First of all, I have never been a TO fan, but I've always respected how hard he's worked. Unfortunately for him, he's never won a ring. Neither has Chad Ochocinco, but will this year be different? I almost hope so for Carson Palmer's sake. Is there a quarterback in greater need of Bose sound canceling headphones? Has there ever been one?
Admittedly, I believe and look for the best in people, so I'm not sold there is going to be a huge blow up in Cincinnati. Ochocinco and TO are friends who both want to win badly. Certainly they both want the ball every single possession, but winning games will hopefully keep both of their mouths at bay for at least a little while.
Here's what I don't understand though. How can people love LeBron going to join DWade in Miami, but hate TO joining Ocho? Obviously they play different sports and are in different places in their careers, but aren't LBJ and DWade the same player just like TO and Ocho are the same player? LeBron and DWade are both slashers who can shoot jumpers, but rather get to the rim (LeBron is better passer, but the point still remains). TO and Ocho are both "diva" receivers. The common denominator for all four men? They all have a case of the Keyshawns: They just want the damn ball all the damn time. In both scenarios there are only enough stats to keep people happy as long as the team is winning. As soon as there is some trouble on the horizon, there will be problems. Neither Wade nor James is as demonstrative as TO (who is?), but I guarantee if they start losing, South Beach won't be as sunny.
Another reason both situations are the same is the entertainment value. Will any NBA team have more highlight reel dunks than Miami? Does any team have two guys better at end zone celebrations than the Bengals? No in both cases. Clearly the odds of Miami winning the O'Brien Trophy is much higher than Cincinnati’s chances at bringing home the Lombardi, but at a base level of incredibly entertaining athletes who demand the ball, aren't both situations the same? I pray Commissioner Goddell sees the light and repeals the no celebration rule. How much fun would it be for the fans to see what TO and Ochocinco could conjure up for touchdown celebrations? Isn't that what we want from sports-at least the teams we're not fans of-to be entertained?