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Chris Johnson says Ted Ginn didn't show for a footrace

We’re trying to scale back some of the Seinfeld references because, after all, the show has been off the air for nearly a dozen years and the early seasons are starting to look like they were made in the ’70s or something.

So we won’t mention any possible comparisons between an offseason race that was supposed to go down between Titans running back Chris Johnson and Dolphins receiver Ted Ginn, even though there might be a couple of episodes that might contain some similarities to this specific situation.

Johnson claims that talk of a race against Ginn started while Johnson was attending during the offseason a party with other NFL players, including Ginn and Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter. 

“Him and Joey were talking about how he could beat me,” Johnson said Wednesday.  “When it came down to it, he was a no-show. . . .   We were going to race down Ocean Drive.  I walked down to the street, and he never showed up.”

Asked whether he’s faster than Ginn, Johnson said it’s “not even a legitimate question.” 

Johnson also boasted that he would beat Usain Bolt “in the 50.”

We’ve got a feeling that Bolt wouldn’t be a no-show for that one.  And Ginn might be willing to fire the starter’s pistol, which would be acceptable.  As long as he doesn’t drop it. 

Or aim it at Porter’s ass.

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76 Responses to “Chris Johnson says Ted Ginn didn't show for a footrace”
  1. Adam David says: Dec 16, 2009 3:38 PM

    I do believe he would beat Ginn, but I don’t think he would be Bolt. That’s a stretch.

  2. BaldingersPinky says: Dec 16, 2009 3:41 PM

    Ted Ginn “I choose not to run”. That’s right Louis.

  3. hairy snizz says: Dec 16, 2009 3:41 PM

    Forget Ginn, although he has long speed he can’t accelerate like Johnson. DeSean Jackson vs Chris Johnson, that’s the race I wanna see!

  4. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 16, 2009 3:42 PM

    40 yard dash (combine):
    Chris Johnson: 4.24
    Ted Ginn: 4.31
    100m dash?
    Chris Johnson: 10.49 seconds
    Ted Ginn: 10.5 seconds
    I’m seeing Johnson as faster. I will add that Ginn’s speed is more top-end. I’m sure Ginn would probably out-last Johnson if they ran more than 100m, but everything under 100m, it seems that Johnson is faster.
    But more importantly, who cares? Johnson is undoubtedly a better player, and 10 coaches out of 10 would rather have Johnson on their team.

  5. Terb says: Dec 16, 2009 3:46 PM

    CJ needs to go ahead and invite DeSean Jackson as well

  6. Patrian says: Dec 16, 2009 3:47 PM

    Johnson also boasted that he would beat Usain Bolt “in the 50.”
    What is up with football players thinking they can dominate the best athletes in other sports, MMA, basketball, and now sprinting…

  7. olskool711 says: Dec 16, 2009 3:49 PM

    No soup for you!
    Now this is real sports tabloid journalism!
    Heck with all that Tiger banging waitresses stuff.

  8. stiller43 says: Dec 16, 2009 3:49 PM

    Johnson also boasted that he would beat Usain Bolt “in the 50.”
    So, because Chris Johnson is really fast compared to a bunch of 280+ pound linemen and 250+ pound linebackers, he thinks he can’t beat a sprinter who is REALLY fast compared to other world class sprinters?
    This guy’s a schmuck.
    And who the hell judges any race by”a 50?” 50 what? Yards? Meters? 50 of Andy Reid’s waistband?

  9. Ranoversquarells says: Dec 16, 2009 3:49 PM

    I come here for news/rumors, but I stay for Seinfeld references.

  10. RaiderMight says: Dec 16, 2009 3:49 PM

    Wow Mike. You saved this entry with the last 3 paragraphs. lol

  11. yourmomsbox says: Dec 16, 2009 3:49 PM

    He is not even the fastest Chris Johnson in the NFL.

  12. torontophins24 says: Dec 16, 2009 3:51 PM

    shut up florio, u goof

  13. Ron says: Dec 16, 2009 3:51 PM


  14. Sheward says: Dec 16, 2009 3:52 PM

    I actually like this guy’s arrogance. It’s entertaining.

  15. TorontoVikingsFan says: Dec 16, 2009 3:54 PM

    I don’t know if you can trust Ted to hold on to anything. Better let Troy Williamson fire the gun…oh wait.

  16. superdave4good says: Dec 16, 2009 3:55 PM

    Just curious if you had the opportunity to watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ with the Seinfeld reunion episodes (2) this season? It was classic Seinfeld with the main plot of the show within the show being about Costanza having his I-Phone ‘App’ stolen from him. What was his I-Phone ‘App’ idea? It was going to show the best public restroom places nationally. Ahhh hahaha. Plus it had Larry David trying to win his ex-wife back by giving her a part on the show without consulting with Jerry or the other Seinfeld members…hilarious. Anyway, I’m a die-hard as well and love the references as I still make them daily. THE greatest show of all time…Seinfeld.

