Johnson#039;s guarantee shows selfish side

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2003

Willie Anderson has a right to be upset.

The Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle doesn't like how wide receiver Chad Johnson guaranteed a win over the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

Forget the argument that pregame boasting eliminates making the opponent overconfident and there's no sneaking up on them. All a statement like that does is show how selfish Chad Johnson really is.

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It's the same as the choreographed dances after scoring touchdowns or making a sack. All those things really do is say, "Look at me. See what I did?"

Well, you didn't do it by yourself. One player can't score a touchdown without blocking. A team sport means just that: the accomplishments are a team effort.

And believe me, if a player does something good on the field, the fans will see it. They don't need it to be pointed out. When you have to tell people how good you are, then maybe you're not that good.

The same thing goes for antics such as San Francisco wide receiver Terrell Owens scoring a touchdown and then pulling out a Sharpie pen to sign the football.

When the professionals act childish, the college players see it and try to figure out a way to showboat within the rules. All that trickles down to the high school ranks and lower.

I heard the Marshall studio hosts prior to Wednesday night's game talk about coaches who let players wear different styles or colors on their uniform. They agreed with the idea, saying, "you have to let them have some fun."

Funny, I thought playing the game was supposed to be fun. And winning is even more fun. I also thought that the word uniform meant identical. It symbolizes working together as a unit for one cause.

So when Chad Johnson guarantees that the Bengals will beat the Chiefs, he is merely trying to draw attention to himself. But in the process, he puts added pressure on his teammates, and that's a selfish move.

Chad Johnson needs to close his mouth and learn to let his actions do his talking.

Jim Walker is sports editor of The Ironton Tribune.