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The Greatest Show on Grass: Los Angeles Rams podcast that celebrates the present-day NFL team against the backdrop of its rich and little-known Hollywood past. Hosted by Los Angeles-based writer, filmmaker, and Rams chronicler Joshua Neuman, The Greatest Show on Grass connects on-the-field analysis with broader conversations about pop culture, politics, gender, and race as it explores a football franchise that’s been as interesting off the field as on it. The Greatest Show on Grass is also a love story between a team and a city. As one prominent sportswriter wrote a half century ago: “The Rams find themselves as much a part of the scenery [of Los Angeles] as the Hollywood Hills, the subject of more newspaper space than the atom bomb, and an object of civic concern second only to smog.” Long before the St. Louis Rams of 1999-2001 were The Greatest Show on Turf, the Los Angeles Rams were The Greatest Show on Grass.

The Greatest Show on Grass: Los Angeles Rams podcast that celebrates the present-day NFL team against the backdrop of its rich and little-known Hollywood past. Hosted by Los Angeles-based writer, filmmaker, and Rams chronicler Joshua Neuman, The Greatest Show on Grass connects on-the-field analysis with broader conversations about pop culture, politics, gender, and race as it explores a football franchise that’s been as interesting off the field as on it. The Greatest Show on Grass is also a love story between a team and a city. As one prominent sportswriter wrote a half century ago: “The Rams find themselves as much a part of the scenery [of Los Angeles] as the Hollywood Hills, the subject of more newspaper space than the atom bomb, and an object of civic concern second only to smog.” Long before the St. Louis Rams of 1999-2001 were The Greatest Show on Turf, the Los Angeles Rams were The Greatest Show on Grass.
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Los Angeles, CA

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The Greatest Show on Grass: Los Angeles Rams podcast that celebrates the present-day NFL team against the backdrop of its rich and little-known Hollywood past. Hosted by Los Angeles-based writer, filmmaker, and Rams chronicler Joshua Neuman, The Greatest Show on Grass connects on-the-field analysis with broader conversations about pop culture, politics, gender, and race as it explores a football franchise that’s been as interesting off the field as on it. The Greatest Show on Grass is also a love story between a team and a city. As one prominent sportswriter wrote a half century ago: “The Rams find themselves as much a part of the scenery [of Los Angeles] as the Hollywood Hills, the subject of more newspaper space than the atom bomb, and an object of civic concern second only to smog.” Long before the St. Louis Rams of 1999-2001 were The Greatest Show on Turf, the Los Angeles Rams were The Greatest Show on Grass.

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English


Episodes

Special Bonus Segment: Rams 2017 Draft Recap

5/5/2017
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Is it time to panic? Joshua Neuman in joined by Bryan Kalbrosky, managing editor of USA Today’s TheRamsWire, to dissect the Los Angeles Rams 2017 draft class, one that has been widely maligned by the draft community. Will the Rams regret not passing on Forrest Lamp and failing to address their offensive line? What is the future of Tavon Austin with the addition of third round slot receiver, Cooper Kupp? Is John Johnson the new Rodney McLeod? How good can Josh Reynolds be in year one? And,...

Duration: 00:38:26


#34: An Elegy for the 1989 L.A. Rams

3/1/2017
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Los Angeles in the 1980s was rife with wild contradictions: serial killers and valley girls, hair metal and gangsta rap, cocaine and gourmet pizza. Just an hour south on Interstate-5 in anodyne Anaheim, Rams games often felt like a quiet oasis, but in 1989 all that changed. The Rams emerged as dangerous and awe-inspiring thanks to a dazzling aerial attack, menacing offensive line, and pounding ground game. The featured back in that ground game was Greg Bell who resurrected his career and...

Duration: 00:38:34


#32: Meet the LA Rams New Coaching Staff

2/13/2017
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Despite being led by a man who is only 31-years old, the 2017 Los Angeles Rams will enter the 2017 season boasting more NFL coaching experience on its sidelines than they have since Dick Vermeil brought Jim Hanifan, Mike White, and Bud Carson with him to St. Louis 20 years ago. What are we to make of football prodigy Sean McVay, his offensive and defensive coordinators, and their veteran team of assistant coaches who collectively own eight Super Bowl rings? How might the new staff shift...

