, Gloucester, MA

January 31, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Still Bitter

Marshall Faulk initially told Comcast Sports New England’s Tom E. Curran that he was over the Rams Super Bowl XXXVI loss to the Patriots, but then the truth came on. The Hall of Fame running back went on to blast the Patriots saying he’s still upset he was “cheated” out of a Super Bowl title.

“Am I over the loss? Yeah, I’m over the loss,” Faulk said. “But I’ll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl. That’s a different story. I can understand losing a Super Bowl; that’s fine … But how things happened and what took place. Obviously, the commissioner gets to handle things how he wants to handle them. But if they wanted us to shut up about what happened, show us the tapes. Don’t burn ‘em.”

Faulk is referring to an alleged walkthrough tape that the Patriots took of Rams practice prior to Super Bowl XXXVI, a tape that did not exist. But Faulk still believes the Patriots illegally taped the Rams practices.

“I understand Bill [Belichick] is a great coach,” Faulk said. “But No. 13 [Kurt Warner] will tell you ... Mike Martz will tell you ... We had some plays in the red zone that we hadn’t ran. I think we got to fourth down — we ran three plays that we hadn’t ran, that Mike drew up for that game. Bill’s a helluva coach … we hadn’t ran them the whole year [and the Patriots were ready for them].” And the only time that Rams practiced those plays? At the walkthrough.”

Former Patriot Willie McGinest summed up Faulk’s claim best on the 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Felger and Mazz Show Wednesday.

“If we had any extra information the game wouldn’t have even been close, it would have been a blowout,” McGinest said.

Faulk clearly needs to move on. The Patriots didn’t beat the Rams because of any video tapes, they beat the Rams because they were the tougher team.

Vikings tie

The Rockport hockey team battled North Reading to a 3-3 tie Wednesday night at the Talbot Rink.

Mike Tupper gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead with four minutes to play but North Reading tied the score a shot time later and killed a Vikings power play in the final minute.

Rockport is now 5-7-1 on the season and will square off with Minuteman on the road Saturday.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru