The Los Angeles Rams’ first regular season game couldn’t have unplayed more perfectly for jaded St. Louis fans.
The Los Angeles Rams played their first regular season game as a California franchise since 1994 on Monday night, appearing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football for the first time since October 2014 as they took on their longtime rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. While Rams management was surely hoping for a big statement win to energize the Los Angeles fanbase (and perhaps make it seem as if their assertions that the St. Louis fanbase was bringing down the team were accurate), that wasn’t the case. The Rams were shut out 28-0, and they collected just 185 yards of offense for the day while turning the ball over twice and committing 10 penalties for a total loss of 102 yards.
On the bright side, it was a good night for the discouraged fans of St. Louis, many of whom had their hearts broken as the Rams abandoned the city after just 21 seasons this past January. As has been the case pretty much since the day the team left, former Rams fans were vocal on social media, and they made sure to stick it to their former team. There were plenty of hilarious tweets from fans and media alike on Monday, and we’ve assembled some of the best here:
Even before the game had started, there was plenty of joking about the fact that number one overall pick Jared Goff was listed as the Rams’ third-string quarterback and a pregame inactive before the regular season opener:
As the game got out of hand in the 49ers’ favor, former Rams fans talked about how enjoyable watching the team fail was:
And as the clock struck zero, there was even more joy about the beatdown the Rams took in their return to The Golden State:
We’ll see what the rest of the season brings, but for now, it looks like hate-watching the Rams on a weekly basis could be a rather enjoyable activity for discouraged St. Louis fans.