MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 12, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Down by 15 points in the Cincy Jungle fantasy football league, the Kirkendollyrama had one player remaining to secure a victory from the jaws of defeat. It was like the final plea from Luke Skywalker for his father's help before the Emperor's final death stroke. One player. My Anakin was named Tom Brady. Obviously by now you've heard; so if you were annoyed by the giddy squeaks you heard coming north of Cincinnati, then my bad. Throughout the course of ESPN's first of two Monday Night Football games, Tom Brady completed 32 of 48 passes for 517 yards and four touchdowns in an epic display of aerial awesome. If you're a fan of football, especially Madden video games, this was a fun game to watch; an NFL record 933 yards passing combined between Brady and Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (416 yards).
Former Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, fluttering towards the heavens so excited to be on a team like the Patriots after the Bengals traded him, made his debut in a Patriots uniform after posting three receptions during the preseason. According to several published reports, Chad is taking longer than expected to adjust to New England's playbook. Of Brady's 32 completions, Chad Ochocinco caught one for 14 yards receiving. Of Brady's 48 pass attempts, Ochocinco was targeted three times. In truth the first time we noticed Chad was when he was flagged for an illegal formation in the first quarter that negated a 41-yard Tom Brady pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
While we might sound a little trivial and antagonistic towards Chad, we're not meaning to. In reality, save for one offseason in 2008, we liked Chad; for all intends and purposes, he was a big part of raising the bar for Bengals football and contrary to popular believe, he was as hard a worker on this team as anyone (before reality TV consumed him). And we do hope for a successful sunset to a great career.
That being said, Brady scored the most points in our fantasy football league, giving me a decided win and a 1-0 start this season. It's the first time I've been over .500 in the last four years.