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The odd and troubling case of Chris Brown's death
2006-12-27 23:15
by Bob Timmermann

Mike DiGiovanna and Miguel Bastillo have more on the mysterious death of Chris Brown in the Los Angeles Times.

Brown, 45, died early Tuesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Though gravely ill during a 25-day stay in the intensive care unit, Brown communicated to relatives that he had been detained by robbers in Houston, brought to his home in nearby suburban Sugar Land, tied up and abandoned while robbers set his home ablaze.

But authorities in Sugar Land said they were investigating the circumstances that resulted in Brown's death as an arson case, not a kidnapping or attempted murder.

They refused to discuss whether Brown was the primary suspect in the arson investigation, but made clear that the version of events they culled together from interviewing neighbors and firefighters at the scene was different from the one Brown shared with family members.

My brief recounting of the 1979 L.A. City High school baseball championship game in which Chris Brown (and a few other famous people) played in.

2006-12-28 01:51:37
1.   El Lay Dave
It is sad that Chris Brown's life took this tragic turn, whether or not his story regarding the fire is true or not. The article also notes that he played on the Crenshaw basketball team, a powerhouse city champion in those days. I can remember the stories on the sports pages (the Times and the Herald-Examiner, I think) covering Crenshaw's exploits.

BTW, while it's not entirely fair to second-guess a HS baseball coach 27 years after the fact, but assuming Strawberry and Brown, at the time, were among the better players (on a team that was highly regarded both then and in retrospect) in the lineup, why sacrifice and double steal, two-on, no-out, slightly behind and late in the game, especially with those two coming up? Or did they think they had to take chances in order to dethrone the defending champs?

2006-12-28 06:54:39
2.   Sam DC
Funny how your Rose Bowl and Chris Brown posts have met in the person of John Elway.
2006-12-28 07:20:23
3.   Bob Timmermann
I have often found those decisions to bunt entirely baffling.

In one of Strawberry's autobiographies, he claims to have made the last out in 1979, although he did not.

2006-12-28 07:25:36
4.   Bob Timmermann
And no one got the right answer to my contest yesterday.
2006-12-28 07:29:19
5.   Sam DC
4 Did you give my #27 full consideration?
2006-12-28 07:38:16
6.   Bob Timmermann
Oh, never mind that was the right answer. But that was really obscure, I had to look it up.

I don't have any of those at home.

2006-12-28 07:55:15
7.   Sam DC
6 Well, if you try and buy one of those nowadays, you end up on a Department of Homeland Security Watchlist.
2006-12-28 08:01:16
8.   Sam DC
Of course, you also probably end up on a Department of Homeland Security watchlist by typing the words "Department of Homeland Security watchlist" in public blog comments.

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