It wasn’t a good day for fans of the St. Louis Rams. The NFL announced Tuesday evening that the Rams, who had played in St. Louis since 1995, would be relocating back to Los Angeles, the city they moved out of 21 years ago. No sports fan wants to lose the team they grew up cheering for to another city. It’s a helpless feeling because there’s nothing you can do about it.
Well, almost nothing.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop grew up in Missouri and, naturally, a fan of the Rams. Born in 1986, Bishop supported the St. Louis Rams through his formative years and would have rooted for the Greatest Show on Turf. He was able to get his own small, unique payback on Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Rams who was the key player in the relocation.
You see, Kroenke also owns the Colorado Avalanche, who Bishop’s Lightning played Tuesday night. The big goalie turned aside all 21 shots he faced in a 4-0 victory for his first shutout since Nov. 21.
It may not keep the Rams in St. Louis, but Bishop’s shutout prevented Kroenke’s Avalanche from leapfrogging the Nashville Predators for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.