Morning Ram-blings: Long grants wish

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- This time of year is best known for the start of training camps and the beginning of football season. But for those staying tuned to "SportsCenter," it's also the time of year for something that goes above and beyond the beginning of football season.

That's right, it's time for ESPN's "My Wish" series in which young people struggling with medical issues get their sports wishes granted with ESPN there to document the special day.

Earlier this week, St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long played a role in helping to grant one of the wishes. Coincidentally, 18-year-old Stephen Loszewski even has some local ties, hailing from Grain Valley, Missouri.

Loszewski's 2011 leukemia diagnosis ended his dreams of playing football at the University of Michigan, but it's a dream the Wolverines and Long helped make come true recently. Long traveled to Loszewski's home to tell him he'd get a chance to go through a day as a Michigan recruiting target with many other surprises along the way.

Every single one of the videos is worth watching and all can be found right here at ESPN.com. Be warned, however. It seems most of the videos always seem to be best viewed in a room full of dust and onions.


A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we took a look at defensive end Robert Quinn's spot on Grantland's trade value chart. ... Next, we looked at Football Outsiders ranking the Rams at the top of the list of teams with the most talent younger than 25. ... From there, we covered practice times, autographs and more in a training camp primer. ... Finally, we closed the day with a look at the early positive reviews of defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Chat: The Rams open camp Friday afternoon but before they do, we have our weekly Rams chat set for 1 p.m. ET. You can submit questions now or join us when we go live. Hope to see you there.


Defensive end Michael Sam discussed his impact around the sports world in this edition of In Focus.

The always hilarious Frank Caliendo joined the guys on this week's NFL Nation Spreecast.

Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando rank the 25 best players under the age of 25 in this Insider piece.

Yearly reading of importance: Matthew Berry's fantasy football draft manifesto is now up and running.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas investigates and answers 10 burning questions as the Rams open camp.

Thomas also turns the attention to first-round picks Donald and offensive lineman Greg Robinson.

Joe Lyons takes a look at undrafted rookie defensive tackle Deantre Harlan.