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October 29, 2006|By Alex Marvez | Alex Marvez,South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ten celebration-themed notes entering today's games:

One

Bengals -- Receiver Chad Johnson promised he would get the better of Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall today and shave his golden Mohawk if Cincinnati loses. "I'm going to score more than once. I'm going to celebrate," Johnson said.

Two

Falcons -- Hall's take on Johnson? "He can do what he wants with his hair," he said. "He knows what kind of challenge he's laid out there. I don't need to talk about it."

Three

Steelers -- Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes drew a 15-yard penalty last week after a touchdown by fellow receiver Nate Washington. All three mocked the Falcons' trademark "Dirty Bird" celebration. "It won't happen again," Ward said.

Four

Buccaneers -- Tampa, Fla., Mayor Pam Iorio proclaimed last Monday as Matt Bryant Day in the city to recognize the kicker's game-winning, 62-yard field goal last week. "I guess I really didn't realize how much of a big deal the kick was," Bryant said.

Five

Browns -- The offensive linemen rejoiced when offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon resigned last week. "Carthon did a lot of criticizing guys," guard Cosey Coleman said. "It wasn't a good formula for success."

Six

Titans -- Rookie quarterback Vince Young would love to celebrate a win today against his hometown team, the Houston Texans, who snubbed him in the draft and picked defensive end Mario Williams No. 1 instead. What if the Titans win? "I'd probably jump into the stands and get excited with the fans, so I'm looking forward to that," Young said.

Seven

Rams -- With a bye last week, St. Louis coach Scott Linehan had a chance to cheer instead of coach. Linehan spent the day watching his sons, Matt and Michael, play youth football. "It's something I don't get to do very often," he said.

Eight

Chiefs -- It appears quarterback Trent Green will make his celebrated return Nov. 12 against the Dolphins in Miami. Green suffered a severe concussion in the season opener.

Nine

Barbers -- Friends and family of Tiki and Ronde Barber will alternate cheering for the Giants and Buccaneers today. Ronde, a standout Bucs cornerback, and Tiki, the NFL's leading rusher for the Giants, will be playing against each other for what may be the final time.

Ten

End zone -- Here's a college student's take on the offseason NFL rule change designed to curtail excessive end-zone antics. "Touchdowns are meant to be celebrated. I mean, rubbing it in the other teams' faces is the whole point of the game," Tracy Grant of Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College said. "Not being allowed to do that as you please is just stupid."

Material from other NFL writers and newspapers was used in this article.

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