While he didn’t wear Chris Henry’s number 15 jersey, Chad Ochocinco found a way to pay tribute to his fallen teammate after scoring a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers yesterday. While the Chargers escaped with a last-second win, courtesy of Nate Kaeding’s accurate leg, the Bengals — after the needless loss of Henry — played with a great deal of pride and determination. There was a lot of speculation about who the Bengals would honor Henry, specifically Ochocinco. After informing various NFL insiders he wouldn’t be wearing jersey because of distraction issues, Ochocinco found another way to pay tribute to Henry’s memory.
Even though the Chargers wound up winning the game, which resulted in them clinching the AFC West, the Bengals are in a good position going into their final stretch of games. Sunday, the Bengals host the Kansas City Chiefs, and their final game of the season is an away game against the New York Jets. Finishing the season at 11-5 or 10-6, combined with their first playoff appearance in three seasons, is an entirely reachable achievement.
If you would’ve asked a Bengal fan back when the season started if they thought such a result was possible, there’s a strong chance you would’ve been laughed at.
How quickly we are reminded that life goes on. If you need an direct example of that, check out the teammates of Chris Henry (RIP), who are committed to honoring his memory, even during the day-to-day grind of practice. Despite the unfortunate news, the Bengals continued with their preparation for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Granted, I have little doubt they would appreciate a day or two to mourn their teammate, but the NFL season stops for no man — rarely, anyway.
The face of the franchise, Chad Ochocinco, has not been shy about his feelings for his fallen teammate, so much so, he donned Henry’s jersey during today’s practice session:
There’s also video of teammate Bobbie Williams sharing his thoughts on Henry:
And then there are the helmet stickers of Henry’s number 15 the Bengals will be wearing. All in all, it’s been a tremendously sad day for the Bengals franchise as they mourn a lost teammate, one who seemed to be finally making the most out of his fantastic physical gifts and the opportunities they gave him.
Via YouTube, no less. That has to be a first for a collegiate athlete. Normally, players tell their coaches they are leaving via one-on-one meetings and the like. Instead, Royce White decided he’d use social media to get his message to Tubby Smith. While Smith was content to use the more traditional outlets when discussing White’s situation — Online newspapers? How quaint. — White took matters into his own hands via a YouTube bomb.
White recently plead guilty to charges stemming from a shoplifting incident at the Mall of America and has been suspended from the team since November 3rd. Since his suspension, White has been using YouTube to get his side of the story across. In fact, in one of his videos, White praises Smith, saying he’s a great teacher and that he can’t wait to get back and play for him.
Apparently, that sentiment lasted all of four days.
Losing White is a big blow for the Gophers. As the Sporting News pointed out, White was the 19th-ranked freshman in the country coming into the season. For what it’s worth, White indicates he’s not transferring to another school, while insisting he still has love for the University and the state, indicating the door on him returning is still ajar. Perhaps the fatherly Smith will try and salvage White’s tenure with the Gophers by conferring with his prized recruit before the (rash) decision is made permanent.
This what Kobe’s block-that-was-a-charge aided game-winner sounds like from the perspective of the Milwaukee Bucks announcers. Instead of saying “miss it,” perhaps the announcers should try yelling “Noonan” next time, for all the good it did. Oh, and be on the look out for the surprised female Bucks fan at the 48 second mark. Apparently, she hadn’t seen Bryant’s heart-ripping ability in person and was quite shocked at what she witnessed.
I even took a screenshot for you:
Perhaps he should drop the “Black Mamba” moniker for something a little more accurate… Something like “Heart Breaker” or “Heart Ripper Outer.” You know, for accuracy’s sake.
I’m not here to discuss any of the negativity that followed Chris Henry in the past, things that I’ve even posted on. I firmly believe Henry was on his way towards being the person us Bengal fans hoped he would be. Godspeed, Chris. You were taken entirely too soon. A h/t to my boy Josh Kirkendall over at Cincy Jungle. Josh has been providing great coverage in this tragic time for the Bengals and their fans.
Some might call this behavior attention whorish, or they might call the two Dolphins fans “slores,” but is all that really necessary? For any guy that says something similar, just know their reaction would be the same as the cat sharing the picture with the ladies in question. Now, is behavior like this indicative of the Facebook era we live in where taking pictures of every little detail of your life is encouraged? Sure? Does this era have an inverse effect on social inhibitions, especially when it comes to women making out? Absolutely. Does that mean the pictures, especially of the fan in the pajama bottoms, are any less awesome, all things considered? Not a chance.
I mean, what can be wrong with two kinda cute Dolphins fans making out in the concourse area of Land Shark Alltel Stadium? If enjoying that kind of behavior and the images it produces is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
When I woke up this morning, there was a fair amount of buzz concerning a hard foul committed by New Jersey Net Devin Harris against Cleveland Cavalier Jamario Moon. Naturally, the side of me that appreciates a good tussle was eager to see the video footage. Now that I have, I’m not sure what the fuss is all about. Sure, Harris’ foul was indeed intentional, and he got kicked out of the game for his efforts, but if Harris doesn’t make contact with Moon’s head-and-neck area, that’s just another physical play in a game played by chiseled athletes.
Now this is a flagrant foul:
Again, this isn’t to take anything away from Devin Harris. He committed a hard foul to stop a layup. Granted, there was probably a great deal of season-long frustration tied up in that foul, but Harris didn’t exactly “drop the hammer” on Moon either. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just jaded.
Pop quiz, hotshot: Let’s say you are the coach of a big time school, say somewhere like Kansas or Kentucky, and you have one remaining scholarship to give out to an incoming player. Also, your roster is complete; that is, your team isn’t lacking for any one position or player. Essentially, the final scholarship can be used on a player of choice. To sweeten the pot, let’s say there are two players who want to come to play for you, and those two are Xavier Henry and John Wall, probably the two most dynamic, explosive freshmen in college basketball right now.
And that’s with no offense to folks like Lance Stephenson or Kenny Boynton, either. With that in mind, who do you choose?