Joe Thomas: Goodell “scurried off the stage like a rat” at the Super Bowl

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Browns left tackle Joe Thomas said before the Super Bowl that he was rooting for the Patriots for one specific reason: He wanted to see NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have to award the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the franchise that hates him most. Thomas was not disappointed.

Thomas said this morning on PFT Live that he loved every moment of the Super Bowl LI postgame ceremony, in which Goodell honored the Patriots to a chorus of boos, and then retreated from view.

“I especially enjoyed how over-eager Roger was to smile at all the Patriots and give them a big handshake, but then as soon as he gave them the trophy he scurried off the stage like a rat,” Thomas said. “It was awesome.”

Thomas added that as he gets older and more experienced in the NFL, he finds himself caring less and less about whether anyone has a problem with him expressing his opinions. That’s good news for those of us who enjoy hearing a player speak freely and candidly. Thomas will surely have plenty more to say.

158 responses to “Joe Thomas: Goodell “scurried off the stage like a rat” at the Super Bowl

  1. I like the new Joe Thomas.

    If I spent a Hall of Fame career on a circus show like the Browns I would stop caring about what people thought too

  2. Trust me, the 2 multi-millionaires on stage with the billionaire get along just fine.

    The only drama up there is the crud dredged up to fill word counts and get clicks.

  3. Thomas added that as he gets older and more experienced in the NFL, he finds himself caring less and less about whether anyone has a problem with him expressing his opinions. That’s good news for those of us who enjoy hearing a player speak freely and candidly. Thomas will surely have plenty more to say.

    Hopefully he will have more to say about the horrible Browns. This guy has played his whole career with a terrible franchise. Should have spoken up years ago.

  4. Ha! He thought he could show the world how confident and not-uncomfortable he was and he just over compensated.

    He got booed mercilessly, Brady and BB were laughing about it and the whole world saw through his performance.

  5. What are they going to do to him? His career is close to the end anyway. He can say whatever he wants now.

  6. Joe Thomas is a true NFL pro. Has been the best in the business on the worst of the worst of teams, never hear him complain, never hear him whine. Just does his job everyday.

  7. Patriot fans are mad at Goddell, but they really should love him because he destroyed the spygate tapes. Goddell saved Kraft, Belicheat, Brady. You guys should be happy about the 4 game suspension. Who knows what was on those tapes. Always remember Goddell saved your franchise back in 2007.

  8. I actually didn’t appreciate the moment. I thought it was classless of all the fans to boo Rodger while he was on stage. It’s one thing at the draft, but that moment was about the Patriots winning, not the commissioner. I don’t blame him at all for leaving the stage. It was a hostile environment and he could read the situation and he wasn’t adding anything to the celebration by being there.

  9. this is all just getting stupid.
    all this drama over a team that cheated and got caught, investigated aggressively by a commisioner that hates football
    now we have the players stirring up drama in the offseason because they want to keep football in the news
    i miss the old days before the donkey, patriot cheatfests started.
    back when MEN played football and fans knew about the game they were watching
    now its a bunch of pollyanna’s and drama queens.

    WWNFL – as crooked as wrestling and dumb as a soap opera.

  10. I’ll give you Solder, Garappolo and the compensatory for Jamie Collins; for the #12 pick, #52 pick and JThomas.

  11. I agree with Joe.

    I also think it was the right thing for Goodell to do. The boos were funny but that moment was about the Patriots and not Goodell.

    Hopefully this is over now and we all can move on like the Patriots did. Kudos to them.

  12. It is nice to see that everyone believes that a player should be able to speak his mind and show no love to someone that he does not respect.

    So…. remind of why that does not apply to a player that does not feel the same way about the President.

  13. groleo45 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:06 AM
    Joe Thomas could be a hall-of-fame commentator when he’s done playing.
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    Yup, but it probably won’t be on the NFLN lol

  14. It truly is hard not to like Joe Thomas. Loyal. Unassuming. Consummate professional. Heck, he went fishing on draft day and didn’t attend the circus.

  15. crush22 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:02 AM
    Joe Thomas will never see that stage in person.

    He Sure Will……..If He Plays Out His Contract & Comes
    to New England……Where He Will ALWAYS be Welcome…!

