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Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Ochocinco, Owens odd behavior beginning already

Posted by Will Brinson

The only reasonably acceptable solution to dealing with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens is mediocrity. If they win too much, the celebrations will overwhelm us. And if they lose, the negative energy will engulf us.

Proof of the latter came on Sunday when Owens and Ochocinco weren't present for the Hail Mary attempt at the end of the first half. Marvin Lewis was asked where Owens was responded by saying he was "being looked at" without any more discussion.

"That's our business, OK?" he said.

Owens himself was either a) confused, b) refusing to talk, c) angry, or d) all of the above.

"Coach said he would address that," he said when asked by reporters why he wasn't on the field.

Reporters continued wondering about his whereabouts, and he continued to become more of a), b), c) and d) until he finally dismissed them. Ochocinco wasn't much more helpful, telling reporters that, "Everything I have to say, Terrell will relay for me."

Perhaps they don't think anyone's familiar with the term "triangulation," because this is a pretty classic case of it. Or maybe they're in denial.

Or maybe, just maybe, they built up expectations for their season by talking nonstop about Batman and Robin and then when they found out that they're gonna need Superman to be an elite AFC team, they just got a little upset.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 2:39 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Patriots surprisingly destroying Bengals

W. Welker celebrates one of his TDs today against Cincinnati (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Bengals have been a sexy pick to win the AFC North. I’ve been asked over and over again about how good the Ravens will be and if the Bengals have a chance to win the division. “Um, yeah,” I say. “The Bengals did sweep the division last year to win it. Remember?”

The Bengals also were a sexy pick to beat the Patriots today in Foxboro. And in reality, this was a big game for Cincinnati.

So much for sexy.

At the end of the first half, the Patriots are annihilating Cincinnati 24-3. We’ve already told you about Wes Welker and his two touchdowns, but we haven’t talked about New England’s defense, which has made RB Cedric Benson irrelevant (10 carries, 28 yards) and the Patriots young secondary which has done a good job containing Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

Meanwhile, the Bengals defense isn’t stopping anybody.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Givin' Em the Business: Preseason Edition

Posted by Will Brinson

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed us from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .


Rank Who Why

1

Albert Haynesworth
If Haynesworth's offseason performance were judged on the same merits that we judge actual play on the actual football field, he would absolutely justify his $100 million salary. Instead, he's simply the most obnoxious figure in the NFL since we last left real football. Think about: he gets paid 9 (NINE!) figures and yet he still whined about the fact that he had to change positions in a new defense, he still couldn't pass a physical that every other TV reporter in the D.C. area could and he even tried to pretend like he was sick of the 'B.S.' and just wanted to play football. To top it all off: he's still  on the trading block. 

2

Brett Favre
Were we to do a retroactive "Givin' 'Em the Business" column for the past five or so offseasons, Favre would probably rank No. 1 every time. He managed to lock the entire world in for a full day of rehashing "Favre's Greatest Hits" even when he didn't retire, he made us watch helicopter cams follow an SUV down the highway O.J. Simpson style, and he forced several of his teammates to travel from Minnesota to Mississippi just to get a commitment from him. In fact, it's a testament to just how horrible Haynesworth has been that Favre, even though he forced us to suffer yet another wishy-washy media nightmare this season, somehow didn't win this "award."

3

Darrelle Revis
Somehow, someway, Revis managed to eclipse all the crap that the Jets have produced during the offseason (and it's a lot) en route to holding out up until the very last minute for a deal that wasn't really what he wanted. Look, I get that as a young superstar someone would want to get paid now and not worry about injury derailing a serious boatload of cash from being delivered to his house, but you signed a contract when you became a working professional/adult. Deal with it like you were one.

4

T.Ocho
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have complained recently that they don't get fair treatment from the media, because they're vilified even though they've done nothing wrong. That's actually a very salient point, but that doesn't excuse the two of them having three reality television shows between them. The Versus one, which will debut in October, actually might end up being awesome, but at that point in time, we'll have seen enough insanity flowing out Cincinnati that it's all but certain the whole "zany wideout" thing will be played out. And if the Bengals are actually winning, it'll only get worse. On the bright side, we're less than a week away from one of them getting fined for a hysterical touchdown celebration. 

5

Looming Lockout
Really, this should be first overall: remember that we're discussing a large group of really rich men fighting with a smaller group of even richer men about who will be getting more richer in the future. All of this comes directly from the pocket of the fan, and if the lockout happens (as it certainly appears it will), the only people that will be really  harmed are fans. And that's fairly criminal. The only good news is that it seems pretty likely (at least I think so) that this could end like Revis' deal where we see a last-minute cave. Unfortunately, that will probably mean no preseason.

