Better Place

by - July 28, 2010 - - Comment Now »

The world is a better place today than it was yesterday. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco are teammates. TOcho has been born. The NFL is now a better TV show.

The Bengals used to lead the league in arrests, now they lead it in reality shows and will almost certainly lead it in celebration fines. They’ll be up there in compelling television as well. As I’ve said a million times, sports are simply entertainment and things just got more entertaining.

As far as the on the field impact goes, it will be fairly significant. T.O. is 36 and only had 55 catches last year. However, those passes were thrown by Trent Edwards and something called a Ryan Fitzpatrick as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Owens is just two years removed from a 1,000 yard, 10 touchdown season and just three removed from a 15 TD season. The dude can still play. I’d say he is 80% of what he used to be physically (though he remains in impeccable shape) but I also feel that his increase in age and slight decrease in ability has come along with a new sense of maturity. Is he still a diva? Sure. Is he a disruptive menace? I don’t think so. I believe he understands the situation. Meanwhile, Chad is right on his level talentwise. That gives the Bengals two tall, chatty receivers that will be tough to match up with man-to-man.

What I think is being oversold in all this hoopla is the stress that will be placed on Carson Palmer. Is it that stressful to have two great wide receivers? If you are truly an elite quarterback, you take charge and deal with any egos. Then, you simply throw the ball to open guys and watch them run into the end zone. The problem with this is that I’m not sure how good Palmer is. In fact, there’s a chance he’s the most overrated player in the league. Palmer once threw 32 TD’s to 12 INT’s and 28 TD’s to 13 INT’s in back-to-back years. But those years were 2005 and 2006. Since then, he got injured and upon returning has been immobile and utterly average. This is his last year to prove to me that he can again be an elite QB.

Either way, T.O. and Ochocinco are teammates and the world is a better place for it. (That sound you just heard was NFL analysts’ heads exploding)

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