  16. “The franchise that hates him most? Saints hate him at least as much if not more! lol”

    Perhaps, but what about the REDSKINS? They were penalized $36MILLION in salary cap because they spent more in a “non-capped” year. They are still paying the price for it.

  17. northeastkiller says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:06 AM

    The franchise that hates him most? Saints hate him at least as much if not more! lol

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    You mean the guy who was personally in charge of making sure the Saints didn’t jump ship to Texas.

  18. crush22 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:02 AM
    Joe Thomas will never see that stage in person.
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    Don’t say that too loud. He could get picked up by NE and get a ring.

  19. Looks like Joe Thomas likes drama too. What’s wrong with the game today? Football was much better in the old days before players started turning into drama queens.

  20. As much as I dislike Goodell I’d be happy to act like him if I could earn 40MM/year.

    So what if he’s a sleaze, he’s wealthy now.
    What does he care what we think?

  21. najacoo22 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 8:58 AM
    Lol. Goodell has to be up there in the most-hated-commissioners-of-all-time rankings.
    _______________________

    Up there? I don’t think there is a close second for this honor – Goodell has completely separated himself from the pack!

    #WOAT

  22. Someone needs to remind Joe that’s the closest he will ever get to a super bowl or it’s trophy. Watching it on tv. One winning season in his career and he runs his mouth like he’s something special? Semi decent player or not he’s still a big part of why they’re one of the worst franchises ever.

  23. The only person who exited faster than Giselle was the money grubbing loser of a friend that Thomas has–Alex Mack!

  24. As universally despised as any commissioner in history. Even Bud Selig who was anything but popular for most of his tenure didn’t get half the hate Roger Goodell does. And Roger has earned it all.

  25. i still find it amazing how many people out there that believe Godell did the Patriots any favors.

    We know he is only a mouthpiece for the other owners who want to stick it to Kraft. The owners who were neutral and allowed Godell to be swayed by these mouthpieces are starting to move to Kraft’s corner.

    You can tell there is a movement to rewrite what went down with Spygate. The calculated rant of Sanders and the response by Dungy clearly showing how overblown the Spygate “cheating” was, and that ALL TEAMS try to get the other teams signals is only the beginning.

    Wait until they release the ball pressure readings and prove that temperature has an impact on the psi.

    The so-called culture of cheating evaporates when you know the truth, No taping of practices, the NFL control communications, no bugs in other teams locker rooms, no illegal signals gathering, and no deflating of footballs.

    NO WE WILL NOT GET OVER IT

  26. Although Jonathan Krafts handshake was a bit brief and less than hearty the Krafts, Brady, and Belichick all could be expected to put a decent enough face on it and since they all will continue to do business in and with the NFL thats the smart way to play it. What the NFL couldn’t control was the crowd. And that booing was deep, certainly not limited to Pats fans. Therefore I would imagine it was not just people unhappy with deflategate, at this point Goodell has quite a resume of things for folks to dislike him for and the boos were being fed by all of it.

  27. “Thomas added that as he gets older and more experienced in the NFL, he finds himself caring less and less about whether anyone has a problem with him expressing his opinions.”

    That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking in seeing some of the stuff he’s putting out there lately.

  28. These players are idiots.

    Goodell grew the league from $4 billion to $13 billion in 10 years (something previous commissioners Tags and Rozelle couldn’t do even with the popularity of the NFL.)

    The CBA gives the players roughly half of all NFL revenue, meaning Joe Thomas has benefitted from the salary cap nearly tripled because of Goodell’s effort to grow the business. Ungrateful jerks.

  29. The players gave Goodell the power, yes. But not because they’re dummies. Other things on the table included a bigger slice of the money pie and less practice time. Turns out the practice thing backfired. Injuries are up, I think, because of it.
    Even though in the NFL, mgmt will always have the leverage, hopefully the NFLPA has learned from their mistakes. Hopefully, bargaining chip #1 is Goodell is out. He was the owner’s best friend when everyone thought the Pats were guilty. Now nobody seems to know him.

  30. I guess misery really does love company. Thomas is so miserable because he’s been a loser his entire career. On the other hand, Roger Goodell is the most successful sports commissioner that I can remember.

