During a post-practice interview, Chad Ocho Cinco said that he will jog to midfield and kiss the star after scoring a touchdown this Sunday in Dallas. This prediction raises a few questions with me:
1. How will the referees handle this situation?
Since Ocho Cinco already announced his plans to pucker up the best logo in sports, will the referee deem that to be a premeditated touchdown celebration? His jog will most likely take up a good amount of time, so will the team be slapped with a delay of game penalty? And when he makes it to the star, will he get hit with the Emmitt Smith rule, disallowing players to take their helmets off while on the field?
2. How will the Cowboys feel about this?
Chad has stated that he is performing this gesture out of respect for the team and the organization. But will the players take it that way? Last time something like this happened George Teague, and myself, took it personally. The only difference is Teague was in a position to do something about it.
3. Ocho Cinco in Uno Uno?
This off-season Jerry Jones tried his hand at wooing Mike Brown, the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, into letting (at the time) Chad Johnson go so the Cowboys could add him to the receiving corps. As you see, it did not work. But with Ocho Cinco not producing up to his potential, will the Bengals want to continue to honor his contract, which is worth $35.5 million? His lack of production is not entirely his fault. He has not gotten the ball thrown to him very often this season. When you have a receiver of that caliber not getting his number called it raises suspicion of silent activism. His contract is up in 2010 and it is doubtful that Nati will pick up has option to keep him through ’11.
What do you think of adding one more personality to the Dallas locker room?
Here is my opinion:
Chad Ocho Cinco, much like Terrell Owens, expects a lot out of himself. When he doesn’t get the opportunity to express himself on the field he takes his chance in front of the microphone. He has never gotten into any trouble with the league, aside from celebration fines, and he has not been in trouble with the law.
Chad will be grossly undervalued when he becomes available (a la Randy Moss), so why not give up a minimal bounty and bring him to a place that will allow someone like him to thrive.
The media is doing its best to turn TO into a problem. They are also trying to highlight everything that Adam Jones does off the field. However, much to the chagrin of Skip Bayless, neither of them have done anything negative to the team. Why not give Chad Ocho Cinco a chance in Dallas? After all, remember the last guy that celebrated in the star? What jersey will he be wearing this Sunday?