The Los Angeles Rams will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in what’s arguably the best NFL game of the week. With that in mind, Fox Sports is pulling out all the stops, putting its top broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call along with plans for the Fox NFL Sunday crew to be on site at the Coliseum for pregame coverage.
Normally, such a decision would amount to a non-story. But because these are the Rams, and they do now play in L.A. — where the fans haven’t exactly lined up to support them or their soon-to-be stadium tenants, the Chargers — the powers that be at Fox may have realized that there won’t be too many folks decked out in the blue, white and gold to act crazy in the background while Terry Bradshaw drops some knowledge on the viewers at home.
This being Hollywood, those cagey network execs came up with a plan. Per a website called Project Casting, casting directors and producers are seeking “LA’s biggest NFL fans to be a part of #NFLSunday’s Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pre Game Show” and imploring those who respond to “come out, bring your spirit, your best NFL gear & join us for NFL on FOXTHIS Sunday!”
Farther down Project Casting’s announcement page is a link directing anyone to “request” tickets to the game which then redirects to a free ticket giveaway. That’s right, not only can you go to the Coliseum and be on TV pretending to be a Rams fan, you can also stick around and check out the game free!
Now seems like a good time to offer a reminder that the NFL has engineered the move of two franchises to L.A. in the past two years.
Rams fans might be in short supply, but it’s unlikely the same can be said of Eagles fans, who always travel well, particularly earlier this season when their favorite team made another trip to the West Coast to play the Chargers. Given their devotion, you can imagine how some, as well as media members, are responding on social media to the casting call.
FOX is seeking actors to play Ram fans this Sunday because the stadium will be flooded with Eagles fans.
If that's not the definition of pathetic, idk what is. #FlyEaglesFly
— Nicole Smith (@_cole_marie_) December 9, 2017
This is a joke. Actors posing as Phony #rams fans . And the #NFL wanted LA for a team and they can’t even get fans to support. Brutal. #Eagles fans will overwhelm them. @SportsRadioWIP https://t.co/2cRLcpVxz8
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) December 8, 2017
— JT The Brick (@JTTheBrick) December 8, 2017
#Eagles fans have overtaken California. Can’t go 30 mins without seeing midnight green.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) December 9, 2017
I have seen more Eagles fans in LA today than I have ever seen in Philadelphia. On every street corner, in every bar, a sea of green. Rams are about to get embarrassed. Believe it.
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) December 9, 2017
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) December 9, 2017