Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/3/14

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watches teams warm up prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Roger Goodell graces this weeks cover of SI (Photo: USA Today) “I don’t always grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, but when I do, It looks an awful lot like another popular cover. I am the most powerful man in Sports” No, Roger Goodell didn’t say that, but he should have after posing for this weeks Sports Illustrated issue highlighting the 50 most powerful people in Sports. A cover that is almost an exact match to an advertisement of HBO’s Game of Thrones first season. Goodell appears in a suit, sitting atop the same throne of swords used on the popular series cover, scattered amongst a sea of football equipment. The issue, that ranks Goodell number one among the rest, features the top 50 people in sports, including the likes of NBA Commisioner David Stern, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and yes, President Barack Obama. Why Obama? I couldn’t tell you, although his tweet about the replacement officials last season seemed to help get the real guys back. But perhaps the bigger question is, why does Goodell get to pose with a plethora of weapons, when Steelers linebacker James Harrison was under fire for doing the same thing with Mens Journal? These questions we’ll never know, but what we do know is Roger Goodell is the most powerful man in Sports, and he’s letting us know. It’s his world, and we’re just living in it. Now I need a Dos Equis. Stay thirsty my friends.   Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Editor-in-Chief – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK   The post Roger Goodell graces the cover of SI; Named Sports’ Most Powerful Man appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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