Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 4-10 you won’t want to miss:
NO. 1: NFL WEEK 1:
RAMS vs. INDIANAPOLIS
Details/TV: At the Coliseum, Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Channel 2
Two stories of note over the summer that have decided are somewhat Rams related and could be useful for future reference as the journey to a 6-10 season gets underway:
= A study released by a San Diego-based safety video company shows that from 2012-2016, there was a 53 percent spike in drowsy-related collisions or near-accidents with sanitation drivers on the Monday and Tuesday mornings following Sunday or Monday night televised NFL games. Can we break that down further on how many of those games involved the Rams, where fans likely nodded off early in the contest rather than staying up late to watch the conclusion? Or the fact that the Rams were only involved in one MNF telecast in ’16 means they’re off the hook?
== Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his entertainment group got into the TV business recently with the launch of a subscription-based channel in the United Kingdom called My Outdoor TV, described as “the Netflix of the hunting world.” Blood sport excursions were to be included. For someone who owns a team named after some mountain goats, wouldn’t it be fair game to see a pride of lions or a den of Bengal tigers stalked and killed in the wild?
Kronke, who also owns a majority of the famous Arsenal football team in the UK, got immediate blowback. He eventually ordered the channel to kill all “blood sport” programming because of “his decades-long track record of environmental stewardship, working with conservationists, hydrologists, microbiologists, and others to responsibly manage habitat and enhance wildlife preservation.” Never mind the fact there’s a good chance that on the first week of NFL football, you could see a bunch of Colts kicking the rear ends of the Rams, with or without their good luck charm, Andrew Luck, calling signals.
Also this week in NFL Week 1:
Thursday: Kansas City at New England, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4
Sunday: New York Giants at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4; Seattle at Green Bay, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11; Philadelphia at Washington, 10 a.m., Channel 11
NO. 2: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 2:
USC vs. STANFORD
Details/TV: At the Coliseum, Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 11
Stanford was allowed to start its season with a 62-7 mashing of Rice back on Aug. 26, but since it took place in Sydney, Australia, it may seem as if it happened long ago. Trojans fans as well…