As miserable as the past seven days have been in the St. Louis sporting world, local fans can take solace in the fact that it could be a hell of a lot worse.
Take Seattle and their unfathomably depressing 2008
: the Mariners lost 101 games, the Seahawks went 4-12, the once-proud University of Washington (this writer's alma mater) football program didn't win a single game, and the Sonics -- the city's only franchise to win a championship (not counting the WNBA, of course) -- moved to Oklahoma.
Not even Cleveland suffers like that.
So yeah, Matt Holiday
served up a stomach punch, Mizzou choked away its chance to win the Big 12 North, and the Rams continued to be the Rams. But St. Louis still has ten world series championships and Albert Pujols
. The Blues look pretty decent. It may be raining a lot lately, but there's still a long way to go before Seattle feels sorry for you.
All that said, the Rams were in rare form yesterday against the Vikings. So much so that they deserve a comparison to the lowliest of Pacific Northwest sports entities: The Washington State Cougars.
See, the Cougars have bungled so many games over the years that a phrase was coined in their honor: "Coug it."
Look it up. It's on Urban Dictionary
. It's on t-shirts
. It's even got it's own Wiki entry
, however, provides the most accurate definition: "Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory."
When the Rams had three first and goal opportunities yesterday and somehow managed to turn the ball over to the Vikings each time, well folks, that is a textbook case of Couging It.
Yes, there were several glimmers of hope. The defense bottled up Adrian Peterson
and Brett Favre
, Steven Jackon
continued to play well, Donnie Avery
finally showed signs of life, and James Laurenitis
looked like a bona fide future All-Pro linebacker.
Nevertheless, poor play calling (which was almost as much to blame for the goalline ineptitude as the Rams' butterfingers), penalties, and ol' fashioned flat-out bad luck still came back and bit the team in the butt.
So sorry Rams fans, if you're looking for a shoulder to cry on, seek not a Washington State alum. They lost 27-14
Saturday, despite forcing six turnovers.