Terrell Suggs lived up to his nickname on ESPN's "First Take" on Tuesday morning, going toe to toe with resident curmudgeon and Tebow-lover Skip Bayless.
T-Sizzle, a favorite of Bayless confronted the show's resident opinionated pundit about what he called his "man crush" on Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens' linebacker said, “We know you’ve got a little man crush with your boy out there in Denver. It’s alright. Congratulations. Y’all made it." Bayless who shamelessly roots for Tebow boldly predicted that.the Broncos would make the playoffs, despite the Heisman Trophy winner taking over the team after they had compiled a record of 1-4.
Suggs defended his own QB, Joe Flacco against negative comparisons made by Bayless. In an amusing exchange, he asked Skip what exactly he had against Flacco, who has taken the team to a 12-4 record this season for the #2 seed in the AFC.
"Why don’t you like my quarterback, Skip? Is it his mustache? Is it his eyebrows? Is it because Tim Tebow is prettier," he wondered?
But it was the all-in-jest scathing remarks that the nine-year veteran made about Tebow's sideline kneeling, nicknamed "Tebowing" and the young QB's references to God that got Bayless' eyebrows raised even higher than usual.
Referring to the low-scoring 7-3 Broncos loss in the final game of the season, to former Denver starter Kyle Orton and the Kansas City Chiefs, Suggs wondered, "With all due respect we don't need God on our sidelines. Once again God had to save Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. He couldn't even give them two drives? Seven to three?"
"I could create my own offense and hopefully my kicker can nail a 62-yarder to bail me out a few times," Suggs added.
The Baltimore Ravens might meet the Denver Broncos in the playoffs if Denver gets past the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in the wild card round and if the Cincinnati Bengals beat the favored Houston Texans, both of which are iffy propositions. Baltimore is enjoying its bye week, earned as a result of their #2 seeding in the conference.
Terrell Suggs was selected recently for his fifth Pro Bowl appearance and in the final game of the season, against the Bengals, Suggs picked up his 14th sack. Certainly not Jared Allen numbers but more than respectable, when added to the fact that Allen and the Minnesota Vikings have already packed up for their winter vacations while the Ravens are playoff bound.
He leads the league with 10 forced fumbles and according to Yahoo! Sports' stats, he is the only player ranked in the top ten sack leaders who also has two interceptions. They guy can do it all.
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