Souhan: Saints fans toss barbs, not beads, at Goodell

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 10:05 PM

The NFL chief championed the team's return after Katrina, but Bountygate and lawsuits cast him as a villain.

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grapeape1969Feb. 1, 1310:28 PM

So what are the odds this is the last SB in N.O. while Goodell is commish? lol

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rshacklefordFeb. 1, 1311:01 PM

Wait a sec here. That stadium was flooded and housed tens of thousands of hurricane victims in hellish conditions. And, the city didn't raze it and rebuild it but rather renovated it? Does Dayton or Rybak know that this could be done instead of razing Metrodome One in order to create Metrodome Two by spending a B-B-Billion dollars? Again, those two politicians should have called Goodell's empty bluff because the New Jersey Vikings team was going NOWHERE else but back into its Metrodome...

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comment229Feb. 2, 13 5:49 AM

I wonder if all the Saints fans, angry at the commissioner, should be reminded of the bounty on Favre and company? Best bet on this one, if you are a Saints fan, is to slink off back into the shadows and let others debate this.

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gopher68Feb. 2, 13 8:46 AM

Agreed, comment229. Saints fans are big talkers, considering their Super Bowl win was built on bounties and illegal hits.

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banjerjeffFeb. 2, 13 9:19 AM

I admire Goodell. In a world where no one appears to be accountable any longer, he is actually making hard line interpretations of rules and calling people out. What is the point of having rules if you are not going to enforce them? Also, the players want it both ways. Current players want to insist the game is violent and he should lay off on suspensions and fines, and former players want to sue the league for failing to protect them. You want to keep your big hits? Call Junior Seau's family and tell them to drop the lawsuit.

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beenthere05Feb. 2, 13 9:53 AM

Just have to wonder, are some fans looking forward to Roman Coliseum days again?

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JesseMcGFeb. 2, 13 9:56 AM

NOLA is famous for corruption... Of course they'd turn a blind eye to the fact that their players and coaches are common thugs. The NFL should have banned the coaches and players - we're not only talking about taking away someone's livelihood, they could have injured them for life - intentionally. Minimum it was asuult with intent to cause bodily harm... Those goons should've been banned, not suspended.

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JesseMcGFeb. 2, 1310:04 AM

@rshakelford - the difference is that the Superdome is actually worth saving. The metrodome was never of the same caliber - we built it on the cheap. Good news is that we will soon have a stadium worth rennovating... if they do it right. You should thank the politicians for investing your $ wisely this time instead of blaming them for the mistakes of their forebearers. GO VIKINGS!!

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kzelinsFeb. 2, 13 4:57 PM

The Saints should have there Superbowl trophy vacated after all the cheating they did.

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tmrichardsonFeb. 2, 13 5:31 PM

The question is WHY were they allowed to hold a super bowl in NOLA anymore period? The most corrupt city in america,with a team that should have had a whole year and Super Bowl vacated?

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2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13