Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:17 am
 

Dockett fined $5,000 for pre-kickoff tweeting

Posted by Will Brinson

Darnell Dockett is pretty active on Twitter, and that's a good thing, as he's typically a pretty funny fella on the Interwebs. Last week, though, he was a little too active for even the NFL's tastes, and he's been fined $5,000 for tweeting inside of the 90 minute pre-kickoff "no electronics" window.

That's via Darren Urban of the Cards' official website (but on Twitter, natch ) who also points out that Calais Campbell got fined the same amount for a hit on Sam Bradford.

The interesting -- and obvious -- comparison here is Chad Ochocinco, who was fined $25,000 for tweeting during a preseason game .

Ochocinco's fine was five times as large as Dockett's and there are two good reasons why. First, Chad tweeted during a game (it's irrelevant for this argument that it was just an exhibition), which is technically the same thing because of the window, but it's most certainly a worse offense because of the potential cheating/Spygate-like implications that could be involved with electronic messaging during games.

Second, Ochocinco clearly is on the NFL's radar when it comes to shenanigans (on the field anyway) and unlike Dockett, this isn't exactly his first run-in with the (NFL) law.

The lesson as always: if you Tweet it, we will see it. And if it's inside the 90 minute window, so will the NFL.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.15.10: The Backpack Boys

Hot Routes are late today -- I apologize but it was unavoidable. (Things happened, and I did a Facebook chat. If you missed it, you should go back and check it out now .)

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  • Steve Breaston is part of a group of Arizona Cardinals called the "Backpack Boys." This isn't -- as I hoped -- because they were part of an awkward boy band on the side. It's because Adrian Wilson (High Point, represent!) named them that when they carried book bags around. And apparently, they just "make plays."
  • Rhys Lloyd is now offically back with the Panthers . This is a good thing for Carolina because a) Lloyd is hysterical, b) he plays lots of golf with Matt Moore and surely Matt Moore needs something good in his life right now and c) if John Kasay had to handle kickoff duty, his arthritis would really kick in.
  • Chad Ochocinco and Willis McGahee are involved a Twitter war leading up to the Cincinnati - Baltimore game this Sunday. I know it sounds crazy to say this, but this is the least shocking development of Week 2 in the NFL. I'm not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing for the world we live in, but it's something.
  • DeJuan Morgan has signed on with the Colts to help replace Bob Sanders. Obviously he can't do that entirely, but Morgan's a heck of a player and has plenty of talent, so he'll at least help.
  • Pretty cool shirt designed by the NFLPA to help raise money to fight concussions. Er, to benefit concussion/traumatic brain injury anyway. (Fighting concussions is kind of silly -- really only awareness can do that.)
Posted on: September 14, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

The NYJ provided us with the biggest letdown of the week (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


We all heard the hype before the first week of games was complete. We heard the boasts and the proclamations and the Super Bowl aspirations in the offseason and in training camp. Yet, this past weekend, we found out that some who had so much confidence perhaps shouldn’t have been so forthright about their thoughts.

Sure, some of us – many of us – bought into so much of the hype. And now we know better. Without further ado, here’s the top-ten list with a twist entering the second week of games.

Top 10 Biggest Letdowns After So Much Offseason Buildup

10. Kevin Kolb: It’s not really fair to completely dismiss the Eagles starting QB after he played just one bad half of football (that, unfortunately for him, came with a side of concussion). But after so much discussion about how Philadelphia made the right move by trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins – who naturally won with McNabb on Sunday night – and giving the job to Kolb, this move fell flat with his 5-for-10, 24-yard performance. Now, there’s another quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

9. Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian: I was on the bandwagon with the Vikings receiving corps, even after Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery that’s supposed to keep him out half the season. I had called Minnesota’s receivers one of the best units in the league. I might have been wrong about that – or, at the very least, underestimated the impact of Rice’s absence. Harvin and Berrian combined for two catches for 15 yards Thursday. That’s two freakin’ catches for 15 freakin’ yards.

8. Jake Delhomme:
Many of us figured Delhomme was nearing the end of his career – he was going to CLEVELAND after all – but he certainly had to be considered an upgrade over the awful Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combination from last year. And besides, he couldn’t possibly be as bad as his last year in Carolina (eight touchdowns, 18 interceptions), right? Well, he might just be that bad. For a veteran QB, he made a terrible throw that was picked near the end of the first half that killed any momentum the Browns had when they led 14-3. Delhomme still is an upgrade from last year, but man oh man, he needs to play smarter.

Stafford 7. Matthew Stafford: Is it possible the 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback is brittle? Last year, he suffered a shoulder injury, though he showed huge guts by returning against the Browns to throw a game-winning TD pass (if you’ve got 6:27 to kill, check out Stafford’s killer Mic’d Up segment from that game – it’s cool as hell). On Sunday, he apparently suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right (throwing) shoulder that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. Considering how poor backup Shaun Hill played, some of that preseason Lions optimism has leaked away.

6. 49ers:
They were supposed to win what should be a very weak NFC West. And then they get blown out by a Seahawks team that shouldn’t have played as well as it did. But you know, coach Mike Singletary said Monday he was excited about QB Alex Smith, so that has to be comforting/horrifying to San Francisco’s fans. Perhaps the 49ers are vastly overrated. Or perhaps Seattle RB Leon Washington was inspired by our Five Questions (Or More) segment we did last week.

