The Rams are officially leaving St. Louis to return to Los Angeles, and the Chargers may be joining them. And the Raiders are, well, who the hell knows what they’re going to do now. We’ll cover all that, a crazy night in college basketball, and much more here at today’s Cheat Sheet…
The Rams are moving (back) to Los Angeles, and the Chargers have the option of joining them
The St. Louis Rams are returning to Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers have the opportunity to join them.
NFL owners gathered on Tuesday to vote on the various scenarios to relocate anywhere between one and three NFL franchises to Los Angeles, and the St. Louis Rams will be making the move from St. Louis for sure. The San Diego Chargers could be joining them too, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly pulled out of the relocation process and will keep calling Oakland its home (maybe).
So just to be clear, Chargers have until 1/15/17 to accept relocation to Inglewood. They have until 3/23/16 to decide SD or LA for 2016. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 13, 2016
Inglewood stadium will be ready by the 2019 season. Rams would play at the LA Coliseum for three seasons (2016-2017-2018) in the meantime. — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 13, 2016
Told that USC see has agreed to let two NFL teams play at the Coliseum while Inglewood stadium built — daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) January 13, 2016
Chargers and Rams will begin working on a deal to share Inglewood site tonight. — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 13, 2016
NFL willing to give Chargers AND Raiders $100M to stay. NFL won’t say what relocation fee is. Gonna guess it’s more than $200M. — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 13, 2016
Goodell says Raiders will get additional $100 million for stadium deal in Oakland. Have option to move to Inglewood if Chargers don’t — Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 13, 2016
Raiders owner Mark Davis: “This is not a win for the Raiders today. … We’ll be working really hard to find us a home.” — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 13, 2016
So, to summarize:
The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles (last there in 1994) from St. Louis. They will play at the LA Coliseum for the next three seasons, while the Inglewood stadium is being built and ready to go for 2019.
The Chargers have the option to join the Rams at this new stadium in Inglewood, and have until one year from now to decide. But the Chargers have only until March 23rd of this year to decide if they want to be in Los Angeles (we assume at the Coliseum as well) or San Diego for the 2016 season.
The Raiders are left out, and the NFL is offering them $100 million towards building a stadium in Oakland (NFL also offering this to the Chargers in regards to San Diego). Also, if the Chargers decide over the next year that they don’t want to join the Rams in Inglewood, that possibility opens back up for the Raiders.
On Monday, I wrote about the Chargers claiming to have zero interest in the Inglewood plan with the Rams. The Chargers’ focus was on joining the Raiders at a new stadium in Carson, CA. Now, with the Carson/Raiders option gone, we’ll see if the Chargers change their mind and are willing to join the Rams in Inglewood.
As for the Raiders, all we know is that Mark Davis isn’t happy with Tuesday’s news.
And then there’s St. Louis. Damn. Few times in the Jordan crying meme era has it been more appropriate.
This is a Twitter masterpiece pic.twitter.com/PdiZsB9ChA — Ashley Nicole (@geeksandcleats) January 13, 2016
In all seriousness: Sorry, St. Louis. This is a really, really lame and unfair outcome.
Kansas (No. 1), Maryland (No. 3), and Miami (No. 8) all lose on Tuesday night in college hoops
Down goes No. 1! West Virginia defeats Kansas, 74-63. It’s the Mountaineers’ 1st win vs AP No. 1 team since 1983. pic.twitter.com/zU37E2uX0X — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 13, 2016
A wacky Tuesday night of college basketball, with four teams ranked in the AP’s top-25 going down. Most notably, No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Maryland, and No. 8 Miami all losing.
Michigan beats No. 3 Maryland! Last time 2 of top-3 teams lost on the same regular-season day: Feb 2, 2013 (No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Kansas) — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 13, 2016
#13 Virginia gets a huge bounce back win over #8 Miami, 66-58. This dunk was nice too👀 https://t.co/YY1NTeSO5o — March Madness 2016 (@Madness2k16) January 13, 2016
We also had a buzzer-beating win from No. 12 Providence at Creighton, thanks to star guard Kris Dunn.
KRIS DUNN CALLED GAME! @PCFriarsmbb get the win! #BIGEAST https://t.co/dwop6eNmoc — FS1 (@FS1) January 13, 2016
Feels good to shutout Kroenke’s hockey team the day he moves my childhood football team! Sad day for Rams fans!! — Ben Bishop (@Benbishop30) January 13, 2016
– That’s Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, after shutting out the Colorado Avalanche (also owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke) on Tuesday night in Denver.
– My favorite story of the day: Dad bans son from XBOX after he racks up $7,600 in credit card debt playing FIFA. Lolololololololololololol.
– With all of the Powerball jackpot talk, here’s a great topic for sports fans: What sports franchise would you buy (in this hypothetical we’re saying you have to pick one) if you won the $1.5 billion? The Comeback’s Sean Keeley takes a great look at some of the best choices.
– More great reading material about the Alabama-Clemson national championship game:
- How Nick Saban and Alabama won the National Championship in the most un-Alabama way.
- Inside the two special teams plays that led Alabama to victory… and history.
- Nick Saban not thinking about retirement following championship win.
- Elementary, my dear superstar: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson dazzles in defeat.
- Breaking down ESPN’s Megacast coverage.
– A college football fan used Jim Harbaugh quotes only to talk to a girl on Tinder. Yes, there was a “jackhammer” reference.
– Ronda Rousey is taking more time off, won’t fight at UFC 200 in July.
– There were injuries all over the NBA on Tuesday night to key players, but none of the injuries seem serious on the surface.
– Latest MLB win-loss projections for 2016 love the Cubs, but hate the Royals. It was the same way for the Royals going into last season, though.
– Steven Avery (Making a Murderer) is appealing his murder conviction.
– Big news for gamers that are also Amazon Prime subscribers: You will now get 20% of pre-orders and new releases on video games as Prime members. As Polygon describes in the link, “new release” is considered the first two weeks after the game’s launch.
– The Revenant feels bleak and punishing, but worth the journey.
One last breath of gratuitous procrastination
CROCSLIDE. Seriously, this crocodile 100% knew what it was doing here.