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Brownie Points: There’s a new NFL sheriff in town

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 12:22 am | Updated: 5:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Pacman Jones and Chris Henry learned the hard way Tuesday: Timing is everything.

Lots of NFL players have run afoul of the law. Heck, it’s hard to find a Cincinnati Bengal who hasn’t.

But Jones (suspended for 2007 season) and Henry (suspended eight games) committed their mistakes just as the new sheriff was taking over. Compared to Paul Tagliabue (aka Andy Taylor), Roger Goodell has come out of the gates with all the tact of Buford Pusser: Walking tall, carrying a big stick and sending a clear message to those who wind up in the pokey.

Unlike other sports, the NFL can survive bad press and bad people because of its overwhelming popularity. But with these suspensions and a clear-cut revision of the league’s conduct rules, Goodell has made it clear that it won’t take a conviction for you to spend some time in his jail.

And if I’m Bears lineman Tank Johnson, currently sitting in jail serving time for violating probation of a weapons conviction, I’d be thinking about my career after football.

Snakes Alive

I’m still not a fan of the Sedona Red or goofy uniform lettering, but give these D-Backs credit for a good start that has included two musts — solid starting pitching and strong fundamental baseball.

Everyone is going to beat up on the pathetic Nationals, but Monday’s 3-2 win over Reds ace Bronson Arroyo was a perfect blueprint for this team. In a year where the National League has no powerhouse (again), a good start could lead the organization to spring for some middle-of-the-order power at the trade deadline.

Ore-gone State

Keenly aware it will have the worst basketball team in the Pac-10 next year, Oregon State announced this week that five players — juniors Sasa Cuic, Angelo Tsagarakis, Liam Hughes and Wesley Washington and freshman Vojin Svilar — will not return for a variety of reasons, none of which include becoming NBA draft picks.

The press release would have been a lot shorter had it simply listed the players who are coming back.

Quick hitters

• Remember when Barry Bonds said he didn’t care about Henry Aaron’s home run record, that he was only interested in topping Babe Ruth’s mark?

Now, with No. 755 on the horizon, here is Bonds trying to establish a relationship behind the scenes — something Hammerin’ Hank doesn’t and shouldn’t want any part of.

• What shock jock Don Imus said about the Rutgers basketball team is one thing. But his long track record of saying things that are as bad — or worse — is the reason a two-week suspension (delayed a week because he was working for a charitable cause?) falls far short of appropriate discipline.

• An ex-Coyote again, Jeremy Roenick continued his campaign to return to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.” J.R. all but said he’d work for minimum wage for the chance to finish his career where it started.

Windy City? He’s all yours.

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