6

Tony Dungy
Yup, that's right. I'm gonna be the guy ripping Tony Dungy, who just happens to seem like one of the nicest human beings on the planet. My beef? Him sticking his nose where it doesn't necessarily belong. Look, it's swell that he's an "ambassador" for the league and everything, but that doesn't mean that every single one of his beliefs are correct. For instance, if Rex Ryan wants to tell his players to get a &#%$%$ snack on their $%$^ing time away from the field, in my opinion he can sure as $%^@ do so.

7

Tim Tebow
My reaction to Tebow is quite similar to my reaction to the preseason: "I don't hate it, but, MAN, does it get old quickly." Tebow was all we talked about this offseason in terms of rookies, even though he pretty clearly won't be the "guy" in Denver for some time. I'm actually optimistic that he'll eventually be good, but that doesn't mean I want to sit in the stands in Jacksonville on Sunday amid a ton of people wearing Gator jerseys while they (as Andy pointed out) wonder when Tebow will get in the dang game!   

8

Matt Leinart
Honestly, Leinart's situation is more humorous than anything else. Imagine being really bad at your job (and overpaid, to boot) and then imagine walking into your boss' office and demanding that you -- yes, you of the awful performance thus far in multiple years on the job -- get a promotion. Your boss would laugh in your face and probably fire you. Oh, wait. That's what the Cardinals did with Leinart. 

9

The Jets
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Jets are kind of on here twice. I wasn't going to include them as a team (mainly because "Hard Knocks" has been so freaking awesome) until Antonio Cromartie decided the Jets were the "Miami Heat of football." And Mark Sanchez (who's like totally my podcast BFF) decided to add that they're building a "dream team." Come on, people. Look, their coach is brash, angry, loud and hysterical. And he inspires confidence. That's swell. But this team shouldn't have even made the playoffs last year! DO NOT CROWN THEM. THEY WILL BE WHO WE DID NOT REALIZE THAT THEY WOULD BE. Or something.

10

Vincent Jackson
And by extension, "holdouts in general," although that kind of got covered in Revis' section. Basically, this is annoying because I'm a Philip Rivers fan and there's nothing more annoying than seeing him possibly lose a huge window to make a run at a title because the CBA got blown up, Jackson lost some time in free agency, the Chargers decided to play hardball, and then even maybe/possibly refuse to trade him. It's impossible to find one side where you can say "alright, this is absolutely so-and-so's fault" because both sides have a reasonable case to be made, but seeing every single contract and holdout and discussion of anything football-related circle back to the fact that it might be gone in a year makes me want to pull a Spewell on someone. On the bright side, it's here now!
Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.7.10 priming for Week 1

Posted by Andy Benoit

With Johnathan Casillas on Injured Reserve (foot), the Saints are trying to figure out who to start at weakside linebacker.

The Ravens aren’t sure who will be available at right tackle against the Jets on Monday. Top option Jared Gaither has been battling back problems; backup Oniel Cousins is still recovering from a concussion.

This is the time of year where quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan usually latches on with a new team. This year, he chose the Chargers. This is O’Sullivan’s ninth different team in the past nine years.


Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens have joined forces for a reality show on Versus. They both had shows on VH1 that recently came to a close.

If, by chance, you care about a bunch of low-level Bronco players getting new jersey numbers, then click here.

Mike McCarthy is willing to use his starters on special teams this season. He must have watched the ’09 Steelers closely. (Most notable starter on special teams: cornerback Tramon Williams, who will be returning punts.)

Nice story here: Dolphins CB Sean Smith reunited with his sisters after 14 years.

Vikings CB Cedric Griffin is ahead of schedule on his ACL recovery and could play against the Saints. Griffin tore his ACL in the NFC Championship game. With Wes Welker and Jamaal Jackson returning, as well, it’s time to reexamine the way we view ACL injuries.

The Jaguars avoided a blackout for their season opener. (The Broncos are coming to town; the Tebow factor?)


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Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Ochocino buys dinner for 64 lucky fans

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Chad Ochocinco started tweeting about people meeting him at a restaurant in Indianapolis, claiming that he would buy the first 64 people there dinner. He followed up on that ... by buying 64 fans in Indy dinner.

The dinner at St. Elmo's Steakhouse , was also funded for the Bengals. Regardless, it was popular.


Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio spoke to Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio (who has a "source" at St. Elmo's apparently) and he relayed the news that Ocho "was very cordial and took great care of employees."

This isn't going to be a one time event though: Ochocinco announced on his Twitter feed that he planned on meeting up with fans in every city that the Bengals traveled to, "especially" New York and Atlanta.

Needless to say, this whole slew of public goodwill events are going to be immensely more popular than Chad's touchdown celebration idea for Week 1, which he announced on, duh, Twitter: "If i am able to score Week 1 in New England i will be taking the Minute Men rifle and firing as they do when the PATS score."

