U.S. Wins Championship Without Chad

The United States Flag Football Team defeated Mexico Friday to win the World Cup of Flag Football despite the absence of their “special weapon from the NFL,” Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco.

[Coach Craig] Miller, 63, coaches the team [Team Apocalypse] based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Six players from the team participated in the World Cup, but their special weapon from the NFL — Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco — did not make the trip.

The flamboyant star, whose last name was Johnson before he legally changed it last year, joined the Apocalypse for two games at the Broward County (Fla.) Championship last year. Ochocinco grew up in the same Miami neighborhood as Apocalypse players Reggie Haugabook and Bernard Summerall.

The Apocalypse won that title despite Ochocinco, according to Miller.

“He dropped four balls,” claimed Miller, who admitted that several were the fault of the quarterback.

Ochocinco was also flagged for offensive pass interference, and his flag was ripped off at the 1-yard line right before halftime. His lackluster performance forced the Apocalypse to put him on defense.

“He’s a much better cornerback than receiver,” Miller joked.

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