Island call

Posted: 11 a.m.

Jotting some T.J. Houshmandzadeh notes into postcard form as Pro Bowl week gets into full swing in Honolulu:

Caught some Tiny Bubbles on laces from Peyton Manning in morning...

Literally shot breeze with troops in afternoon during visit to Marine base...Practice about 75 percent speed...Still wouldn't trade Palmer for anyone...

Talked to Manning for long time, about 40 minutes, but not about Eli. "Hate to talk about subject person always gets asked about."...

Got eye on Ben Roethlisberger as AFC prepares for Sunday...Manning and Browns' Derek Anderson other QBs so, "Big Ben is going to have to be my guy. Peyton's got Reggie Wayne and D.A. has Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards."...

Steelers QB and Bengals' arch villain also going to throw to Housh wing man wideout Chad...

Johnson fifth straight appearance...Due at first practice Wednesday...Late fill-in for Moss....

Pro Bowl debut not stopping him from giving Johnson massive grief over phone.

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Houshmandzadeh

"This isn't going to be like Cincinnati. They're not going to throw it to you all the time. They're not going to move you into my position and throw it to you down the field," he tells Johnson....

Johnson laughs, he says...Nice to hear few in between frustration he's vented nationally past month....

Besides being "85 percent sure" Johnson is going to be back with Bengals this season, not quite sure of friend's mindset. But pumped they've got another game together...

"It's going to be fun."...

Had blast when volunteered for Marines' visit with Winslow, Cowboys Flozell Adams and Leonard Davis, and Titan Albert Haynesworth....

"Gave us some guns and let us shoot at range. That was a lot of fun. Crazy. It was good because there were some guys that were injured (in Iraq) and we were able to talk with them." ...

Despite known as one of game's savvy players, got caught not once but twice with one of Pro Bowl rookie gags...

Former Bengals now Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal stuck him with $266 bar bill "and I don't even drink. Didn't have anything and just sitting around. Then Zo got me again when I was just playing Dominos. Big thing is not letting them know your room number. I should be OK rest of week." ...

Prankster to keep eye on besides Lo Neal:

Ray Lewis.

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