I’m convinced that nobody has more fun that Terrell Suggs. Not on the football field, and not in life in general.
Appearing on NFL Network Thursday, Sizzle was asked if he still “owns Ben Roethlisberger’s ass,” as he stated he did following the Ravens 35-7 win over Pittsburgh on September 11.
“Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t …” Suggs said on Thursday’s edition of “Around the League”. “I keep it in a nice little refrigerator. In the basement — in my basement. Check it out from time to time.”
He added that also in that fridge are “some skulls, maybe some fingers, ears.”
Gross. Sizzle, Halloween was last week.
Roethlisberger somehow managed to pull enough brain cells together to come up with a coherent and halfway clever reply to Suggs.
“I’ve heard that quote,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ve got no problem with it. It is what it is …I know Terrell a little bit. He’s actually a good guy. We joke around on the field, so I don’t think he meant anything bad by it.”
Then, Roethlisberger ended by saying, “I just think he let out a little emotion after finally beating me.”
There has been more trash talk leading up to this week’s Ravens-Steelers matchup than we’re used to. John Harbaugh has typically asked his team to keep a lid on it in the past, preferring his squad not give Pittsburgh any “bulletin board material.” He apparently issued no such order this year though, and Suggs is taking full advantage.
In truth though, this “trash talk” seems a lot more playful than the mean-spirited jibber-jabber that used to go on in this rivalry. You can tell that when Suggs talks about Ben, or implores Hines Ward to take the field, that he genuinely respects those guys, and it seems more friendly than vicious. A far cry from the days when Ward said “they don’t like us, and we damn for sure don’t like them.”
I’m not saying that the two teams are going to meet up for breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh Sunday morning and share bloody marys. There will still be plenty of blood spilled on the field Sunday night. The talk just feels different this time around.
Maybe it’s just because it’s the fun-loving Suggs that’s doing most of it though, that gives the impression that it really is all in fun. Though I don’t think he’d be using the same tone of voice were the Ravens playing say, the New England Patriots. For some reason, I don’t think Sizzle has any good feelings toward his nemesis Mr. Brady.