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Just met Chad Johnson (Autograph session) (1 Viewer)

Family Matters

Footballguy
Chad Johnson was signing autographs ($50) at a local mall so I took my son to get his jersey autographed. I gotta say, he was down. He would not smile at all. I tried to say "great year" and he didn't say much at all. He looked tired and was seriously dragging. I keep hearing how he took the loss hard. I gotta say after seeing him, he is not a happy camper. There were probably a few hundred fans in line and just watching him he wouldn't respond to anyone. He looked sad and it seemed noone was going to make him smile.Now I'm a little bummed because my son and I waited 2 hours for this and he wouldn't even say "hey". The only response we got from him was "you're welcome" after my son said "thank you".Clearly he's hurting. It must of been very hard for him to do this after a tough loss like that. Especially the way they lost. The more I think about it I don't know if I could of signed that many the day after a big loss.

 
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Brant

Footballguy
Pretty dumb day to schedule an autograph session - win or lose, I'd have other places I'd rather be after a playoff game. This seems like something that would have been better scheduled in mid-Feb. or later.

 

Sinrman

Footballguy
Pretty dumb day to schedule an autograph session - win or lose, I'd have other places I'd rather be after a playoff game. This seems like something that would have been better scheduled in mid-Feb. or later.
Agreed
 

Family Matters

Footballguy
Pretty dumb day to schedule an autograph session - win or lose, I'd have other places I'd rather be after a playoff game. This seems like something that would have been better scheduled in mid-Feb. or later.
Gotta agree with that. I was surprised they did that.
 

Family Matters

Footballguy
I hate when they charge for autographs. Was it at leat going to a charity?
I wish. The it works is the sports store paid CJ $20,000 to sign for 2 hours. The stores hopes to cover their cost with the signing charge of either $25 or 50. Likely it would take about 500 to pay it off. I'd say they were close.In any case the store hopes to increase their mercahndise sales by having CJ there. I think they did ok.

 

mad sweeney

Footballguy
Monday is usually an off day for teams during the season.
The Bengals are always done this time of year anyway.
That's just wrong. True but wrong. Seriously, they desrved a better fate than this.
You gotta make your own fate in the NFL. Lots of teams, if not most, deserve more. They got mroe than they have in the past 15 years and the sting of a loss will only make them try harder next year. Worked for my boys. Patience grasshopper.
 
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Cunning Linguist

Guest
Monday is usually an off day for teams during the season.
The Bengals are always done this time of year anyway.
That's just wrong. True but wrong. Seriously, they desrved a better fate than this.
<------------------------(Ex) Lions Fan
 
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the sports store paid CJ $20,000 to sign for 2 hours.
I don't get this. He doesn't need the money that bad. I'd rather have a little time - and then sign autographs later for free when it would be more fun and have a better time interacting with the fans.btw, you're a pretty cool dad.
 

Family Matters

Footballguy
the sports store paid CJ $20,000 to sign for 2 hours.
I don't get this. He doesn't need the money that bad. I'd rather have a little time - and then sign autographs later for free when it would be more fun and have a better time interacting with the fans.

btw, you're a pretty cool dad.
My wife and I had the same conversation. We both see it like you. The only way I take it is he's single (I think), he's on top and he can command the fee. It won't be like that for ever. MAy be he's taking goods while he can.
 

Keysersoze666

Footballguy
Hey Family, I never realized you lived in Bengalsland ... I live just up the road in Dayton. Even though I'm a Packer fan first I grew up here and always rooted for the Bengals (having a second favorite team isn't bad if it's in the other conference) and the playoff game didn't go as expected. My WCOFF partner got me a CJ jersey for Christmas and it didn't bring the luck I hoped it would.I usually catch CJ on WLW with Furman and he is certainly an entertainer in every sense of the word. It was a cool move for you to take your son and at least he got to see a player who truely CARED about whats happens on the field. For a guy who always has a smile to be that upset is a true indicator of the level of dedication that he has, the Bengals are lucky to have him.

 

Maddogmac

Footballguy
So, did he tell you what his touchdown dance was gonna be next week??? :lmao:

 
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jwvdcw

Footballguy
Hey Family, I never realized you lived in Bengalsland ... I live just up the road in Dayton. Even though I'm a Packer fan first I grew up here and always rooted for the Bengals (having a second favorite team isn't bad if it's in the other conference) and the playoff game didn't go as expected. My WCOFF partner got me a CJ jersey for Christmas and it didn't bring the luck I hoped it would.

I usually catch CJ on WLW with Furman and he is certainly an entertainer in every sense of the word. It was a cool move for you to take your son and at least he got to see a player who truely CARED about whats happens on the field. For a guy who always has a smile to be that upset is a true indicator of the level of dedication that he has, the Bengals are lucky to have him.
I like CJ but it sounds as if he can do no wrong:Smiling and joking around with fans before a big game: Some players would be critisized as not being focused enough. CJ is a great guy for "calming everyone's nerves."

Pouting and not talking during an autograph session in which he is getting paid: Some athletes would be widely critisized as just doing it for money. CJ is dedicated because of how upset he is over the loss.

:shrug:

 

3C's

Footballguy
How anybody can be down who is paid $10,000 per hour for signing his name is beyond me.
He's putting his career on the line by signing all those autographs. He could get Carpal Tunnel man.
 

Loopdog

Footballguy
dont chastise Chad for charging $50 to signtry getting Emmitt Smith, who charges $400 now at shows for Flats, $500 for Helmets, and an extra $100 for inscriptionsand he's not the only oneI realize Emmitt is the all time rushing leader and farther along than Chad is.I realize that I'm a diehard Cowboy fan.I realize its absolutely absurd to charge anyone $400 for an autographThe reason these guys charge is because if they sign for free, everyone and their mother is gonna line up and get 10 things signed and toss em on ebay. Personally, i wouldnt care if i was making millions, but thats easy for me to say because im notthese guys obviously do care, and thats the reason for the billion dollar memorabilia industry....

 

Getinthemix

Footballguy
Hey Family, I never realized you lived in Bengalsland ... I live just up the road in Dayton.  Even though I'm a Packer fan first I grew up here and always rooted for the Bengals (having a second favorite team isn't bad if it's in the other conference) and the playoff game didn't go as expected.  My WCOFF partner got me a CJ jersey for Christmas and it didn't bring the luck I hoped it would.

I usually catch CJ on WLW with Furman and he is certainly an entertainer in every sense of the word.  It was a cool move for you to take your son and at least he got to see a player who truely CARED about whats happens on the field.  For a guy who always has a smile to be that upset is a true indicator of the level of dedication that he has, the Bengals are lucky to have him.
I like CJ but it sounds as if he can do no wrong:Smiling and joking around with fans before a big game: Some players would be critisized as not being focused enough. CJ is a great guy for "calming everyone's nerves."

Pouting and not talking during an autograph session in which he is getting paid: Some athletes would be widely critisized as just doing it for money. CJ is dedicated because of how upset he is over the loss.

:shrug:
:goodposting:
 
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trader jake

Guest
I like CJ but it sounds as if he can do no wrong:

Smiling and joking around with fans before a big game: Some players would be critisized as not being focused enough. CJ is a great guy for "calming everyone's nerves."

Pouting and not talking during an autograph session in which he is getting paid: Some athletes would be widely critisized as just doing it for money. CJ is dedicated because of how upset he is over the loss.

:shrug:
:goodposting:
:goodposting: anti-TO?until he took a swing at his head coach :boxing:

 

BassNBrew

IBL Representative
dont chastise Chad for charging $50 to sign

try getting Emmitt Smith, who charges $400 now at shows for Flats, $500 for Helmets, and an extra $100 for inscriptions

and he's not the only one

I realize Emmitt is the all time rushing leader and farther along than Chad is.

I realize that I'm a diehard Cowboy fan.

I realize its absolutely absurd to charge anyone $400 for an autograph

The reason these guys charge is because if they sign for free, everyone and their mother is gonna line up and get 10 things signed and toss em on ebay.

Personally, i wouldnt care if i was making millions, but thats easy for me to say because im not

these guys obviously do care, and thats the reason for the billion dollar memorabilia industry....
Actually by charging more he only further drives the e-bay market. Besides, everyone knows his autograph is useless without autographs from his offensive lineman. Without those included you might as well just have a Marcel Shipp autogragh.

 

Family Matters

Footballguy
Hey Family, I never realized you lived in Bengalsland ... I live just up the road in Dayton. Even though I'm a Packer fan first I grew up here and always rooted for the Bengals (having a second favorite team isn't bad if it's in the other conference) and the playoff game didn't go as expected. My WCOFF partner got me a CJ jersey for Christmas and it didn't bring the luck I hoped it would.

I usually catch CJ on WLW with Furman and he is certainly an entertainer in every sense of the word. It was a cool move for you to take your son and at least he got to see a player who truely CARED about whats happens on the field. For a guy who always has a smile to be that upset is a true indicator of the level of dedication that he has, the Bengals are lucky to have him.
Thanks but you're closer than I am, I'm in Columbus. He came up here to a local mall. I agree with you that the Bengals (and we fans) are very fortunate to have CJ. He's not only very talented but as you points out, he cares too.
 

Family Matters

Footballguy
Hey Family, I never realized you lived in Bengalsland ... I live just up the road in Dayton.  Even though I'm a Packer fan first I grew up here and always rooted for the Bengals (having a second favorite team isn't bad if it's in the other conference) and the playoff game didn't go as expected.  My WCOFF partner got me a CJ jersey for Christmas and it didn't bring the luck I hoped it would.

I usually catch CJ on WLW with Furman and he is certainly an entertainer in every sense of the word.  It was a cool move for you to take your son and at least he got to see a player who truely CARED about whats happens on the field.  For a guy who always has a smile to be that upset is a true indicator of the level of dedication that he has, the Bengals are lucky to have him.
I like CJ but it sounds as if he can do no wrong:Smiling and joking around with fans before a big game: Some players would be critisized as not being focused enough. CJ is a great guy for "calming everyone's nerves."

Pouting and not talking during an autograph session in which he is getting paid: Some athletes would be widely critisized as just doing it for money. CJ is dedicated because of how upset he is over the loss.

:shrug:
I think it was said well earlier that doing this the day after a big emotional playoff loss probably isn't the best idea. I can understand and respect he was not a happy camper. I just wish a couple of days had passed by. Maybe he would of been his usual smiling self. But hey, hats off for honoring his commitment. :thumbup:
 

Quez

Footballguy
he's a :cry: babyas much as I like his dances he is a :cry: :cry: :cry: babyhe should have been playing or Vermeil :cry: :cry: :cry:

 

Family Matters

Footballguy
How anybody can be down who is paid $10,000 per hour for signing his name is beyond me.
He's putting his career on the line by signing all those autographs. He could get Carpal Tunnel man.
And it turns out he could not "check us off his list". We had him covered and he didn't catch nutt'in man! :D
 

Family Matters

Footballguy
dont chastise Chad for charging $50 to sign

try getting Emmitt Smith, who charges $400 now at shows for Flats, $500 for Helmets, and an extra $100 for inscriptions

and he's not the only one

I realize Emmitt is the all time rushing leader and farther along than Chad is.

I realize that I'm a diehard Cowboy fan.

I realize its absolutely absurd to charge anyone $400 for an autograph

The reason these guys charge is because if they sign for free, everyone and their mother is gonna line up and get 10 things signed and toss em on ebay.

Personally, i wouldnt care if i was making millions, but thats easy for me to say because im not

these guys obviously do care, and thats the reason for the billion dollar memorabilia industry....
Just to clarify, CJ wasn't charging the fans anything. He was paid $20k to appear and sign for 2 hours. The store charged for the autographs. $50 for large items and $25 for smaller ones.As for the industry, you are right. It used to be these guys would sign for free and you could go home with a nice momemto. People starting taking advantage of them. Someone would get an autograph for free and by the next dat it would sell on ebay for hundreds. Now it's an industry unto itself and these guys aren't in the business of making other people rich or making them a quick buck.

 
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Family Matters

Footballguy
Chad is just sad that someone finally shut him down in the biggest game of his career...
I doubt that happens if Palmer is in the game. Pitts hadn't shut him down before. He's had some success against them. Clearly losing Palmer changed this team in many ways. Clearly the big was lost when he went down. There's a reason Kitna is a back up and not a starter. He's a good back up without question. But he cannot make the throws Palmer can and that first throw he made was just one example of what Pitts was going to see all day.Oh well. That's the way it goes sometimes. :shrug:

 

Rumblebelly

Footballguy
I am amazed so many people here think as long as you make a lot of money you have no reason to be down. The fact he is down after losing a playoff game is proof he gets it more than most. Money comes and goes... it really isn't that big of a deal. It definitely won't make you happy (though it helps, I know :P ). I'd trade 20k to win a playoff game any day.

 

Frenchy Fuqua

Footballguy
Chad is just sad that someone finally shut him down in the biggest game of his career...
I doubt that happens if Palmer is in the game. Pitts hadn't shut him down before.
Actually CJ's numbers against the Steelers with Kitna are very similar to his numbers with Palmer.CJ vs. Steelers with Kitna on Sunday

Week 18 2005 4 catches for 59 yards 0 TD Result: Loss

CJ vs. Steelers with Palmer 2004-2005

Week 13 2005 5 catches for 54 yards 0 TD Result: Win

Week 7 2005 4 catches for 94 yards 0 TD Result: Loss

Week 11 2004 5 catches for 80 yards 1 TD Result: Loss

Week 4 2004 4 catches for 54 yards 0 TD Result: Loss

 
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jwvdcw

Footballguy
dont chastise Chad for charging $50 to sign

try getting Emmitt Smith, who charges $400 now at shows for Flats, $500 for Helmets, and an extra $100 for inscriptions

and he's not the only one

I realize Emmitt is the all time rushing leader and farther along than Chad is.

I realize that I'm a diehard Cowboy fan.

I realize its absolutely absurd to charge anyone $400 for an autograph

The reason these guys charge is because if they sign for free, everyone and their mother is gonna line up and get 10 things signed and toss em on ebay.

Personally, i wouldnt care if i was making millions, but thats easy for me to say because im not

these guys obviously do care, and thats the reason for the billion dollar memorabilia industry....
Just to clarify, CJ wasn't charging the fans anything. He was paid $20k to appear and sign for 2 hours. The store charged for the autographs. $50 for large items and $25 for smaller ones.As for the industry, you are right. It used to be these guys would sign for free and you could go home with a nice momemto. People starting taking advantage of them. Someone would get an autograph for free and by the next dat it would sell on ebay for hundreds. Now it's an industry unto itself and these guys aren't in the business of making other people rich or making them a quick buck.
Back when I used to collect sports cards 10 years ago, I remember this being a huge problem, and I remember all of the magazines constantly debating it. The problem is pretty much this:On one hand you want the kids and the fans who care about the athletes to have the opportunity to get an autograph of their favorite star. On the other hand, you don't want guys trying to take advantage of that and just make a quick buck. So how does an athlete give to the true fans while not getting taken advantage of?

I always have thought that I had the perfect solution and I still think I do: Sign your autograph completely different every time! Just randomly change how you sign every single day. That way your autograph is perfectly easy to forge, thus there will be no value at all in your autograph. However, any true fan who just wanted to get an in person autograph will know in their heart that they really did meet you and they'll be pleased.

Why is this not the perfect solution?

 

Evilgrin 72

Distributor of Pain
Week 13 2005 5 catches for 54 yards 0 TD Result: Win

Week 7 2005 4 catches for 94 yards 0 TD Result: Loss
Yep, and in week 7, he had 37 yards on 3 catches with 2 minutes left in the game when he caught a 47 yard pass down the sideline with the score 27-6 and the Steelers just waiting to get the ball back and kneel it out.Chad was a non-factor in all 3 games this year - the Steelers shut him down time and again. As much as I find him entertaining and funny, I still always like to see a player who never shuts up forcibly quieted.

