Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Sean Payton wants Saints fans and the city of New Orleans to provide a "gracious" environment when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell comes to visit next week. And I want to visit Bourbon Street and swill Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's all night while waking up hangover-free. Neither of these things is going to happen. Just like chugging water and taking aspirin before bed after a bender, the NFL has tried to minimize the headache it knows is coming. This -- and not good behavior on anyone's part -- is why I believe Goodell lifted Payton's year-long suspension on Tuesday several weeks earlier than expected. Goodell is shrewd enough to know that any further controversy regarding the bounty scandal that rocked the Saints last year will draw attention away from where he wants the media focus. That's squarely on Super Bowl XLVII. Payton is doing his part to reduce the local venom awaiting his former judge, juror and jailer. Payton was initially defiant to Goodell when the league announced...
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