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The 2009 Bengals edition of "Hard Knocks" debuted last night on HBO, and it was fantastic, if you like injured tight ends, fullbacks who are about one step away from putting on a Las Vegas Locomotives jersey, and Roy Williams getting housed in an Oklahoma drill.

Chad Ochocinco(notes) also figured heavily into the second half of the show. If you happened to miss it, I'll paraphrase Chad's entire appearance here.

"'Child, please' is another way of saying 'f--- you.' Having said that ... child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, child please, LOOK AT ME!"

So basically, it was exactly like his Twitter feed. If there was any doubt that Chad wasn't being himself on Twitter, we cleared that up last night. Maybe in next week's episode, we'll get an update on his Twitter spat with With Leather editor, Monday Morning Punter (note: naughty language at that link).

I enjoyed the show, though. It's rare that HBO executes anything poorly, and they managed to lightly tug at the heartstrings a couple of times. I felt for Reggie Kelly(notes) when he got the news about his Achilles, and I felt for J.D. Runnels(notes) when that mean guy woke him up to tell him he was being put on waivers.

I'd imagine Roy Williams is a little embarrassed this morning about his showing. He lined up against Maurice Purify(notes) in the Oklahoma drill (one running back, and one blocker going one-on-one with a defender in a confined space), and things did not work out well for Roy. Purify erased him. With his propensity to get beat deep, and his inability to even put up a fight against a rookie wide receiver blocking him, I'm having trouble figuring out what it is that Roy Williams does well.

Maybe the highlight of the hour was Carson Palmer's(notes) pep talk/lecture to Ochocinco about not taking plays off and doing things right. It was only a few seconds, but if it was representative at all of Palmer's leadership ability, the Bengals are damn lucky to have him. The way they ended the show made it seem like next week would feature Palmer heavily, so I'm looking forward to that.

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