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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

The author of NFL Crime Watch and Founding Editor of The League.

But He's Fun to Watch

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Judge: "Hercules Rockefeller". "Rembrandt Q. Einstein".
"Handsome B. Wonderful". Huh, I'm going to give you the only
name you spelt correctly. From this day forward, your name
shall be ...

[cut to a shot of Lisa, reading from a sheet of paper on the
Simpsons' couch]

Lisa: "Max Power"?

Homer: Dynamic, isn't it?

If you like your sports with sizzle 'n zest then Chad Ocho Cinco
is A-1 Bold. He's an attention grabbing, larger than life character in a league where individuality is frowned upon. Old school football types cringe at showmanship like that of the Bengals wide out -- this is the NFL after all, not the XFL. Football is about the battle on the field not showboating on the sidelines or racing against horses.

But if you ask me, those old mustache Petes need a history lesson. The NFL has, over the years, been replete with colorful characters who were not just larger than life, they were larger than their teams.

Who can forget Deion Sanders, John Riggins or Joe Namath. From high stepping to pantyhose these legends pulled antics that put Ocho Cinco's to shame; and just like him they were beasts on the field. And isn't that what it's about?

Ocho Cinco is a marquee wide receiver who may some day live up to his jacket and become a Hall of Famer. Whether on the field or off he always is fun to watch. He keeps defensive backs and sports pundits on their toes, and he keeps Bengals fans on their feet cheering.

So if you're one of the three people in America who watch football for the purity of the game and nothing else, then yes, Ocho Cinco is a bad thing for the NFL. But if your like everyone else -- for whom the NFL is as much entertainment as it is sport, then it's hard to fault Señor Eight Five.

By Emil Steiner  |  June 22, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Emil Steiner Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You bring up Namath,Riggins, and Sanders.
All were Champions. Johnson is not even in the same league as those individuals, not to mention has never came close to a championship.

Posted by: djots2004 | June 22, 2009 2:42 PM

You bring up Namath,Riggins, and Sanders.
All were Champions. Johnson is not even in the same league as those individuals, not to mention has never came close to a championship.

Posted by: djots2004 | June 22, 2009 2:42 PM

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