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October 27, 2008

Suggs: Now more than ever

suggssack.jpgEverybody, including me, has been saying how Terrell Suggs needs to learn how to keep his mouth shut to avoid the kind of controversy that erupted last week over his poorly-thought-out comments on an Atlanta sports talkshow. Well, I've changed my mind.

Did you see the way Suggs played in yesterday's 29-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders? He sacked JaMarcus Russell on his first dropback of the game (right) and was right there with Jameel McClain when the Ravens dropped Russell in the end zone for a safety a few minutes later. He looked truly inspired, which can only be the result of being truly embarrassed by all the commotion that resulted from his back-to-back attempts to swallow his own foot.

OK, maybe that was a coincidence, and maybe it also was a coincidence that the Ravens played their best all-around game of the season after a week of off-the-field intrigue. But are you willing to take that chance? They won two games in a row while Chris McAlister and then Suggs made headlines for their poor judgment, so -- to paraphrase Elvis Costello -- what's so great about peace, love and understanding?

Why mess with success? I'll even put him on one of my radio shows if it'll help the team get in better position to compete for a playoff berth. If T-Sizzle is at a loss for subject matter, here are a few things he can say that are guaranteed to stir things up:

"I hope Ed Reed retires soon so I can have the radio in my helmet. I've already shown I'm better on the radio than him."

"They should expand the instant replay system to cover all officials' calls that prove the NFL is always going out of its way to screw Baltimore."

"We want to go to Cleveland and beat the Browns this week to prove once and for all that getting out of that one-horse town was the best thing that ever happened to this franchise."

"I've changed my mind. I don't want to see Troy Smith play anymore."

Just trying to help.

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 11:30 AM | | Comments (14)
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Pete,

You left out the most important part. Get the NFL to schedule the Raiders every week.

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Pete's reply: That would certainly help.

Dude,

You totally mangled the rock song reference. Costello asked " What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?"

Something else for T'sizzle to say.

"We got to smack down the Browns. After sweeping us last year their heads are more swollen than Kellen Winslow's ?$#%."


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Pete's reply: I said that I was paraphrasing Elvis Costello, not quoting him directly.

Suggs always pads his numbers against second-tier (in Oakland's case, make that third-tier) teams. I can't remember the last time he had an impact game against a quality opponent. Good offenses know how to negate his very limited pass rush moves.

"We want to go to Cleveland and beat the Browns this week to prove once and for all that getting out of that one-horse town was the best thing that ever happened to this franchise."

I LOVE IT! Cleveland sucks and so do their fans. I voted them worst in the poll. Cleveland does not rock, Peter does!

Gee. Every time the Ravens win does it have to be because the other team is no good? Give me a break!

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Pete's reply: Well, in this case, it has to be part of the conversation.

This is why everyone is crazy if we think letting Sizz go would be "best for the team." The guy is really coming into his own as a complete player. I was probably more impressed with his play vs the run than what he did in pass rush situations. And didn't we let Adalius walk so that we could eventually sign this guy? Keep Sizz a Raven!

Suggs is the real deal as a football player.

Why does Elvis Costello get credit for Nick Lowe's song?

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Pete's reply: Now that's a fair question. Probably because nobody but you and I would have had a clue who Nick Lowe is.

He gets credit because he did it better.

The lyric's wrong too. It's "what's so funny about peace love and understanding?"


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Pete's reply: Hence, the word "paraphrase."

Actually, Cruel to be Kind may be one of the finest songs of all time...and THAT is a Nick Lowe song, not a remake.

Also, he was recently on a Daryl Hall thingee on Hall's website. Good stuff.

Oh, and Suggs still wins ugliest player alive. And based on Billick's blog on another website, a bounty is not so rare in a football locker room, talking about it IS!


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Pete's reply: I think Billick knows what he's talking about.

Pete,

I get very excited when you use the word "hence".

Thanks!

mct

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Pete's reply: Hence, I will continue to use the word hence henceforth.

Funniest thing on TV is Billick's authoritative analysis of any team's offense. If he knows so much about offense, how come he never had one?

Funniest thing on TV is Billick's authoritative analysis of any team's offense. If he knows so much about offense, how come he never had one?

Pete, how bout:

I love the sound of breaking glass...ceiling, that is.

Nick Lowe and a little Troy Smith :)

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