Thomas Bunn

Thomas Bunn

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2016 was one of the most dynamic and exciting years in the history of the City of Inglewood was founded in 1908. Sometimes, in the rigamarole of daily life, the details get "lost in digitization" and can often be taken for granted. The 2016 Year In Review video produced by the City of Inglewood is a beautiful reminder of the epic run and transformation this community has undergone in the last 5 years. Make sure you subscribe to the City's YouTube channel, and like the City of Inglewood on Facebook to stay connected with everything happening in the City. 

 

 

 

Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LV in 2021, NFL owners voted Tuesday. The event will be held at the $2.6 billion NFL stadium and entertainment complex that Rams owner Stan Kroenke has committed to building in Inglewood. NFL owners also voted in Charlotte, North Carolina, on host cities for Super Bowl LLIII and LIV taking place in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

 

Atlanta was chosen to host the Super Bowl in 2019 and Miami will host in 2020. Los Angeles was seen as a likely pick for hosting either the 2021 game, since the Inglewood stadium is expected to be completed in 2019.

 

“The City of Inglewood is thrilled to be the host for the most watched, single sporting event in the world, Super Bowl LV,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts. “Working with the City of Los Angeles, we intend to help make it the greatest fan experience in the history of the NFL. After a 20 year hiatus, professional football is back.”

 

The Super Bowl bid includes 60,000 hotel room nights (with the possibility of generating up to 100,000 total room nights). While the Super Bowl will be held in Inglewood, other official and unofficial events will be hosted throughout the region. The Los Angeles Super Bowl Bid Committee will be responsible for raising appropriate funds to offset costs and will work closely with the NFL to deliver the most successful Super Bowl to date in 2021.

 

“By being selected as the host of the 2021 Super Bowl, it’s clear the NFL was tremendously impressed with the many strengths of Los Angeles such as our near-perfect weather, abundance of premier venues for ancillary events, world-class hotels and endless entertainment,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., president & CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “We are appreciative of the true collaborative effort from L.A.’s hospitality businesses and community leadership in securing a successful bid for our destination.”

 

This will be the eighth time the Super Bowl is played in the Los Angeles region, the most recent being in 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (Super Bowl XXVII).

 

 

The Los Angeles Rams will host the team’s first PLAY 60 event in the Los Angeles area when they travel to Inglewood’s Coleman Field to engage 800 Inglewood Unified School District youth in a day of fun and fitness. PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity and promote active and healthy lifestyles among youth. Friday’s PLAY 60 event will feature a variety of activities and stations, including a 40-yard dash, tackling dummies, field-goal kicking and the opportunity to catch a touchdown pass from a Rams player.

 

The event is also the kickoff of the team’s Staff Day of Service program in the Los Angeles area. Each month, the Rams front office staff will take time out of the office to volunteer with local non-profits. The program, which began in St. Louis in 2009, has resulted in more than 12,000 hours of community service.

On Friday, Los Angeles Rams held their first Rookie mini-camp of the season. Of the 20 or more rookies on display, the talk of the town was none other than 1st Round Draft pick, Jared Goff who spoke to Inglewood Today after practice.

 

(On how the first day went)

“Great. Great to get back out on the field and meet all my new teammates and get a chance to get back to actually playing football. It was nice again. Kind of get that feeling back. It was good.”

 

(On if today was confusing at all from a terminology standpoint)

“No. I had to learn everything the last week or so. Just getting adjusted to it and I feel really good about it. I had a really good first day.”

 

(On the newness of the terminology and what the adjustments are like)

“The way they say it, and they’re absolutely right, it’s almost like you’re learning a different language. It’s from any system you come from in college – it doesn’t really matter. It’s like you’re going into Spanish class and you have to become fluent in Spanish over however long the time is. That’s kind of what it is. There’s a lot of stuff that translates that I understand that’s just a different word. There’s a lot of stuff that I am learning. But today, it went really well. I felt like I picked it up as the day went on and got better.”

