And, too, Los Angeles is an odd town—not, as has been said, eight suburbs in search of a city, but rather a collection of towns, as though Ardmore, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Austin, Darien. East Orange, Boulder and a few others had been jammed together in a smoke bowl between mountains and ocean. 'There is no such place as Hollywood," says Reeves, meaning the Hollywood of symbol does not match up to the Hollywood of fact. But the Hollywood of symbol helped supply glamour to the winning Rams of the '50s. Now the stars are identified more with the Dodgers and Lakers than with the Rams. Says Movie Producer-Director Jimmy Harris (Lolita, The Bedford Incident), who feels his life has been misspent because he is not a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds: "Most people in Los Angeles don't know anything about sports, anyway. You go to the ball game and instead of giving batting averages the message board says, 'Welcome Cucamonga Kiwanis." But a star who wants to be identified with a team can sit down front at the baseball or basketball game night after night and everybody sees him. The Rams play only seven league games at home and the stands are way back from the field, so who sees him there?" Actor Norman Alden says, "You go see the Dodgers and nothing happens. It's always 1-0 after five innings, but the Dodgers win. You go see the Rams and nothing happens, either. There's plenty of professionalism down on the field, but the Rams lose."
This year the Rams won their first two games, albeit shakily, before losing 24-13 to the champion Packers on Sunday. The cycle has advanced again and the Rams are improving. Except in a few instances, however, the other teams have not been standing and waiting. Ah, the Los Angeles Rams! Sic transit gloria de haven.