Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:05 pm

When it comes to controversy, I'm pro-Choice

T. Choice asked M. Vick for an autograph last Sunday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All week long, I didn’t understand the controversy generated by Cowboys RB Tashard Choice when he asked Eagles QB Michael Vick for his autograph on the field after their game last Sunday was complete.

As a reporter, you NEVER ask a player for an autograph – for charity or otherwise. But players ask each other all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in an NFL locker room – or a baseball clubhouse – where one player goes around to each stall and gets his teammates to sign a football or a helmet.

Usually, it’s for some sort of charity, and I’ve never given it a second thought.

Maybe Choice shouldn’t have asked on the field right after the Cowboys suffered a loss, but even then, it’s hard to work up a sweat about this so-called controversy.

Later, Choice felt compelled to defend himself, saying the Vick-signed glove was for his 3-year-old nephew.
And to put the act into more perspective, the Philadelphia Daily News remembered the demand for Michael Jordan’s autograph from his NBA colleagues.

And though I rarely say this, I agree with something that Chad Ochocinco wrote on his Twitter pag e about the issue. Wrote Ochocinco: “They making a big deal about another player asking for Vick autograph, I want his autograph and the skills he has to shh and a jersey.”

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:54 pm

DeSean Jackson wants to get paid

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Like Andy, I’m averse to mentioning anything that has to do with the T. Ocho Show on Versus, but the advance word that’s leaked out about tonight’s show actually has a bit of news value.

Though his season numbers look fairly pedestrian* – 42 catches for 972 yards and six TDs – Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is coming off a game where he caught four passes for 210 yards and a TD, and he wants to get paid. This, of course, is not new news, because Jackson has been wanting a new deal since before the season began. But Jackson, in this video, seems pretty confident that he’s going to be extravagantly rewarded for his production.

*By this, I mean pedestrian for a top-flight WR.

Said Jackson as he was being interviewed by Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (H/T to the Philadelphia Inquirer: "This is like my third year. I officially have one year left. We've talked so far with my agent, Drew [Rosenhaus], and the Eagles. We're just seeing how it can go now. The 30-percent rule, the (collective bargaining agreement) and all that, and the new year coming up next year and us being locked out, there's a lot of ins and outs that go into it.”

Later, in the clip below, Jackson says, “They're going to have to do something, because the way I'm out there putting it in something's got to happen, man."

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:29 pm

Your standard Bengals news for this week

Posted by Andy Benoit

Classic Bengals receivers stories for you on this December Monday: Terrell Owens is frustrated and Chad OT. Owens (US Presswire)chocinco is sharing unimportant but semi-interesting tidbits about his day on Twitter.

First, Owens. He had some postgame gripes after catching just one pass for 22 yards against the Steelers Sunday. When asked about the play-calling, Owens said, “Sometimes, I just feel like I’m out there running. In the beginning of the game, I got some good looks.

But after that, that was it. We had no adjustments.” He added, “I can’t throw the ball to myself. I can’t do anything else. All I can do is go with the plays that are called and just hope I get some opportunities.”

(He’s probably lucky that he can’t throw the ball to himself because if he could throw it, he’d have to deal with himself being in his ear and criticizing all day long.)

As for Ochocinco, he got a small parting gift from Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark after the game Sunday.

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 11:53 am

Hot Routes 12.10.10: Urlacher says Bears are best

Posted by Will Brinson

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Brian Urlacher doesn't care for your precious "stats" and "win-loss records." He still thinks the Bears, even though they are 9-3 and the Patriots are 10-2 the best team in the country. "New England is the best team in the NFL, record-wise," Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. "But I feel like we're the best team, period. That's why I say record-wise." Urlacher also made reference to the Eagles being the "best" team in the NFL when they visited Soldier Field and how well that worked out for them. In short, Sunday's matchup should be fun as hell.
  • Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez are having lunch together and apparently this is a big deal. If Sanchez doesn't return it means Ryan was REALLY mad about his performance against the Patriots. Or really hungry.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:22 am

Brown to Bengals fans: 'You are stuck with me'

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a tiny little bright light at the near end of the tunnel that Bengals fans are walking sadly down. Unfortunately, it's very small and it's the hope that when Marvin Lewis' contract is up, the team will clean house and try to rebuild things (once again).

Based on the letter that Mike Brown sent to Bengals' fans, though, it won't be with a competent GM-type person running the show, because Brown ain't going anywhere -- the following is an excerpt from a letter, via 1530 The Homer, Brown wrote in response to a season ticket holder's individual inquiry as to why his team stinks.
I cannot give you the response I suspect you would most like to hear. I'm afraid you are stuck with me in my present role, and a general manager brought in from the outside is not in the plans. I accept that your criticism is sincere, and I wish you well personally. We are working as hard as we can to return to and surpass the contending status we had as recently as last season."

