Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:48 pm
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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 8, 2010 12:00 am
 

Ochocinco starts Twitter war

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It started with a simple question from the Twitter page of Chad Ochocinco.

“Can someone please give me each Patriot player that has twitter account please, its about that time for this years s--- talking to go down”

And what followed was a pretty good exchange with one of the men, cornerback Darius Butler, who will be charged with containing Ochocinco when the Bengals travel to New England on Sunday.

Ochocinco wrote: @dariusbutler28 are you gonna have safety help the entire game?

Responded Butler: @OGOchoCinco lol. Thats gon b ya excuse when they ask u what happened week 1 against a 2nd yr guy n a rook?

And then, a few minutes later: @OGOchoCinco my bad i took so long. I was lookin thru this film to see the last time some put a safety over top of 85

Responded Ochocinco: @DariusButler28 well you must be watching highschool film because there's a safety on every damn play leaning my way, im watching film to

Responded Butler: @OGOchoCinco which game u on? I jus got off the last two games u had last season. I don't even think they had a safety on the field most the game.

Responded Ochocinco: @DariusButler28 if you look on you profile picture on your background, its a damn safety behind you in the picture so i know its comin :(

Ochocinco also went after Patriots rookie CB Devin McCourty and NT Vince Wilfork

To McCourty: @dmccourty32 hi, my name is Esteban ( S-tay-vannnn ) that's the how to pronounce it, gonna talk s--- to you in espanol during the game ok”

To Wilfork: @wilfork75 taking a large number of patriot/ochocinco fans to eat saturday, you want to come?

Tragically, neither of them responded as of press time.

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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 7, 2010 12:23 am
 

Housh didn't get 'beat out', did get recruited

Posted by Will Brinson

New Raven T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a pretty lucky dude. He's getting paid $7 million for being a Seattle Seahawk, but he doesn't have to actually do any work for the 'Hawks to get that money. Instead, he just gets to chase a title with his former ex-rivals turned teammates in Baltimore.

Don't bother telling him that he lost his job in Seattle though -- as he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer , he does not feel as if he got "beat out."

"Do I think I got beat out?" Housh asked rhetorically. "Of course not. Of course not."

As delusional as that might be (I mean, he got cut by a team just a year after signing a big-time free agency deal), at least the good news is that he didn't bash Pete Carroll or the Seattle organization.

That's probably because he already understands you don't want to make enemies in this league. I assume he knows that based on all the different people that were recruiting him over the past day or so.

Ray Lewis was the guy that won out, according to USA Today .

"Although I had other options and I was seriously considering those, I just couldn't pass this up," Houshamandzadeh said. "Winning is why we play sports.''

Steven Jackson of the Rams, who couldn't, um, offer the same sort of benefit to Housh, tweeted on Monday night that he recruited the wideout for St. Louis and that he "thought [he] convinced TJ to join" the Rams. Word on the street is that Chad Ochocinco was also calling his old friend about possibly coming back to Cincy as well.

Clearly, though, Baltimore offered the best chance to pile up stats and make a run at a Super Bowl win.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 11:33 am
 

Hot Routes 9.3.10: The Flying B

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit

Because you know you needed some news that's not relating to Ben Roethlisberger or North Carolina football. Follow us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) to send us links you'd like to see featured in future episodes.
  • Remember the legal battle about the Ravens stealing a logo when they first moved to Baltimore? Well, according to Cleveland.com, "A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Thursday that the commercial use of the "Flying B" logo in old game films infringes on amateur artist Frederick Bouchat's copyright."
  • Derrick Ward is going on a little free agency tour, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio , and his first two stops will be Houston and Seattle. Houston seems like an immediately solid fit, considering the loss of Ben Tate, provided that the reports of Ward's demise are exaggerated.
  • Safety Pat Watkins, recently released by the Cowboys, visited the Bengals . Watkins played for Mike Zimmer in Dallas. No sense in signing him though – even without Gibril Wilson, the Bengals are pretty well set at safety.
  • JJ Cooper of Steelers Lounge continues to just straight up dominate offensive line analysis. If you like the Steelers (or just good football reading), you should be checking his work out.
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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: September 2, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Reebok never had a deal with Brandon Spikes

Posted by Will Brinson

Poor Brandon Spikes. News surrounding his "sex tape" just won't go away.

First he had to admit it was actually him (although it was in college, which makes it more understandable, maybe?), then there was the (now fake) news that Reebok yanked away a potential endorsement deal as a result , and now it turns out that, via Darren Rovell, there never was a deal . Rovell tweets that "there never was a $ deal w/ Brandon Spikes."

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has more information, including an email response to him from Reebok spokesman Daniel Sarro.

“The media reports that Reebok has terminated an endorsement contract with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes are completely false,” Sarro wrote to Rapoport. “Reebok never had a deal with Brandon. The story was reported without confirmation from Reebok, and as a result inaccurate information is now being reported as fact. We had discussions with Brandon earlier this summer, as we do with many NFL players, but no agreement has been reached and he is not currently under contract with Reebok.”

So, yeah, that's unfortunate for everyone involved -- particularly Reebok, since they had to go through the whole process of denying the issue, and Spikes, since it means another day where people are continuing to talk about a pretty embarrassing moment of his.

Rapoport does make a good point, though -- all along it was called a "potential deal." And Reebok isn't denying that, just that there was never actually a deal in place. Either way, it doesn't seem like they'll be doing business together, which is kind of a shame, considering they are the company that ran with ads featuring Chuck Liddell and Chad Ochocinco exercising naked.

Just seems like too much readily available synergy not to take advantage of on their part.

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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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