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Old 10-02-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Karma comes calling in Bengals' blowout loss

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. (AP)
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 10-17-2006, 06:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Karma comes calling in Bengals' blowout loss

Funny that there was no responses to this? Where's the hypocrite Ben-Gal fans?
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Funny that there was no responses to this? Where's the hypocrite Ben-Gal fans?
They're hollering at the Refs about a roughing the passer call.
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Old 10-17-2006, 10:28 PM   #4
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Default Re: Karma comes calling in Bengals' blowout loss

Sorry, Dom - didn't see this until now.

I think this says it all -

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Bengals fans, who have largely turned the other cheek as misbehaving players have turned the city into an NFL laughingstock, deserved this as well.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:11 AM   #5
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Funny that there was no responses to this? Where's the hypocrite Ben-Gal fans?
the bengalfans havent responded to much lately. i think theyre all hospitalized from caving in their little pre-pubescent girly chests, from thumping them so hard after the bengals beat the steelers.
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the bengalfans havent responded to much lately. i think theyre all hospitalized from caving in their little pre-pubescent girly chests, from thumping them so hard after the bengals beat the steelers.
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Are those crickets I hear?
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Hahaha!!! Not ONE response!
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:13 PM   #9
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wow..that bandwagon got awfully quiet, awfully fast.

Just awful...like the Bitches..err Bungles.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:37 PM   #10
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That organization just can't help it can they? But it's almost to be expected when your two most prominent alumni are Chris Collinsworth and Boomer.
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