Mike Brown
Ugh. The thought of being beholden to a guy who runs a franchise like ... well, is there a business to compare the Bengals to? Does any particular business refuse to spend money on someone to actually run the business properly while also refusing to spend the money to increase the value of the franchise instead relying on subsidies from other businesses? And is there any business that ONLY hires ex-convicts? Or one that's lasted as long as Brown's Bengals have without any success?

Because if there is, I'd freaking love a job there. But being a fan of a professional sports franchise that works this way? Eh, not so much. Which is why Bengals fans should absolutely be terrified at the prospect of Brown not improving things even if/when he clears out Lewis, Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens in the offseason.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 10:57 pm

Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

Posted by Andy Benoit

We expected Ravens tackle Michael Oher to be fined for his in-game tweet this past Sunday. We did not expect the fine to be so small. Oher was docked $5,000 for using social media during the fourth quarter of the Bucs-Ravens game. (Oher had left the game with a knee injury earlier and, unaware of the league’s rule against using social media within 90 minutes of kickoff or during a game, told his Twitter followers that he’d play against the Steelers next week.)M. Oher

Darnell Dockett and Terrell Owens were both fined $5,000 earlier this season for tweets inside of 90 minutes. So why did we think Oher’s fine would be bigger? Because the only other player fined for tweeting DURING a game this season (or preseason, as it was) is Chad Ochocinco. And Ochocinco’s fine was $25,000.

We asked the NFL the reasoning behind the $20,000 difference in Ocho’s fine and Oher’s fine. The league at first responded by paC. Ochocincossing along its original announcement about Ochocinco:

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals was notified that he has been fined $25,000 for violating two NFL game policies – possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site – during the Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game on August 20.

Two messages appeared on Ochocinco’s Twitter page during the prohibited period for players to be using social media, which begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff until post-game media obligations are fulfilled.  One Ochocinco message appeared at 6:50 p.m. ET and the second at 9:53 p.m. ET.  The game kicked off at 8:07 p.m. ET.

The only difference we can see between Oher’s actions and Ocho’s actions is that Oher sent one tweet and Ocho sent two. The part about Ocho violating the policy against an electronic device is irrelevant in this discussion, as any player who tweets would have had to have used an electronic device (which means Oher would be guilty of that, as well).

Unless, in the league’s eye, there’s a difference between using an electronic device on the sideline (as Ocho did) vs. in the locker room (as Oher did), the implication is that a second tweet is worth $20,000 more than a first tweet. That would be consistent with the league’s rules against repeat social media offenders. But is that really a $20,000 offense? You can punch out a pesky, dirty cornerback for almost that price.

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Posted on: November 25, 2010 10:12 am

Making the best of the Thanksgiving games

Posted by Andy Benoit

If the NFL were to implement the Thanksgiving game tradition today, no way would the league give the Lions and Cowboys the home game each year. Television has become too significant in today’s NFL – nationally-televised games are gold for clubs. But, tradition is tradition, and there’s some 40 years of it behind Detroit and Dallas playing on America’s favorite Thursday.

The NFL aimed to appease the other 30 teams by implementing a third Thanksgiving game, but unfortunately, it’s on NFL Network, which means most fans don’t get to see it. Thanksgiving tends to be held at an older relative’s house; without any official statistics to cite, we’ll assume that the older someone is, the less likely it is they have a satellite dish. Most people, of course, get their NFL Network via satellite dish.

Anyway, this year, we have three excellent teams playing on Thanksgiving (Patriots, Saints, Jets). Unfortunately, none of them play each other. It’s possible – maybe even probable – that all three games will be blowouts. This will be especially painful for you the viewer because you’ll probably already be watching these games with family members who don’t know jack about football. Thus, you’ll have boring football buttressed by boring conversation.

So what can you do to ameliorate a potentially-frustrating situation? Try dialing in on a matchup within the matchup and just focusing on the pure art form behind it. Here is a compelling matchup within the matchup for each game:

Patriots @ Lions

Ndamukong Suh against interior Patriots O-line

Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins has been fantastic since joining the team midseason after a prolonged contract dispute. Mankins is not a pure mauler, but he delivers one of the better hand punches in football. Suh, of course, IS a pure mauler. The No. 2 overall pick is on his way to the Pro Bowl, which is rare for a rookie defensive tackle. Center Dan Koppen is one of the better help-blockers in the NFL. Koppen’s double-teaming prowess will be needed against the behemoth rookie. (Worth noting: the Patriots will be without starting RG Stephen Neal in this game.)

Saints @ Cowboys

DeMarcus Ware vs. Jermon Bushrod
D. Revis (US Presswire)
Ware’s domination of Bushrod last season is what propelled Dallas to a December upset of the then-undefeated Saints. You might think the Saints will not allow Bushrod to go one-on-one against the superstar pass-rusher. However, Sean Payton could be willing to take that gamble if he decides to go with four wide receivers and spread the Cowboys out (which he likely will).

Bengals @ Jets

Darrelle Revis vs. Who?

