It’s Official

The NFL will allow (not that they really had a legal choice) Chad Ocho Cinco, formerly Chad Johnson, to put his new surname on the back of his jersey. I guess all of your C. Johnson 85 jerseys are now, officially out of style (until he retires andor a period of 10 years ensues and/or the Bengals introduce a new jersey thus making it a throwback, or in this case, a bonus double throwback!) Believe me, during my time at ND, friends of the heap. have discussed in high detail the appropriateness of certain jerseys pertaining to teams, but I digress. Here’s the news release!

CINCINNATI (AP)—Call him Ocho Cinco on the field, too.

The National Football League decided on Thursday to recognize receiver Chad Johnson’s legal name change to Chad Ocho Cinco. The new name will be on the back of his Cincinnati Bengals uniform for the season opener in Baltimore on Sunday.

The receiver had his name changed in his home state of Florida last week. It’s a reference to his uniform number—Ocho Cinco means “eight five” in Spanish. When the NFL celebrated Hispanic Heritage month in 2006, he wore it on the back of his uniform for pregame warmups, but had to remove it for the game because of NFL rules—it wasn’t his real name.

The Pro Bowl receiver asked the media to start calling him by his new name this week. The Bengals couldn’t change the name on his uniform until the NFL gave permission.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday, league spokesman Greg Aiello said simply: “It’s his legal surname.”

The receiver has declined to talk about the motivation for his attention-getting change. Coach Marvin Lewis said the receiver had been considering it since last March.

The change to Ocho Cinco is the receiver’s latest promotional move. He’s also known for his touchdown celebrations, his golden Mohawk for one season, his race against a horse and his list of defensive backs who failed to cover him.

One of the most notable name promotions in pro football was running back Rod Smart’s decision to put “He Hate Me” on the back of his XFL jersey, which became the best seller in that league’s brief history. Smart trademarked the moniker but did not legally change his name, so he had to go by “Smart” when he made it to the NFL. He played for Philadelphia in 2001 and for Carolina from 2002-05.

So there you have it. Broadcasters, start practicing your best Spanish accents. Do the Bengals play Miami this year? You can be assured that the Dolphins have a Spanish broadcast (The Bucs might too?). So I can imagine them being excited… (Echad Ocho Cinco corriendo yyyyy Touchdown Ocho Cinco!!!). Oh, and the change has already been made in my fantasy league. The team that I’m playing actually has him, so I need to watch out for Ocho Cinco this week.

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Que Le Pasa a Este Tipo?

85

It has finally happened. We all remember a few seasons ago when one of Chad Johnson’s wonderful publicity stunts involved him putting the last name “Ocho Cinco” on top of “Johnson” before a regular season game. “Ocho Cinco” or literally “Eight-Five” as the English translation is a Spanish reference to his jersey number a self-given moniker. Since the NFL is NOT the defunct XFL, one’s real last name must be on the back. Well, according to the newest reports… that will NOT be a problem this year. Check it out:

CINCINNATI (AP)—Maybe receiver Chad Johnson can go by the name that his head coach hates.

The Cincinnati Bengals receiver has legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco in Broward County, Fla., a switch that became official this week, according to several media reports. Johnson, who lives in Miami, didn’t return a message left on his cell phone Friday night.

“It’s something I don’t think anyone has ever done before,” he told the team’s Web site. “Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I’m having fun.”

Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker—a reference in Spanish to his No. 85—and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis—who dislikes Johnson’s attention-getting stunts—referred to the receiver as “Ocho Psycho.”

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the Bengals had no comment on the matter.

Johnson has been a concern for the Bengals this season. He unsuccessfully lobbied for a trade in the offseason, threatening to sit out if he didn’t get his way. When the Bengals refused, he relented and showed up for minicamp, but complained that his right ankle was bothering him.

He had bone spurs removed from the ankle and was limited at the start of training camp. In the second preseason game, he landed awkwardly and temporarily dislocated his left shoulder. Johnson is wearing a harness and expects to play in the season opener against Baltimore.

So line up and get ready to buy a Chad Ocho Cinco jersey at your nearest sports retailer. I was reading some message boards and people were joking around hoping that Ocho Cinco would get traded to a team where he could not use the number 85! How hilarious would that be? Going through the legal troubles to change your name and you can’t even wear 85? My favorite line from the article is when he says that “It’s something I don’t think anyone has done before.” Well no kidding. You are unique, Mr. Ocho Cinco, a very unique and needed figure in the NFL. Kudos.

*Update: Sorry for no posts the last almost 2 days! I just needed to take a breather and enjoy this weekend! SCi Fi list 20-16 up today FOR SURE. Rays page to be updated appropriately, and music reviews upcoming this week! Thanks for reading heapsters!

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