Tag:Chad Ochocinco
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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Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

C. Ochocinco shown here in pregame warmups before the Philadelphia preseason game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Subscribing to the theory that a fool and his money are soon parted, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco has been fined $25,000 for violating the NFL’s policy on social media during last Saturday’s exhibition with the Eagles.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, Ochocinco actually violated two NFL rules: possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social networking site during a game.

It's not a surprising move, as Andy wrote here minutes after Ochocinco’s violation.

The policy states a player is prohibited from using social media 90 minutes before the game until after the postgame media session is complete.

The game Saturday began at 8:07 p.m., and Ochocinco had a post at 6:50 (“Just talk with Kelly Washington , DeSean Jackson, Geoff Pope, Hank Baskett and I caught a ball from Mike Vick, I love prw-game warm up”) and at 9:53 p.m. during the game (“Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason s---! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease”).

You can see the offending remarks on his Twitter page here .

Ochocinco, of course, knew he was going to take a fine from the NFL. In fact, I think he takes pride in it. For what reason? I don’t know. To be a so-called “rebel?” To show people how much money he’s got? To prove that he’s some kind of happy-go-lucky man-child?

Not to say that Ochocinco isn’t generous or charitable – because I know that he is – but it would be nice that instead of being so outlandish in breaking the NFL rules (and paying the exorbitant fees that come with it) he would donate that money to somebody who really needs it.

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.):
And just because we're already knee-deep in Ochocinco's ridiculousness, check out this link from the Cincinnati Business CourierOchocinco is launching (yep, you guessed it) his own cereal. I'll leave it at that.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Ochocinco has Tweeted about his fine: "Dear NFL I apologize for tweeting during the game but that was 2 monthsof my Bugatti payments you just took from me,I won't do it again."

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It started as a seemingly innocuous picture snapped by Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco of his locker. But since then, as dope testing experts have inspected the photograph, the quality of the NFL’s drug testing system has been called into question.

Here’s the photo that appeared on his Twitter feed . With a caption that reads, “Ok, why does the NFL continue to test me, all I do is piss excellence for them each time, I love these random steroid drug test,” the photo shows a typed note informing Ochocinco that he has been randomly selected to be drug tested.

To my untrained eye, nothing about the note seemed unusual. But I’m also not an expert at such matters. The New York Times found some experts to comment, and it appears that there’s a big flaw.

From the story:

The experts said such notes gave players notice of tests, removing the element of surprise, an essential part of drug testing. Players can avoid testing positive, the experts said, because they have time to dilute their urine, use a masking agent or attach a device to produce someone else’s urine.

“I cannot believe at this day and time, and after all the attention that drug testing has received, that they are doing this,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, an official of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees the testing of Olympic athletes. “I just don’t believe it — it jeopardizes everything drug testing stands for.”

N.F.L. officials acknowledged on Friday that the note was authentic and said the league did not have a uniform policy for asking players to produce urine samples. The officials said that they left it up to the drug testing company they hired to collect the sample to determine how the players should be notified.


In baseball, if a player can’t produce the urine specimen, a chaperone follows him around until he can. That’s not the case in the NFL. Which could be a big problem.

“There are 53 guys on a team and we have 32 teams; that is a tremendous volume,” Adolpho Birch, the N.F.L.’s top drug testing official, told the Times. “You cannot have chaperons for every player. We have had numerous discussions and reviewed our program in detail and are comfortable with our protocols, and we do not see this as an issue.”

Many more interesting tidbits in the story. If you have a few minutes, take a look.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Ochocinco is about to get fined

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s only the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco is in mid-October form. The flamboyant wide receiver will surely be fined by the NFL for Tweeting during the third quarter of the Bengals-Eagles preseason game Friday night.

Ochocinco took a thundering hit in the second quarter. He staggered off the field but returned for the next series.
At 9:53 ET, Ochocinco sent out this tweet :

"Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason s***! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease."

Last year, the NFL made it clear that the use of social media is prohibited during games.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:39 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:41 am
 

Could the Bengals be bailing on Antonio Bryant?

Posted by Will Brinson

That notion seems silly. After all, the Bengals JUST signed Antonio Bryant, the former Buccaneer who was their prized free agent addition on the offensive end, at least until the team landed Terrell Owens anyway.

But Bryant has yet to even start running for the Bengals -- Owens is already cheaper and actually on the field participating in football. Which may be why Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network has heard that it's a "distinct possibility" that Cincinnati will attempt to cut Bryant loose and reach a settlement on the four-year, $28 million contract that they gave him over the offseason.

Remember, Bryant's dealing with a left knee injury that's been an issue for about a full year now -- which makes one wonder how exactly he managed to bypass any examinations offered by the Bengals' medical staff. You know, the ones they usually administer before handing out multi-million dollar contracts?

Provided that the Bengals DID want to cut Bryant loose, they'd probably have to pay him on the high side of the $10 million that they guaranteed him with the contract; after all, even though they didn't completely overload his contract with guarantees and they could just cut him, it's going to take at least close to that amount for Bryant to walk away from a pretty sweet deal.

Given that Cincy has TO (and Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell) in the fold with Chad Ochocinco though, it wouldn't be that surprising if they decided they no longer needed to deal with the headache that Bryant's been thus far and tried to negotiate some sort of deal with the wideout.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: August 9, 2010 12:16 am
 

Winners and losers from the Hall of Fame Game

Posted by Will Brinson

Football is underway. That means two things: 1) we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and 2) it's time for immediate snap judgments!

Sure, firing out winners and losers for one little football game that featured only two teams may seem a bit extreme, but, look, this is all the NFL action we've got right now, okay? So we're gonna break it down.

