Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

Chad Ochocinco, calling himself "the most interesting footballer in the world," kicked an extra point in tonight's Bengals-Patriots game. He also kicked off to open the second half, sending the ball 61 yards. This instantly makes Chad Ochocinco a better kickoff man than last year's NFC Pro Bowl kicker, John Carney. Kudos to Marvin Lewis for having a sense of humor and understanding that the preseason doesn't count.

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33 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2009, 11:02pm

1 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I've just come home from the game, and equally amusing was Marvin's decision to go for it on every fourth down he faced--even on a 4th and 16 well within field goal range.

Conversely, Bill seemed more intent on working out the new kicking combo, dropping some field goals.

2 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

After the Steelers lost that game because the LS was injured (and Silverback snapped it into the endzone) it makes sense to use preseason to rep emergency situations.

The extra point was fairly standard, but the kickoff was quite impressive!

4 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

Chad Ocho Cinco once had an awkward moment with Carson Palmer, just to see how it feels.

5 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I wonder if I could draft him as my kicker so I can nab an extra WR...

6 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

Yes it's only preseason, but I was pretty impressed with some of the playmaking from Cincinnatti on both sides...And disappointed in New England for the lack thereof.
The kick and kickoff were the only real entertaining things for this Patriots fan.

27 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

New England Pulled their starters after 1 drive. Cincinnati starters played through the entire first half, and their starting offensive line didn't come out till the 4th quarter. I'm not surprised they looked like the better team.

I was more impressed with Chad's kickoff than anything else.

That, and Darius Butler looks like an absolute stud.

8 the most interesting footballer in the world

Great, so Ochocinco is going to start doing commercials for Dos Eqquis?

He once quietly handed the ball to an official after scoring a touchdown, just so he could see what it would feel like.

Officials sometimes call him for offensive pass interference, just because they find his protests interesting...

He picks himself on every fantasy football league he plays in, even the loser league.

He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, its OchoCincoEqquis.

9 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I always like it when people use the word "footballer". Makes me wish that "basketballer" or "baseballer" or "hockeyer" would catch on.

It also makes me wonder, if "footballer" is a noun meaning "a person who plays football/soccer", why doesn't anyone use "football" as a verb? Let's all go football.

13 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

The French have taken it a step further. Via a characteristically botched anglicism, they talk of "un rugbyman" and "une tenniswoman". I just love to think of "the famous footballman, Emmitt Smith", or "legendary quarterbackman Peyton Manning."

(In fact, 'football' is generally shortened to "le foot" in French. A football player is "un footeur". Which might be even better.)

14 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I am probably completely alone on this website, if not this country, but I would fully support changing the name of the game of "football," thereby leaving the "football" designation to what we Americans are currently calling soccer, even though the rest of the world calls it football (or whatever the translation is in a given language). I think the rest of the world had their name first, and, even if they didn't, it just makes so much more sense.

I just don't know what we'd call this game that's played on the gridiron. Suggestions?

15 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I think insecurity about the inaptness of the name is what causes so many coaches, players and commenters to constantly and unnecessarily say the word "football".

"We've got to run the football better."
"Jeff George can really throw the football."
"We're an excellent football team."
"That's what you have to do to win in the National Football League."

Classic overcompensation.

17 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I just don't know what we'd call this game that's played on the GRIDIRON. Suggestions?

That name would work fine. Or American football. Either way.

24 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I agree - it's always seemed silly to call the game football when kicking the ball is such an insignificant portion of the game.

I think we need to pick a word that starts with "F" so that NFL still works.

I propose inventing a new word so as to avoid all confusion.


19 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

American Rules Rugby works well, because you then have ARR as an acronym, which fits well with FO's stats, YAR and DYAR.

How about Pigskinball?

I mean, when you call this game, football, it kind of gives the implication that the kicker and punter are the most important positions on the field.

30 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

In New Zealand its like this:
soccer = soccer
football = rugby
gridiron = american football
league = rugby league football
aussie rules = australian rules football
Its interesting how the dominant game in each country ends up being called football. It seems like people want to lay claim to the name for some reason.

31 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

Football is a generic word. Arbitrarily taking the American version of the game and calling it "football" is like taking rap and just calling it "music," with more specific names for every other genre. It's only lack of exposure to other football rule sets which causes confusion in Les Etas

21 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

That's how it's done in my native language, Dutch.
Football (ok, soccer, bad example) would be 'voetbal'. So a football player is a voetballer.
Some one who plays darts? A 'Darter'.
End of todays lesson.

20 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

In all seriousness, its good for the Bengals that they have a feasible option if their kicker goes down midgame. Last year the Jets lost Nugent in the opener and were stuck.

It's always bothered me that most kickers and punters aren't able to do the other ones job in an emergency. There's a lot of practice time, they should take a couple minutes to practice the other's job, just in case of midgame injury. I realize there are differences between kicking and punting, but they both involve kicking a football. Other positions don't. The kicker and punter should be the best substitutes for each other.

22 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

I agree.
I played with a kicker who could kick a 55 yard FG (the coach miscalculated 10 yards - seriously) and he could kick 40's consistently.
We have a punter/kicker who can punt it 50+ and can kick a kickoff out of the end zone consistently.

23 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

"Gridiron" is how I distinguished it from "proper" football when I was in England.

25 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

Gridiron also is what the Aussies call it -- they've got leagues for 6 different sets of rules:

Gridiron (American Rules)
Rugby League
Rugby Union

Their Aussie rules national team also plays matches against Ireland using "International" Rules that mix Australian and Gaelic football.

And Canadian football is not the same as the US variety...


32 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

Gaelic football is more like an Irish version of Aussie rules. Players can kick or hand-pass the ball, and the goal is an H-shape: 1pt if you kick the ball between the posts and over the bar in the middle, three if you kick it below the bar. The rules are way too complicated for me, and whenever I've been in an Irish pub watching it, I've never found anyone sober enough to explain.

The two rugbys have lots of differences. League is played thirteen-a-side and resembles "gridiron" in that each team has a certain number of "downs" (in this case, six) before it has to give up possession to the opponent. It's a game of field position and it's very, very knackering. For about the last 15 years it has been effectively run by Rupert Murdoch (who owns the TV rights) and as a result all the teams now have stupid nicknames and uniforms.

League originally broke away from rugby union in order to become professional (union was amateur until recently). In England, it is played almost exclusively in the northern (ex-)industrial regions. Union, by contrast, is mostly played in the (southern) private schools in England, although it is more universal in the Celtic countries and France; it's 15-a-side, and there's no limit to how long a team can keep hold of the ball.

28 Re: Chad Ochocinco, Kicker

like kid in Christmas Story movie going to shoot eye out Chad Ococochinco going to blow hamstring out

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In Chinese it is called Oliveball. Presumably because the ball is olive-shaped, and therefore was likely adopted for rugby, since their ball is more olive-shaped than an American football. And then probably just used for both. They also say American-style football, but that seems to be applicable in most languages.