January 13, 2011
The trash talk this week has been nonstop and vicious, so I guess it was only a matter of time before we got to some cross-game trash talk.
Terrell Suggs(notes), Baltimore Ravens linebacker and guy who wears stupid T-shirts, talked with SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio on Thursday. Host Steve Phillips asked him about Ben Roethlisberger(notes), and the conversation soon turned to Tom Brady(notes). Here's how that went.
Phillips: “How do you look at Ben Roethlisberger? We hear a lot about Peyton Manning(notes), a lot about Tom Brady and the numbers that those guys put up. Roethlisberger’s been one of those kinda blue-collar, tough quarterbacks and you guys have had some great matchups with them. From your perspective, how do you compare Roethlisberger to some of the other QBs in the NFL?”
Suggs: “Well, if you ask me he’s definitely up there with them. Because he has the hardware to prove it and that’s all that matters in this league, is Super Bowls. And he’s won two of them. If I’m correct Manning’s only won one, both Mannings that is, and Philip Rivers(notes) doesn’t have any, and Tom Brady has three, I think, a questionable three. This guy won the Super Bowl, I believe, in his second year in the league and I’m not sure if that’s ever been done before. If it has, it’s been very rare.”
Phillips: “Now, what do you mean ‘a questionable three’ for Tom Brady? What do you mean by that?”
Suggs: “Oh, you know, you’ve got the tuck rule incident and then you’ve got the videotaping of the other team’s practices. It’s just like, OK, what’s going on here? You know? But, hey, it is what it is. They won the games no matter how you did it. But, um, it’s whatever.”
Yes. It is whatever. I don't think anyone can dispute that it is, indeed, whatever.
[Related: Video proof that Brady taunted the Jets]
It's also a little silly. It's great that Suggs found it in his heart to be complimentary to Roethlisberger (especially when there are so many ways to taunt him in T-shirt form), and he's not the only one who thinks Large Benjamin is on par with Tom Brady. But come on, all three of Tom Brady's rings are tainted? I don't think even Jets fans would go that far.
I can't believe we're still complaining about the tuck-rule game. Yes, it's a dumb rule, but it's also an actual NFL rule (and one it doesn't even feel like changing, apparently). We don't put asterisks next to titles because someone played by the rules.
[Related: Another NFL rival has strong words for Brady]
If the Ravens and Patriots happen to win this weekend, though, we do have a good head start on next week's trash talk.
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