Rivalry vs. NoCal reignited
Let’s face it. The Northern California-Southern California rivalry was getting pretty weak.
The Dodgers won seven straight divisions while the Giants slipped into obscurity.
The Warriors wiped their basketball shoes on the Lakers and Clippers.
Even the Sharks have been to more Stanley Cup Finals than the Kings since 2015.
True, Cal hasn’t been to the Rose Bowl since 1959. There were only 48 stars on the flag that flew over the stadium.
But between them, the Trojans and Bruins went to one Rose Bowl in the past decade.
Lately, all we had to compare was our Adam Schiff to their Nancy Pelosi.
First tiebreaker: Maxine Waters.
San Francisco has poop in its streets; we have Bubonic Plague, Typhus and Leprosy in ours.
It wasn’t a rivalry as much as an echo.
We were becoming indistinguishable from the biggest third world city in America.
Until the Rams came back from house arrest in St. Louis.
And brought the rivalry with the San Francisco 49ers with them.
The Rams and 49ers played a barnburner Saturday night worthy of their rich history between 1950-1994, before the kidnapping of the Rams to St. Louis.
It was football to wrap Christmas presents to, or to seek a parking place at the Mall to.
The game deserved a pretty blue-and-white bow to be placed under Southern California’s Christmas tree.
The coaches, the Rams’ Sean McVay and the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, are close friends.
And even closer rivals.
General managers Les Snead of the Rams and John Lynch of the 49ers are keen competitors.
The 49ers have swept the season series from the Rams twice now in the four years the Rams are back where they belong.
The Rams-49ers rivalry has even been powerful enough to get 49ers faithful to put aside their effete snobbishness about the San Franciso 49ers’ new home being 45 miles south of San Francisco.
It’s the 49ers’ turn this year.
But make no mistake. The Rams will be back, and better, in 2020.