Suggs: 'What beef (with Brady)?!'

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Suggs: 'What beef (with Brady)?!'

FOXBORO - Tom Brady's the kid in the front row, pen poised over his notebook ready to take down every word he needs to succeed. Terrell Suggs is the kid at the back of the room wadding up paper and throwing it off the side of Brady's square squash when the teacher's back is turned. At least those are the boxes Suggs has tried to put the two men into. On Wednesday, when the dog-and-pony show for the AFC Championship game kicked off, Suggs was asked about his ongoing beef with Brady.

"What?! No, theres no beef," he said incredulously.

He then explained (as we did earlier in the week) that it all began when Brady appeared to a get a flag-on-demand from Ron Winter in 2009. "I guess the genesis of that, it was the incident in 09, where I almost hit him below the waist. Ive gotten over it. Thats where it all started, but you grow and mature. As you all can clearly see, I am not the same guy I was back in 09. I am definitely 20 pounds lighter, too. We had a lot going on. We had a lot going on that year. Like I said, I am pretty much over it. I respect him. Like I said before, I said it Sunday, when it is all said and done, they are going to speak about three quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning and him. Theres really no beef.

That's a pretty amazing turnaround from the way Suggs has spun it in the past. But there's always been an element of jest to everything Suggs has said about Brady through the years. He seems to save his legitimate ill humor for the field.

The matchup between Brady and Suggs, who had 14 sacks this season, has been labeled "Suggs vs. UGGs" in a nod to the comfy boots Brady endorses.

"Whats that mean? He wears UGG boots?" asked Suggs."I heard they are really comfortable. Maybe he can get me some. Ill take some. Ill send him some Ball So Hard gear, Ball So Hard T-shirts.

Even during all thebouquet-tossing, Suggs kept his guard up from buying in too much. Asked if he heard Bill Belichick's praise for Ed Reed as being the best player he ever coached against, Suggs said, He has said that to us before, and then constantly threw the ball back there at him. I dont know how much that holds weight."

The success of the Ravens defense hinges greatly on how fast their pass rush can get to Brady. Can their corners and linebackers mess up the receivers' timing long enough for Suggs and Co. to get to Brady?

"You dont want anyone, particularly this guy, to get into a seven-on-seven matchup with your defensive backs, especially when they have a 6-12, 260-pound tight end that runs about a 4.5 (Rob Gronkowski). You dont want him back there just like, Oh, were just going to play catch today. You dont want him to zone in, get in his zone, so to say. So, I think pressure is going to be crucial, but its always crucial. But, particularly when you are playing these type of quarterbacks, its pivotal.

Love,

T-Sizzle.

First impressions: Yankees power their way past Price, Red Sox

First impressions: Yankees power their way past Price, Red Sox

NEW YORK -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

 

* As the postseason gets closer, David Price needs to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark.

Price gave up three homers Tuesday night -- a two-run shoot to rookie sensation Gary Sanchez in the first; a solo shot to Didi Gregorius in the sixth; and another two-run belt in the seventh to Tyler Austin.

That's six homers in the last three outings and 29 for the season. It's also the sixth time this season that he's given up multiple homers in the same start, with the three on Tuesday representing a season-high.

Prior to this year, Price had never allowed more than 25 homers in a season. Last season, splitting time between the cavernous Comerica Park in Detroit and the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre, he yielded just 17.

Worse, twice Tuesday the homers came at inauspicious times. In the sixth, the Sox had just closed to within one at 3-2; in the seventh, the Sox had worked t tie the game at 4-4.

 

* For all of the offensive brilliance shown by Mookie Betts, it's easy to forget how good he's been in right field.

Anyone who plays in the same outfield with Jackie Bradley Jr. runs the risk of having his defensive play overshadowed and that's likely the case with Betts.

He's played a Gold Glove-caliber right field, showing good range and instincts -- especially for someone who never played the outfield professionally until about 2 1/2 years ago.

And while Bradley has the stronger arm, Betts has 14 assists, including one Tuesday night.

That took place on a ball in which Betts was initially fooled. With one on, Chase Headley lined a ball to right that Betts seemed to lose in the lights. He went to his knees, fighting the lights, and managed to reach back to make the catch, sprawling. He then had the presence of mind to set himself and fire a throw to first, doubling up Starlin Castro for a mind-blowing double play.

 

* Expanded rosters make a mockery of the game.

In the eighth inning, Joe Girardi and John Farrell combined to burn through six players for one plate appearance.

Righty Blake Parker was set to face Aaron Hill, but Farrell had lefty Travis Shaw announced. Girardi then countered by bringing in lefty Richard Bleier to face Shaw.

Of course, Farrell countered by having righty Chris Young hit for Shaw. Young reached on a fielder's choice, and because Young can't play third, Farrell had insert Deven Marrero at third in the bottom of the inning.

Four position players and two pitchers in one spot. That couldn't be done in any other month during the season.

So why is it allowed in September?