Chad Ochocinco Falls Short of Saving Bengals From TV Blackout
Facing a blackout for Sunday's home game against the Saints, the wideout announced to his fans that he was going to purchase the remainder of unsold tickets so fans in Cincinnati could watch the game.
"Dear Cincinnati I'm purchasing the remaining tickets for Sundays game, blackout my a**," he posted on his Facebook fan page. "Now anybody know how many I need to buy n how much?"
Well, Chad, you probably should have considered that question before you embarked on this endeavor. Unfortunately, teams must sell out (or request an extension from the league) more than 72 hours before game time in order to avoid a blackout.
By the time Ochocinco realized the game would not be aired on local TV -- or at least the time he first posted on the matter to Facebook -- it was already too late.
"Who is responsible for these mishaps when the games don't sell out, when soccer clubs aren't doing well their games still sell out. My level of pisstivity is at an all time high, Sunday's game is blacked out!!!!!!" he wrote around 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, just two hours after the 72-hour deadline had passed.
Several hours later, Ochocinco realized his efforts had come up short. "We have crossed the rubicon with the league and tv network partners so it's apparently to late to reverse the blackout, totally unfair :("
Even though his "pisstivity" level is through the roof and he's upset enough to use a frowny emoticon, it was a valiant effort with good intentions at heart. Still, it might not be the worst thing in the world that some Cincinnati fans will be spared the heartbreak of watching Drew Brees' 8-3 Saints extend their four-game win streak over a hapless Bengals team.
But don't think Ochocinco is oblivious to how insufferable the Bengals have been this year. "We might be 2-9 but if i gotta play u gotta watch!!" he wrote.
There's always the away games.