  17. The Van Buren Boys says: Dec 16, 2009 3:57 PM

    Hey Florio, how about you call Chris Johnson up and ask him if he’d like to race Duncan Meyer. Maybe we can get Mr. Bevilaqua to fire his starter pistol.

  18. chapnasty says: Dec 16, 2009 3:58 PM

    Chris Johnson is getting too good for his mouth

  19. Nobe says: Dec 16, 2009 4:01 PM


  20. ThePragmatist says: Dec 16, 2009 4:02 PM

    Joey begged him to race, but Ginn insisted “I choose not to run!”
    There you go.

  21. brasho says: Dec 16, 2009 4:03 PM

    Yes, it is an almost absolute certainty that Johnson could beat Bolt in the 50, definitely the 40, and could be right there in a 60. Bolt is not a GREAT starter but he has unbelievable build-up speed and at top speed he moves faster than any human has ever moved (not in free fall). Chris Johnson has a fantastic start (which is where .15-.2 of a second are won and lost in the 40, and most olympic sprinters are not great starters but great finishers) and excellent speed.
    Bolt, at 6’5, has such long longs and thus a long (but powerful) gait that really eats up ground. Bolt is the fastest human ever, but I have no doubt that Johnson can beat him in the 40 or 50.

  22. uknowit says: Dec 16, 2009 4:03 PM

    “I choose not to race”

  23. owumd says: Dec 16, 2009 4:03 PM

    Ginn need only say “I CHOOSE NOT TO RUN.”

  24. picklefarts says: Dec 16, 2009 4:03 PM

    It was Definitely Randy Moss’ fault Ginn didnt show up.
    Right Mike?

  25. Hap says: Dec 16, 2009 4:06 PM

    Aw, Flo. Why did ya have to go there ?

  26. Evpimp says: Dec 16, 2009 4:08 PM

    Johnson shut yo mouth boy and just play football

  27. Verbal Kint says: Dec 16, 2009 4:10 PM

    “Attending during the offseason a party”? Nice syntax Yoda.

  28. Moose Skyway says: Dec 16, 2009 4:12 PM

    “We’re trying to scale back some of the Seinfeld references …”
    Izzy Mandelbaum just looked at you and declared it go time.

  29. SteelCurtnDee says: Dec 16, 2009 4:12 PM

    “Johnson claims that talk of a race against Ginn started while Johnson was attending during the offseason a party with other NFL players”
    Are you retarded Florio? My god how are you a writer?

  30. Osterhouse says: Dec 16, 2009 4:13 PM

    Bolt would rape him. OSU Ginn was epically fast as well…or at least he looked like it vs college players.
    Does anyone else think Chris Johnson runs like a rabbit? The quick on the dime cuts and acceleration?
    He is from Florida…I wonder if he chased rabbits and if so how many cotton tails he caught? lol
    Video explains it all.

  31. Bob Sacamono says: Dec 16, 2009 4:14 PM

    it’s very simple…Ginn “chose not to race”

  32. Worst Poster Ever says: Dec 16, 2009 4:16 PM

    Chris Johnson cracks me up.
    I’d love to see him race Bolt… If he can, it would be an interesting micro economics question.

  33. The Coop says: Dec 16, 2009 4:17 PM

    This used to be funny, but now Johnson is just being annoying. Ginn would smoke him, and Bolt would embarrass him.

  34. CanadianVikingFan says: Dec 16, 2009 4:17 PM

    This guy’s inflated ego is going to get him killed. He may be fast and talented but that doesn’t mean you can or should be a dick about it. One day hes is going to say hes the strongest guy in the NFL and have a fist fight with Richie Incognito on the streets and he will head butt Chris to death.

  35. picklefarts says: Dec 16, 2009 4:17 PM

    It was probably Moss’ fault he didnt show up.

  36. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Dec 16, 2009 4:17 PM

    WOW…….pretty hostile to Porter….He is a DOUCHE…I love it…..

  37. secec12 says: Dec 16, 2009 4:23 PM

    I want to see him and Desean Jackson race

  38. sultanofslot says: Dec 16, 2009 4:28 PM

    I’m a big Eagles fan but no way does DeSean beat Johnson in a footrace.
    If I had to pick one NFL player to race against Johnson, it would be DRC.

  39. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 16, 2009 4:30 PM

    What’s with NFL players wanting to be track stars?
    It’s like movie stars wanting to do public access TV.

