The rumors started a few weeks ago that Chad was going to legally change his last name to Ocho Cinco and I didn’t quite believe it, but according to Miami radio station 790 The Ticket, the move is now official and legally binding.
I’ve seen bloggers call Johnson an idiot for doing this (because if he wanted to use proper Spanish it’d be Ochenta Y Cinco), but I personally LOVE the move. This is a way for players to fight back against Roger Goodell and the ‘No Fun League’, as well as a smart marketing opportunity for Johnson.
In case you don’t remember, the NFL has fined Johnson in the past for having “Ocho Cinco” on the back of his jersey, as well as excessive touchdown celebrations. Now he can do one of the two without fear of penalty, no wonder he refused to get surgery on his injured shoulder…. that would ruin all the fun of this name change.
I debated on whether or not to post this, because laughing at someone’s physical disability is normally not cool. HOW-EVA, (Stephen A. Smith voice) …. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t burst out laughing at this.
“In a move that came as little surprise to members of the sports media, ESPN anchor Stuart Scott announced Wednesday that his left eye had signed a lucrative eight-year, $70 million deal with Fox Sports and would report to work within the next month.
“Though we did our best to hide it, usually by using thicker than normal glasses, I think people could easily tell that my left eye and I had been going in different personal and professional directions for some time,” Scott said during a press conference at which the eye was present, but elected to remain silent throughout, staring off to one side as Scott spoke. “I wish it all the best in its future endeavors.” Fox Sports President Ed Goren said he has big plans for the eye, adding that its off-putting and distracting SportsCenter host has been holding it back for far too long.
If you’ve visited any sports blog in the last year or two, you’ve most likely seen pictures of Allison Stokke and tons of people drooling over her. I guess I’m just one of those people who simply don’t get it, because I don’t see what the big deal is. This is no fault of Allison, because she can’t control how she’s covered … but jeez.
Is she attractive? Sure.
Is she any more attractive than the average woman on TV? Nope.
The LPGA is taking a stance by requiring tour members to speak english. Nine of the current top 20 players on the LPGA money list are Korean, and the dominance of the far east is becoming apparent.
“For the past several years, the LPGA has impressed upon its membership the importance of communicating effectively in English. As the game’s dominance shifts to the East, the LPGA has strengthened its stance. Learning English no longer is a tour suggestion; it’s a requirement.
At a mandatory South Korean player meeting Aug. 20 at the Safeway Classic, the tour informed its largest international contingent that beginning in 2009, all players who have been on tour for two years must pass an oral evaluation of their English skills. Failure would result in a suspended membership.”
I’m on the fence with this issue, because on one hand, I understand why the LPGA is enforcing this rule, but on the other hand I sympathize with the Korean players. The LPGA wants to keep the game attractive for American sponsors and viewers, and thats hard to do when they can’t understand any of the participants. However, I bitched and moaned when David Stern and the NBA started enforcing a ridiculous dress code on their players, so I’m all for the freedom and individuality of the golfers.
On a side note, you will never see me type this much about women’s golf again…. I just can’t see it happening.
Every year during NFL training camps and preseason there seems to be a few big time players who end up getting bit by the injury bug. In the past 60 days, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Taylor, Chad Johnson, and a few others have all missed time.
Shawne Merriman and Chad Johnson have injuries that need to be operated on in order to heal properly, but as of now both men refuse to go under the knife. Merriman has two partially torn ligaments in his knee, and if he continues to play on them without surgery the results could possibly career ending. Shawne is willing to take the risk and be there for his team, sure this is admirable, but is it smart?
Chad Johnson fell awkwardly on his shoulder and tore the labrum (the tissue that helps hold it into the socket), but Chad is opting to play the entire season with the injury. When your labrum is torn it makes it very difficult to use full range of motion in your arms (which is sorta NECESSARY for a wide receiver). Does it make sense to try and compete with only 1 1/2 arms?