The psychology of the Terrell Suggs outburst


The psychology of the Terrell Suggs outburst

By Mary Paoletti

Remember the kid in your first grade class who got in trouble all the time? He'd call the teacher a butthead, push the "popular" kids down during play time, and throw full-body hissy fits when the same baby nerds always got gold stars on their writing worksheets.

This kid is Terrell Suggs.

I'm no psychologist. I did, however, take Intro to Psych in college while pursuing a degree in a completely different field. So! Let's take a look at what T-Sizzle was mouthing off about in his conference call with Pittsburgh media on Wednesday. We can then translate what the trapped little first-grade Suggs, who so desperately wants attention, might really be saying.

QUOTE: "Your guy over there, No. 92 Harrison, I think he is red-flagged," Suggs said. "The referees are kind of looking for him. Even if he breathes on a quarterback wrong, he might get a flag."

PSYCH REPORT: Speaking of red flags! The fact that Suggs would stick up for a guy like James Harrison is telling. These two feel persecuted and are banding together. They're like Kirby and Rudolph, except not at all. Rather then be an elf who wants to be a dentist or a reindeer with a red nose, Suggs and Harrison are "different" because they consistently hurt people. Keep on the lookout for further recruitment. The NFL might end up with its own Island of Misfit and Highly Dangerous Linebackers.

QUOTE: "The league has their favorites," Suggs reportedly said. "One being in Indy and one being with that other team up north. Besides those two, everybody is fair game."

PSYCH REPORT: Classic jealousy. T-Sizzle is upset that Peyton Manning hasn't needed his . . . help . . . to win over the last decade in Indianapolis. He's also hurting because Tom Brady hasn't invited him to join his UGG boots ad campaign. A little inclusion by these two QB's might go a long way for poor Suggs.

QUOTE: Like I always said, Carson Palmer got hit in his knee in 2005 but there was no rule made. Then Tom Brady got hit in his knee and all of a sudden there is a rule and possible suspensions, excessive fines its just getting ridiculous.

PSYCH REPORT: More hate for Tom Terrific--and this won't be the end of it. See how nice Suggs is to Palmer since Carson invited the LB to his birthday pizza partysleepover extravaganza?

QUOTE: (On the Andre Johnson-Cortland Finnegan fight) "Maybe if I throw some punches at a quarterback with a bad hairdo, I'd get thrown out of the league."

PSYCH REPORT: This Brady bite concerns me. Sounds like Suggs watched the JohnsonFinnegan fight and immediately weighed the consequences of beating up the Patriots captain. (He is talking about Brady, right? I mean . . . "bad hairdo." C'mon.) The league should keep an eye on this before it escalates and there's a "playground" incident.

QUOTE: "I quit doing cocaine," Suggs said of why he's having an improved season. "I'm just playing, I'm just playing! I've never taken cocaine. My mom's going to kill me. I'm just playing, I'm just joking."

PSYCH REPORT: Here, Suggs is showing a more likable side -- an impish class clown. Everyone knows that drug abuse is hilarious. Terrell just wants to make people laugh! Usually, though, the part of him that wants to inflict excruciating pain on people wins out.

DIAGNOSIS: Roger Goodell can't do a thing to make this guy keep his mouth shut and his play clean. But Suggs's Mama? She and a wide wooden spoon might be able to straighten him right out.

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Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak


Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.