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Stephen A. Smith sharing ‘First Take’ clips run through a baby filter

The world certainly could use an occasional distraction during these trying and frightening times. With most of the sports world having been ground to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN has stumbled upon an amusing way to elicit a chuckle or two out of not only his fans but his haters as well.

On Wednesday night, Smith shared a video clip on Twitter from the day’s edition of “First Take.” What makes the footage so hilarious is how the clip has been run through a a baby filter, so Smith and his cohorts don’t only look much, much younger, they also boast funny, childlike voices.

Smith obviously has become a talking-head icon thanks to his bloviating rants and on-air meltdowns. Hearing his commentary as if spoken by a tyke-sized S.A.S. makes them hilariously absurd.

The main topic of Wednesday’s show unsurprisingly was Tom Brady’s decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. Here’s what Smith had to yell about concerning the biggest story in the NFL.

“If the New England Patriots, specifically Bill Belichick — I believe, this is my personal belief, nothing else — if (Brady) were treated better by Bill Belichick and not treated as somebody that’s just, ‘You know what? You’re just another player,’ as opposed to a six-time Super Bowl champion, the quarterback who has led this franchise to nine Super Bowl appearances over the last 19, 20 years, if he was treated as such and acknowledged in that fashion, I don’t believe that Tom Brady would be departing from the New England Patriots for next season,” Smith said, as transcribed by the New York Post. “I don’t believe he would’ve said goodbye.”

Now, those who love Smith’s over-the-top methods likely view his comments as an insightful take on the situation. His detractors, on the other hand, probably can scarcely get through such a rant, let alone actually glean anything from it.

But through a baby filter? Now Smith’s screed is practically … adorable? With that in mind, keep the baby-filter clips coming, Mr. Smith.