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The St. Louis Rams have won the gesture of the week

Regardless of where you believe the blame lies, we can all agree the scene playing out this week in Ferguson, Mo., is a deplorable one. 

Watching the ugly scene unfold near his home, Rams manager of fan development and alumni relations Kyle Eversgerd wondered what he could do. So he contacted three Ferguson-area high schools, McCluer High School, McCluer North, and McCleur South, and notified them that there would be 75 tickets waiting for each of them at Saturday night's preseason game versus the Green Bay Packers. 

“In light of everything going on it just kind of hit me,” says Eversgerd told TheMMQB.com. “I can’t imagine with all that stuff going on, how tough it must be to practice. We were able to get them away from it all.”

As Robert Klemko writes for The MMQB:

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Sports are supposed to be a distraction from real world calamities, especially for kids. Good on the Rams for making that happen.

 

Video: Here's how Baylor starts every practice with their signature tempo

For the past six or seven years, players at Baylor have approached the hill leading up to the practice field in a very particular way: once their feet go from the cement to the grass, they hit a whole new gear and the tempo is set right off the bat.

"The hill is saying this; when your feet touch the grass, whatever happened to you prior to arriving at practice, you need to go ahead and park that." head of athletic performance Kaz Kazadi explained.

"Physically, it's a display of 'I'm here, I'm ready to perform, and I'm ready to practice and my mind is on what we need to do these next few hours.'"

Even coach Briles has totally bought into the approach, holding himself to the same standard before practice everyday.

This is something that you could easily do at your program to set the proper tone before practice even starts.

Photo: You've never seen anything like this high school fan day

This is what fan day looks like at Hoover HS (AL).

The program, widely known for their on the field success and feature on MTV's reality show Two-A-Days years ago, boasts 261 players and 23 coaches at the high school level.

A team that big, with a following like Hoover's has to take their fan day to a local mall just to house the players, coaches, cheerleaders, dance team, pep band, and have enough room for all of the fans, parents and alumni that come to show their support.

The Bucs, who have won 30 straight games and are ranked 3rd nationally by MaxPreps, open up with Central Miami HS (FL), who rank 15th nationally, in the most anticipated high school game of week one in the country. That could certainly explain some of the excitement and fanfare pictured.

(H/T MaxPreps

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