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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Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists


Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

NEW ORLEANS - Chris Webber and Rollie Massimino are one step from the Hall of Fame.

The career 20-point-per-game NBA scorer and the coach who led Villanova to a stunning upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game were among the 14 finalists unveiled Saturday for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.

Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises, plus was part of Michigan's famed "Fab Five" group that headlined college basketball in the early 1990s.

"I don't know what I'm most proud of," said Webber, who averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career and was a five-time NBA All-Star. "I'm proud to be in the room with all these great individuals."

Other first-time Hall of Fame finalists include longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut women's star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self, and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

"I still can't believe I'm here," McGrady said. "This is not even a dream come true."

Previous finalists returning to the ballot include star point guard and Olympic gold medalist Tim Hardaway, winningest all-time boys high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach and four-time Division III national champion Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU women's national champion team Wayland Baptist University.

"We are grateful to the 14 finalists in the Class of 2017 for the impact they have had on the game we cherish," Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "To be named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is an incredible accomplishment."

Inductees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. Enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are scheduled for Sept. 7-9.

Massimino, now an 82-year-old cancer survivor who is still coaching at NAIA school Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a finalist for the first time. His Hall of Fame hopes have been backed by plenty of current and former coaches in recent months - including current Villanova coach Jay Wright, who presented Massimino with a championship ring from the Wildcats' 2016 NCAA title.

"Some days, we do take him for granted," Keiser guard Andrija Sarenac said. "But then you see him on TV so much, you see all these videos made about him, the movies about Villanova and everything, and it just hits you. You realize that he's a legend. I mean, your coach is a walking legend. With the energy and everything he comes in with, it's inspiring."

Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee to be enshrined. Among this year's candidates who did not make the finalist group: Muggsy Bogues, Ben Wallace, Kevin Johnson, Maurice Cheeks, Mark Price, Lefty Driesell and Eddie Sutton.

Former New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and former Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager will be recognized during Hall of Fame weekend as this year's Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients.

"A tremendous honor," said Sager's wife Stacy.

This year's lifetime achievement award recipients are former UConn coach Donald "Dee" Rowe and Michael Goldberg, who spent nearly four decades as executive director of the NBA Coaches Association. Goldberg died earlier this year.

"He bridged the gap between ownership and coaches," said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who spoke about Goldberg on Saturday while wearing a bow tie - one of the signature wardrobe accessories that Goldberg donned for years. "He was just such a great guy."

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Trenni Kusnierek talks with Dave Dombrowski about the Red Sox clubhouse and their expectations for the 2017 season.