Daily Dose: Hawaii trip creates memorable experiences near and far

Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Monday, Aug. 19 about your Los Angeles Rams.

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LOS ANGELES’ PRESEASON GAME IN HAWAII WELL-RECEIVED LOCALLY

With 49,936 tickets distributed, there was plenty of anticipation for last Saturday’s contest at Aloha Stadium.

Paul Arnett of the Honolulu Star Advertiser captured the environment for his column and declared the NFL’s first preseason game in Hawaii since 1976 a “roaring success.” 

Here’s part of Arnett’s take on the historic event: 

The state of Hawaii is no stranger to television actors, movie stars and talented musicians who come and go from the island chain on a regular basis. But never has the 50th star on the American flag played host to the marquee program in all the world of sports until late Saturday afternoon.

If they hadn’t seen it with their own eyes few would have believed the Dallas Cowboys came all the way out here with owner Jerry Jones in tow to play a National Football League exhibition game with the Los Angeles Rams. When they exited the tunnel to take the field before a sellout crowd at Aloha Stadium the roar that went up echoed all the way to Manoa. It was that loud.

The Rams take on the Dallas Cowboys in Honolulu, Hawaii!

MICAH KISER’S INJURY POTENTIALLY CREATES A BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR BRYCE HAGER, YOUNG LBs

The Rams on Sunday announced Micah Kiser sustained a left pectoral injury during Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys.

Projected to start alongside Cory Littleton at the other inside linebacker position, Kiser’s indefinite absence could lead to more opportunities to backup Bryce Hager, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Gary Klein.

Here’s what Klein had to say:

Kiser’s absence leaves a potential hole in a defense that was expected to improve with the additions of veteran safety Eric Weddle and linebacker Clay Matthews.

Kiser, a second-year pro, had an MRI exam upon the Rams’ return from Hawaii on Sunday. Before learning the results, coach Sean McVay conducted a teleconference with reporters.

“You’re always hoping for the best, No.1 for Micah, and also for our team because of how important he is to us,” McVay said.

Kiser is expected to be replaced by Bryce Hager, a seventh-round draft pick in 2015 who carved a niche on Rams special teams and developed into a valuable reserve.

SEAN McVAY’S TV APPEARANCE GENERATES EXCITEMENT AMONG FANS, MEDIA

Last week’s preseason TV broadcast introduced a new wrinkle for viewers: Coach Cam, featuring Rams head coach Sean McVay conversing with play-by-play voice Andrew Siciliano and analysts Mina Kimes and Nate Burleson about what was happening on the field.

The unusual access afforded from it garnered praise across social from both media and fans alike.

Henry McKenna of USA Today’s For The Win had this to say:

It's fun to get inside Sean McVay's head.

The Los Angeles Rams coach is one of the most promising young minds in the NFL, and is fresh off a trip to the Super Bowl, where he was bested by Bill Belichick, one of the most brilliant coaches in the history of the game. Even in defeat, McVay's ability to design and call plays is the envy of the NFL.

Click here to read McKenna’s full story and check out other reactions to the segment. If you missed the segment, or simply want to watch it again, you can view it below.

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