For at least the majority of the second half of the season I don't think I heard the Bounty-Gate scandal mentioned too often. Of course during the playoffs it wasn't since the Saints didn't even make the playoffs.
Now it did creep back into the spotlight in the week prior to the Super Bowl that saw Roger Goodell come to a city--New Orleans-- that had every reason to hate him with a deep an intense passion.
And they did. Many bars and eating establishments made it no secret that the commissioner of the NFL was not welcome in their place of business. Plenty of folks hung Goodell in effigy. Dart boards everywhere had a picture of him front and center. There were even floats in local Mardi Gras parades that made sure it was clear how people felt about Goodell.
As much as the Bounty Gate was black mark on the integrity of the league, the way it was handled was even worse. Paul Tagliabue did the fans and Goodell a favor when he vacated the punishment for the playe...