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The dudes got character, thats for sure!

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/03/16/ochocinco-hitting-the-pitch

With pro football in a work stoppage, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco will try his foot at fútbol.

Ochocinco has a four-day tryout set with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting March 22.

"We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger," said Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes.

Ochocinco said that he is excited to "follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League soccer team."

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Is this guy ever actually going to follow through on any of this, though? First he's gonna fight someone. Now he's gonna play professional soccer....sure Ocho. Its that easy.

I'm not a fan of soccer at all, but its pretty damn insulting to just be like "well, my pro sport is locked out, so I'm gonna come play yours!" as if its that easy. I don't care how athletic he is.

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Is this guy ever actually going to follow through on any of this, though? First he's gonna fight someone. Now he's gonna play professional soccer....sure Ocho. Its that easy.

I'm not a fan of soccer at all, but its pretty damn insulting to just be like "well, my pro sport is locked out, so I'm gonna come play yours!" as if its that easy. I don't care how athletic he is.

To be fair, Michael Jordan did the same (albeit, not due to a lockout, but just because).

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To be fair, Michael Jordan did the same (albeit, not due to a lockout, but just because).

Micheal Jordan is arguably the best to ever play his sport. Chad Ochocinco was never even the best WR in the league (or probably even in his conference) for a single year of his career.

But I kinda see what you're saying.

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Well, it'll keep him in shape, that's for sure.

I'm not saying it doesn't require skill, but soccer is one of the easier sports to just go off and play. Baseball, you need to be able to catch and hit. Basketball, you need to be able to shoot. Hockey, you need to be able to skate. Lacrosse, you need to be able to throw and catch with the crosse.

In soccer you need to kick a ball.

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Is he planning on playing goalie? Not sure if he has the cardio for soccer and the difference between those who like soccer and professional athletes is significant (which applies to any sport).

I hope he has insurance policy on his legs because soccer causes an amazing amount of injuries to that area and he can't be a wide out without fully functioning legs.

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Well, it'll keep him in shape, that's for sure.

I'm not saying it doesn't require skill, but soccer is one of the easier sports to just go off and play. Baseball, you need to be able to catch and hit. Basketball, you need to be able to shoot. Hockey, you need to be able to skate. Lacrosse, you need to be able to throw and catch with the crosse.

In soccer you need to kick a ball.

If only it were that simple,

If he takes this seriously, the sheer physical demands alone would be an eye opener to be kind to him. Being in great shape for football is one thing. Being in game shape for an hour and a half of constant running is something entirely different again. A day's training with a pro soccer team would leave even the fittest pro football player on his ass gasping for breath and nursing serious aches and strains.

And we won't even start on the technique required to, as you said in it's most basic term, "kick a ball."

If only it were that simple.

Hail.

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If only it were that simple,

If he takes this seriously, the sheer physical demands alone would be an eye opener to be kind to him. Being in great shape for football is one thing. Being in game shape for an hour and a half of constant running is something entirely different again. A day's training with a pro soccer team would leave even the fittest pro football player on his ass gasping for breath and nursing serious aches and strains.

And we won't even start on the technique required to, as you said in it's most basic term, "kick a ball."

If only it were that simple.

Hail.

I apologize if I came off anti-soccer, I didn't mean it that way. I was just trying to say that to pick up and play soccer is a little easier than to pick up and play football or baseball. Part of that is the equipment, sure, but the bare bones of soccer is easier to learn and apply than that of other sports.

And while soccer players are generally in better shape than football players, it's not an hour and a half of constant running. Not all 10 players (not counting the goalie) are running the whole game. The midfielders are running the majority of the game, but they're not even running the whole time. To try to argue that is wrong.

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Micheal Jordan is arguably the best to ever play his sport. Chad Ochocinco was never even the best WR in the league (or probably even in his conference) for a single year of his career.

But I kinda see what you're saying.

Well duh. All I meant to point out is that Ocho isn't the first pro athlete to think his athleticism could easily translate into another pro sport without years of training. :ols:

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I apologize if I came off anti-soccer, I didn't mean it that way. I was just trying to say that to pick up and play soccer is a little easier than to pick up and play football or baseball. Part of that is the equipment, sure, but the bare bones of soccer is easier to learn and apply than that of other sports.

And while soccer players are generally in better shape than football players, it's not an hour and a half of constant running. Not all 10 players (not counting the goalie) are running the whole game. The midfielders are running the majority of the game, but they're not even running the whole time. To try to argue that is wrong.

You didn't come over as anti-soccer bro. Sorry if my reply made you feel that. I just used your post as it was the a-typical response to those ignorant on a different sport. (Not saying you personally are, just explaining why I picked on the tone of your post.).

And I guess your gona' now think I'm wrong, smiles, as I'm gona' disagree that soccer plays aren't more or less constantly running for 90 minutes. Obviously you get spells when you get a breather, but in the main your constantly on the move whatever position you play. From the forwards looking to either make runs and create space without the ball, or tracking back helping out the D when under pressure; through the defenders constantly pushing out or dropping back dependent on the opposing attacking situation (even harder if your a wing back constantly up and down the line either defending the opposing teams winger or getting forward to support your own); to all points in between with midfielders covering all over the park; there's few sports that can compare to the physical fitness demands of soccer. Maybe's ice hockey, which is pretty constant, but then your struggling.

Just someone who played at a very high amateur level in England to the point where I had a (sadly unsuccessful) week long trial with a pro-club. And even though that club were of a lesser professional standard, with quite a few part-time pro's due to financial restraints at the time, the week I spent training with them left me totally exhausted. I thought I was pretty fit playing three times a week, but practicing with a pro-club really makes you appreciate the physical state of these guys.

Sorry for the ramble.

Hail.

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3. If the game was that easy to pick up, players in Europe wouldn't be making millions of dollars.

It's not a difficult game to play. At a high level, sure. But it's one of the easiest to pick up and play. You need a ball, two areas for goals, and the ability to kick.

What I'm saying is it's one of the easiest games to learn, but hardest to master.

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It's not a difficult game to play. At a high level, sure. But it's one of the easiest to pick up and play. You need a ball, two areas for goals, and the ability to kick.

What I'm saying is it's one of the easiest games to learn, but hardest to master.

From someone that has played sports all his life, and been successful at most of them, I would say golf is probably the hardest to master.

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It's not a difficult game to play. At a high level, sure. But it's one of the easiest to pick up and play. You need a ball, two areas for goals, and the ability to kick.

What I'm saying is it's one of the easiest games to learn, but hardest to master.

Then I'm sure Ochocinco will have no trouble dominating your local pickup league :)

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2. Soccer players can run 7+ miles in any given game.

That's it? When I was in the Army I used to have to run 12 miles at 6 in the morning, on no sleep and still drunk from the night before. Good times.

Micheal Jordan is arguably the best to ever play his sport.

Facts aren't arguable. They're facts.

To be fair, Michael Jordan did the same (albeit, not due to a lockout, but just because).

And Jordan caught a ton of heat for it.

Yeah, and Jordan sucked at baseball.

Not really. Sucked at first, progressed strongly over time and they say he in all likelihood would have been in the majors if not for the strike in '94. After that went down he went back to the Bulls. I'm not saying he was a stud or anything but he hardly sucked.

And ftr, I hate Michael Jordan.

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