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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Grow up, 85


Now Ochocinco wants to become Hachi Go, Japanese "85'' instead of Spanish. Or at least I presume so, since I don't speak the language.

Thank you, Chad. The kids love it, kids being defined as folks under 25. Many adults have had enough.

When the Bengals were losers, Chad's antics probably made a few people watch their games. Some even laughed -- if watching a guy don a sombrero after scoring a touchdown seems funny. Because the NFL is, after all, show business. I even found it kind of amusing when Chad took out a dollar to "bribe'' an official. Cost him 20 grand because Roger Goodell does not like the word "bribe'' or any of the implications that go with it. But he can afford it.

Here's what I'd tell Chad today if I sat down with him: Isn't it time to just settle down and play football instead of talking about changing your name from Spanish to Japanese? Your team is going to make the playoffs. They might even advance pretty far because the defense is quite good and you and Carson and Cedric and Laveranues and the rest are playing your roles on offense quite nicely. The latest odds on you making the Super Bowl are 11/2 instead of 150-1, as they normally are. So, instead of making it all about you, you might want to concentrate on team.

I'll acknowledge that I'm being like you in that regard -- self-centered --because I will be at the Super Bowl. And I shudder to think that I might have to write seriously about your act instead of your receiving.

If you make it, might you go back to "Johnson?'' I know. It will never happen... but if so Tweet.

By Dave Goldberg  |  December 11, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If growing up means growing boring, I'll stay a kid, thank you!

Posted by: digtalcomp | December 11, 2009 10:54 PM

Oh he is hurting the team, is that right?

What is the Bengal's record?

What place are they in their division?

What team is in their division that they have beaten twice

Wow he is really hurting his team

Can he please come to Washington and hurt the Redskins like that.

Posted by: kathymac1 | December 12, 2009 8:56 AM

Utter nonsense.

The Bengals are a good team this year, there has been absolutely no word of dissent among the rest of their team, and Ochocinco himself is playing his best football in years.

This is your standard, stuck-in-the-past commentary. Ochocinco isn't making fun of anyone, and he's not letting the sideline goofing off get in the way of his main job, which is what happens on the field.

Isn't it more grown up to let a man do what he does rather than demand everyone conform to exactly what you do?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 12, 2009 12:24 PM

Mr. Goldberg,

Please continue to "not get it". Chad's "antics" have livened the game up, and his actions will be emulated by other players soon enough. He is a pioneer of the new NFL, a league that recognizes what it really is: an entertainment platform. Let the man play, because that's what the fans want to see.

Like the others have said here, Chad's having one of the best seasons of his career. The Bengals are having one of the best seasons in over a decade. The NFL continues to make more money than ever before. And you mean to ask if Chad's actions negatively affect any of these?

Child Please.

Posted by: amitparikh | December 12, 2009 6:18 PM

I'd like to see your old ass out there. Chad is the man. Chad Ochocinco can talk all the trash he wants and back it up. Chad is playing awesome football right now and is one of the best receivers in the NFL.He's and entertainer and thats what football is entertainment. And your a retired Chief Editor learn how to proofread what you write there were some spelling mistakes Stfu.

Posted by: nikkojuarez | December 13, 2009 6:57 PM

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