Rams Fans: Team Costing You $165 For Sucking

Times are tough all over the country. Gas prices are high, financial institutions are broke. But never fear, residents of St. Louis. Your economic downturn is over, as soon as the Rams start winning some football games.

Marc Bulger

Uh-oh.

New research suggests that a winning NFL team has a “statistically significant effect” on the per-capita income of a metropolitan area. In fact, a winning team can boost individual incomes by as much as $165 a year. A single victory can account for an income boost of $30 (you hear that, Ed Hochuli?). David Nicklaus of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH has more:

Michael Davis,  an economics professor at the Missouri University of Science & Technology, came up with the report that supposedly proved a correlation between winning football and income levels:

Davis and a co-author, Xavier University psychologist Christian End, wanted to expand on earlier research that showed an economic boost for Super Bowl-winning cities. They wanted to know if regular-season wins mattered too.

A regression analysis proved that they do. Davis and End offer a couple of reasons why winning is so beneficial: We feel better about ourselves and our cities when we identify with a successful team, and that may make us more productive at work. We also may spend more freely at local stores and restaurants.

Davis cautions, however, that your football team isn’t quite as important for your checkbook as, say, your bank:

“I wouldn’t worry about this being a strong enough effect that it would push the local economy into recession all by itself,” he said by phone this week from Rolla. “This is not as important as the events on Wall Street right now.”

Rest easy, Rams fans. Scott Linehan is only costing you a tank of gas every week. But, judging by the tremendous cohesion in the locker room right now, there’s not much hope of an NFL-related stimulus boost coming to you anytime soon. At least that’s what Steven Jackson would lead you to believe.

In addition to the Bulger debacle, the Rams also cut starting cornerback Fakhir Brown and promoted Tye Hill, which is another curious decision considering that it appears that Hill is worse at his job than Brown. Let’s go to Bernie Miklasz, still at the POST-DISPATCH:

According to STATS, quarterbacks targeted Brown 17 times this season and completed 10 passes; that percentage puts Brown in the middle of the pack among NFL corners. Hill, meanwhile, has given up 18 completions in the 20 passes thrown at him — a remarkably bad percentage.

Congratulations, Rams. You’re now starting to make the Raiders look like a model franchise.

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