Faulk: Patriots cheated the Rams out of a Super Bowl

3:52 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
Marshall Faulk (AP)
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(KSDK Sports) -- Today marks the 11th anniversary of the last time the ST. Louis Rams played in a Super Bowl.  That game was Super Bowl XXXVI, and our boys lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 20 - 17.

But as much as the sting of that loss has subsided for some, it lasts eternal for many other's especially since it was revealed years ago that the Patriots may have "cheated."

The storyline has since been called "spygate" as it involved the clandestine recording of Rams practices by members of the Patriots organization.  Then NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did look into the story, but later said that "no evidence" existed that the Patriots spied on the Rams during their walk-through the day prior to the Super Bowl.

For many in Rams Nation, the commissioner's explanation never held water, and the bad taste of defeat has never quite been washed away.  Especially in light of the fact that the NFL later fined the Patriots and head coach Bill Bellichick and stripped the organization of a first round draft pick, all for taping signals from opposing coaches. 

Perhaps it was the anniversary of the event that stirred today's commotion, but if you've been watching any of the coverage from New Orleans, you may have heard the discussion surrounding a recent interview of Marshall Faulk by CSN-New England's Tom Curran. 

During the interview, Faulk voiced his belief that the Patriots cheated to win.   "I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl," Faulk told Curran. 

Faulk expressed his skepticism over league statements that all the tapes that were confiscated in the investigation of the Patriots' taping practices, had been destroyed.  

Faulk is afraid the entire truth will never be realized.

"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 told Curran.

Faulk believes through their spying, the Patriots knew about new plays, allowing them to prepare for them on the field. 

Faulk told Curran:  "I understand Bill 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 had not ran. . . . And a couple of plays on third down that we walked through also . . . And they created a check for it. It's just little things like that. It's either the best coaching in the world when you come up with situations that you had never seen before. Or you'd seen it and knew what to do."


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