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Old 10-01-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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Default FINALLY......some bodygets it!!!!

Karma comes calling in Bengals' blowout loss
Oct. 1, 2006
By Gregg Doyel
CBS SportsLine.com National Columnist



CINCINNATI -- The NFL doesn't usually have a sense of justice. Dallas receiver Terrell Owens can act like a buffoon during the week and then start Sunday at Tennessee. Chicago cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. can plead no contest amid allegations of a group assault and be the Bears' nickel back Sunday night against Seattle.

The NFL is a strange place, but in one corner of the league -- if only one -- justice was served Sunday.


Marvin Lewis makes Chris Henry inactive for this one, but not the first three games of 2006. New England beat the hell out of Cincinnati.

After a series of unabated criminal allegations off the field, the Bengals deserved this nationally televised humiliation. The final score was 38-13. It was harsh, but after six players were arrested this offseason, the Bengals had it coming.

Following months of willful impotence, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis threw an insufficient sacrifice onto the altar of decency before kickoff by deactivating one of the baddest of the Bengals' bad boys, receiver Chris Henry. Henry had been arrested four times in three states in seven months in the offseason, pleading guilty to a concealed weapons charge while also being accused of such splendid acts as DUI, marijuana possession and serving alcohol to underage girls.

After all that, Henry was allowed to play in the Bengals' first three games. And thank goodness. Without Henry making like Jerry Rice, the Bengals wouldn't have defeated Pittsburgh last week. He has been the team's most productive receiver this season, but after his role in teammate Odell Thurman's DUI arrest last week -- Henry, who was ordered to stay away from alcohol by a judge in a previous case, was spotted puking out the car window -- Henry was benched for this game.

The Bengals, who were held to less than half their 28.3-point scoring average, certainly could have used him. They could have used Thurman, for that matter. Thurman led the team with 148 tackles last season as a rookie linebacker, but was suspended for the first four games of 2006 after a second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He wasn't going to play Sunday, but the DUI arrest was considered a third violation of the league's policy, so now he won't play at all this season.

Without Thurman, the Bengals have been grinded up in consecutive games. Pittsburgh's Willie Parker ran for 133 yards last week, and the Patriots' Laurence Maroney gained 125 yards on 15 carries Sunday. Pats teammate Corey Dillon added 67 on 17 carries.

No Henry, no Thurman, no 4-0 start for Cincinnati. It seemed like a natural question afterward, so I asked tackle Willie Anderson if anyone in the locker room was upset with Henry or Thurman for taking themselves out of action. Anderson shook his head.

"They weren't doing my job," Anderson said, a good point considering the Bengals' O-line has allowed 15 sacks this season, including four Sunday. "I didn't expect any of those guys to do my job."

Anderson didn't like the question, but he understood it. One locker over, guard Bobbie Williams didn't understand. As Anderson was talking, the 6-foot-4, 345-pound Williams repeatedly looked over in disbelief.

"You're asking if anyone in here is mad at a teammate?" Williams said. "What kind of question is that?"

Right.

Anyway ... everyone at Paul Brown Stadium deserved this result. Everyone. The Patriots, coming off a 17-7 loss to Denver that had Boston in hysterics, deserved an enormous victory that will resonate around the league. Quarterback Tom Brady, whose body language was dissected all week -- as if he should have been skipping like a schoolboy during that 17-7 loss -- deserved to throw happily for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Bengals fans, who have largely turned the other cheek as misbehaving players have turned the city into an NFL laughingstock, deserved this as well. The crowd of 66,035 made its displeasure known, booing several times, but never was a boo directed in the direction of linebacker A.J. Nicholson (arrested on charges of vandalism) or defensive end Frostee Rucker (spousal abuse). Never was a boo directed at guard Eric Steinbach (DUI in a boat). Never was a boo directed in absentia at Thurman or Henry.

No, but the crowd did boo every time Dillon touched the ball. With reason. Even as he was setting franchise records for carries and rushing yards, Dillon alienated the team and city from 1997-2003.

But when Dillon scored on fourth-and-goal to make it 31-13, there weren't many boos. There weren't many people left.

Bengals fans can tolerate a team full of thugs, but if there's one thing they won't watch, it's a team full of losing thugs.

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: FINALLY......some bodygets it!!!!

Wow! Does this writer live here in Cincy???? Unbelievable.....somebody not only gets it but it makes it in print!!! What great bedtime reading!
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Great article and thanks for posting it. The Bengal fans do not care if they have a player who is a thug, all they want is a winning team. The thing they are obviously unaware of is it is possible to have a high caliber team without the thugss. I think Carson Palmer is a great person as well as one of the best qbs in the NFL. It is too bad these owners even "allow" thugs.

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Old 10-01-2006, 10:53 PM   #4
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"Just win baby."
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:52 PM   #5
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I enjoyed reading that but the latest spin on Cincy that has been echoed by more than one NFL analyst after the New England loss is that the "Off the Field Distractions" is what is hurting the Bengals and nothing really more than that.

I guess those analysts haven't figured out that the Bengals still don't have a run defense and that Carson Palmer will put the ball on the ground at the meer touch of a defender.
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After surfing through several Bungle boards last night , the best excuse (of the many) that I found was that everybody knows the new Commish likes New England. !!
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After surfing through several Bungle boards last night , the best excuse (of the many) that I found was that everybody knows the new Commish likes New England. !!
LMAO..yeah..they were blaming the refs for a 25 point ass whippin....too funny....
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:54 AM   #8
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Bengals fans can make as many excuses as they want...half the time their defense did one hellavu job playing tag with New Englands RB's.
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:05 PM   #9
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Two weeks in a row now, the Bengals have been outplayed on both sides of the ball. In last Sunday's game, they got lucky - in yesterday's game, they flat out stunk and had their mangy tails handed to them. I perused around a well known Bengals site earlier this morning and some of their "fans" have one leg off the bandwagon already - questioning whether TJ Bangshismama should be the "new #1 WR" and bashing Carson and his banana fingers - LOL!

Great read stillers!
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:22 PM   #10
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t.j. haznonadzaweh as the #1??? LMAO! chad johnson has been stinking it up pretty bad this year. its just a matter of time before he implodes.

can you believe one of those cinci fools threw back the game used nfl football that dillon tossed into the stands after scoring? the retard couldve atleast sold it on ebay and bought some new cynder blocks to hold up his trailer.

theres no way i'd toss back a football no matter who threw it into the crowd.
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