers worked his way up the Rams’ running back depth chart and emerged as a star toward the second half of the 2020 NFL season. Everything was pointing to the right direction for Akers until he unexpectedly tore his Achilles tendon this off-season. This type of injury usually offsets a player’s career by two seasons, but Akers worked and rehabbed so diligently that he was able to play again this season.

Similar to Akers, Kupp has dealt with adversity throughout his career. Despite an illustrious high school career, Kupp received zero college offers until his final high school game. He rewrote college record books and was drafted by the Rams in 2017. Entering this season as a nobody, Kupp exploded and ran away with the NFL receiving triple crown (led the league in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and total receptions). The Rams’ eruptive offense would not be the same without his production.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s career hasn’t been as starry since his infamous catch in his rookie season. His erratic behavior and narcissistic personality came to light amidst physical health struggles, and for the later part of his career, sports media mocked him as a team-killer, crybaby and loser. The narrative seemed to be set for Beckham until the Rams took a risk and signed him, giving him a second chance. The Rams have reaped the profits, as Beckham has since blossomed in a lessened role. 

Few believed that Cam Akers, Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. would make it to where they are currently, but all of these players have flipped the script. Their stories are worth immortalizing, and winning a Super Bowl couldn’t be a better ending.

(3) Do it for the Aging Legends.

The Bengals’ budding stars are still in the early stages of their careers and will accrue many more illustrious seasons. It’s a different story with the Rams. 

2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year and two-time first-team All-Pro left tackle Andrew Whitworth is in his forties. Six-time Pro Bowler Eric Weddle is 37 and retiring after this season. Future Hall of Famers and generational defensive talents Aaron Donald and Von Miller are in their thirties. Heck, even Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. are flirting with 30. These players won’t have much gas left in the tank after this season. For most of them, Super Bowl LVI may be their last shot at winning a ring. Let these aging legends leave the game they love so dearly with a last hurrah.