Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:09 am
Edited on: March 4, 2012 10:55 am
 

Ochocinco gets drenched by lion

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This isn't the lion that apparently peed on Ochocinco. This is actually Joba Chamberlain. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

On Saturday, we woke to the somewhat-stunning news that somebody had leaked a “clandestine” video showing a quarterback who looked like Peyton Manning throwing good-looking passes at what was supposedly Duke University.

On Sunday, we’ve got even more important news.

Ochocinco has been peed on. By a lion. For some reason.

And late Saturday night, he decided to break that news to the world.*

*And you thought the OCNN was just a passing phase.

“I never go out at night n the night I do I get peed on by a real "Lion" I feel honored, who can say they got peed on by a "Lion,” Ochocinco tweeted (sic’s and all).
 
Not only was he breaking news, he was analyzing it.

“I wasn't that close, he sprayed like a water gun RT @mizzmccord: how in the world did u even get close enough to a lion to get pee'd on?”

OK, here’s the story, as best as I can piece together. Ochocinco, who talks all the time about how he goes to bed early in the PM, attended a charity event Saturday night, and it featured a lion in a cage. Despite the fact Ochocinco was dressed in his Sunday best, the lion deemed him fit to serve as a firing target and apparently hosed down the Patriots receiver.

What further incensed Ochocinco? The dastardly lion didn’t take aim at Ochocinco’s fiancé. All of which led Ochocinco to one conclusion.

“Tonight's mishap is one of the reasons why I'm always sleep by 8:30, nothing good happens after 9pm,” Ochocinco wrote. “I love you n goodnight.”

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Report: Pats looking to restructure Ocho's deal

Ochocinco on the 2011 season: 'I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off.' (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

With the disappointing season Chad Ochocinco had with the Patriots in 2011, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if New England cut ties with Ochocinco, especially considering the organization will have to pay him $3.1 million for each of the next two seasons.

In fact, it probably would have been MORE surprising if Ochocinco actually took the field (or was inactive but on the roster) for the Patriots in 2012.

Now, though, it seems like the Patriots might want Ochocinco back, as Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports New England has approached Ochocinco about restructuring his contract.

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You have to imagine that Ochocinco probably would jump at the opportunity to play with New England again. After all, when he was traded from the Bengals to the Patriots, he had to restructure his deal in order to make the transaction go through. Considering it seemed he had wanted to play for Bill Belichick for many years, Ochocinco was more than willing to do so.

Ochocinco wasn’t nearly as bombastic this year -- probably because he had the worst year of his career -- but he seemed to enjoy the Patriots system. A pretty good indication of that is when he said recently, "I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off."

And who knows? Maybe in his second year in the Patriots system, he could begin to reach the heights he once knew in Cincinnati.

But at a much, much cheaper price.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Bengals hire Hue Jackson as assistant

JacksonBy Josh Katzowitz

Whatever faults you  might find with Bengals owner Mike Brown -- and I haven’t been ashamed in pointing them out -- you never can begrudge the man his loyalty. And he made another example of that today as the Bengals have announced they’ve hired former Raiders coach (and former Bengals receivers coach) Hue Jackson as an assistant helping the secondary and special teams*.

Jackson, you might recall, was fired only one season into his Oakland tenure after leading the team to an 8-8 record and trading first- and second-round picks to the Bengals for quarterback Carson Palmer.

*It should be noted that Jackson doesn't appear to have ever coached defense, though he did work with special teams when he was at Cal State-Fullerton in 1990 and the World League's London Monarchs in 1991. So yeah, this totally seems like a loyalty hire.

After Al Davis’ death and the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie, Jackson’s stay with the Raiders was doomed. Particularly after he tore into his team following a Week 17 loss, saying he was pissed off and disappointed. “I’m going to take a stronger hand in this whole team, in this whole organization,” Jackson said at the time. “There ain’t no way that I’m going to feel like I feel today a year from now. I promise you that."

Well, that’s totally true now, because Jackson should be in Cincinnati in Week 17 of 2012.

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It’s a place where he spent 2004-06, helping mold Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh into two of the better receivers in the league. And while he had the Raiders in the race for an AFC West title this year -- until, that is, a guy named Tim Tebow emerged for the Broncos -- McKenzie decided to bring in his own coach after the season.

“A the end of the day, I didn’t win enough games, didn’t get to the playoffs,” Jackson said in January. “Once Mark (Davis, Al’s son) saw where the franchise was, after he hired Reggie, he gave Reggie the opportunity to bring in his own coach.”

There has been speculation on who actually brokered the trade that seems like it’ll pay off awfully well for the Bengals -- Jackson now says he only helped bring the Raiders and Bengals together and that those on a higher pay-grade made the final decision.

But now, Jackson is in the strange position to see how the deal works out from the opposite side of where he was when he first helped make it.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco, meet Chad Johnson once again

By Josh Katzowitz
The player formerly known as Chad Johnson will be Chad Johnson yet again. (US Presswire)
Chad Ochocinco will become Chad Johnson once again. The reason, part I: a woman. The reason, part II: sound financial advice.

