Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ochocinco brings back the list
By James Walker
CINCINNATI -- For the big division game between the Bengals and Steelers this weekend, Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco offered the first verbal salvo.
Ochocinco had an important message he wanted to pass along to the cornerbacks of the defending Super Bowl champions heading into Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium.
"This week I have Ike Taylor and William Gay, and I'm looking forward to making them kiss the baby," Ochocinco said confidently.
It is not the first time he has used that phrase this season. Prior to Week 1's matchup against the Denver Broncos, Ochocinco made a similar vow, saying he was hoping to make Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey "kiss the baby" -- slang for "It's all over."
Going retro, Ochocinco has brought back his infamous checklist, on which he marks off all of the cornerbacks who fail to stop him during the season. Sitting in his locker, the list is titled "Dulce Venganza," which he says is Spanish for "Sweet Revenge."
"Basically, everybody is going to have to [pay] for everything that happened last year," Ochocinco said. "It's going to be interesting. We all know how the list goes up to this point. There's no need to discuss who gets checked off. We all know everyone has been checked off so far. Ike Taylor and William Gay will be the next two to get checked off."
Ochocinco also said he has a Spanish-themed touchdown celebration for Sunday, but wouldn't elaborate. Last week, Ochocinco did what turned out to be an orchestrated Lambeau Leap after his touchdown catch in a 31-24 road win over the Green Bay Packers.
James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.