CBS' "The NFL Today" panel often is accused of forced laughter, but Thursday the mood turned sharply after a fine holiday feature on the people who have benefited from the donated organs of the late Bengals receiver Chris Henry.
After the piece, host James Brown was so overcome with emotion Boomer Esiason had to take over for him, then grew emotional himself in talking about the fact his son, Gunnar, who has cystic fibrosis, might someday need a lung transplant.
Powerful stuff. But the mood in the studio should be back to normal Sunday.
Joining the panel as a guest game-picker: Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge.