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Senseless Death of Chris Henry

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is dead.

Henry was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after being found on a residential road “apparently suffering life-threatening injuries,” according to police.

Police said a dispute began at a home about a half-mile away, and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his fiancee was driving away from the residence.

Police said at some point when she was driving, Henry “came out of the back of the vehicle.” They wouldn’t identify the woman, and no charges were immediately filed. (AP)

In Charlotte, North Carolina, investigators continued to try to find answers to why Henry and his fiancée had argued, why she left her house in a pickup truck with Henry in the back, and whether a witness was correct that Henry yelled he would kill himself if the fiancée didn’t stop the vehicle.

Bengals players were still stunned Friday by the loss of a teammate and friend, but they pressed on with preparations for Sunday’s 4:15 p.m. game in San Diego with the Chargers. A victory clinches a spot in the NFL playoffs.

Henry’s untimely death and the sudden loss of Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer’s wife will provide a great deal of inspiration for the team with its nine wins and four losses. —

A tragedy like this puts the NFL in perspective. Though football fans treat the NFL with seeming life-and-death intensity, it is, after all, only a game. The significance of this one event transcends all of the on-field heroics and failures of the NFL. Sports will go on. Most of the public will eventually forget Chris Henry. But those who loved him as a person will never forget.


Johnson and Johnson: Can’t We Just Get Along?

Keyshawn and Chad, can’t you guys just get along? For crying out loud, you’re cousins already! All in all, I think this abrasive interview by a suddenly-proper-and-pompous Meshawn J. was handled pretty well by Ocho Cinco. I’m not a fan of his shenanigans, but he seems to be doing the right thing during the Bengals’ current slide, and his cousin looked to all the world like someone who was inept at broadcasting and interviewing and was just looking to stir something up.

Hypocrisy comes to mind as well.

Give the nod to Chad on this one.

Palmer, Go Ahead and Get Mad

Carson Palmer is apologizing for blowing up at receiver Chad Johnson … twice in two games.

You’re 1-4 and your primadonna receiver is getting you intercepted by running the wrong routes. Don’t apologize.

“I have lost my cool a couple of times,” Palmer said, “and I apologize for that. I’ll try to contain myself and be calm.”

The Bengals need some fire. And they need Chad Johnson to come under some fire. Twice in two games Johnson has had trouble running a route, once going the wrong way and once slowing down. Both times the Bengals and Palmer suffered for it. The Bengals lost and Palmer was saddled with two interceptions that shouldn’t be on his record.

Why are there no negative stats for receivers?

I remember a game that San Francisco and Chicago played to Sudden Death when Terrell Owens was a member of the Forty-Niners. A perfect pass clunked off T.O.’s hands and into the waiting hands of Mike Brown who returned it for a touchdown and a Bears victory.

That showed up as an interception for the QB but made no kind of dent in T.O.’s dossier.

So, don’t apologize, Palmer. Get ticked and stay ticked until you win, and until your high-paid receiver quits serving up interceptions that plunk down only on your record.