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Chad Ochocinco Now a Waiter (Pictures)

LBS’ coverage of the NFL lockout has somehow morphed from business discussions into the antics of Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco. First he tried to play soccer for MLS team Sporting KC, then he rode a bull in the PBR, and now he’s waiting tables. As The NFL Chick pointed out, Ochotweeto shared some pictures of himself waiting tables Saturday:

I like the concentration and focus he’s displaying, but what happened to wrangling snakes next? That’s what we really want to see! Chad, if you’re going to tweet out some wacky photos next time, make sure it’s nothing less than you face-to-face with a rattlesnake. OK?

Pictures courtesy Ochocinco on twitter

Jets Owner Woody Johnson: Randy Moss Has Been and Can be a Superstar

Jets head coach Rex Ryan raised some eyebrows last month when he raved about free agent receiver Randy Moss, talking specifically about him as a deep threat. Rexy’s glowing review of Moss led to speculation that the Jets might be interested in signing the problematic yet talented receiver. Comments from the team’s owner to Albert Breer of NFL Network did little to quash that sentiment.

When asked about Randy Moss this week, Woody Johnson told NFL.com “There’s no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots. That’s about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he’s accomplished during those years.”

It’s one thing to praise the past work of a player, which is easy to do with someone as accomplished as Moss. But Johnson spoke in the present tense, implying he still believes Moss can be great. If Johnson backs Randy and so does Rex Ryan, doesn’t that increase the likelihood they’ll take a chance on him?

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Amber Rose Confirms She and Reggie Bush were Briefly Together

Reggie Bush has been laying low lately, yet he’s found his name in the news a few times this week. The first occasion came when we learned his ex-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, gave him a heads up on her engagement to Kris Humphries. Now we can add a twist to that because Amber Rose has confirmed the two briefly dated last year.

Rose told Vibe “Me and Reggie [Bush] dated very briefly after Kanye…We were both each other’s rebound and we both knew that and were cool with that.”

As Rose says, she was coming off her relationship with rapper Kanye West while Reggie was coming out of his relationship with Kim K. This confirms the longstanding suspicion many people had since the time the two were photographed getting cozy in a club.

We have no idea what led to the breakup between Bush and the Tush — we’ve heard many different theories — and the most entertaining of all was the suggestion that Kim was with Kanye. That would make it seem like he was seeking revenge by getting with West’s ex. Amber’s moved onto Wiz Khalifa now, but we really don’t know what’s going on with Bush. He’s elected to keep his personal life more private since breaking up with Kim, and that’s probably for the best. Being with her never really seemed to suit him despite how good they looked together.

Marcedes Lewis on Long Beach Poly, the Jags, David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew

LBS interviewed Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis at the premiere for 4th and Forever, a series that debuts Thursday evening on Current TV. The show follows Marcedes’ alma mater, Long Beach Poly, throughout their football season last year. We talked about Lewis’ time at Long Beach Poly, including the infamous game between Poly and De La Salle where his future teammate Maurice Jones-Drew scored four touchdowns. We talked about the all around improvement in Marcedes’ game, what led to his sudden emergence as a pass catcher last season, and about the Jags’ quarterback situation now that they drafted Blaine Gabbert to compete with David Garrard. Find out who he says is the best player to come out of Long Beach Poly and whether or not he’s enjoying his time during the lockout:

Some of the highlights from the interview were Marcedes saying he works hard to improve every aspect of his game, even the way he watches film and takes notes. He said that part of the reason his receiving stats haven’t been gaudy is because the Jags are a running team. “We are a run-first team,” Lewis explained. “Run the ball, give it to Maurice, let him do his thing, play action.”

He also said the team is responsible for stepping up to help David Garrard keep his job. “Dave is a guy that’s hungry, he wants to be great,” Lewis said. “Everybody else around Dave is going to have to step up to continue to bust our butt to play hard, make it easier for Dave.”

And talking about Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes said “Maurice is out to prove people wrong. He’s been doing that since I first saw him play. He’s an exceptional talent.”

And who is the best football player to come out of Poly? Marcedes believes it’s him, though he meant it in a confident way, not a cocky one.

Tiki Barber: Hiding from Media After Leaving Wife was Like Anne Frank Hiding

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber had a lengthy profile run in SI this week, and true to the pattern of anything Tiki-related lately, there was a controversy. The piece by L. Jon Wertheim is extremely well done and worth your time. In it you get a glimpse of who Tiki is and what some of his problems were. He comes across as a guy who tried hard to be a part of high society and make it a point to his teammates that he was different from them. High society accepted him until they learned he was a fraud, and now he’s been left without much of a place. That’s a big part of the reason he’s trying to come back to the NFL.

But getting back to the interview, he made an extremely poor and despicable reference that has created a controversy. When describing what it was like hiding out from the media after news broke that he left his long-time wife for a 23-year-old NBC intern, Barber told the magazine that he and his girlfriend were at his agent, Mark Lepselter’s house. “Lep’s Jewish,” Barber said, “and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.”

That is such a stupid comparison to make. Anne Frank was hiding from the Nazis to protect her life. Barber was hiding from the New York press to protect his image and ego. The two are about on the same planes as asparagus and frisbees.

As Wertheim noted in his article, the horrendously ill-informed comparison was Barber writ small. “He has the wit and smarts to make an Anne Frank allusion and the artlessness to liken himself—an adulterer trying to elude gossip columnists—to a Holocaust victim,” Wertheim wrote.

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Chad Ochocinco to Try Snake Wrangling

Bengals owner Mike Brown expressed his frustration with Chad Ochocinco recently, saying he wants the receiver to focus on football instead of publicity stunts in the offseason. Brown even poked fun at Ochocinco saying, “Next maybe he’ll be a snake wrangler and we’ll watch to see if he gets bit.”

Well Brown’s joke gave Ochocinco an idea and Chad is acting on it.

He announced on twitter Wednesday, “I’ve partnered with Snake Jungle to go out and become the first black SnakeWrangler thanks to my owner Mike Brown for the great idea.” He then added “Does anyone know these snakes I’m gonna catch,Taipan,Blue Krait,Eastern Brown Snake,Rattle Snake and the Death Adder.”

Ordinarily you’d think he was messing around, but nothing Chad says can be taken lightly. He’s the same guy who recently rode a bull (watch the video) and tried out for a Major League Soccer team.

Pro Football Talk says Chad’s serious about the idea, and why wouldn’t he be? If it meant more publicity, he’d stick his penis in a guillotine and pull the string. I just wish he’d do something more productive with his time off during the lockout like some other players.

LaMarr Woodley: NFL is ‘Turning Soft’

It’s no secret that plenty of players have a problem with the way the rules in the NFL have changed over the last few years. In an attempt to “protect” players from serious injury, the NFL has cracked down on head shots and what they deem to be unnecessary roughness.  Last season, Brian Urlacher called the new rules “bulls***” and James Harrison threatened to retire after being fined for a hit on a defenseless receiver.  Harrison’s teammate, LaMarr Woodley, thinks the NFL is ruining the game by adding new rules to protect players every season.

“Man, they’re getting ridiculous.  Football is turning soft now,” Woodley told Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “Too many fines.  Too many penalties protecting the quarterback every single play.  Defensive guys can’t be defensive guys no more.”

“Man, I think it’s so stupid.  I mean, it’s football.  I mean, that’s what you signed up for.  You signed up, when you played football you knew it was going to be an aggressive game.  There’s a chance of you getting hurt and having serious injuries.  So that’s what you signed up for.”

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