 

Slinger

Footballguy
Just met Chad Johnson (Autograph session), He's really down.

Please correct the typo or I'm telling.

 

John 14:6

Jesus is Lord!
Back when I used to collect sports cards 10 years ago, I remember this being a huge problem, and I remember all of the magazines constantly debating it. The problem is pretty much this:

On one hand you want the kids and the fans who care about the athletes to have the opportunity to get an autograph of their favorite star. On the other hand, you don't want guys trying to take advantage of that and just make a quick buck. So how does an athlete give to the true fans while not getting taken advantage of?

I always have thought that I had the perfect solution and I still think I do: Sign your autograph completely different every time! Just randomly change how you sign every single day. That way your autograph is perfectly easy to forge, thus there will be no value at all in your autograph. However, any true fan who just wanted to get an in person autograph will know in their heart that they really did meet you and they'll be pleased.

Why is this not the perfect solution?
I think it was Charles Barkley who said he asks for a name and will personalize the signature. I guess this reduces its value on the market and would make it more special for the recipient.
 

jetpack

Footballguy
Week 13 2005  5 catches for 54 yards 0 TD  Result: Win

Week  7  2005  4 catches for 94 yards 0 TD  Result: Loss
Yep, and in week 7, he had 37 yards on 3 catches with 2 minutes left in the game when he caught a 47 yard pass down the sideline with the score 27-6 and the Steelers just waiting to get the ball back and kneel it out.Chad was a non-factor in all 3 games this year - the Steelers shut him down time and again. As much as I find him entertaining and funny, I still always like to see a player who never shuts up forcibly quieted.
Amen.One thing that has annoyed me is that every Bengals fan on this board believes the game was theirs if Palmer had been in. I say 50/50 chance at best. Steelers were the team to slap the Bengals high-powered offense down to earth in week 6. And, the steelers had been a scoring machine themselves over the last third of the season. Add to that the better defense resides with the Steelers and I think you've got a nice Steelers win WITH Palmer in there. Vegas saw the same thing...

 

cstu

Footballguy
Back when I used to collect sports cards 10 years ago, I remember this being a huge problem, and I remember all of the magazines constantly debating it. The problem is pretty much this:

On one hand you want the kids and the fans who care about the athletes to have the opportunity to get an autograph of their favorite star. On the other hand, you don't want guys trying to take advantage of that and just make a quick buck. So how does an athlete give to the true fans while not getting taken advantage of?

I always have thought that I had the perfect solution and I still think I do: Sign your autograph completely different every time! Just randomly change how you sign every single day. That way your autograph is perfectly easy to forge, thus there will be no value at all in your autograph. However, any true fan who just wanted to get an in person autograph will know in their heart that they really did meet you and they'll be pleased.

Why is this not the perfect solution?
I think it was Charles Barkley who said he asks for a name and will personalize the signature. I guess this reduces its value on the market and would make it more special for the recipient.
There are a lot of players who do this and I think it's the best way to go. If you are truly interested in getting a players' autograph, there's no way you can complain that the person took the extra time to sign your name.
 

Urn

Footballguy
Chad Johnson was signing autographs ($50) at a local mall so I took my son to get his jersey autographed. I gotta say, he was down. He would not smile at all. I tried to say "great year" and he didn't say much at all. He looked tired and was seriously dragging. I keep hearing how he took the loss hard. I gotta say after seeing him, he is not a happy camper.

There were probably a few hundred fans in line and just watching him he wouldn't respond to anyone. He looked sad and it seemed noone was going to make him smile.

Now I'm a little bummed because my son and I waited 2 hours for this and he wouldn't even say "hey". The only response we got from him was "you're welcome" after my son said "thank you".

Clearly he's hurting. It must of been very hard for him to do this after a tough loss like that. Especially the way they lost. The more I think about it I don't know if I could of signed that many the day after a big loss.
It is because he can get his ego stroked on TV anymore...
 

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