  40. Jag4Life says: Dec 16, 2009 4:33 PM

    He’s doin’ a lot of talking but haven’t accomplished sh@t. He makes plays on the field and definetely makes Vince Young look good. It’s kinda easy to look good when all VY has to do is throw the screen pass for a 60 TD every drive. Win something first playa!!!

  41. Krow says: Dec 16, 2009 4:40 PM

    It would be great to see one of these dickheads hurt themselves in a street race… that would be excellent.

  42. Cereal Blogger says: Dec 16, 2009 4:41 PM

    Ginn is faster than CJ. Nowhere near as effective a football player, but he is faster.
    Remember the NFL’s fastest man competition? That was awseome, they should bring it back. As long as its not on sand (poor Robert Edwards)

  43. indymag says: Dec 16, 2009 4:42 PM

    How come DHB doesn’t get invited to these parties?

  44. rasalas says: Dec 16, 2009 4:42 PM

    40 yard dash (combine):
    Chris Johnson: 4.24
    Ted Ginn: 4.31

  45. Igottz5onit says: Dec 16, 2009 4:52 PM

    I would love to see Bolt dust Chris Johnson. I don’t hate Chris Johnson, I just think he is a moron. Only because everything he says is moronic. Besides that he is a great football player.

  46. gregoriorossini says: Dec 16, 2009 4:56 PM

    Looks like Ted Ginn is a coward on and off the field.

  47. TheBottomLine says: Dec 16, 2009 5:00 PM

    Mike Wallace would whip him

  48. DayAllOnJuice says: Dec 16, 2009 5:07 PM

    Ginn should challenge him to an iq test.
    I have no idea how intelligent Ginn is but I’m pretty confident he’d win.

  49. Nambla Limbaugh says: Dec 16, 2009 5:08 PM

    None of these guys ran faster than that “Frank Burns” blowhole did from this site when his crap-ass stillers went into the tank. New world record!

  50. phinsNleafs says: Dec 16, 2009 5:10 PM

    Ginn wanted to race but he dropped his beer and had to clean up broken glass while CJ was waiting.

  51. NFL ends in Nov says: Dec 16, 2009 5:11 PM

    Bolt would beat CJ with ginn on his back…
    lets invite plax to fire the pistol!

  52. JoeyB says: Dec 16, 2009 5:19 PM

    Chris Johnson is a bad dude as far as the 40 goes, with or without pads, but he needs to leave that man Bolt alone. Usain Bolt is far and away the fastest man in the world PERIOD

  53. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 16, 2009 5:23 PM

    “Ginn didn’t work out at the combine because he had a mid-foot sprain. Not sure where those numbers came from. He reportedly ran the 40 in 4.38-4.45 seconds at a private workout a few months later — with a sore foot. He was still a month or more shy of full recovery at that point.”
    Didn’t know that, but point taken. I just got the numbers off ESPN & SI websites when I did a search. I did get chris johnson’s numbers off the combine info and didn’t see Ginn’s there so I just did another search, didn’t update where I got it from. :Beer:
    What is with all the “Ginn chose not to” comments? Did something happen in the news that I missed? 😀
    But yes, I laughed with the poster that said “no surprise that Ginn didn’t show up, he hasn’t shown up all year” – haha, that was great!

  54. Sasquash says: Dec 16, 2009 5:27 PM

    Chris Johnson HANDS DOWN OVER GINN. Bolt may have long strides and be a great finisher but he always lets up in the end. I guess so he can beat that record during his next race. DJAC or the rookie on the Bears would give CJ a better race then Ginn. Is it safe to say that Ginn is a bust yet? Happens to most Ohio State players. Being a bust that is. Anyone who picked or picks Ginn is a Ohio State loser or Dolphins loser.

  55. brookspw says: Dec 16, 2009 5:29 PM

    Put Bolt and CJ in full football pads and I’d like to see them in the 50.

  56. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 16, 2009 5:40 PM

    If Chris Johnson was actually faster than Bolt, then Chris Johnson would be competing for the USA on the Olympic level.
    If he’s not, he should, because Bolt beat the United States last time around.

  57. Donkeypunch666 says: Dec 16, 2009 5:44 PM

    As someone who ran short distance track at the D-1 level, Chris Johnson would probably win the 50. There have been tons of studies to determine 40 speed verses track speed and the vast majority conclude with the NFL player being faster the shorter the race. The flipping point is about the 55-65 meter range.

  58. mannyfresh209 says: Dec 16, 2009 5:55 PM

    if you all think chris johnson actually feels he can beat usain bolt then i feel sorry for your mothers.

  59. Finfan says: Dec 16, 2009 5:59 PM

    Ginn wouldn’t run the full course without running for the safety of the sideline.

