- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2008

TAKE YOUR PICK: SHOULD THE BENGALS TRADE CHAD JOHNSON?

A: YES — If a guy wants out, there’s a good chance he can make a nightmare of a team’s season (see Terrell Owens, 2005). Cincinnati is better off taking what it can get before the draft rather than letting this fractious situation drag on.

B. No — There’s no way the Bengals can bow to the whim of a punk like Johnson with the entire league watching. He’s signed through 2011, and the team is stuck with his $8 million cap hit anyway.

Our take: Hasta la vista, “Ocho Cinco.” While we’d really like to stick it to Johnson, that didn’t work so well for Philadelphia during the T.O. debacle of 2005. The Eagles suffered through a 6-10 season while Owens conducted driveway workouts for the media and routinely blasted Donovan McNabb and Jeffrey Lurie.

Until the league comes up with a standard rule for dealing with this behavior, an owner’s best option is to trade the player rather than deal with the prolonged distraction. It’s a no-win deal for Cincinnati thanks to the cap hit, but the Bengals could make the best of a bad situation by playing interested NFC East parties Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington off one another to maximize Johnson’s worth.

TWT FIVE — WORST PRO UNIFORMS

Inspired by the Wizards and their hideous alternative road gold, here’s an in-depth look at some real sartorial eyesores:

1. San Diego Padres (road) — Is that the world’s biggest “D” or what?

2. Atlanta Thrashers (home) — Whose 4-year-old scribbled “Atlanta” down the left arm?

3. Minnesota Wild (road) — Only Marvin the Martian can pull off red and green.

4. Los Angeles Clippers (road alternate) — Nothing says, “We’re a bunch of pansies” like pale blue with cursive.

5. Washington Wizards (road alternate) — Gaudy gold with a sheen … a pimp’s dream.

HE SAID WHAT?

“Anyone with any sense wouldn’t have gone out in that.” — Irish golfer Damien McGrane on his first European Tour victory in monsoon-like conditions in China

ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Outlet: Mike Jones looks back on last night’s Game 2 of the Wizards-Cavaliers first round series in Cleveland.


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