Don't get me wrong -- that would be pretty awesome too, just not likely to be as popular with the league.
Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Antonio Bryant released by Bengals, Coles by Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals somehow found themselves overstocked at the previously thin wideout position, and many wondered if they regretted signing Antonio Bryant as a free agent in the offseason. The answer appears to be "yes," because the team announced today that they have released Bryant, a move that has been anticipated for a few days .

That's according to the official Bengals' Twitter feed, where they announced that "Antonio Bryant released along with Mike Windt."

The Maxwell adage about being "big enough to admit mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them" has never been so true -- the Bengals overpaid for Bryant (when they could have just signed eventual Bengal Terrell Owens in the first place) and once they got Owens and rookie Jordan Shipley on board, realized they didn't need him.

With his health issues clearly too much for him to overcome in order to get on the football field, they apparently decided the best move was simply to cut him and move on.

Bryant will go down as one of the worst Bengals' personnel decisions in a few years (which is almost epically impressive), because, even provided that they reach some sort of settlement with him, he never saw the field for Cincy. And while Andre Smith -- to name another recent blunder -- is a jiggling pile of draft day embarrassment, at least he wasn't the equivalent of flushing several million dollars down the toilet, like Bryant.Upd

Update (1:45) : I somehow forgot to mention that Laveranues Coles was cut by the Jets. Which means it's gotta be a fun day to say "I make front office decisions for Cincinnati."

Update (2:00) : Joe Reedy reports that LaMont Smith, Bryant's agent, intends to pursue Bryant's base salary of $1.55 million for this year, saying, "Our opposition is you can’t cut a guy if he’s hurt. We know what the rules are. We expect to be paid his salary for the year."

So that should be a very cordial discussion and an easy million and a half to get from the Bengals.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 1:36 pm
 

NFL comic counterpoint: Florence as 'Mr. Freeze'

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have been parading around town, when Ochocinco isn't getting booted from Apple stores for Ustreaming, using the phrase "Batman and Robin" just enough to make sure that we all know that Ocho isn't threatened by Owens' usurping his role as "loud-mouthed wideout who craves attention."

But lest you think the nicknaming will end there, well, it won't -- Drayton Florence, Buffalo cornerback, dubbed himself "Mr. Freeze" in anticipation of tonight's preseason game against the Bengals.

"We don't want to go out there and just see how we match up. We want to dominate," safety Donte Whitner said. "We're not trying to play around. We want to go out there and try to solidify ourselves as one of the top secondaries in the league."

That's pretty awesome -- I don't care what Roger Goodell and the rest of the people in the NFL office think (I mean, I do care , just that I prefer my opinion in this particular case), it's fun as hell to see teams do funny stuff like this in anticipation of certain matchups. The very reason I love Ochocinco is that he sent the Browns' cornerbacks Maalox a few years back ... even if he didn't own up and change his name back when Darrelle Revis dominated him.

Chan Gailey, for his part, doesn't really care for nicknames .

“Obviously they’re both good players,” he said. ”I didn’t know we had nicknames for them. Whatever. Good for them I guess. It doesn’t matter. They’re like everybody else, you’ve got to produce on game day.”

With the Patriots, Ravens, Panthers and Browns coming up on the schedule, if anyone wants to avoid getting stuck with "The Penguin," they better start hustling to claim the various monikers of the Dark Knight's nemeses.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 10:50 pm
 

OchocincO's: the NFL's most exciting cereal?

Posted by Will Brinson

So, we're way late on this, but it doesn't make it any less awesome: Chad Ochocinco has his own cereal.

Just as Terrell Owens had his "TO's" through PLB Sports, now too does Esteban have OchocincO's .

“Chad is a great personality, and with his involvement in social media and his interaction with the fans, he was an athlete that we were very excited to work with,” said PLB Sports President Ty Ballou. “One way or another, America has learned and is continuing to learn more about Chad Ochocinco off the field, and they’re finding out how great he is. Who wouldn’t want to share a breakfast table with him?”

I, for one, would prefer to share dinner -- Ochocinco tweeted about some seriously delicious, Southern-style greens and chicken he was grubbing on Wednesday night, and I almost cooked up the same thing, except mom brought leftover meatloaf downstairs, and I wasn't hungry anymore.

Look, a lot of people are "over" Ochocinco, and that's fine (it's mostly football fans -- my girlfriend literally cannot watch "Ultimate Catch" enough; it's ironically depressing). But PLB Sports is smart when it comes down to creating athlete-related cereal.

They're the one's behind not only TO's breakfast munchies, but "Flutie Flakes" and "Kurt Warner's Crunch Time Cereal," which, according to CNBC's Darren Rovell , is the top-selling PLB brand, having sold over 300,000 boxes back when people cared about the Rams.


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