go to MSN.com
Originally written February 06, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:

Via Sportress of Blogitude:

There was little doubt that Commissioner Roger Goodell was an unwelcome guest among the NFL luminaries, dignitaries and guests who were in New Orleans to take part in the festivities before, during and after Super Bowl XLVII. His integral role in bringing down the hammer upon the New Orleans Saints in light of the BountyGate scandal certainly caused Goodell to be a persona non grata in The Big Easy throughout the buildup to the Super Bowl match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

So much so that according to reports, Goodell was surrounded by a so-called “Iron Fence” of security while attending the Super Bowls, as were his many distinguished guests who shared the Commissioner’s suite inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

 

Not only was Goodell heavily guarded by NFL security while attending Sunday’s game in light of the presence of perceived threats from unhinged and disgruntled Saints fans, a veritable who’s who of bigwigs from the worlds of sport and politics enjoyed the game in Goodell’s company. All while behind that aforementioned “iron fence” of security. Probably made them all feel all warm and fuzzy and safe and secure.

Among those in the Commish’s box, as reported by Page Six: Mike Ovitz, 9-year-old football sensation Samantha Gordon, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and LSU coach Les Miles.” And from the political sphere were Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Attorney General Eric Holde. Christie was of course in attendance because of the locale of next year’s Super Bowl, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Given the high profile nature of Goodell’s guests, fleets of security, both Secret Service and NFL, were on guard to protect the box. A source reports that when the lights went out during the power outage, “Everyone remained calm, but a discussion started about the possible cause. [Outgoing head of the Pentagon] Panetta mused about a cyber attack, but quickly ruled it out. Meanwhile, Gov. Christie said, ‘I hope this doesn’t happen in New Jersey.’”

Yeah, you got that right, Governor Christie. Might want to spring for some backup generators or something. Big ones.

 

1 Comment:
  • It's a shame he did't get to see the additives the wait staff at several nice restaurants put in his great dishes.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Adam Dunn watched the American League Wild Card Game from the bench, not once stepping on the field in the Oakland Athletics’ 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings. Dunn, who was on a postseason roster for the first time in his career, plans to retire. “That’s probably it,” said Dunn, who waited 14 season and 2,001 games to get to the postseason. The 34-year-old...
Via Sports-Glory
25 minutes ago

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

If Ryan Lochte thinks you made a dumb decision, then you probably made a very dumb decision. The Olympic swimmer spoke out about fellow Olympian Michael Phelps’ second DUI, and his statement was much more logical than interviews he has given in the past. In fact, he summed up the situation perfectly. “I’m not concerned…he just makes dumb decisions,” Lochte said via FOX...
Via NESN.com
13 hours ago

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Tiger Woods is familiar around courses, but how is the golfer at serving them on a dinner plate? We're about to find out if Woods can distinguish a sand wedge from a well ... cheese wedge after he announced Tuesday he is opening a Florida restaurant called The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club next year.The name alone is a mouthful. So it I'm guessing Mulligan's...
Via The Other Paper
2 hours ago

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

It was 29 years in the making, but the Kansas City Royals finally played in a Postseason game. Their opponent, the Oakland A’s; a team who has been there three-years in a row now. “Big Game” James Shields and Jon Lester took the mound for their respective teams. The A’s struck first, as Brandon Moss crushed a 87 MPH change-up from Shields to right field, putting Oakland...

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

In a league which currently has the Jacksonville Jaguars occupying space, the Oakland Raiders may... Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
14 hours ago

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

If there happen to be a couple of ladies in the D.C. inclined to part with their dignity in exchange for MLB playoff tickets, well, one Craigslist user has an offer for you. An unidentified man has offered up on Craigslist his two tickets in the Diamond Club section of Nationals Park for Friday’s playoffs-opening […] The post Guy offers up Nationals playoff tickets on Craigslist...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
18 hours ago

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

TweetThe New England Patriots were blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night, with star QB Tom Brady uncharacteristically playing terrible football. Brady was so bad that he was pulled in the 4th quarter with the score 41-7. Brady’s backup Jimmy Garoppolo came in to mop up for New England and promptly led the first team offense on a scoring drive, throwing his first career...
Via Los That Sports Blog
1 day ago

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

So, remember when Cung Le posted the above pic on the Internet and claimed the reason he looked overly ripped was because he had just finished an intense workout and the photo was shot under the “perfect lighting”? Yeah, about that… As many had suspected, Le was on something, and that something was human growth hormone. The UFC has suspended Le nine months, retroactive to his...
Via 5thRound.com
13 hours ago

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

This could very well end up being the nail in the coffin for the Washington Redskins as we know it. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is now considering banning the Redskins name and whether to punish broadcasters who use the term. Reuters is reporting that the FCC received a petition on behalf of a legal activist to take actions in guaranteeing that the team name is no...
Via Sportsnaut
15 hours ago

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Researchers at the nation’s largest brain bank have concluded a study on the brains of... Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
17 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.