As Ochocinco reported on OCNN Twitter (via Yahoo Sports), Ochocinco will transform himself into Chad Johnson again by July 4, so, as TMZ reports, his fiancé Evelyn Lozada* won’t have a made up last name.

He changed his name before the 2008 season, and with his newest surname, his production dramatcially declined from when Chad Johnson was in his prime (particularly in 2010 when Terrell Owens was the top Bengals receiver and 2011 when Ochocinco was barely an afterthought with the Patriots).

*At the Indianapolis airport on Monday afternoon, CBSSports.com colleague and reality TV show junkie Pete Prisco pointed her out to me as we were going through the security line. I wish I could have asked her about this topic.

Eye on Baseball’s C. Trent Rosecrans makes an interesting point on the timing of the name change (if Ochocinco actually goes through with it). Although many of us in the Cincinnati market figured he would change his name back to Johnson after he retired, he might be making the move now because the league is switching from Reebok to Nike as the NFL’s official uniform provider.

With that move, the players won’t have to buy the entire backstock of their jerseys for changing their numbers and names, like they would have if Reebok still supplied the uniforms. Thus, it makes more financial sense for Ochocinco/Johnson to change his name this year, when every player hypothetically could switch numbers and names for free, than it would at any other time he is playing.  

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:53 am
 

Ochocinco in court Monday morning, paid $200 fine

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By Josh Katzowitz

After his team lost Super Bowl XLVI in which he played almost no role, Chad Ochocinco had quite a postgame hangover Monday morning. He had to be in Hamilton County court in Cincinnati in order to pay a fine for a tinted window violation and a driving under suspension infraction.

Wrote Ochocinco -- who recorded one catch for 21 yards vs. the Giants -- on his Twitter account Monday morning (with all sic’s included): “Court appearance done in Cincinnati, having to appear in court for window tint being to dark is a bit extreme, nonetheless no jail time.”

He was charged with the offenses last July, and he missed his court appearance Dec. 20. Judge Russell Mock continued the case until Monday, and there were no arrest warrants issued.

The Boston Herald, reporting that Ochocinco paid a $200 fine, asked Hamilton County bailiff Daniel Deters what Ochocinco looked like and he said, “Like he’d just lost the Super Bowl.”

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:32 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Brady breaks Montana's SB completion record

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By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pats were sloppy in the first half, but Tom Brady came on strong late, leading them to a 96-yard touchdown drive. He picked up right where he left off in the second half, completing his first five passes of the Patriots first drive.

But he didn't just lead the Pats to another touchdown (and a 17-9 lead), he also broke Joe Montana's Super Bowl-record of 13-straight completions. With 13:22 remaining in the third quarter, Brady hit Wes Welker for a short pass to the left that went for five yards, giving him 14 consecutive completions and breaking the Montana record.

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Brady clearly wasn't satisfied, though, and he hit his next two passes, including a 12-yard touchdown to Aaron Hernandez. Brady was so spectacular, in fact, that he even managed to get Chad Ochocinco involved.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco drops several balls in warmups

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By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's this pervading sense that Chad Ochocinco, who's active for Sunday's game, is going to be the dark horse hero. Based on warmups, that seems unlikely: Ocho dropped several balls that were squarely in his breadbasket.

These weren't tough to pull off passes either. Ocho got one pass from Brian Hoyer that hit both his hands and fell to the ground. Then he ran a medium out, Tom Brady pegged him squarely in the hands and the ball fell to the ground in Lucas Oil.

They were the only two balls I saw dropped during the Patriots warmup.

The wideout is currently rocking red shoes and red gloves; he's the only Patriots wide receiver or tight end who's doing so. (You can read between the lines and determine what that means within the context of how the Patriots operate.)

He also reportedly put his gold teeth back in, trying to go back to "the old Chad Johnson."

Maybe his performance in warm-ups is just another red herring from the Patriots. But that looks pretty unlikely: the only mind-games being played with Ochocinco, given the easy passes he dropped from Brady, is going on in his own head.

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Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:50 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 9:58 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

T. Underwood (AP)

By Josh Katzowitz


INDIANAPOLIS -- While much has been made of Bill Belichick’s seemingly happy mood since the Patriots arrived here for Super Bowl XLVI, at least one of his former players has to be mighty upset with him tonight.
 
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That’d be wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released from the squad about 24 hours (!) before New England faces the Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. In his place, the Patriots have signed rookie defensive end Alex Silvestro to the active roster.

As the Boston Herald points out, Underwood almost surely would receive a Super Bowl ring if the Patriots win and that the move was not disciplinary.

Speculation has centered on the Patriots perhaps wanting an extra defensive linemen to move into the rotation and that, without Underwood in the lineup, Chad Ochocinco most likely will be active for Sunday’s game.

Underwood’s classy reaction, via Twitter? “This Is Nothing But MOTIVATION.... I Been Thru A LOT...But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head....Thank You Lord … Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates... #PatsNation”

But even though the Giants can't claim Underwood via waivers (they couldn't do so until Monday), I honestly love the idea presented by the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch, who writes “Giants should ... hire him as a "quality control coach" like Josh McDaniels. I'm serious.”

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