  60. Igottz5onit says: Dec 16, 2009 5:59 PM

    It is a Seinfeld reference where Jerry beats the fastest kid in his class in a foot race in grade school. The rival he beat said he jumped the gun and challenges him to a rematch but Jerry says, “I choose not to run!” When they are grown-ups they race again and a car backfires giving Jerry a head start again and he wins again.
    @Nambla Limbaugh
    I still see Frank Burns on here all the time, but I am guessing you were just trying to take a cheap shot at the Steelers… because you’re an a-hole.

  61. vbeach31 says: Dec 16, 2009 6:07 PM

    Funny thing is I was at this Party. It was in Miami on the rooftop of a hotel, i forget the name. It was Jeezy’s (rapper) pool party. Ginn was talking to anyone who would listen about how fast he ..What a party tho..People there included Ocho Cinco, Suggs, Johnson, Ginn Jr, VY, Spikes (fla), Porter and etc. Who cares who wins the race, when is the next party dammit..lmao!!!!!

  62. Rmbay says: Dec 16, 2009 6:07 PM

    Ted Ginn probably would have ran out of bounds, anyway.

  63. OscarMooseFarmer says: Dec 16, 2009 6:07 PM

    But Crabtree can run a 4.3 with crutches right?…..right?

  64. troll_aikman8 says: Dec 16, 2009 6:17 PM

    Johnson went on to say that he could defend a take down from GSP.

  65. salty says: Dec 16, 2009 6:18 PM

    Bolt would win:
    According to IAAF Analysis Split Times, Usain Bolt ran his FIRST 40m in 4.65 seconds. Subtracting his reaction time which was .165 seconds, he ran the 40m in 4.485 seconds. 40 yards is a totally different measurement than 40 meters. 40 yards is equal to approximately 36.576m
    By simple ratio:
    X=( 36.576 / (40/4.485) )
    Usain Bolt’s 40 yard dash would be:
    A blazing 4.100 seconds!!!!!
    and considering the human error in hand-timed timing used in most combine settings, this time could easily be read as 3.85 seconds at the NFL Combine!!!!

  66. sven_ftw says: Dec 16, 2009 6:22 PM

    thanks! seinfield sucks…

  67. Laxer37 says: Dec 16, 2009 6:27 PM

    Just let Tom Brady decide.
    He makes the rest of the rules for the NFL.

  68. Cap says: Dec 16, 2009 6:27 PM

    Don’t you think you should mention that this item comes from an on-air interview with Jim Rome?
    I mean, you get all pissy when somebody takes your stuff without attribution…

  69. Igottz5onit says: Dec 16, 2009 6:30 PM

    Well done Salty.

  70. salty says: Dec 16, 2009 6:31 PM

    also – note – that wasn’t my math. here’s another projection. still has bolt faster than CJ’s combine time.,184570

  71. Route36West says: Dec 17, 2009 1:00 AM

    Thats funny something was on one of the sports channels the other day and they were talking about Johnson then they were talking about how fast Desean Jackson is and I was thinking I wanna see whos faster straight up. Not in the combine that means nothing I wanna see them next to each and see whos faster.
    I dunno I think Desean can get him.

  72. urworstnitemare says: Dec 17, 2009 10:38 AM

    stiller43 says:
    50 what? Yards? Meters? 50 of Andy Reid’s waistband?
    LOL now thats a good good one, but that would be in miles my friend..

  73. overkil2 says: Dec 17, 2009 4:37 PM

    “Krow says:
    December 16, 2009 4:40 PM
    It would be great to see one of these dickheads hurt themselves in a street race… that would be excellent.

    Fine by us Dolphin Fans, either way we aren’t getting any production from Ginn. At least we’d have someone replace him who can catch the damn ball.

  74. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 17, 2009 5:35 PM

    You know, Bolt’s specialty isn’t a short-distance sprint. It’s longer-distances. That’s his specialty.
    Chris Johnson can challenge him in the 50, but why not challenge him in the 100, or something that Bolt actually runs?
    I can challenge Phil Loadholt to a 50 but what does that tell us? He’d probably lose to me, but he’d pancake my ass if i tried to rush his QB.
    Different skillsets, so stupid comparison to draw, the Johnson to Bolt claims that is.

  75. xxx says: Aug 15, 2010 5:01 PM

    for all the people think johnson is faster because of his 40 time ur wrong ted ginn ran that weeks after he broke his foot in the championship game ted fin would smoke him

  76. superswag19 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:38 PM

    Chris Johnson could not outrun usain bolt, he is ignorant to think that he can outrun the fastest man in the world. He is so proud of his 4.24 40 yard dash time that he posted at the nfl combine. However , what most people don’t know is the nfl combine 40s are only half electronic! So you might as well throw the times out the window. It’s bs . They start the times w a handheld watch and then they run through a laser . Mike mayock even admitted it on the nfl network. So all those 40s are not even legit .

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