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On his Twitter account early this morning, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco(notes) let it be known that if he scored in today's game against the Detroit Lions, he had something special planned:

what I've planned for today will get me fined when I score but it's so worth it

True to his word, Ochocinco did both. After a 36-yard touchdown reception from Carson Palmer(notes), the always-amusing receiver put on a poncho and a sombrero on the sideline, to celebrate his newfound Hispanic heritage:

The fact that Ochocinco managed to find a sombrero in Bengals colors only makes me love the celebration that much more. Roger Goodell probably won't be so amused. Expect a sizable fine due to the fact that this isn't Ocho's first run-in with the NFL's rigid rules against planned celebrations. (Why is this illegal but a safety talking smack after making a tackle is well within the rules? Which is more offensive, and annoying, to fans?)

Football is a game, not the matter of life and death some people make it out to be. Whatever you think of his antics, Ochocinco makes watching football fun. And isn't that what it's supposed to be about?

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