Ben Frederickson’s memorable columns from 2021


Sports columnist Ben Frederickson talks about why the rams relocation lawsuit was one of his most memorable stories of the year.

Some year, huh?

Covering STL sports in 2021 included watching games come back to life as fans returned from their pandemic-caused absence. It called for repeated trips to a downtown courtroom to see some of St. Louis’ best lawyers clash with the NFL’s army of suits. It featured a historic Cardinals winning streak, a stunning managerial dismissal after a wild-card loss, a star hockey player skating his way through trade-request drama, the continued progress of the city’s new soccer team, some notable ups and downs for Eli Drinkwitz at Mizzou and a whole lot more.

One of the many blessings of my job? There’s always something to write about.

Here are my most memorable columns from the past 12 months:

1. Back in April 2017, my P-D teammate Jim Thomas broke the news of the city, the county and the dome authority filing a massive civil lawsuit against the NFL that attempted to hold accountable Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the NFL and its owners for running roughshod over the league’s relocation rules during the team’s departure to Los Angeles. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I was a fan of the attempt. It was good to see St. Louis fighting back, sticking up for itself. More than four and a half years later, that lawsuit ended…

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