Bengals’ Johnson is silent

first_imgCINCINNATI – Now that Chad Johnson has reached the NFL’s biggest stage, he’s got nothing to say. The Bengals’ top receiver and best showman intimated again Wednesday that he’s been muffled by a head coach trying to get his team focused for its first playoff appearance in 15 years. That was it. And that was fine with coach Marvin Lewis, who has tried various ways to subdue a player who keeps inventing new ways – a Pepto-Bismol shipment, a Terrible Towel bib – to tweak the next opponent. Finally, silence. “Wow. After 17 weeks! Man!” Lewis said Wednesday, breaking into a huge smile. “Don’t put Marvin Lewis in that decision. Good decision by Chad. He wants to focus on the week, and that’s good.” Johnson insists it’s not his idea. Earlier in the week, Johnson told reporters that “higher authority” – his code words for the head coach – ordered him to keep quiet all week. Nothing had changed Wednesday. Usually the center of attention in the locker room, Johnson declined interviews with a sorrowful shake of his head. He was a solitary figure, eating a plate of chicken and rice while teammates talked freely about their first-round game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Asked if he would talk to the media at all, Johnson said, “Only if you pay my fine.” center_img So, while receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh gave his insights into the game at an adjoining locker, Johnson sat by himself and ate lunch. The AFC’s top receiver wore a Bengals stocking cap, an AFC North Champions T-shirt and a glum expression. He didn’t interact with teammates or watch what was happening around him in the locker room. When reporters approached, he merely shook his head. The only time he talked was when someone called him on his cell phone. It was totally out of character. “Hopefully he’ll have a lot to say after the game,” Houshmandzadeh said. Everyone else will have a lot to say leading up to it. The Bengals (11-5) and Steelers (11-5) split their season series, each winning on the other team’s field. Cincinnati took control of the division with a 38-31 win at Heinz Field on Dec. 4, leaving the Steelers in danger of missing the playoffs. Pittsburgh won its last four games, building momentum along the way. By contrast, the Bengals lost their last two games by a combined 72-30, raising concerns and prompting Lewis to get tough. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

WHY NEXT WEEKEND IS THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO VISIT TORY ISLAND

first_imgTory as far as the eye can see!The stunning setting of Tory Island will provide the perfect backdrop for a 10K walk in aid of a very special cause next Saturday.The walk, from East Town to West Town, will take place for the Irish Guide Dogs on August 9th.Tory’s famous lighthouseIf you have never visited Tory Island then this is your perfect chance. From boasting its very own King in the affable Patsy Dan Rodgers to the Tory Island Painters, the island is a remarkable piece of the Donegal landscape which not enough of us see.The cost of the walk is €10 per adult, €5 per child and €20 per family.Registration is at 12.45pm at the Harbour Hotel and the walk commences at 1.30pm.A reduced boat fare of just €20 return is available for walkers. There will also be refreshments and a session in the Harbour View Hotel which is now run by the former lighthouse keeper Sean Doherty and his family.If you have always wanted to visit Tory then now is your chance to do so for a good cause.For more details ring Bernie on 086 603 9343 or email [email protected] WHY NEXT WEEKEND IS THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO VISIT TORY ISLAND was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Guide Dogspatsy dan rodgersTory HotelTory IslandWalk for th Blindlast_img read more