Posted on: June 18, 2008 7:29 pm

Blog Cabin: Does anybody believe Chad Johnson?

In the news...

So, Chad Johnson had surgery today to clean out an ankle that was supposedly bothering him at the Bengals mandatory workouts. Oh, and he also has a sore back.


Sure, Chad, we believe you. There’s definitely no way that you and your agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could have cooked this one up as a way to punish the Bengals for not trading you.

Just like there’s no way that the general public would question the statements of someone who has been a loud-mouth, malcontent for most of his career.

Sarcasm aside, I think we all know that this is a power move on Chad’s part. He says he’ll be back to start the season, but we all expect him to try to sit until he’s traded.

I wouldn’t expect Cincinnati to play ball, though. The team has already said that it won’t trade Chad because it can’t get equal value.

Good for the Bengals, too. I hope they fine him, and if that doesn’t work, I hope they sit him and let him rot. Whatever they do, they can’t, under any circumstances, trade him to get him out of the way. These guys have to learn that they can’t bully management... even if slimy Mr. Rosenhaus is doing their bidding.

Cincinnati, maybe more than any other team in this situation, needs to hold firm. They’ve already cut ties with a few troubled players, and they are well on their way to reigning in the three-ring circus. To finish the task, they have got to get this one right.

Anyway, it might even be better for the team if he doesn’t play. Carson Palmer is sick of him. T.J. Houshmandzadeh seems to have had his fill of “Ocho-Cinco”. Plus, at this point, who’s to say he even gives it an honest effort?

Eventually, though, he’ll realize that he’s wasting games and money in the prime of his career. If he has any brain beneath that short Mohawk, he’ll also realize that he’s hurting his stock for the future.

Sure, someone will sign him after this ordeal (Dallas), but it won’t be as big of a contract as it would have been, especially since he’s coming off somewhat of a down year. How many teams nowadays can afford to take a chance on a guy like Chad Johnson?

Some, but not that many.

And by the way... 85 is “ochenta y cinco”. Idiot.

From the Blogosphere...

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Posted on: May 21, 2008 6:32 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2008 6:35 pm

Blog Cabin: Goodell takes a bite out of crime

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Roger Goodell may have flubbed up the Spygate scandal, but he’s making up for it with his improvements to the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

In what might be one of the best moves I’ve seen from a league commissioner, Goodell announced, yesterday, that teams will now face financial penalties for the actions of their players. According to the new policy, clubs will be fined if any player is suspended for disciplinary issues.

In related news: Pacman Jones was just cut by Dallas, and the Bengals have officially disbanded.

Actually, the Bengals might have the right idea for once. By cutting Chris Henry and Odell Thurman before the season, Cincinnati may have gotten ahead of the curve. If they're careful, and can limit this season's arrests to five or six, they may be able to break even.

Seriously, though... I wonder if Jerry Jones might like to have that Pacman trade back?

In any case, as someone who has written more than a few blog entries about the NFL’s criminal contingent, I think that this is exactly what the league should be doing with its time. It’s definitely a whole lot more important then worrying about the length of a guy’s dreadlocks, which, by the way, the NFL decided to table for a later date.

This is exactly how sports should be working. Players will now be valued both for the quality of their work, and for the quality of their character... except for rookies, who hold a magical value more precious then a diamond statue of Vince Lombardi.

I mean, that Matt Ryan deal is ridiculous, right?

From the Blogosphere...

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Posted on: April 16, 2008 6:20 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2008 6:21 pm

Blog Cabin: Oh no, Ocho.

In the news...

For the last few years, Chad Johnson has set himself apart from the crowd. Sometimes, the Cincinnati receiver drew attention for his great play on the field, but more often he made headlines for his celebratory antics and locker room comments.

“Ocho Cinco” has, without a doubt, become one of the NFL’s most polarizing figures.

One side thinks that he’s a show boat. They don’t like his gold teeth. They think his stunts are a disgrace to the game and to the players that came before him. “Act like you’ve been there before, Chad.”

The other faction, meanwhile, seems to view him as an entertainer. “He doesn’t get in to any trouble off the field (which has been a rarity for the Bengals), so why hassle the guy for a few silly stunts? That’s just who Chad Johnson is.”

I tend to fall somewhere in the middle... A few touchdown dances are fine as long as the team is winning the game and they still have a chance of making the playoffs. Dance all you want, as long as you don’t mind paying the fines.

The talking... Well, most of that I could do without. Nobody likes a whiney millionaire.

That’s why I rolled my eyes when I saw that Chad Johnson had once again demanded a trade. Why do these guys sign deals if they don’t expect to follow through on them? In 2006, Chad signed a $35.5 million deal that will run through 2010, with a team option for 2011.

Wow, Chad. That sounds terrible. How could you possibly keep dragging yourself to work every day?

The problem is that the superstar players have figured out how to hold their teams hostage, and that’s what’s happening here. Chad says he wants to be traded to a Super Bowl contender. He says that nobody lets him have any fun in Cincinnati. And, he says, he won’t show up for anything until he gets shipped out.

Good luck, Chad. Nobody wants a loud mouth, especially an expensive, malcontent loud-mouth. No owner wants all their team’s headlines to be dominated by the antics and comments of one player. Besides, you weren’t even the best receiver on your team last year.

The owners need to make a stand here. I say let him rot if he doesn't want to play. Fine him until he has no choice but to honor the contract that he signed.

From the blogosphere...

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