St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford Day Celebrations Might Be Blacked Out

From the I-hear-Los-Angeles-wants-a-football-team department: Apparently drafting and preparing to start Sam Bradford in the 2010 season opener isn't enough to sell out the Edward Jones Dome:

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As of early Tuesday evening, about 2,000 tickets remained to be sold for the Rams' season opener to be shown on local television Sunday.

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Even with the addition of Bradford, a 6-42 record over the past three regular seasons has resulted in plenty of empty seats lately. Starting with the 2006 season finale, nine of the past 25 Rams home games have been blacked out locally.

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I realize that the Edward Jones Dome is not the ideal place to spend a September afternoon—it's dark, the renovations were nice but not earth-shattering, and the concourses still look like the set of a Sega Genesis commercial. (Though come December I'll appreciate it again—I'm no football purist, at least when it comes time to sit on a block of ice for four hours.)

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But this is Sam Bradford-mas. Even if he ends up falling flat on his face you'll be able to tell your kids about the last time you were ever optimistic about the St. Louis Rams, and oh, yes, once upon a time the Rams played in St. Louis, didn't they. 

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And if he succeeds, you'll not only have the ticket stub to prove you watched it—you'll have gotten homebound fans 1/2000th closer to watching the game live on TV. 

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