The Rams are going home! Well, not their original home—they played in Cleveland from 1936 to 1945—but a previous home of theirs.
There’s much to be determined about their second stay in Los Angeles (notably, will they share a stadium with the San Diego Chargers?), but this much is clear: They won’t have to do much to top that final season before hightailing it for St. Louis.
So let’s go back to 1994, when Bill Clinton was President, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed by “friends” of Tonya Harding, and the Rams were in L.A. Here are 10 fun facts about that magically mediocre season.
While the Raiders struggled to fill the 90,000-seat Coliseum, they managed 64,130 for their Los Angeles finale. Meanwhile, the Rams drew just 25,705 to Anaheim Stadium.
1. They weren’t good.
OK, they were closer to awful, going just 4-12 for the season. (Ironically, the Rams had won a title their last season in Cleveland.)
2. It wasn’t a grand finale.
The Rams lost to Washington 24-21, closing their stay in California with seven straight losses.
3. They did have a future Hall of Famer.
Unfortunately, plus-sized running back Jerome Bettis did most of his Hall of Famery in Pittsburgh, where he was traded in 1996 and played until 2005.
4. And a legend.
Then in his 19th season, seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jackie Slater would stick around for the inaugural effort in St. Louis, then retire after a remarkable 20 years with the same franchise.
5. They weren’t the only ones hitting the road.
That same year, the 9-7 L.A. Raiders would head north to Oakland. Bizarrely, both teams ended their stays in southern California by losing home games that were played simultaneously.
6. At least one coach had a clue.
Quarterbacks coach Mike Martz would go on to serve as the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator (1999) and then head coach (2000 to 2005). During those first three years, the “Greatest Show on Turf” set offensive records, stockboy-turned-QB Kurt Warner earned MVPs and the franchise won its only Super Bowl title.
7. While another had lost his edge.
Chuck Knox coached the Rams to five straight division titles before leaving in 1977, but his return in 1992 went less well. He was fired after three losing seasons, each worse than the last.
8. But hey, at least no one saw them.
While the Raiders struggled to fill the 90,000-seat Coliseum, they managed 64,130 for their finale. (It helped that they were facing Joe Montana in his regular season finale.) Meanwhile, the Rams drew just 25,705 to Anaheim Stadium. The turnout wasn’t a surprise. The Rams had the lowest attendance in the NFL that season.
9. Their owner was a trailblazer (and kind of awesome).
Georgia Frontiere was just the second woman to be primary owner of an NFL team, which the former nightclub singer and urologist’s secretary inherited after the death of her sixth husband. (Yes, sixth.) “Madame Ram” was in charge from 1979 to 2008 and even found time for a seventh marriage.
10. It was the last season free of Enos Stan Kroenke.
Worth $7.5 billion, current Rams owner Kroenke gets to do what he wants. This has included helping drive the move from L.A. in 1995, as well as taking the Rams back there now. (Kroenke, named after St. Louis Cardinals legends Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial, has described his decision as “bitter sweet.”) But hey, don’t worry, Missouri: He’ll probably bring the Rams back in 2035 or so.