I feel it is fair to preface this piece by stating the Los Angeles Rams ripped out my heart in 1995 when they moved to St. Louis.
Much like the feeling some of you have felt with your beloved team relocating, it hurts. Especially when you are a fifteen years old and some of the best moments you had growing up was watching the Rams play at Anaheim Stadium with your Dad.
Here we are nearly 20 years later, I now have a family of my own and there has yet to be an NFL team call Los Angeles home since the Rams and Raiders left our city.
The knee-jerk reaction I hear from people outside of Southern California is, "You had two teams before and couldn't keep one of them, what would be different this time?"
So much has changed in 17 years. The NFL has flourished and the fans in Los Angeles are ready to rally around a professional football team once again.
What I want to know is, does the NFL really need us?
Think of how the NFL was in the 90's compared to how it is today. The NFL revenue in 1995 was $2.14 billion. In 2011 it was at least $10 billion. Furthermore, the salary cap back then was $36.5 million compared to the $120.6 million it is today.
It has become increasingly evident over the years that the NFL's stance on being back in Los Angeles is best classified as "It'd be great if that happened, but we've got other things to take care of."
Meanwhile, it appears that every two years football fans in Los Angeles who want to see an NFL team come back have a carrot dangled in front of them with the promise of a new way to get the NFL back in Los Angeles.
The latest and most reputable plan to get the NFL back in Los Angeles settles around AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke. The idea is to privately fund a NFL stadium right next to Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.
While there was a ton of momentum earlier in the year for this plan, it appears to have lost some steam and now the environmental plan associated with the proposed stadium is under a lot of heat.
I believe Los Angeles will have an NFL team within the next five years. Then again, I'm sure I said that at the age of 21, 26, and now 31. The carrot may still be dangling in front of me on a stick, but that carrot has never looked bigger than it does today.
Of course, that's if the NFL even needs Los Angeles. They seem to be doing fine without us.
What do you think? Will there be a NFL team in Los Angeles by 2017?
Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.