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For this Rams fan, preseason game was 'surreal'




Tom Bateman is seen fourth from the left, with fellow Rams fans.
Tom Bateman is seen fourth from the left, with fellow Rams fans.
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Nearly 90,000.

That's how many people showed up to cheer on the LA Rams for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. That also set a new NFL record.

The game didn't start too great, though. On the very first play, the opening kickoff, the Cowboys ran it back 101 yards for a touchdown.

But the Rams shook it off, and came back to win the game, sending the fans home happy.

Tom Bateman was one of those thousands of fans present. Bateman is the director of a group that used to be called Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams. Now, they've transformed into fearsomefootball.com, a news website for Rams fans with a Southern California perspective.

Bateman told Take Two what it felt like to be in the Coliseum on the night some have been anticipating for more than 20 years.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.