Can someone explain to me why we see this every year…? Oh, that’s right, it’s the ($) NFL, and the fact that almost every off-season we see a former, washed up, egotistical powerhouse get picked up in free agency, simply to sell tickets and pray that he still has something left. This boggles my already clouded mind. Granted there has been other free agent ‘flops’, where a great player with a not so large of an ego simply just dies out. To name a few, Edgerrin James, Ahman Green, and Javon Walker all had short, expensive contracts at the end of their careers that seemed to be well, worthless.
However, having to be Mr. Hot Shot, or ‘THE’ celebrity on the team no matter how long you’ve been with whatever organization, forces one to face palm and ponder what it’s like receiving millions of dollars playing a sport. Does the money have some influence on these players actions? Absolutely. Do all players start their own brutally staged, cheesy reality show? No. Introducing, 6-Time Pro-Bowler…Chad Ochocinco. Following in the footsteps of what seems to be the ex-Bengals/Patriots wide receivers best friend, Terrell Owens, Ochocinco thinks of the great idea to start his own reality show… VH1′s “Chad Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch”. With cameo’s from T.O. and Bernard Berrian giving scripted relationship tips/advice (sounds promising). Not to mention his hastily cancelled sports and pop culture versus talk show with T.O., ‘The T.Ocho Show’.
As we all probably know by now, the Miami Dolphins recently picked up the free agent. Now, If I was a GM, Owner, President, Head Coach, or anyone with authority in an NFL program, I would do my very best to try and persuade whoever has the final decision, to heavily reconsider signing a player within the realm of Mr. Ochocinco. Save your time, frustration, and money. Don’t sign a dangerous, 34 year old, liability. Sign a rookie or young guy with potential and room to mature. All of this extra-curricular non-sense is causing us to forget about the game of football as a whole. Pop-Culture, along with several other examples “illegal” hits that aren’t technically illegal, bounties targeting specific players and body parts, billion dollar stadiums, etc., are all part of why NFL is where it is. And the fact that players like Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss who want to score TD’s for fame and money, are all distracted away from a true football teams goal, winning.
It’s obvious to me, and should be obvious to you. We forget about how things used to be, how we used to watch football. It’s not the same. With media pestering our brains, we actually care about the outside lives of these athletes that I would nowhere near consider a ‘good person’ and are light years away from where they used to be as an athlete, and yet somehow their offered a job for piles of (more) money.
Players that match these characteristics make me consider wanting to like Tim Tebow (still don’t.)
As seen with others before, Ochocinco joins the club of Inevitable Mistakes.