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Ocho Cinco Lighter in the Pocket

Chad Johnson was fined $5,000 for having a faux "Ocho Cinco" nameplate on the back of his jersey before last Sunday's game against the Falcons. It was on his jersey for all of about 10 minutes, and was removed by Carson Palmer well before kickoff. I could go into a retreaded spiel about how dumb the NFL is about these type of things, but instead I'll point you over to the above link at With Leather (an excellent site that you should visit and one we've been meaning to link to for a while) to read Matt Ufford sum it up himself. I certainly couldn't capture it any better than his excellent use of the word "cockgoblins."

Oh, I will say a couple of things. First, Antrel Rolle, by comparison, was fined $12,500 for almost ripping Larry Johnson's head off. Just goes to show you how convoluted the NFL's disciplinary system is. You mean to tell me Rolle's intended and pre-meditated decapitation, the second of which he committed in two weeks, was only $7,500 worse than a guy harmlessly trying to entertain the paying fans?

And secondly, we were disappointed in Chad that game against the Falcons. Yes, he did catch 78 yards and a touchdown after trash-talking DeAngelo Hall all week, but how could he miss the opportunity to give us Sizzling Bacon Action?