It was a season during which the NFL finally returned to Los Angeles, all the buzz surrounding one team, all title hopes pinned to one roster, many of the fans dressing up in one color.
But, well, the one team was the Oakland Raiders.
While the Rams played in front of booing fans at the Coliseum, the renewed Raiders played in front of packed living rooms from the South Bay to San Bernardino.
Where the Rams couldn’t dominate a discussion beyond their struggling quarterback and fired coach, the bluster over the Raiders’ starry lineup and smart leadership filled the Southland’s barber shops and sports bars.
The Rams’ honeymoon ended in September, while the Raiders...