St. Louis Cardinals fans were conflicted seeing the Rams win the Super Bowl, as it was a painful reminder that the Los Angeles team was once in St. Louis.
Moving a sports franchise between cities always causes a painful fracture for fans. There are the fans who remain fans after the move, while others are too scarred to continue rooting for their team elsewhere.
Some pointed out the common tendency for Rams fans in Los Angeles to ignore the 20-year period of the team’s history in St. Louis, which took place from 1995-2015.
For those who did acknowledge St. Louis’ NFL history, fans were thankful that someone remembered that both the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams once headquartered in St. Louis. Today, St. Louis doesn’t have any NFL team, despite being considered an ideal market for sports franchises.
Some MLB fans coped with the bittersweet win with humor — if only the Cardinals got a compensatory pick for the Rams move.
St. Louis Cardinals fans lament after seeing the Rams win Super Bowl 56
Before 2022, the Rams won their first and only Super Bowl back in 2000, when Kurt Warner led the St. Louis franchise to victory. The Rams did make the Super Bowl the following year, but the St. Louis team known as “The Greatest Show on Turf” famously lost to the New England Patriots as a dynasty was formed that night.
Upon moving to Los Angeles and hiring Sean McVay, the Rams have gone “all in” in two of the past five years, making the Super Bowl in the 2018 season and the 2021 season. This time, the Rams came away with the win, but Cardinals fans weren’t having it.
However, some Cards fans are ready to focus on the teams that stayed rather than the one that got away.