One question into a conference call with Jets writers Wednesday, and the Bengals' loquacious receiver was unplugged. Your thoughts about going against Revis?
"Look here, me and Revis is better than [Manny] Pacquiao and [Floyd] Mayweather, period, case closed," Ochocinco said, referring to the boxers. "You have never seen a matchup like this ever before. Darrelle Revis couldn't cover me in a brown paper bag on a corner of a Manhattan street in a phone booth."
And there you have it: Ocho vs. Revis in the battle of the century . . . or so Ochocinco would have you believe. The way we see it, this won't be much of a fight at all.
Forget the fact that Ochocinco isn't even certain just how much he'll play against the Jets. With the Bengals having clinched a playoff spot by virtue of their AFC North title, there is little incentive for coach Marvin Lewis to play his starters the entire way, especially because they are likely to play the Jets the following week in the wild-card playoff round if the Jets win Sunday.
But that didn't stop Ochocinco from hamming it up in advance of a nationally televised game in the country's biggest market. Even if Revis figures to dominate the competition.
"I'm not coming off the field, period," Ochocinco said. "If Revis is in there, I'm in the game."
Ochocinco can't wait. We assume Revis can't wait, either, but we won't know just how much for a while longer. Revis showed up to the Jets' training facility Wednesday feeling under the weather, and was sent home for the day. Team sources indicated the illness will not affect his availability for Sunday's game.
It has been a terrific season for Revis, who was selected to the Pro Bowl Tuesday after shutting down some of the finest receivers in the game, including Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, the Panthers' Steve Smith and Roddy White. Revis might even win Defensive Player of the Year honors.
No matter to Ochocinco, who believes he'll get the best of the Jets' cornerback. And if he scores a touchdown, watch out.
"You know the guy in the stands with the fireman hat that quiets the stadium," he said, referring to "Fireman Ed" Anzalone. "I have my own fireman hat made, but it doesn't say Jets. It's a Bengals fireman hat. When I score, I'm going to sit on top of the goalpost . . . I'm going out this season with a bang. I don't care what anybody says. That's the celebration of all celebrations."
Will it happen? We doubt it. If Revis' past performance is any indication, there's a better chance of Fireman Ed suiting up for the Jets than of Ochocinco dominating Revis. After all, Revis has taken the term "shutdown corner" to a new level this season.
Ochocinco, welcome to "Revis Island," the place where receivers rarely escape.
"I'm glad we're not playing Chad Johnson, because we never covered Chad Johnson," Jets coach Rex Ryan quipped, referring to his days as the Ravens' defensive coordinator from 2005-08. "He destroyed us. Any time we used a man-to-man, he beat it."
Actually, Ochocinco's stats against Ryan's Ravens weren't overwhelming. In eight games, he had 36 catches for 536 yards and only two touchdowns; the Bengals were 5-3 against Baltimore.
How does Revis feel about Ochocinco's boasting? Well, he may not have been around Wednesday, but he did offer his feelings via Twitter on Tuesday.
"Good morning world. I just woke up from this crazy dream," he wrote. "@OGOchoCinco came to Revis Island and disappeared."
Good chance that dream becomes reality on Sunday night.