Los Angeles Rams

Throwback Thursday: The L.A. Rams Did Not Like The Mark Gastineau Dance

Back when the Rams were a force in the NFC in the early to mid 80s, they were led by all-world running back Eric Dickerson.

During Dickerson’s rookie year in 1983, the Rams visited the New York Jets, who at the time played in Flushing, New York at Shea Stadium – the former dwelling of the New York Mets.

The Jets were armed with one of the game’s most ferocious pass rushes. Their highest profile pass rusher (as a part of the cooly named New York Sack Exchange) was Mark Gastineau.

The bombastic defensive end had a ridiculous spastic sack defense. Luckily on this particular day, the L.A. Rams and Hall of Fame offensive tackle had zero interest in Gastineau’s dancing skills.

After a sack of Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo, Gastineau started to boogie…and then all hell broke loose.

A nasty game (broadcasted by the legendary duo of Pat Summerall and John Madden) featured a combined 18 penalties for 183 yards and a few brawls as well.

The Jets topped the Rams in overtime, 27-24.

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