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Ocho gets his Johnson back

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Ocho gets his Johnson back

Chad Ochocinco, who changed his name from Chad Johnson in August of 2008 so that his surname reflected the Spanish pronounciation of his uniform number, has changed his name back to Chad Johnson.

(Pause here to reflect on the enormous absurdity of the above sentence and also to realize that we've come to accept news like this as completely normal in the case of this person.)

Ochocinco, who was released by the Patriots this offseason then signed by the attention-starved Miami Dolphins, was at Broward County Courthouse on Monday morning to return his name to Johnson.

Wouldn't you love to see this guy's "to-do" list?

1. Twitter stuff
2. Stop by Starbucks
3. Stop by IHOP
4. See if HBO needs me to do anything for Hard Knocks
5. Get to courthouse to change name back to Johnson
6. Twitter stuff (explain how name change reflects me being serious about stuff)
7. Don't study new offensive playbook
8. Tell someone new offense "nearly mastered, grasshopper..."
9. Call HBO guy to see if they need Evelyn for HK
10. Drive Prius around and wave
11. Be myself
12. Be myself pretending to be someone else being myself
13. Twitter stuff
14. Work out (tweet pics)
15. Editorial mtg, OCNN
16. Twitter stuff

Joking aside, it's worth noting that for all the fun had at Ocho's expense, the guy's heart is good, he makes people smile, and nowhere on the list will you find "Get drunk, punch cop, drive blind or pass out on sidewalk."

Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report:

Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward. 

That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel. 

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Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.

“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever. 

“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”