The team entertained NFL fans with their amazing speed and ability to score quickly and often and earned a clever nickname inspired by Big Tent Entertainment of a by gone era.
More than 100 years ago P.T. Barnum, James Anthony Bailey and the Ringling Brothers built their famous traveling circus into the world’s greatest entertainment event.
Traveling about the country under a big top tent, it was coined the Greatest Show on Earth.
These circus masters could never have guessed that a century later, an NFL team from the Midwest would borrow most of their nickname.
The St. Louis Rams did just that and so much more.
St. Louis Rams Cleverly Named The Greatest Show on Turf
Playing their games on Astroturf under a modern day big top known as the Edward R. Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, the Rams’ fast and entertaining style of play on the football field gave new meaning to the original traveling circus nickname Greatest Show on Earth.
The electrifying Rams were honored yesterday in St. Louis. Head Coach Dick Vermeil and several dozen players were on hand to recall their incredible football exploits from 15 years ago.
Now calling Southern California home, the current Rams sport similar uniforms the players on the Super Bowl XXXIV winning team wore. The bright blue and yellow jerseys spark recollections of the team’s incredible season.
ESPN’s Chris Berman Named the Rams The Greatest Show of Turf
Chris Berman once remarked on ESPN in 2000, “Forget Ringling Brothers: the Rams are the Greatest Show on Earth.” After that, a new and faster moving traveling circus emerged – this time in sports.
Berman’s comment was soon changed to Greatest Show on Turf because of the artificial surface, or turf, in the Edward R. Jones Dome.
The Astroturf greatly increased the speed of the Rams’ already speedy receivers Tory Holt, Isaac Bruce, Ricky Proehl and Az-Zahir Hakin, and star running back and 2000 NFL MVP Marshall Faulk.
Rams offensive coordinator Mike Martz expertly called plays for two-time NFL MVP QB Kurt Warner. The QB masterfully directed the Rams’ passing game that ESPN.com Page Two named the best NFL offense of all time.
With the accurate Warner at QB, the Rams set NFL total yardage and passing records. They also scored 500 or more points in three consecutive seasons, still a league record.
Warner’s pinpoint passing on precision timing patterns to blazing receivers made them un-coverable, especially on Astroturf.
Warner’s throwing ability and the Rams’ talented wide-outs led the team to a Super Bowl XXXIV victory in 2000.
Circus legends P.T. Barnum, James Anthony Bailey and the Ringling Brothers might have created the original Greatest Show on Earth.
But, NFL football fans will always remember the exciting traveling troupe known as the St. Louis Rams.
With Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and speedy receivers performing under the lights of the Edward R. Jones Dome, the Rams will always be known in sports lore as the Greatest Show on Turf.
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