Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco: Potential Reality T.V. Stars

Mimi McCannCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21:  Carson Palmer #9  of the Cincinnati Bengals talks in the huddle as teammates Chad 'Ocho Cinco' Johnson #85 and T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 listen during the first half of the game against the New York Giants on September 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Communication is so critical between co-workers who rely on each other, that companies often put their employees through exercises geared to foster a team spirit.

I have sat around fashioning a brightly colored blob of clay into lion's paws, and merged it with a colleagues' version of a horse's body, a panda bear's face, and the giraffe's neck. All of this, just to have a concrete example of how we are able to work well together.

We all bonded over the fact that an afternoon away from our jobs, spent tossing bean bags, wearing ridiculous hats, and acting out various scenarios, was not anyone's idea of a productive afternoon. But ultimately, all those involved felt the same way.

In soldiering through the exercise, we achieved our objectives and grew closer.

Unity is even more necessary among members in an organization like the NFL. Yet the extraordinary skill level required to be counted as a member of this elite group can nurture an ego that is sometimes driven into "me first" delusion.

This is an area where I see an extra dose of team-building helping to gather strong personalities toward a common purpose: more focus upon hefty egos, and more options for those of us starved for football and quality reality T.V.

Viewers love watching the flawless harmony between a quarterback and his wide receiver. The only thing that can turn as many heads is the exact opposite. 

First up would be the perennial frenemy favorites: Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer.

The sideline yelling matches between "Charson" may become untangled if these two "Brokeback Mountain" teammates could work together and complete a classic team building exercise—designing a package to protect a falling egg from breaking.  

I think that this one will not only provide great bloopers, but the slow motion replays may be exactly the legacy that these two team mates want to leave for their fans. 

Terrell Owens and Tony Romo (or "T.O.mo") no longer work together, but have continued to illustrate their lack of warmth through comments—or lack thereof—in the press.  

These guys would be ratings gold if they played a little game of "fear in the hat." The thing is, putting anonymous fears into a hat and suggesting solutions won't work with two people—maybe add Jason Whitten to make it a threesome.

Both Manning brothers have had to bid their wide receivers good-bye. Both receivers were critical to the success of their quarterbacks.  

It is going to be tough to say goodbye, so in order to assist these former teammates in their transition, Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison should reconvene one last time.  

I think that the "mirror image" exercise may benefit "Peyvin." Sitting opposite of each other and emulating each other's actions will no doubt stimulate both self awareness and awareness of others in this classic quarterback-receiver tandem.

Lastly, Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress (or "Elaxico") could really gain empathetic insight if they participate in an exercise designed to challenge stereotypes. They will be encouraged to dress and act like the other in order to walk in their former teammate's shoes.  

Eli, reclining in his luxury Giants lounge wear with a gun stuffed down the side of his sweats, can finally get an inkling of the feeling of safety that packing heat provides. Plax can learn that it not so easy to carry a backpack, look like a college freshman, and still lead a group of men.

If these guys can get past the issues that plague their present relationships with all of us football fans watching, what is there to lose?

"We're A Quarterback and Receiver Tandem: Get Us Outta Here" already sounds better than a large variety of reality shows that are currently being offered to viewers.

I can think of worse things that I've seen on T.V. 


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