The NFL might want to keep an eye on new New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco’s living arrangements.
This could be just the thing to recapture fans who are still disgruntled from the four-and-a-half-month lockout.
Leave it to the always colorful Ochocinco to come up with marketing genius. Ochocinco, who was traded from the Cincinnati Bengals recently, plans to live with a fan while he searches for more permanent living arrangements.
“I'm going to do something different; I'm actually going to stay with a fan for the first two, three weeks of the season," he said in an ESPN story Tuesday. "That should be fun, until I get myself acclimated and learn my way around."
Ochocinco hasn’t settled on a fan to live with, but he does have certain conditions that must be met.
"I'm not sure how it's going to work, but they have to have Internet and have to have Xbox," he said. "That's about it."
Interestingly, Ochocinco believes living with someone will help him become better acquainted with his new surroundings. From the sound of it, just navigating Boston has been as much of a challenge as the Patriots playbook.
"The way I learn a new city is by traveling out, adventuring out, getting lost on purpose," he said. "This past weekend, I was a little frustrated because I was lost for about an hour, an hour and 30 minutes, and I couldn't get where I needed to. [But] that's it. Boston, or actually heaven, has been good."
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