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DAVIE, FL - MAY 02: Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells (L) walks past a player at practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Roger Goodell, the same man who levied the suspension, will hear Sean Payton's appeal on Thursday. And the odds are slim that Goodell will shorten his season-long suspension of Payton for basically misleading NFL investigators and not putting a stop to Bountygate when the league first checked out the allegations at the end of the 2009 season, just weeks before Payton and the Saints won their biggest prize, Super Bowl XLIV. In too many ways, Payton is the Saints. Louisiana fans view him as some kind of superhero or modern-day Huey Long to the underclass masses even while he parties with millionaire country singers and bands. Some would say Payton is too arrogant for his own good, and that Goodell is punishing him a little for that, too. Who really knows, but some believe (and I'm one of them) that the banishment for an entire season was over the top, considering Bill Belichick stole signals, basically cheated, for so many years and never was forced to leave the New England sideline...
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