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DirecTV Won’t Charge NFL Sunday Ticket Subscribers Until Games Are Played

Around this time of year, DirecTV customers who subscribe to the NFL Sunday Ticket begin getting charged their customary $50 per month over the next half year. What does that mean? Our TV bills begin to resemble that of a rent check for a one-bedroom apartment in the Midwest.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but we’re sports fans and we love our football, so they have us by the schnuts. The good news is DirecTV decided to surprise fans with something positive for a bleeping change. Check out this email they sent out to Sunday Ticket subscribers Thursday:

I have my doubts that my bill will be adjusted accordingly if games are missed because that’s pretty ambiguous language. You can’t put a price tag on games lost. You take away one NFL game from us, you may as well be taking away our season. Got that, DirecTV? One game missed, I want ALL my money back mmmm k?

On the real, DirecTV shouldn’t be celebrated for this; why should we get charged for a product we’re not receiving? The only reason we’re ecstatic is because we’re conditioned to associate anything DirecTV-related with bad news and large fees. I’d prefer not to hear from DirecTV unless they plan on lowering my bill, not keeping it status quo.

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

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.

Ray Lewis: NFL Lockout Will Lead to More Crime, Evil

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis — along with seemingly the rest of America — wants the NFL lockout to be resolved.  While most of us point to reasons like increased boredom and decreased profits to explain why we need football, Lewis has a rather unique take on the matter.

In a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio (a pair that has chatted before), Ray Lewis had some bold words to express how he felt about the lockout and what he thinks will occur if there is no football in the fall.

“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game,” Lewis told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

That’s because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects “way more than us” — the owners and the players.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

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David Bruton Working as Substitute Teacher During NFL Lockout

Denver Broncos safety David Bruton has decided to start working as a substitute teacher in his native Miamisburg, Ohio during the NFL lockout. Bruton is a ’09 graduate of Notre Dame and he decided to apply for a one-year substitute teacher’s license from the Ohio Department of Education during the lockout. He received the license and less than two weeks ago he received his first assignment as a sub — splitting time between two second grade classes. He was also called to sub in at Miamisburg High School on Friday, which is where he graduated in ’05.

Bruton made $90 for each day in the classroom and he says he’s not doing it for the money. Rather, Bruton is doing it to help pass the time in a positive way. “I’m just trying to keep busy,” Bruton told The Denver Post “and it’s nice to be able to give back to my community.” He also says his former high school football coach encouraged him to help the school out as a sub, and it seems to be working out pretty well.

We’ve highlighted the activities football players have been doing during the lockout. We’ve had Drew Brees pay for his team to workout, one quarterback-tight end combination practice in a parking lot, and then we have ding dongs like Chad Ochocinco spend his time riding bulls and playing pro soccer. I don’t think anyone’s doing anything much more worthy with his time than David Bruton.

Helmet knock to Pro Football Talk for the story

Photo Credit: David Kohl/The Denver Post