The Cincinnati Bengals have two of the most outspoken wide receivers to ever play the game in Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. They are so outspoken that they got their own Versus television show entitled the "T.Ocho show."
I don't know who would give two overrated football players a show, but I guess Versus is just desperate for ratings. Too bad the show has been an absolute bomb as far as ratings go. So I guess after the show had a disastrous debut, Versus told Owens and Ochocinco to say some things that would catch the media's attention. Well, if that was the mission, consider it accomplished.
On Tuesday, November 23, Owens and Ochocinco were talking about the Richard Seymour incident, in which he punched Ben Roethlisberger in the face and was fined $25,000. Owens went on to call Big Ben "soft."
I am a Steelers and Roethlisberger fan. Big Ben is far from "soft." Generally, he is considered one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league. Ben is usually near the top in the league as far as taking hits from the QB position. He has suffered multiple concussions and even survived a motorcycle accident. Speaking of soft, how about the guy sitting next to you, Ochocinco? He was complaining about people hitting too hard in the preseason.
Ben responded but didn't really take the bait: "I don't need to comment on that," Roethlisberger said. "I want to focus on winning championships."
Ben's teammate Hines Ward also chimed in on it: "We're not even going to listen to T.O.'s show. When you're at that point, you're just trying to pump up your show as much as you can so people can talk about it."
Couldn't have said it better myself. Ben wasn't the only victim from the T.Ocho show, as Owens called out New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, calling him "an average player." Owens and the Bengals faced Revis and the Jets on Thanksgiving night, and Revis covered Owens mostly. Owens had three catches for 44 yards. Maybe Owens is the average player.
I just don't know where Owens gets off. He is a proven cancer in the locker room, getting kicked off of three different teams, and is currently playing for his fifth NFL team. He has great stats but has always been prone to drops. Every team that T.O. goes to turns into absolute garbage. The Cincinnati Bengals were a playoff team a year ago and are now 2-9, tied for the second-worst record in the NFL.
I've even heard some people call him a "Hall of Famer." That's hilarious. Stats don't get you in alone. Owens could arguably be the worst teammate in NFL history and is by far and away one of the most overrated players in the league.
His NFL peers seem to agree with me. In a recent Sports Illustrated poll, Owens was voted as the most overrated player in the league. There's a reason that the Bengals were the only team that wanted him this year. I'm sure they regret the signing now.
My advice for Owens is shut the hell up! You and Ocho have now become the official laughing stocks of the entire NFL. Those two players are everything that is wrong with this league. Hopefully next season, every NFL team comes to their senses and refuses to sign Owens. He needs a humbling experience. The sad thing is I'm not sure that will help. Owens is a disgrace to everyone that has ever played football, yet he doesn't seem to care. I just don't know who Owens thinks he is.
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