We've learned a lot about Chad "Ocho Cinco" Ochocinco over the years. The Bengals wide receiver really, really likes the number 85, and will use it to celebrate "Spanish" Heritage Month and even make it permanent, which he believes makes him "a Mexican now." He'll race a thoroughbred for charity, and win, if given a head start. He enjoys list-making -- unless Marvin Lewis does it -- and is willing to babysit Carson Palmer's children. He likes shoes.
So when he twittered a picture of the state of Florida tattooed on his face, complete with a plea ("looks cool to, dont be mad just accept the Ocho please") there was absolutely no reason to believe he didn't really make his home state love permanent.
Apparently, that's because we never met his grandmother. Today, Ocho set the record straight (on twitter, which explains the spelling): "The entire twitt world and media outlets got punked, that was my twitt joke from yesterday, they follow I'll have fun with it. My grandma would kill me if I had damn facial tatts!!!"
Judging from Ocho's description of his grandmother, we believe him (again). "All she do is go to church 7 days a week, cool hat collection to. lol..she ride scooters, and she can run a mile in under 8 minutes, thats where i got my skills from. My grandma taught me how to run slants against bump and run, this aint your ordinary grandma."
stand type corrected. If our own grandmother was able to catch us on a slant, we've be as clean-cut as humanly possible. What a relief for Udonis Haslem and Marquis Daniels, who can now resume their rightful places at the top of the Florida ink-love heap.
As for the impudent, attention-grabbing Ocho? "Fun while it lasted, back to normal, I felt different to."
Janie Campbell would totally get this tattoo, just not on her face. Her work has appeared in irreverent sports sites around the Internet.