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Martinez and Rabe finally accept that the NFL is returning to LA




Tom Mack, #65, runs interferance for Jeff Jordan, #31, carrying the ball for the Rams.
Tom Mack, #65, runs interferance for Jeff Jordan, #31, carrying the ball for the Rams.
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Tom Mack, #65, runs interferance for Jeff Jordan, #31, carrying the ball for the Rams.
Players in a Los Angeles Rams vs. St. Louis Cardinals football game, in an undated photo.
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Tom Mack, #65, runs interferance for Jeff Jordan, #31, carrying the ball for the Rams.
1989 photo of "melon head" Rams fans.
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A few months ago, Take Two's A Martinez and I refused to jump on the bandwagon and act like the NFL was going to bring a team to Los Angeles, so we said, "We'll believe it when we see it." 

After all, as The Los Angeles Downtown News' Jon Regardie pointed out in an Off-Ramp commentary, we'd been fooled before.

As a public service, here is the list of local sites that have been trotted out as potential homes for the NFL: the Dodger Stadium parking lot, the Coliseum in Exposition Park (twice), the City of Industry, the city of Carson, Hollywood Park, the Rose Bowl, Anaheim, and AEG’s South Park.

And here are the teams that have been confirmed, mentioned or rumored as candidates to move to L.A.: the Rams, Raiders, Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Jaguars, Vikings, Saints, Seahawks and Colts. That’s more than one-quarter of the NFL teams.

On the NFL’s side, it’s been a brilliant business tactic, as every secondary market scared of losing a team has coughed up the cash for a new stadium. And what happened to TV revenue without an L.A. team? It grew fatter than the Farmers Field blimp.

Well, the Rams are coming to Los Angeles after all, and A Martinez - sporting his new beard - joined me in the Off-Ramp studio to talk about it.

The dense beard of sports - Take Two's A Martinez
The dense beard of sports - Take Two's A Martinez
John Rabe