Childress breaks into song for enlightened reporters


INDIANAPOLIS — At some point during Vikings coach Brad Childress’ media session Friday at the combine — the details are slightly fuzzy — things took a strange, hard turn. I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass this along.

It played out something like this: Childress broke into song in front of reporters after he was asked to update the status of injured LB E.J. Henderson. Childress recounted how he saw Henderson at rehabilitation Thursday and noticed he was carrying a cane. Childress immediately dubbed him “Bat” Henderson and made a trainer Google the name for the confused linebacker.

“He wore a cane under the hat, they called him Bat, Bat Masterson,” Childress sang to reporters, mimicking the old TV series’ theme song.

Childress’ rendition, for many reporters present, raised many more questions than answers.

“For a lot of you guys, 1968 (the TV series actually started in 1958), you guys are going to Google it and see who Bat Masterson is,” Childress said.

I didn’t, so I did. And while I’m now enlightened about who Bat Masterson was, I’m not sure we ever really got our answer on Henderson.

— Frank Tadych

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