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Super Bowl 2012: Why Chad Ochocinco's Gift to Patriots Trumps Tom Brady's

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco #85 talks with quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 28, 2012

Thank you Chad Ochocinco, at least someone on that team knows how to buy his teammates gifts. Ocho purchased the awesome Beats by Dre headphones for his New England Patriots, and the team will have them in time for their flight to Indy for the Super Bowl.

Ochocinco hasn't done many things better than Tom Brady this year, but gift giving is one area he has him beat. Brady bought the team Ugg boots, just prior to Ochocinco's act of generosity. OK, let me paint a picture for those that are unaware, so we can accurately compare the two items:

Tell me, if you were a football player, not a cheerleader, or a smoking hot WAG, which gift you'd expect, and like more?

What the hell was Brady thinking? If I were Vince Wilfork, the smile that was initially on my face would quickly turn to a serious look, and I would ask, what is this, some kind of sick joke? I know the run defense hasn't been great all year, but we've stepped up in the playoffs. You don't have to insult my manhood Tom.

I know Tom is part GQ model and part tough-as-nails Super Bowl QB, but this gift certainly errs in favor of the model influence.

No two men are exactly the same, but buying Ugg boots for a bunch of football players? That's not what I would call a safe guess in gift buying. The whole Ugg line, for men and women, is quite expensive (as long as they aren't knockoffs) but still there seems to be a mismatch there.

Ochocinco, on the other hand, came safe and expensive. Almost everybody likes music, and right now, there aren't many better sets of headphones than the Beats by Dre set.

Did he buy these to one-up Brady? I guess it's possible, he hasn't exactly been a focal point of the Patriots' offense this year. Consider this: on a 45-man roster, Ocho presumably bought 44 headphone sets. He only had 15 receptions all year. He purchased three times as many headsets as he had catches.

That is a miserable equation when you think about it, but hey, he's in good position to get his first Super Bowl ring. Though he may not be the MVP of the Patriots, he certainly is the MVGG—Most Valuable Gift Giver.

 

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