Morning Ram-blings: Charity softball

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- We're going to begin this Saturday morning with something a little different and on the lighter side of all things St. Louis Rams.

Since arriving as head coach in St. Louis, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has been a part of a number of charitable endeavors but none is closer to him than his now annual charity softball game. Fisher's softball game is now in its third year and with more time to plan and organize, it seems to grow every year.

For those in the St. Louis area, Fisher's softball game is scheduled for Sunday night at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill. It begins with a home run derby at 6:30 p.m. ET and closes with fireworks tentatively scheduled for about 10 p.m. ET.

Many of the Rams, including linebacker James Laurinaitis, ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn, receiver Tavon Austin and the team's two first-round picks, Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, are expected to play. The complete details of Fisher's softball event can be found here.

The proceeds from the game benefit five charities.

While the players don't hesitate to compete -- it is a sporting event, after all -- Fisher has a nearly spotless record in managing one of the teams. He has a number of tricks up his sleeve and there are no shortage of shenanigans.

"[Offensive coordinator] Coach [Brian] Schottenheimer is already working on his postgame losing speech," Fisher said. "That’s how that works. But as far as runs and things like that, I don't know how much I'm going to win by.”


A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we took a look at the idea of a developmental league for the NFL and Fisher's thoughts on the matter. ... Next, we explored the addition of receiver Kenny Britt and his excitement about getting a fresh start in St. Louis. ... From there, we discussed defensive end Michael Sam's comfort in St. Louis, including a bonus video with ESPN The Magazine senior writer Dave Fleming and I discussing the matter. ... We closed the day with observations from the team's third organized team activity.


On ESPN Insider, Mike Sando discusses the addition of some coordinators around the league, including Gregg Williams with the Rams.

It doesn't reach the level of other news in the division this week but Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman will be on the cover of this year's Madden.

At stltoday.com, Joe Lyons writes about the reunion of Williams and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Jim Thomas says quarterback Sam Bradford was unfazed by the Johnny Manziel to the Rams rumors.

At stlouisrams.com, the addition of Williams is explored.