Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cincinnati’s Monday Sports Manager

A round-up of the week’s sporting news.

The Reds are still playing. But I've got other things to talk about . . .

The Bearcats are getting ready for Thursday's opener at Nippert but more importantly . . .

The big news of last week was obviously the Bengals decision to re-sign Chris Henry. In the history of bone-head moves by the Bengals and Mike Brown, this is one of the biggest. In April, Mike Brown said (via Bengals.com):

Bengals president Mike Brown issued the following statement:

"Chris Henry has forfeited his opportunity to pursue a career with the Bengals. His conduct can no longer be tolerated. The Bengals tried for an extended period of time to support Chris and his potentially bright career. We had hoped to guide him toward an appropriate standard of personal responsibility that this community would support and that would allow him to play in the NFL. We acknowledge those fans who had concerns about Chris; at the same time we tried to help a young man. But those efforts end today, as we move on with what is best for our team."

But apparently last week they decided what is best for our team is to re-sign him and apparently his conduct can be tolerated . . . because they have two injured receivers and I guess he was cheap. I understand wanting, even needing to win games, but this is crazy given the statements of April. I would have much less of a problem with it if Brown hadn’t said what he said in April. If he had said, “We released Chris Henry and we wish him well. We do not know what the future holds for Chris and this organization, either individually or cellectively, but today we are moving in this new direction, toward this future."

I've never felt better about not getting season tickets this year.

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