Que Le Pasa a Este Tipo?

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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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