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Chad Ochocinco’s New Truck, Birthday Present to Himself

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is a bonafide nut, as proven several times over. He did something pretty nutty today for his 32nd birthday, buying himself a truck. Now why would we say something about a guy buying himself a truck? Because this wasn’t your typical pickup; Ocho bought himself a freaking 18-wheeler/semi. Check out the video NBC showed of Chad pulling up to Paul Brown Stadium with his new present.

Chad actually isn’t the first athlete to have a thing for haulers like that — Reggie Wayne showed up to training camp in one and Roy Oswalt received a bulldozer as a gift from his owner. I guess when you make all that money you have to start developing creative ways to spend it all. Buying that truck was probably the best thing he did all day considering he was blanketed by Revis the entire game. The Bengals need some receiving threats to bolster that passing game — it’s far from an “attack.”

Video via Sportaphile

Pat White Knocked Unconscious After Helmet-to-Helmet Hit

Dolphins backup quarterback Pat White had to enter their final regular season game after Chad Henne left because of an eye injury. Late in the third quarter, White took off running down the left sideline. He was met by a Steelers defender head-on and was immobile upon impact. There was a lengthy delay in the game to put White on a stretcher but luckily he was moving his hands. It appears as if White sustained a concussion at the least. Here’s the Pat White hit video:

The Hit that Broke Tom Brady’s Ribs?

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned from reconstructive knee surgery this season after getting knocked out for the year in the first quarter of week one last season. That knee has been the least of his medical problems this year. The bad news began in the preseason where Brady supposedly hurt his shoulder after being driven into the turf by Albert Haynesworth. Since then, he’s been listed on the injury report for having problems with his shoulder, finger, and ribs. It’s been reported that he’s been playing with a broken finger and now reports say he’s been playing with three broken ribs the entire season. The report says he incurred the injury in the preseason against the Redskins which makes me think the Albert Haynesworth hit did more than just hurt Brady’s shoulder. Take a look at the Tom Brady/Albert Haynesworth hit video and let me know what you think:

It definitely looks to me like that could have gotten the job done considering Haynesworth nailed Brady squarely in the ribs on his left side. Anyone who’s seen Brady play this year can tell that he’s not at full strength but just the fact that he still managed to post a Pro Bowl season with all these injuries is quite impressive. Wes Welker’s knee injury is bad news though — they might not be able to overcome that.

Peyton Manning Takes Subtle Shot at Brett Favre, Brad Childress

The huge debate that arose this week came after the Colts pulled their top starters in the middle of the third quarter against the Jets. The team was up 15-10 at the time and wound up losing 29-15, ending their unbeaten season. Indy is now 14-1 and coach Jim Caldwell and president Bill Polian are getting plenty of heat for their decision to protect their players. Peyton Manning was seen with a disappointed look on his face on the sidelines and admitted as much after the game. He even got in a subtle shot at Brett Favre and Brad Childress when asked about being pulled:

“I was not surprised,” Manning said. “I knew potentially that was part of the plan. There was not a head coach-quarterback argument of any sort. I’m on the same page as coach Caldwell. I was told before the game to be flexible and go out and score as many points as we could. I’m disappointed we didn’t score more.”

It’s hard to understand how that comment was a shot at the Vikings just by reading it; you had to see Manning’s face to see the grin he had on his face to know he was taking a jab at Favre and Childress. If you saw him, you would have recognized that he put emphasis on the head coach-quarterback argument part. Now that the Colts have lost and their perfect season is over, the questioning has come. I weighed in on the debate for The League panel at the Washington Post. Check it out here to read where I came out on the issue.

Andy Reid Slaps Referee on the Butt Prior to Official Review

Eagles coach Andy Reid sure has been showing his playful side on the sidelines the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, Reid chest bumped with DeSean Jackson following a touchdown for the second time in the season. Last week against the 49ers, Reid gave an opposing player a shoulder shrug. This week, he was busy slapping one of the refs on the butt prior to an official review as a way of saying “Give us a good one!” Check out the screen caps:

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So Chad Ochocinco gets fined thousands for trying to slip a ref a dollar bill as a joke and Andy Reid slaps one on the butt to try and get a good call. It worked out for Reid considering the review gave Jeremy Maclin a catch on what turned out to be the game-winning drive for Philly. That throw was one of the best passes Donovan McNabb made in the entire game — it was a laser beam down the left sidelines for Maclin who made a diving catch while falling out of bounds. At 11-4, the Eagles are looking strong but their work is not done considering they play the Cowboys in week 17 with home field advantage in the playoffs on the line. Their six game winning streak should give them plenty of confidence heading into the clash in Arlington.

Bears Fans Buy Billboard Asking for New Coaching Staff, Front Office

Purchasing billboards seems to be emerging as a popular way for fans to express their opinions about their team. Not long ago, we saw a group of Notre Dame backers slam Charlie Weis who later wound up being fired by the university. More recently, a Raiders fan took out a loan to purchase a billboard ad urging Al Davis to hire a general manager. Right, as if that’s going to fix all the problems in Oakland. Still, it is a fan’s right to express their opinion in this manner, and Bears Fans United are certainly taking advantage of the opportunity. Here’s the billboard:

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In Arlington Heights, a group called “Bears Fans United” has put up a billboard with a message to the McCaskey family. “Do the right thing. Hire an entirely new coaching staff and general manager.” It’s signed from Chicago Bears fans.

The group plans to place a similar advertisement in the newspaper, but only if they can raise enough money. So far, the group has raised $3500 and the billboard cost $3,000.

General manager Jerry Angelo’s inability to hit on first round picks has long been an area of contention for Bears fans so I’m sure many would be fine with Angelo getting canned. His two biggest offseason moves were acquiring Jay Cutler and Orlando Pace. No wonder the fans are pissed. While Lovie has led the team to the Super Bowl and the defense has fallen apart since Brian Urlacher got hurt, the team would be foolish not to consider a change given all the talented coaches out there.

Next Time Brett Favre Should Not Make it so Obvious He’s Ed Werder’s Source

Last December, ESPN reporter Ed Werder was being heckled by a Cowboys fan for his report suggesting T.O. was resentful of Tony Romo’s relationship with Jason Witten. A year later, Werder’s in the middle of another team controversy, this time regarding the Vikings and Brett Favre’s relationship with coach Brad Childress. Childress tried unsuccessfully to bench Favre on Sunday night, with Favre later saying there was a heated discussion on the matter. Childress tried to downplay things but then Werder came out with a report delineating Favre’s issues with his coach. It couldn’t be more obvious from whom the criticisms came:

According to sources, Favre dislikes that Childress seldom discusses the game plan with him during the week, and does not encourage the quarterback to offer suggestions as to which plays he feels most comfortable calling in certain situations. When Favre changes the play at the line of scrimmage — using his film study and experience — Childress bristles, even when the audible Favre calls works perfectly.

Unless Favre has a best friend or wife or someone who knows exactly how he feels, it’s pretty clear that those items came directly from Brett. While I understand that players have competitive spirits, it’s wrong to undermine a coach by not doing what he says (coming out of the game), and it’s just as bad to then run to the media about the problems, speaking anonymously. Favre needs to handle his issues by speaking to his coaches directly, not as a source to the media. Good ole number four may have learned how to take care of the ball better in his 19th year in the league, but he still has figured out the best way to resolve issues.