Hundreds of people are sending Darius Butler birthday Tweets today.
Chad Ochocinco is one. But what makes Ochocinco's well-wishes to the Patriots cornerback different is the hashtag at the end.
Uncertainty surrounds the 2011 NFL season, but if Cincinnati exercises its 3.5 million buyout of Ochocinco's contract, he would become a free agent. And today's message to Butler is not the first time Ocho has flirted with the Patriots. In January, the Bengals receiver sent a Tweet to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald:
PePe and Bill EPIC.
Pepe is one of Ochocinco's nicknames; "Bill" is Belichick, of course. Both men are open about their professional admiration for each other. Will it all add up to an on-field relationship? Or just one limited to 140 characters?
FOXBORO -- The NFL had former and current players announce picks during the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night. Some went better than others.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Jets were one of the teams that exerienced less-than-smooth sailing. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who was announcing the team's selection at No. 79 overall, attempted the team's "J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets" cheer, but whiffed on the spelling.
"With the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL draft," Richardson said, "the New York J-E-T-E Jets select ArDarius Stewart, receiver, Alabama."
FOXBORO -- The NFL draft has gotten worse since Roger Goodell came in and moved it to prime time. Between the timing, the extra day and it being outside for some reason, it's not what it used to be.
Here's one interesting (though silly) wrinkle that has been introduced of late, and it applies to all drafts: Whenever someone is drafted, somebody finds an old tweet of theirs and retweets it. Nothing will beat Charlie McAvoy's "I hate the Bruins so much" tweet.
For new Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia, it was a tweet sent out during Super Bowl LI in which a compliment for then Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney ended up being a criticism of the man Garcia could one day replace.
The tweet doesn't seem malicious at all, but it's hard to imagine Garcia thought while watching the Super Bowl that he'd end up playing with the guy.