So the St. Louis Rams are moving to Los Angeles. Works for me, and so does the concept of the Miami Dolphins returning to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That’s the most likely spot for the Rams to play while a new stadium is being built for them.
It was 43 years ago today (Jan. 14, 1973) that the Dolphins completed their perfect season, and they did it at the Coliseum.
The old building was pretty worn even then. Built in the roaring Twenties, the Coliseum played host to the 1932 Summer Olympics, the 1959 World Series, decades of USC football and every other kind of competition capable of drawing massive crowds.
Oh, and the inaugural Super Bowl (Green Bay over Kansas City in 1967) was played at the Coliseum, too.
For Dolphins fans, however, one game played there trumps them all, Miami’s 14-7 win over Washington to complete the only perfect season in NFL history. Howard Twilley and Jim Kiick scored the touchdowns for Don Shula’s team and Garo Yepremian handed one to the Redskins on a blocked field goal and a wobbly pass attempt and fumble return by Mike Bass.
If Garo had made the kick instead, the 17-0 Dolphins would have won the game 17-0, which would have been just a little bit better than perfect.
Through the years, there just weren’t that many chances for Miami to play at the Coliseum. The Rams left for Anaheim in 1980 and eventually for St. Louis. The Raiders, meanwhile, used the stadium only from 1982-94.
Altogether, the Dolphins were 3-1 in the games that counted at the Coliseum, including one against the Rams, two against the Raiders and that one glorious Super Bowl. Add in a 2-1 preseason record against the Rams and Raiders and you wind up with an all-time record of 5-2 in the Coliseum for Miami.
Now maybe it’s assuming too much in predicting the Rams will play in the Coliseum and not somewhere else, like the Rose Bowl or Dodger Stadium or even back in Anaheim. The Coliseum wants them, however, and might try to get the Chargers back temporarily, too, providing that franchise also gets approval to move from San Diego to L.A.
I’d like to see it happen, though, and it just might, as soon as next season.
The Dolphins are scheduled to travel to both the Rams and the Chargers in 2016, on dates yet to be determined.
Dolphins games in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Yr. Event Opponent Result
1971 Regular Rams W, 20-14
1973 SB VII Redskins W, 14-7
1974 Preseason Rams L, 31-13
1983 Regular Raiders L, 27-14
1984 Preseason Raiders W, 29-23
1985 Preseason Raiders W, 23-17
1988 Regular Raiders W, 24-14
If it matters, the Dolphins also were 2-0 against the Rams at Anaheim Stadium (1980 and 1986) and a crushing 0-1 at the Rose Bowl (a 27-17 loss to the Redskins in Super Bowl XVII on Jan. 30, 1983).