  31. geronimojr19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:10 AM
    Patriot fans are mad at Goddell, but they really should love him because he destroyed the spygate tapes. Goddell saved Kraft, Belicheat, Brady. You guys should be happy about the 4 game suspension. Who knows what was on those tapes. Always remember Goddell saved your franchise back in 2007.

    So he saved NE but you have no idea what was on the tapes? I have no idea what word to use to describe this thought process. Insightful does not jump out. Leaning towards envious.

  32. brownsclown says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:36 AM
    The only person who exited faster than Giselle was the money grubbing loser of a friend that Thomas has–Alex Mack!

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    Giselle had several good reasons to clear out fast both business and family. She really didnt want to be up there in the first place.

    Im not sure what Mack did wrong there or why he should be expected to linger.

  33. Paradonkey82, it was Paul Tagliabue that made sure the Saints would stay in New Orleans after Katrina. Not Goodell. Benson was ready to abandon the city. Old fool.

  34. crush22 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:02 AM
    Joe Thomas will never see that stage in person.
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    It is possible that he will get moved to one of the legitimate perennial contenders like the Steelers, Packers or Seahawks if they feel they need some Tackle help. Who knows, he might even be in a deal with the Pats with a draft pick and Thomas for Garoppolo.

  35. bertyboz says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:20 AM

    “The franchise that hates him most? Saints hate him at least as much if not more! lol”

    Perhaps, but what about the REDSKINS? They were penalized $36MILLION in salary cap because they spent more in a “non-capped” year. They are still paying the price for it.
    ————————————————————-
    Agreed. And if Kraft and other owners had shown any spine at all in this case, the Dolphins bullying case or the Saints bounty-gate BS, perhaps another owner would have come to his defense on how Goodell mishandled deflategate.

    The Redskins and Cowboys got screwed in the salary cap stuff.

  36. yourunclerico says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:13 AM
    this is all just getting stupid.
    all this drama over a team that cheated and got caught, investigated aggressively by a commisioner that hates football
    now we have the players stirring up drama in the offseason because they want to keep football in the news
    i miss the old days before the donkey, patriot cheatfests started.
    back when MEN played football and fans knew about the game they were watching
    now its a bunch of pollyanna’s and drama queens.

    Ah yes, the days of MANLY MEN MEN MEN MEN.

    I’m sorry but your credibility is strained. If in fact you were around when I was watching in the 60’s you’d understand that the difference, aside from today’s players being uber superior physically and playbooks being like encyclopedias compared to the cliff notes of the 60s, is that there was no social media so in reality, you have no clue what was really going on. Books like Paper Lion & Instant Replay give you a tiny glimpse but nothing like today where every little thing said or done is worldwide in seconds.

  37. philtration says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:18 AM
    It is nice to see that everyone believes that a player should be able to speak his mind and show no love to someone that he does not respect.

    So…. remind of why that does not apply to a player that does not feel the same way about the President.
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    I get the point you are trying to make, but it’s never been allowed to speak out against the president. If anyone said anything negative about President Obama the response was that they were just a racist. So the precedent has been set. Don’t speak about the President. But now that the President is Trump, now it’s all of a sudden really cool and heroic to speak out. You can’t have it both ways, I realize that being a liberal makes you believe you are entitled to have it both ways, but that’s not real life. And I can’t stand Trump. Just have my eyes open

  38. We witnessed two career defining moments at the podium on Sunday.

    Tom Brady:
    After facing his most challenging season, he raises his 5th SB trophy after completing the most historic comeback in NFL SB history, which he dedicated to his ill Mother.

    Roger Goodell:
    After unintentionally galvanizing Brady, the Patriots, and Patriot Nation by pushing the nonsense of Deflategate as far as he could through his power in Article 46, he gets booed like no one else ever has, on the NFL’s biggest stage and in front of the biggest TV audience.

    Both of these events will be remembered forever.

    Karma is such a wonderful thing!

  39. intrafinesse says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:25 AM
    As much as I dislike Goodell I’d be happy to act like him if I could earn 40MM/year.