5. Terrell Owens:
Was he upset, already acting like a diva? Were his shoes bothering him? Was he getting himself checked out by a team doctor? These are the theories that have been bandied about since Owens, along with teammate Chad Ochocinco, left the field before the Bengals attempted a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Any which way, Owens didn’t endear himself to Cincinnati fans after a smooth preseason. He had seven catches for 53 yards, but he certainly wasn’t the dominant force he and Ochocinco predicted he could be. Lucky Cincinnati got him cheap.

4. Bob Sanders: Sanders had been annoyed this preseason about all the questions he’s faced about his durability, and he was excited to be fully healthy for the start of the season. But he's torn a biceps tendon and could be out for the season. Again, his durability will take a huge hit, and once again, the Colts will have to find a way to win without him – something they couldn’t do against the Texans.

3. Concussions in Philly: remember all the talk about how the NFL was really serious – no, no, really, really SERIOUS – about concussions and keeping players from returning to the field too soon after a brain injury? Yeah, neither does the person(s) who somehow thought it was OK for Eagles LB Stewart Bradley and QB Kevin Kolb to return to the game after suffering concussions. Coach Andy Reid explained it like this: “They were fine. All of the questions that they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren’t feeling well, so we took them out.” Yep, Bradley really looked fine after stumbling around the field like Trevor Berbick after facing Mike Tyson. That’s a scary, disturbing scene.



2. Tim Tebow: Two measly carries for two measly yards. That was Tebow’s stat line from Denver’s loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Of course, he is a backup QB playing his first NFL game, so we shouldn’t expect the moon from Tebow (I could echo those sentiments for the rest of the season, in fact). But for the amount of hype we got, doubly so because Tebow was opening his career in his hometown, it wasn’t much of a payoff. Unless you like your hype short-lived and ineffective.

1. Jets: I knew that if I kept talking about the possibility of the Jets winning the Super Bowl, they’d make me look like an idiot. And so they have. Still, there’s little doubt that with a defense like that, New York could (should?) make a run in the playoffs (though losing NT Kris Jenkins for the season with an ACL tear could complicate those plans). The problem, of course, is the offense. QB Mark Sanchez went 10 for 21 for 74 yards, and starting RB Shonn Greene had five carries for 18 yards (plus a tough time holding onto the ball). With an offense that plays that poorly, the Jets have no chance for the Super Bowl. And maybe not even the playoffs. 

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 9:47 am
 

Hot Routes 9.14.10: Paging Ken Whisenhunt

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Browns QB Jake Delhomme will undergo an MRI as early as today to determine the extent of an ankle injury suffered against the Buccaneers. Apparently, he hurt himself in the first half but powered through the pain to complete the game.

- Ines Sainz, the object of the recent affection/alleged misogyny by the Jets, says she doesn’t plan to sue the club. This article is behind a paywall on the Newsday website, but hey, the headline is enough to cause a little bit of relief for the Jets. Even if she would have had no chance in hell of winning any kind of judgment.

- Another twist in the Logan Mankins-Patriots contract debacle has appeared. Although an ESPN report came out Sunday saying the two sides were close to an agreement, only to be thwarted when Mankins refused to publicly apologize to New England owner Bob Kraft, Kraft said that simply isn’t true. “That is a bold-faced fib,” Kraft told WEEI. “We never had a deal with Logan.”

- Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt talked to RB Tim Hightower about securing the ball and, you know, not fumbling so much. That’s probably a good idea, because Hightower – who already has a reputation for putting the ball on the ground – lost two more fumbles Sunday.

- Despite a poor performance against the Saints, Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf still believes the pieces are in place for the Vikings to win a Super Bowl. Perhaps, Whisenhunt needs a come-to-Jesus chat with Wilf after he’s done talking to Hightower.

- Where is Jeff Feagles when you need him? The Giants fans would like to know after watching punter Matt Dodge endure another performance in which the rookie struggled to, um, punt the football very well.

- Neither the Jets nor the Giants sold out their season openers in the New Meadowlands Stadium. In part, you can blame the expensive personal seat licenses.
 
- There was as kerfuffle before the Patriots-Bengals game when a fan needed immediate medical attention. The Patriots said today that the fan, whose name has not been made public, has died.

- Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco took Patriots fan Will Ditullo to dinner where the two talked about sports and about life in general.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco on WWE

Posted by Will Brinson



We mentioned that Chad Ochocinco was hosting WWE Raw last week. Well, it's happening right now. (Or was -- we're watching real football.)

You'll probably be pleased to know, however, that while talking about championships, he's apparently being heckled for leaving the Patriots game early on Sunday.

Best caption wins a prize.
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 9, 2010 7:27 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco guest hosting WWE Raw

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Ochocinco, as announced by WWE on Thursday, will host "Raw" when it takes place in Cincinnati on September 13.

Oddly enough, this really isn't that surprising, right? In fact, the WWE site says it best : "So what's left for Chad Ochocinco? Gust hosting Raw, of course!"

The WWE site also mentions Chad's iPhone app as well as his cereal, with links no less, so it seems safe to say that there's some sort of synergy at work here. (Finding out that Ochocinco announces something to the crowd about his app wouldn't be that shocking either, honestly; and a half-price download for anyone in the crowd with an iPhone would just be pure genius.)

Either way, the good news is that if you're a wrestling fan who lives in Cincy and somehow hasn't gotten your full quota of Ochocinco before the season starts, there's an event coming up just for you.

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