— Funhouse (@RNs_Funhouse) August 14, 2016
Saturday was a big night for football in Los Angeles. The Rams hosted their first game in the City of Angels since leaving L.A. for St. Louis in 1994, and there was understandably a ton of excitement among those in attendance for the team’s preseason matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.
There was a buzz in the air as the Rams booted the ball down the field for the game’s opening kickoff. That buzz immediately disappeared after Dallas receiver Lucky Whitehead promptly returned said kickoff 101 yards and gave the Cowboys an early 7-0 lead. After making a defender or two miss, Whitehead saw a huge hole, hit it, and wasn’t contested for about 80 yards as he got into the end zone without much resistance.
The good news for the Rams is that, you know, this was a preseason game and allowing a kickoff return on the first play ultimately won’t matter all that much. The Rams will play a ton of meaningful (read: not preseason) games in Los Angeles, so this play is probably going to be a funny thing for everyone to look back on sooner rather than later. But still, this is probably the worst possible thing to happen to a football team on their first play on their first game in their new home.