The Bengals have been in danger of having their games blacked out locally all season, and with less than 24 hours until the blackout was to be put in affect for week 6 Chad Ochocinco has teamed up with Motorola to purchase the remaining 1200 seats and give them out to fans.
Ochocinco who has been vilified in the media for past transgressions but seems to have turned it around. Don't get me wrong, he's still the same arrogant, flamboyant receiver that we're used to. But he seems to have a renewed work ethic and is now finally developing that special bond with the city of Cincinnati.
Earlier this season he announced on Twitter that for every home game he would be giving away a flight to Cinci, a ticket to the game, and hotel accommodation to one of his followers.
At first I assumed it was a ploy to regain acceptance from the Bengal fan base, but what he did this week really transcends that and shows that he actually cares about the fans. Not only is he giving away 1200 tickets, but he is also forwarding the entire city of Cincinnati the opportunity to watch the Bengals game on television.
The Bengals are off to a very impressive 4-1 start beating all three divisional opponents in successive weeks and they're still not receiving nearly the support that they should be.
Ochocinco is smart enough to know that the economic climate in the United States and particularly in Ohio is making life tough on a lot of people who need to cut out luxuries like going to NFL games.
Cincinnati should thank Chad and I am particularly happy to see that he has turned around such a bleak relationship with a team and city that deserved much better.
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