Chad Ocho Cinco?

Most People thought Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson had changed his name to Ocho Cinco. Well he did but The National Football League is not letting him until some certain issues get dealt with in the NFL. He has a financial obligation to Reebok, which produces the Jersey available to fans. That situation has to be resolved before the on-field jersey can be changed. That goes with any player because if he changes his name or number they have to address that so that the licensing company is not stuck with a large inventory of a jersey that they can’t sell or get rid of. It’s fine with the NFL if he changes his name. He will still be keeping the number 85 though which is a good thing.

After his game this weekend where the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Baltimore Ravens 17 to 10, he said, “I ain’t worried about the name, man. We just lost the game. I ain’t worried about that.” I think that it’s great that Chad Johnson wants to change his name to Chad Ocho Cinco because it makes him want to play more. Chad is a great player and when he is happy he plays good and that’s what all fans want to see out of him. Maybe he will try to start out new with his new name and keep the trash talking on the field. He would be great if he didn’t trash talk so much and always try to be the center of attention.

The NFL Jersey As a Style Statement – Making Football Work For You

Football season looms. Come August, the NFL starts its pre-season games. And there will continue to be football, football, and more football until the merciful conclusion of the NFL season with the February Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, the game of football looks to you pretty much like a mega-sale at Wal-Mart.

Except.

Surely you’ve noticed those great outfits football players wear? Why, over the course of the season, you’ll see jerseys in every glorious hue you can think of.

There are the Giants blue jerseys that match that cute pair of slacks you got for your birthday. And the Jets and Packers have that adorable green that matches your eyes.

Not to mention the Dolphins terrific teal (or is it turquoise?), which might lead you to spring for a set of contacts.

And the Ravens and the Raiders do some wonderful things with that sexy old standby, basic black.

But what has that got to do with you?

In the spirit of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them,’ get yourself one of those cool NFL jerseys.

Pick one for your lover’s favorite team. Or one to match your hair. Or to complement those stiletto heels you bought to spice up your anniversary.

By the way, here’s a tip: if you’re not inviting the gang in to watch the game, and there’s just gonna be the two of you, you might consider limiting your attire to the stilettos and a killer jersey. Just a thought.

And even if the gang’s all there to watch the game at your house, while it may be prudent to add a pair of jeans to your ensemble, you can still slip into the NFL jersey of your choice.

Then try slouching seductively down onto the sofa amid all that cheering (or sobbing, as the case may be), and you will immediately look like someone who knows a thing or two about the game of football.

See? You’re immediately a part of the gang. And you haven’t said a word. In fact, if your knowledge of the game of football is truly sub-par, silence is probably a good option.

Because if you’ve chosen your NFL jersey in just the right color and size, your knowledge of football may well become beside the point.

Which Low-Lying NFL Team Can Make a Dramatic Super Bowl Run?

While NFL experts drool over the potential Super Bowl matchup of the likely top-seeded Seattle Seahawks and the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos, history tells us that those NFL Playoff seeds don’t really mean that much. In fact, in the last 10 years, only twice has a number 1 seed won it all! In that timespan, we have also witnessed two 6 seeds, two 4 seeds, two 2 seeds, one 3 seed, and one 5 seed win a Super Bowl. In essence, what matter most is just getting to the playoffs. From there, it’s anyone’s ball game. In fact, the pressure of being a top seed and the disruption from a bye week can often derail the Super Bowl favorites from reaching their dreams.

Like any other season, the playoff chase in 2013 is coming down to the wire, and while all the talk is about Manning’s records and the Seahawks’ dominance at home, a whole host of NFL clubs are flying under the radar, waiting patiently for that cold January day when they can stun the nation and complete the big upset. So who could potentially be a surprise Super Bowl winner come February?

Let’s start with the AFC, where the Indianapolis Colts are the most confusing team around. While they have won several inspiring games over the Broncos, Seahawks, and 49ers, they have also lost a couple frightening blowouts to the Rams, Cardinals, and Bengals. Their statistics are extraordinarily average, while quarterback Andrew Luck has struggled a bit in his second year, especially without playmakers Reggie Wayne and Ahmad Bradshaw who were lost to injuries. It seems like this is a team whose performance simply depends on the day. At 9-5 and already qualified for the playoffs, anything is possible.

Then there are the Miami Dolphins. At 8-6 they are in the thick of the playoff race, despite being under.500 just three weeks ago. If they can continue this stretch of victories (which included a victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots), Miami could come into the playoffs as the AFC’s hottest team. Like the Colts, the Dolphins have a young quarterback in Ryan Tannehill who is playing pretty averagely. However, winning games is most important, and if they continue this run, look out!

And lastly there are last season’s champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Currently at 8-6 and competing with Miami for that final spot in the playoffs, the Ravens are another team on a hot streak looking to join the party. The statistic that goes in their favor is that save for an opening day beat down by the Broncos, the Ravens have lost their other 5 games by 3 points or less. By staying competitive down to the wire, they will have opportunities to snatch games away from opponents, like they did in Denver in last season’s AFC Divisional round, and like they did last Monday night in Detroit. With experience winning it all, a hearty defense, and a quarterback in Joe Flacco that can make the occasional miracle play, the Ravens are a good bet to make a surprise Super Bowl run if they can just reach the postseason.

Now let’s turn to the NFC playoff picture. The teams that wouldn’t surprise anyone consist of the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Carolina Panthers. But there are some nasty snakes lurking in that playoff race, and one of them could make a serious bite!

First off, allow me to commend the Green Bay Packers for even being in this discussion. Having seen their season nearly collapse following an injury to Aaron Rodgers, they have now won two games in dramatic fashion with backup Matt Flynn, while their defense has been able to take over several games late down the stretch. Getting Rodgers back is key to their fortunes, but with exciting rookie running back Eddie Lacy becoming a focal point of the offense, this team finally has real balance. And wouldn’t it just be some sort of poetic justice for the Packers to make a statement up in Seattle, considering they were the team robbed of a win there by the replacement referees and the historic “Fail Mary” play last year? If the Packers play Seattle, expect them to come out on top.

But for the Packers to even reach the playoffs, they will have to top the Chicago Bears, who have also survived through a long injury spell to Jay Cutler. The Bears have serious talent, feature a pounding running back in Matt Forte, and have two highlight stealing wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. They will have a tough ask ahead, playing the Philadelphia Eagles and the Packers, but with a stingy defense, this is another team that you shouldn’t overlook.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles have intrigued viewers this year. Based entirely upon a high-octane offense led by budding star quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles have won 5 of 6 and are finally starting to click, offensively that is. Unfortunately, their defense is quite horrid, and while they will qualify to the playoffs via a Dallas Cowboys meltdown, I don’t foresee them getting anywhere.

The final team to analyze is the Arizona Cardinals, 9-5 and stuck in 3rd place in the NFC West. Ignored due to their highly touted rivals 49ers and Seahawks, the Cardinals are actually a pretty decent team. They are also hot, winning 6 of their 7 last games. Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer has brought maturity and belief to the side, while Larry Fitzgerald can still make all the big plays. But defensively they are stout and can get after the quarterback, led by pass-rusher John Abraham. Unfortunately, they will have to beat both the 49ers and the Seahawks in the final weeks to reach the playoffs. But if they can do that and prove their worth, they could certainly be the surprise Super Bowl team.

And so how do I think it will shake out? I see the most likely surprise teams being the Ravens in the AFC and the Packers in the NFC. Could they possibly feature in a snowy Super Bowl in New Jersey? Let’s see how this all unfolds, as they still have to clinch a playoff spot!