Originally written January 25, 2013 on Football Nation:
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Roger Goodell is heading into the Lions’ den, not Ford Field, New Orleans, Louisiana.Super Bowl week begins on January 28 and the people of the city are prepared to give Goodell a welcome that would rival how the Ravens’ defense plans to welcome 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Super Bowl Sunday.Pictures of Goodell are displayed all over restaurants and bars throughout the city with the words “Don’t Feed the Commissioner” or “Do Not Serve This Man” on them.The anger of Saints fans at Goodell is understandable on one level.Goodell overstepped his bounds in the way detrimental conduct is handled in the present day. When Joe Carr was elected league president in 1921 he ruled over issues concerning both players and owners. His rulings set the standards for player’s rights when under contract to a team.He also briefly forced the Green Bay Packers from the NFL after ruling that they had committed a breach of public trust for using college players under assumed names in league games.A...
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