 

(On how he would describe the emotion of participating in his first practice as an NFL player)

“It’s cool. It hadn’t really hit me until you said that. It’s awesome. Again, it’s just a lot of fun to get back out here with the guys and be able to kind of enjoy football again, and get out of the whole pre-draft process and be able to actually play again. It’s nice.”

 

(On if he considers himself fluent or conversational in the new terminology at this point)

“I’m just learning it right now. I’m just picking it up as I go. I feel like I’m picking it up pretty quickly for what I’ve done. I’m trying to pick it up as quickly as I can. The way they’re teaching it, they’re making it easy for me.”

 

(On what the rookie orientation has entailed thus far)

“We’ve really just had meetings all day up until now. Just had meetings and met with player development. Just learning stuff and trying to get acclimated with the professional lifestyle. But again, I think it was nice to get out here and run around, get to sweat a little bit, throw the ball around; play catch.”

 

(On if he feels like a lot of the stuff he was doing at Cal translates to the pros)

“Yes, there is a lot that translates. Most of the gun stuff translates – almost all of it. When there’s under center stuff, I’m picking it up as we go and it’s gone really well so far.”

 

(On how he knows that he’s ready for the media attention that the LA market brings and football at the same time)

“I’m just going to go out here and play. I’m not going to worry about all of this because this doesn’t really matter that much. I’m just going to get better every day and continue to try to be the best player and teammate I can be. And let all of you guys come here every day and film me, and just enjoy it.”

 

(On how hard it is as a player to kind of dial it back as they adjust to the pace of a professional practice)

“It was almost half speed today. It’s kind of hard for me and the receivers because we’re on different timing stuff, but it’s fine. To prevent injury, it’s worth it. I thought everybody looked pretty good today. You can’t really tell until you watch it on film, but I felt good in what I did and from what I saw on the field – it looked pretty good.”

 

(On how he handled getting all of the quarterback reps at practice today)

“I think it’s nice to get all of them. Right now it’s nice to kind of get as many as you can to get used to it.”

 

(On if he looks to start inserting himself as a leader on a day like today)

“Sure. You want to just be the guy you are and the person you are and be the leader of my rookie class, per se. Again, just work as hard as I can and make every buy in and be a good teammate and be the best player I can be.”

 

(On how the reception has been from the veteran players)

“Great. I haven’t met too many of them. We haven’t been mixed up with them yet. I met a few and it’s been great. I got a bunch of texts from a bunch guys – that’s been really cool. I’m excited to finally work with them, eventually.”

 

 

Its Official, The Rams Are Coming!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 

 

 

By: Thomas Bunn 

 

The NFL is officially coming to Inglewood! The NFL has decided on the relocation proposal from Rams owner Stan Kroenke which potentially will include the former San Diego Chargers at the soon to be built, Inglewood Stadium site. If the Charger opt out of the relocation to Los Angeles, the Oakland Raiders may take the place of the Chargers and make their way back home to Los Angeles by way of Inglewood. The decision came after an initial 20-12 vote which the Inglewood proposal lead. The second round of voting was akin to a close presidential election, with writers, and radio personalities, keeping fans on pins and needles waiting in the midst for a decision. The final vote was convincing 30-2. 

 

The question now, is what will Chargers owner Dean Spanos decide. According to reports, he has the option to bring the team immediately, or bring the team in a year or two. 

 

Los Angeles has been without a professional football team since the 1995 season, and with two teams returning to the LA market, a 20 year drought without professional football will finally be lifted. 

 

According to the LA Times, "The Rams are expected to play temporarily at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. If the Chargers join them, it’s unclear where they will play, though the NFL sees Angel StadiumDodger Stadium and even the Rose Bowl, which declined last year to bid on hosting a team, as potential options." 

 

 

 

 

 

Rams fans in Southern California are rejoicing.

 

 

 

 

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