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Robert Kraft: Lockout Could Start to Really Annoy Fans

With the baseball season just starting to heat up and the NHL and NBA playoffs well underway, it’s easy to forget that we might not have football to look forward to in the fall. NFL players are currently locked out of team facilities while guys like Drew Brees are digging into their own pockets to keep their teams fresh.  If nothing else, at least the owners are acknowledging that the entire situation is starting to look bad.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald called our attention to some comments Patriots owner Robert Kraft made about the lockout on Sunday, in which he acknowledged that the current labor struggle is starting to make the league look bad in the eyes of the fans.

“The problem can be solved. I really believe that,” Kraft said. “We’re blessed to have one of the greatest sports businesses in the world right here in America. And one of my concerns is that we not aggravate our fan base, because they don’t really understand, and they don’t want to understand whether it’s the owners or the players (fault). They just want to have football.”

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Chad Ochocinco Bull Ride Video – He Lasted 1.5 Seconds on Deja Blu

Last week we told you that Chad Ochocinco was planning to ride bulls on the PBR during the lockout. We followed it up by telling you about the challenge proposed to him — he’d receive $10,000 for showing up for a ride, and he’d get a Ford truck if he lasted eight seconds. Well Ochocinco did show up for the event in Duluth, Georgia, but his ride only lasted 1.5 seconds. As you can see in the picture above, he narrowly missed getting stepped on too. Here’s a video of Chad Ochocinco’s bull ride aboard Deja Blu:

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Rod Graves’ Car Spotted in Arizona

Apparently the Cardinals GM’s car was driving down highway 17 in Phoenix when this shot was taken. OK, so that’s not true, but this was passed along by Cardinals reporter Kent Somers. And if what we wrote around draft time is true, it looks like the Cardinals will have a quarterback when the lockout ends, leaving this fan to update their license plate.

Bernard Hopkins Rips Donovan McNabb Again, Says He’s Not Black Enough

Bernard Hopkins has ripped on Donovan McNabb again, this time questioning his blackness. During a training session on Tuesday, Hopkins pretty much called McNabb an Uncle Tom. From the Philadelphia Daily News:

According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens.

“Forget this,” Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin. “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”

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“T.O. got [into] the boardroom and saw the way they talked to McNabb. Coming from where he [comes from] – that’s strange to some white people, when a black man speaks.”

That was only a small sampling of what Hopkins had to offer. At other points he suggested McNabb was a privileged black guy “who got the extra coat. The extra servings.” Hopkins went off completely on McNabb with much more criticism, and it was all unprovoked, but it should be taken lightly. In 2008, he ripped McNabb for having no heart. He called McNabb a lapdog in 2009. And then the Philadelphia native threw his support behind Michael Vick.

Where does this all come from, you ask? The hatred stems from McNabb supposedly snubbing Hopkins when the boxer attended an Eagles practice. Since then he’s had it out for Donovan.

Knowing McNabb, he’ll take the high road and avoid the controversy. As for B-Hop, it’s petty to keep ripping Donovan. Of course this isn’t the first time Hopkins has played the race card.

Jeff Fisher: Vince Young Still has Ability to Win in NFL

It’s been a long, long ride for Vince Young in the NFL, and he hasn’t fit in with Jeff Fisher most of the way. First off it was owner Bud Adams who wanted to draft Young, so the team did. Fisher, the longtime Tennessee coach, didn’t want to play him at first but Adams essentially ordered that he be played. Young lost respect when he reportedly asked out of a playoff game, and as recently as 2009 it seemed he wanted out of Tennessee. Then this past season Young was benched by Fisher in favor of Rusty Smith and supposedly was disrespectful towards Fisher in the locker room. Needless to say, the two didn’t exactly get along swimmingly while they were together in Tennessee. That’s why it was so surprising to hear Fisher praise Young in an interview with NFL Network.

“Vince has won a lot of games. He’s led teams to the playoffs before, and I believe he can [win in the NFL],” Fisher said. “It’s just a matter of him finding a place that suits him and be in the right place and working hard, but he certainly has that ability.”

Chalk this up to Fisher being nice? As many coaches have previously said, if Young can’t get along with Jeff Fisher, you’re going to have a hard time in the NFL. I agree that VY has the talent to win in the NFL but the biggest obstacle is his attitude and ability to work with coaches and teammates. He needs to mature and grow as a role model the way a proper quarterback should, but like Fisher says, he has the ability to win.

via Rotoworld

Chad Ochocinco Gets Challenged by PBR to Ride Bull in Duluth Event

Last week we told you that Chad Ochocinco was planning to ride bulls during the NFL lockout on the Professional Bull Riding tour. Now we have some details on the actual event.

PBR COO Sean Gleason issued Ochocinco a challenge which he accepted (no surprise). Here are the details for the challenge:

> Show up at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, get on a bull and the PBR will give Ochocinco $10,000

> If Ochocinco successfully rides that bull for the required 8 seconds, the PBR and Ford Trucks will give Ochocinco a brand new Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Engine, as well as allow him to permanently rename the bull as he chooses

> If Ochoccinco does not show up for the challenge, the PBR will permanently re-name the bull “#58 No Show Cinco.”

I kind of like that name — No Show Cinco. The Bengals would have done well last year if it weren’t for No Show Cinco. I wonder what NFL team will trade for No Show Cinco when the lockout ends. Tom Zbikowski wanted to fight but too bad No Show Cinco was too scared. Ha, this is fantastic.

Ty Murray told LBS in February that the PBR wasn’t going to rest until SportsCenter was playing PBR highlights. I guess this was one way of achieving that goal because you know everyone will want to see No Show get bucked off a bull. That will be the highlight of the offseason.

Chad Ochocinco to Ride Bulls in Lockout with PBR

NFL players are finding different ways to spend the lockout. Some are trying careers in new sports, others are getting in trouble, while dedicated players are leading offseason workouts. Chad Ochocinco is one of the players who has tried another sport (check out his soccer tryout for KC), and it looks like he’ll be trying a third pro sport.

Ocho wrote on his twitter account Thursday “Due 2 the lockout I’ll be participating n the PBR as a professional bull rider n Duluth,GA. May13th-14th Lil Taco … Valdiron de Oliveira vs. Lil Taco May13th-14th Duluth,GA. Who coming to watch the longest 8 seconds of my life?”

I have no idea if Ocho is serious or not, but given the way this guy operates I’m going to have to assume it’s not a joke. And if there was any doubt about the sincerity of Ocho’s tweet, the PBR’s official twitter retweeted his tweet, making it seem like this is the real deal.

So there you have it, Ochocinco will be riding on the PBR. My only question is how he’s going to pull this off. What’s he going to do, ride on a mechanical bull? Tryout a donkey? No way he does this, right?

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