Duration: 00:28:30


#30: Kermit Alexander and the Valley of the Shadow of Death

1/15/2017
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You would be hard-pressed to find a Rams player for whom his team meant more than Kermit Alexander. He sold newspapers as a child so he could afford to attend the team’s games, called his trade to L.A. in 1970 “the greatest moment of his pro career,” and, not surprisingly became a season ticket holder when the Rams returned to Southern California last year. While his love of the Rams is unwavering, Alexander’s experience of Los Angeles was forever changed in 1984 when his mother, sister...

Duration: 00:38:14


#29: The L.A. Rams as Epistemological Problem

1/10/2017
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The Rams concluded the 2016 season with losses against the division rival San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals to finish their first season back in Southern California in 21 years with a disappointing record of 4-12. Joshua Neuman dissects the Christmas Eve Day catastrophe and the New Year’s Day nightmare and shares some thoughts about how being a Rams fan can feel like an epistemological problem. Plus, Jared Goff’s LA-LA Land, Todd Gurley’s Ricky Williams routine, and the part of the...

Duration: 00:14:28


#28: Niners Week, Fisher Fallout, and Chucky Rumors

12/23/2016
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This Saturday the Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers at the Coliseum in a rivalry with roots that go back to 1950. The historical dimension of the upcoming week’s game did not escape Interim Head Coach John Fassel or the Los Angeles Rams players who, aptly, will be wearing throwback uniforms for the occasion. Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton preview this matchup between the league’s worst offense and worst defense, plus: The stars come out in full force in Seattle to see the Seahawks...

Duration: 00:24:24


#26: F*#k Yeah, Sabrina Britt

12/9/2016
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#26: F*#k Yeah, Sabrina Britt by Greatest Show on Grass

Duration: 00:28:45


#25: Is Eric Dickerson Jeff Fisher’s Waterloo?

12/2/2016
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In the future, we will likely look back at this past week as a terrible turning point in Jeff Fisher’s reign with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams Head Coach passed Tom Landry on the all times losses list following a soul-crushing 49-21 defeat to the New Orleans Saints, but it was an off-the-field incident that captured the national spotlight. Fisher’s feud with L.A. Rams Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson left even the most stalwart supporters of the Fisher Regime jumping ship. Joshua Neuman and...

Duration: 00:42:05


#24: The Sun Rises in the West

11/16/2016
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The Los Angeles media and Rams fans everywhere have been clamoring for Jared Goff to play for weeks and weeks. On Tuesday, Chris Mortensen reported that the team had finally decided to insert Goff into the lineup. The 22-year old rookie replaces veteran Case Keenum who had a competent, albeit unglamorous, game in the Rams 9-6 victory over the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ last Sunday. Joshua Neuman and Eriq Gardner discuss whether the QB change was Head Coach...

Duration: 00:38:14


#23: May God Bless the Los Angeles Rams and May God Bless the United States of America

11/10/2016
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This week, Donald Trump shocked the world when he was elected to be the 45th President of the United States. Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton take the occasion to re-visit an ongoing conversation about the relationship of politics and pro sports, chronicling the often overlooked moments that the Los Angeles Rams have been on the right side of progress in America—from Kenny Washington, to Tank Younger, to Rosey Grier, to James Harris, to Michael Sam, just to name a few. Plus, Aaron...

Duration: 00:24:28


#20: An Ode to the Jackrabbit

10/20/2016
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When cornerback Janoris Jenkins signed a 5-year, $62.5 million contract with the New York Giants this past March, he joined a long list of stars to leave the Rams in the middle of their primes and join other teams, including Dick “Night Train” Lane, Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds, and Jerome Bettis. Joshua Neuman previews Sunday’s game against the Giants at Twickenham Stadium in London and reflects on Jenkins’ four years with the Rams in St. Louis and imagines what might’ve been for the...

Duration: 00:17:17


#19: How to Choose Your Favorite Los Angeles Ram

10/13/2016
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A bevy of A-listers were at the Coliseum to watch the Los Angeles Rams go up against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. Unfortunately, it was far from an A-list performance by the Rams who ended up losing 30-19. Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton discuss the controversial fake punt called by Head Coach Jeff Fisher in the fourth quarter of the game and bemoan the state of the Rams offensive line. Plus: the Rams official hip-hop anthem, an exclusive interview with TIME Magazine columnist Joel...

