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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ochocinco, Johnson...Does it even matter at this point?

The Cincinnati Bengals have had one helluva a season.  And I don't mean that in a good way.  They started 2010 fresh off a AFC North championship.  Owner Mike Brown, feeling frisky, would then throw almost 30 million at Antonio Bryant in the hopes of giving Cincy a legitimate deep threat to mesh with possession receiver Chad Ochocinco. (I say he must have been feeling frisky cause Bengals fans know all to well the son of the legendary Paul Brown never dishes out the money to make his team better).  Then, luck falls on the Bengals as they sign free agent Terrell Owens in the offseason to a one year contract.  With a healthy defense to start the season, many predict the Bengals to repeat as AFC North Champs.  The Bengals win 2 of their first three, lose to the Browns, then totally collapse on their way to losing 10 of their next 12 games.  It is so bad that many believe Marvin Lewis, longest tenured Bengals head coach since Sam Wyche, will finally get the axe.  But in a move that baffled many, including diehard Bengals fans, Mike Brown decides to retain Marvin Lewis.  The move is not met without controversy, as star quarterback Carson Palmer has demanded a trade or else he is retiring....And now Ochocinco, formerly Chad Johnson, wants to change his name back to Johnson.  Like that is really going to make a difference.  Or is it?  I guess desperate times require desperate measures, and if you can't play better, it must be because you don't have the right name, right?   Well, crazy as it sounds, the Bengals have had an even crazier season.   Maybe that is just the tonic the Cincinnati Bengals needed.

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