On one hand, we usually think that Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is engaging and funny and good for the game of football.
On the other hand, we sometimes think that he’s selfish and narcissistic and generally bad for the game of football.
Today is one of those sometimes, given the he is talking about changing his name again. His new proposed moniker is “Hachi Go,” Japanese for “Eight Five.” (Thanks to MJD of the Shutdown Corner for the head’s up.)
Even if it’s just idle chatter, it’s at times like this that the line between the responsible grown man and the six-year-old boy whose parents are paying enough attention to him is considerably blurred.
And, as a practical matter, the chances of Ochocinco pulling off another name change are remote. The first time around, he was able to slip the adjustment to his surname through the five hole of a judicial robe by blending “Ocho” and “Cinco” into one word, thus concealing to a large extent the sideshow nature of what otherwise is a fairly sober and serene human event.
So if/when Chad tries to change his name to “Hachigo,” chances are that the judicial officer might not be as inclined to rubber-stamp the move.
But we figure that won’t stop Chad from trying.