Duration: 00:44:18


#18: Victory Waffles

10/6/2016
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While the 49ers may be the Los Angeles Rams most storied rival and the Seahawks the most formidable, during the Jeff Fisher Era the Cardinals have been the most hated—which made it all the more delightful when L.A. beat Arizona 17-13 at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday. “We see them after Christmas,” said Fisher inside the Rams locker room after the game. “This was their Christmas present. We just gave it to them early.” Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton revel in the Bruce Arians...

Duration: 00:31:48


#17: Black Lightning

9/29/2016
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Earlier this month, it was reported that the man who has produced “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” would be bringing to television “Black Lightning,” the 1977 DC Comics, electromagnetic superhero with the power to ride lightning bolts. If the producers are looking for someone to play the titular hero we suggest they look no further than Rams defensive end Robert Quinn—the energetic speed rusher who has been calling himself “Black Lightning” since 2014. Joshua...

Duration: 00:27:20


#16: Homecoming

9/24/2016
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Last Sunday, 91,046 people came together to scream and sweat and celebrate as the Los Angeles Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 in the Rams first regular season game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1979. The feeling of history was ubiquitous: from the team’s throwback, classic blue and yellow uniforms, to the presence of Rams Hall of Famers Jackie Slater, Tom Mack, Jack Youngblood, and Eric Dickerson. This was not just a game. It was a living monument to a storied past. Joshua...

Duration: 00:32:08


#15: Who Are You Going to Believe, Jeff Fisher or Your Lying Eyes?

9/15/2016
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Under the brightest spotlight the NFL had to offer, the Los Angeles Rams began the 2016 season by getting stage fright, losing 28-0 to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton awaken from the numbing fantasy that was “Hard Knocks” and into the cruel reality that portraying a football team on television is a whole lot different than playing one on the field. Plus, a look at Jeff Fisher’s propensity towards “myth-making” and a preview of the...

Duration: 00:32:38


# 14: Niners Week, Monday Night Football, and the "Hard Knocks" Season Finale

9/7/2016
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The “Beat L.A.” chant will be music to the ears of Los Angeles Rams fans when their team steps onto the field to take on storied rival, the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Rams and Niners have been doing battle with one another since 1950, but the rivalry lost a bit of its luster when the Rams moved to St. Louis—even though San Francisco’s Ken Norton, Jr. insisted that his former L.A. opponents were the “same old Rams.” Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton discuss the NFC...

Duration: 00:25:09


#13: “To Me, This Is Bigger Than Football,” The Colin Kaepernick Edition

9/1/2016
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It’s been a tough few years for the San Francisco 49ers: First they lost Jim Harbaugh, the Head Coach who led them to the Super Bowl and three of their top players who opted for early retirement; then after one miserable season under Jim Tomsula, the team hired the beleaguered Chip Kelly who has clashed with management even before coaching a single regular season game. Just when things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse, their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick opts not to honor the Star...

Duration: 00:29:03


Ep. 12: Who Needs the Governor’s Cup When You’ve Got a Championship Banner?

8/26/2016
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The Los Angeles Rams jumped to 2-0 in the 2016 preseason after another come-from-behind victory at the Coliseum. Joshua Neuman discusses the game versus the Chiefs and the growing spotlight on Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher on the third episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Plus, we take a visit to Los Angeles’ Fairfax District where the Rams were formerly headquartered and to a storied tavern that—unbeknownst to most—showcases perhaps the most important artifact in the history of the team.

Duration: 00:21:12


# 11: The Los Angeles Rams, No Longer Pure Fantasy

8/18/2016
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For over 21 years, the Los Angeles Rams were pure fantasy, existing mainly in memories and in movies. That all ended this past weekend when the L.A. Rams came from behind to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 28-24 in front of a record-breaking 89,140 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Joshua Neuman and Tunisha Singleton analyze the Rams performance as well as the second episode of “Hard Knocks” and the newfound spotlight on dinosaur-denier/mermaid-believer, William Hayes. Plus, we take a...

Duration: 00:36:17

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