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Stephen A. Smith on Pats-are-cheaters cries: 'I don't want to hear it'

Stephen A. Smith on Pats-are-cheaters cries: 'I don't want to hear it'

Stephen A. Smith is, he'll be quick to tell you, "a native New Yorker. I don't root for anything Boston . . . New York/Boston, you know how that goes."

But when it comes to the Patriots-are-cheaters cries -- which seem to have been amplified this week by the appearance of the Eagles in the Super Bowl -- he puts all that aside.

"I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear the excuses," the ESPN personality said Wednesday on Felger & Mazz. "Do I believe they're cheating? No. I believe that they are better than everybody else. They've done it better than everybody else, and I have to relent to that. I have to concede that that's just the way it is."

And as for those who won't let it go . . . 

"Now you've got folks that's going to call up and folks that [are] religiously focused on 'THE PATRIOTS! And they cheated! And Deflategate! And Spygate! And look at the AFC Championship Games! How many calls did they get away with?'

"I'm like, 'Oh, stop it. I don't want to hear it' . . . 

"And if I'm looking at the New England Patriots . . . I've said this on many occasions and I'm going to say it again: If you're convinced that the New England Patriots are cheating . . . [why] the hell haven't you learned how to cheat like that? Why haven't you figured that out?

"I mean, according to you, they've only been doing it since 2001. We are now in 2018. Tom Brady has never, ever, ever won less than nine games in a season. And most of the time it's been 10 and above. How many AFC Championship Games have they been to? They've now been to eight Super Bowls. I mean, excuse me. How have you not learned how to cheat like that? . . . 

"If that's cheating, it gets to a point where, dammit, I'm admiring it."


Jim Murray: MLB's message to fans is basically ‘we hate you’

Jim Murray: MLB's message to fans is basically ‘we hate you’

The Red Sox' excruciatingly long loss to the Tigers on Sunday inspired yet another heated discussion on Major League Baseball's pace of play issue during "Felger and Mazz" on Monday.

Jim Murray couldn't believe what he was seeing during the 4-hour-and-6-minute game, and he tore into the seemingly complacent MLB leadership for their inability to fix the problem.

"Just as a business -- it wasn't even a Red Sox thing last night -- that was a baseball thing," Murray said. "To me, what they said to their consumers last night -- which was me and everybody else -- (was,) 'F. you. We hate you, because if we really cared about you, we would implement the pitch clock. And if you want to stick here, that's on you, stupid. Otherwise, go F yourself.'

He added: "If it wasn't for the job, I really wouldn't have tuned into that piece of crap yesterday, as a whole. It wouldn't have mattered if that was Cubs and Cardinals. That was trash."

Michael Felger, who admitted he rants and raves about the pace of play issue seemingly every day, tried to step aside from the discussion, so that Murray and Massarotti could address the issue. But of course, Felger couldn't help but address the subject matter.

"It almost wreaks of arrogance," Felger said. "That it's that bad and that sticky, and they're like, 'Screw it.' "