Suggs figures to bring the sizzle


Suggs figures to bring the sizzle

No player in the NFL combines the ability to run his mouth and the ability to back it up like Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

The self-proclaimed "T-Sizzle" from "Ball So Hard University" is a legitimate NFL Defensive Player of the Year hopeful after his 15-sack season.

And one of his favorite talking points in recent years has been Tom Brady.Suggs believesBrady gets extra protection from officials because he's an NFL golden child. And Suggs thinks Brady's kind of a baby.

The genesis of this belief came in 2009 when Brady just back from a knee injury that cost him the 2008 season had a stumbling Suggs take a dive at his repaired knee.

Brady as the video linked above shows was immediately demanding a flag and seemed to get one on request from referee Ron Winter.

After losing a tight one in New England that day, Suggs and Ray Lewis railed about Brady getting preferential treatment. The play and their reaction spawned a week of cluck-clucking about Brady demanding flags and quarterbacks being overprotected.

Last October, the Patriots beat the Ravens 23-20 in New England. Brady and Suggs jawed during the game.

What did they talk about? "He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress, Suggs said. "He said, If you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday. . . . He was going over the Dow and the economy and politics. He doesnt really talk football that much.

Suggs also said after that game the Patriots better hope they don't see Baltimore again. To which Brady shot back, "Well, he had his chance so maybe if he gets another chance he can try to back those words up. We play those guys a lot and theyve only beat us once . . . they talk a lot for only beating us once in nine years.

Another sideswipe came from Suggs in December when he said he left Brady off his Pro Bowl roster. And then, last January on SIRIUS, Suggs again circled back to Brady saying, "Man, this guys got the world. Hes winning Super Bowls and dating supermodels. It dont get much better than that . . . rules made for him. He gets to tell the referee when to throw the flag."

Suggs said after Sunday's win over the Texans that the Patriots are a pretty team. The Ravens are ugly.

For more on Suggs read this terrific feature by ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill. She's one of the best feature writers out there.

Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4


Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4

BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss. 

Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season. 

The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net. 

Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch. 

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.