Winners
Doug Free -- He's was the most talked about player on the Cowboys this offseason (somehow). And he showed exactly why the Cowboys had faith enough in him to let Flozell Adams go. Granted, it was just one serious, but he looked strong, agile and acc-ur-ate, if I may quote Ben Wallace. Given Alex Barron's struggles and the injury he suffered on Sunday night, there's no reason to think Free's job is in trouble.

Jordan Shipley -- The rookie out of Texas managed to make two catches for 17 yards, which is pretty impressive when J.T. O'Sullivan and Jordan Palmer are throwing the ball. But he made his biggest impression when he made a sick 63-yard punt return to setup Cincy for their only touchdown of the game. Consider that not only is Carson Palmer being very vocal for Shipley but that Antonio Bryant is injured, and it's entirely possible we see Shipley getting a lot of action in the slot early in the season. He would do quite well there.

Tashard Choice -- Choice's "job" (read: third-string running back) is necessarily in jeopardy. But the better he performs, the more action he'll get during the regular season. And that's not even counting when the oft-injured Felix Jones eventually goes down, which he will. Choice piled up 41 yards on just seven attempts and looked vastly better than any other running back on the field outside of this guy ...

Marion Barber -- He didn't do anything -- two runs, one for five yards and one for two yards -- really special. But it's what he didn't do (fumble in the red zone) that separates him from Jones. And considering that many people felt like Felix could take over the starting role this year, well, that's a good thing.

Terrell Owens -- There's nothing special about two catches for 18 yards, but the good news for the prima donna is that it looks like the Bengals are willing to cater to him. Either that or it was just all fun and games spending the offense's first quarter targeting him at every opportunity. For Owens' part, he really did nothing wrong outside of he and Chad Ochocinco's eye-rolling Batman/Robin interview before the game. Also, he signed autographs for fans during the entire second half.

Losers
Felix Jones -- See above. If you're trying to steal carries during a season in which you bulked up to make yourself a better "between-the-tackles" back, do NOT fumble the ball on your first red zone carry of the season. There are only so many opps that Jones will get in the preseason to prove he carry the ball there before Wade Phillips just hands Barber the rock every time.

Alex Barron -- He got injured and blew any shot he had of getting the upgrade to left tackle.

Brian Leonard -- He's not exactly a fantasy monster or anything, but Leonard became a fan favorite (I think anyway -- I was rooting for him) after beating out "better" players for a roster spot during last season's Hard Knocks . Now the report is that his ankle injury "doesn't look good," which, obviously, is not good. I'll make the frowny face if Leonard is down for an extended period of time.

Dez Bryant -- His status isn't exactly getting crushed, but it's really important to note that the Cowboys have plenty of weapons on their squad. Roy Williams showed some life, Miles Austin is clearly the No. 1, Jason Witten is there, etc., etc. All I'm saying is that anyone expecting a 2,000 yard season out of Bryant already might want to slow their role.

David Buehler -- Three-for-four ain't a bad percentage, when you're talking about field goals. But he nearly missed his second one, and 2/4 would have people talking in hushed tones on Monday. He needs to crush it all preseason to keep his job on lockdown.

John Phillips -- He's at the bottom only because he was balling so hard that he suffered an injury later in the game. Phillips ended up being the early star of the show, catching four balls for 60 yards (and the first two were on horrible Jon Kitna passes, no less) and laying down some pretty sick blocks. He probably won't be seeing a ton of playing time because of Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, but let's just hope the injury isn't too serious. (Edit: Moved him to the "losers" section since it appears he tore his ACL . Ugh.)

Jordan Palmer/J.T. O'Sullivan -- If Carson Palmer doesn't stay healthy this year, things will not go well for the Bengals.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:04 pm
 

2010 NFL Hall of Fame Game: 1st quarter notes

Posted by Will Brinson

As we noted earlier, this IS preseason football, so there's only so much we can hope for.  That being said, the first couple of series were still pretty revealing for Bengals and Cowboys fans in the first quarter of kind-of-real-but-still-fake football action, which ended with the Cowboys leading 3-0.

Oh, and if you want to hang out and talk football during the game, follow us on Twitter. We're quite chatty .

Doug Free, whose blocking skills the Cowboys plan to hang much of their offensive success on this season, looked both sharp and strong, keeping Tony Romo free in the pocket and opening up holes for Marion Barber and Felix Jones.

Of course, Jones fumbled on the one-yard line on the Cowboys' first possession, which is indicative of a few things. One, the Cowboys aren't totally against letting the beefed-up Jones carry the ball in the red zone. But, more importantly: two, Jones might not be cut out for it. Obviously making a snap judgment on one preseason series isn't entirely safe, but if the Cowboys are going to give him run during the preseason as a red zone back, he can't be putting the ball on the ground, or else he won't get shots at it in the regular season.

Antwan Odom was briefly on the ground, terrifying Cincy fans everywhere. Fortunately, it was just a "poked eye."

Terrell Owens was targeted by Carson Palmer. A LOT. But Palmer only went 2/5 for 18 yards (both completions to Owens) while getting sacked once by Stephen Bowen, and pressured a few other times. There's no real need to look at the Bengals' first-teamers and think they're suddenly going to be a pass-first offense, though.

On the next-to-last play of the first quarter, Jon Kitna fumbled -- although Dallas recovered -- on a sack by Jonathan Fanene. The bigger problem is the fumble was caused because Alex Barron did a poor job of blocking (well, the bigger problem for Dallas anyway) on the play. Free's looking pretty good to hold down his line spot.

Tony Romo went 5/10 for 59 yards on the 'Boys first drive, and the numbers might have looked a little cleaner were it not for some "meh" playcalling in the red zone following Jones' fumble.

What were your thoughts?

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