Chad Ochocinco Locked Out: From Football to Futbol

Adam DavisCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23:  Chad Ochocinco begins tryout with Sporting Kansas City on March 23, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Over the last few months many football fans were trying to feverishly delay the inevitable horror of an NFL lockout. There is no life without the world’s greatest sport, and surely they couldn’t resort to the unthinkable consolation of watching hockey.

What many fail to realize is that the lockout is hurting not only the fans and those in love with game, but the players as well.

The NFL is notorious for having athletes with a serious work ethic and who never want to press the stop button. Chad Ochocinco is no exception.

Now, before you begin to ridicule him or say he puts more effort into mid-game tweeting than his post routes, just think of him as the guy who puts 110% into everything (especially pissing off the suits in the NFL offices).

Ochocinco recently tried out for MLS club Sporting Kansas City and had some reasonable success. He has officially made the reserve squad (or at least to the point where they’re playing him today) and seemed to have had a positive affect on the KC footballers.

While MLS is pretty huge in North America right now, it isn’t the most exclusive soccer league in the world. With such big names as David Beckham and Thierry Henry donning MLS jerseys this year, the league will gladly accept any superstar that comes their way, even if they haven’t played soccer since they were four.

As ridiculous as #85 can be on Twitter or in the endzone after TD's, I think this move is more legit than his last name.

He’s an athlete and the golden rule about athletes is that they don’t embrace the off-season with open arms.

Imagine if you had your dream job and because you lost a game you couldn’t do that job for six months. You’d go out of your mind right? You’d probably even turn to soccer!

Ochocinco is an eccentric dude but if he has what it takes to make SKC, then I’m behind him 1000 percent.

He definitely has the speed and tenacity, and the skills will come naturally to a genuine athlete like him. I think Ochocinco would be great for MLS by bringing it a BIG name from a big league and a star who doesn’t shy away from the limelight.

And MLS could use some ridiculousness too.

I mean, come on, don’t you want to see what he’s planning for after he scores a goal?


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