Last year, Revis shutdown Chad Ochocinco in back-to-back weeks (Week 17 and the Wild Card round). Ochocinco has been drawing constant double coverage this season, but many believe that Terrell Owens has emerged as Cincy’s top wideout. The Jets will tell you which receiver they most fear by how they choose to use Revis. Don’t think Ochocinco and Owens won’t take note of which guy is paid the ultimate respect. Whoever draws the Revis matchup will almost certainly be held to under four catches (the guess here is it will be Owens, as the Jets could then implement some of the double-team concepts that have hindered Ochocinco this season).

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Biggest and best insults

Jeff Fisher and V. Young aren't exactly getting along these days (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Part of the reason we all follow sports is for all the insult material. I insult your team. You insult his team. You all insult my intelligence. There’s nothing better than a solid day of watching football and insulting all your buddies and having them insult you right back.

Unless it’s watching other people insult each other. Which happens ALL the time in the NFL. I’m not necessarily talking about players woofing at each other on the field, though that obviously has its place on any top-ten insults list. But I’m talking about the crowd insulting a player, a team insulting one of its own or a player insulting a coach in front of the rest of his teammates (psst, this last one might have occurred this past week).

So, let’s explore the best of what the NFL has to offer as far as metaphorically slapping people in the face. And if you choose to ignore this story, your mother wears Army boots.

10. Jonathan Stewart to Panthers offensive line: We’ll start it off relatively mild. After Stewart rushed for 30 yards on 14 carries vs. the Rams in Week 7, he complained about how his offensive line wasn’t opening enough holes. Sure, Stewart has a rushing average of 3.0, but unless Mike Goodson (220 combined yards in the past two games, 12 yards MORE than Stewart’s season total) is rushing behind a different offensive line, I’m not buying Stewart’s argument.

9. Thirty one NFL teams to Marc Mariani: The rookie, drafted in the seventh round this year as the No. 222 overall pick has been a breakout performer for the Titans. Listen, just because he played at Montana doesn’t mean he can’t hang in the NFL. Look at his stats as a punt returner. He’s third in the NFL with a 17.1 yards per punt average and his 87-yard TD return Sunday was his second score of the year.

8. Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco: Palmer has found a new play toy with Terrell Owens – who’s got 12 more catches and four more TDs than Ochocinco. Partially, it’s because Ochocinco, at times, doesn’t run the most technically-proficient routes. Of course, Owens gives up on plays some of the time, but there’s little question Owens has been much more effective this season. And Palmer knows it.

7. John Fox to his bosses/fanbase: I’m not sure this qualifies as an insult because I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in Fox’s head. But here’s what I know: he won’t be back as coach in Carolina next year and he decided not to use backup QB Tony Pike and started Brian St. Pierre last week instead, although St. Pierre was a stay-at-home dad the week before. Pike, a rookie, probably wouldn’t have done much better, but this was an odd move.

B. St. Pierre made his first career start last week, even though he was a stay-at-home dad the week before (US Presswire). 6. San Francisco’s Week 2 MNF crowd to Alex Smith: When you call for David Carr to replace your starting quarterback, Candlestick Park crowd, you insult EVERYONE.

5. Michael Vick to dog lovers everywhere: This is an interesting dynamic. If you’re a dog lover, is it impossible to root for Vick? I love dogs, but I think Vick has paid his debt to society and he shouldn’t be scorned for the rest of his life. I also have friends who would like to see Vick ripped limb by limb by one of his former pets, and they always will hope for that moment. Is it me, or do people make a bigger stink about Vick than they do about, say, Ravens WR Donte Stallworth who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and then served only 24 days in jail?

4. Dallas Cowboys to Wade Phillips: Weird how, as soon as Jerry Jones pick-slips Phillips, Dallas suddenly plays some of its finest football of the season. Interim coach Jason Garrett probably should get a tiny bit of credit, but why suddenly are the Cowboys on a two-game winning streak? Probably because they all hated Phillips and wanted him to fail and fail hard (I kid, I kid).

3. Terrell Owens to Donovan McNabb: It’s beyond me why Owens would feel it necessary to comment on McNabb’s new contract with the Redskins, asking how the new deal could be justified while Washington and McNabb were taking a beating by the Eagles. McNabb came back and basically asked why a guy playing on a 2-7 (now 2-8) team was criticizing anybody. And it was a good point. A better point: why do we listen to Owens at all when he talks this kind of trash?

2. Vince Young to Jeff Fisher: Just one paraphrased quote when Young departed the Titans locker room Sunday while Fisher was giving his postgame talk said it all. “I’m not walking out on my teammates; I’m walking out on you.” The repercussions of that statement will be felt by Fisher and Young for years to come.

1. NFL owners/players to NFL fans: This one hasn’t happened yet, but it’s been hanging over the entire season like a low-lying storm cloud that’s ready to unleash hell at some point soon. Of course, I mean the impending owner lockout, which would stop all work in the NFL. I have a hard time believing the owners and players won’t work something out before the start of the 2011 season, but it’s entirely possible they could give you the biggest insult of all: no football.

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