    So what if he’s a sleaze, he’s wealthy now.
    What does he care what we think?
    ===========================
    Do a bit of an internet search on the guy and you’ll see the money has long ago stopped being what drives him. Adoration and respect is what drives this guy. He has neither. Brady has both and Goodwll never will. Never.

  40. yourunclerico says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:13 AM
    this is all just getting stupid.
    all this drama over a team that cheated and got caught, investigated aggressively by a commisioner that hates football
    now we have the players stirring up drama in the offseason because they want to keep football in the news
    i miss the old days before the donkey, patriot cheatfests started.
    back when MEN played football and fans knew about the game they were watching
    now its a bunch of pollyanna’s and drama queens.

    WWNFL – as crooked as wrestling and dumb as a soap opera.
    _________________________________

    And yet you were apparently watching with rapt attention.

  41. Goodell could have stayed on the stage; the stage was not a hostile environment. In fact pretty much everywhere BUT the stage was the hostile environment.

    the instant he stopped talking and handed the trophy to Kraft, the boos changed to a resounding cheer, and the cheers continued. He could have stayed and congratulated everyone that got up on the stage….instead he left with his tail between his legs.

  42. Goodell grew the league from $4 billion to $13 billion in 10 years (something previous commissioners Tags and Rozelle couldn’t do even with the popularity of the NFL.)

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    False.

    Goodell did not invent fantasy football and he did not broker the CBA.

    Bob Kraft, sits as Chair of the media committee, and is the one responsible for the boon of the tv deals that have made owners lazy, and providing a bloated, crap product for NFL fans now.

    They profit regardless if they sell out their stadium or not, hence ONE reason why ratings are down, not to mention Goodell’s disastrous stewardship, backed by cheating the Pats, punishing other superior teams unfairly (Pats, Saints, Chiefs), while protecting his favorites (Cowboys, Steelers, Giants, Jets, Ravens, Colts, etc).

    Goodell would storm out of the room with a beat red face, like a little petulant child during the CBA sessions, which has been well documented.

    Get your facts straight.

    The growth of the league has to do with the evolution and popularity of fantasy, more eyeballs on tv sets, rising ticket prices to keep people home, and to profit from those who can actually afford the games.

    Also, people today have short attention spans, mainly Millennials, so a 3 hour game on a Sunday, is a perfectly wrapped package for those with the inability to focus for more than 3 hours.

    Get it, little boy?

    None of these sociological changes are the work of Roger Goodell.

    Mickey Mouse could be a pawn for NFL owners right now.

  43. ireallydontcareonesinglebit says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:31 AM

    Someone needs to remind Joe that’s the closest he will ever get to a super bowl or it’s trophy. Watching it on tv. One winning season in his career and he runs his mouth like he’s something special? Semi decent player or not he’s still a big part of why they’re one of the worst franchises ever.

    SEMI DECENT? HASNT MISSED AN OFFENSIVE SNAP IN HIS WHOLE CAREER

  44. This has been a horrible week for anti pats trolls, just dreadful! And I’m sure they are tossing and turning in bed at night with the knowledge this likely will happen again next year lol!

  45. ” What’s wrong with the game today? ”

    Goodell and his cronies, plus the largely despicable set of owners the league has these days.

    “Goodell grew the league from $4 billion to $13 billion in 10 years (something previous commissioners Tags and Rozelle couldn’t do even with the popularity of the NFL.)”

    Please child. Goodell had nothing to do with that. All he did was rubber stamp tv contracts negotiated by a team of attorneys. Those contracts would have gone into place no matter who was commissioner. They could have have appointed a monkey as commission and that same team of attorneys would have negotiated the same contracts.

  46. This guy is great. He is not worried about endorsements and a future HOF induction. He just calls it as he sees it.

    Compare him to Dungy. Who do you trust?

  47. The players gave Goodell the power, yes. But not because they’re dummies. Other things on the table included a bigger slice of the money pie and less practice time. Turns out the practice thing backfired. Injuries are up, I think, because of it.

    Tough for a Pat fan to acknowledge the truth when it comes from a non-Pat fan….that’s mature. They were dummies to give Roger and the owners that much power….they are short sighted just as their careers are. Players are not looking out for anybody but their own short term gain financially which is not to hard to appreciate. Lest we forget Roger is the mouth piece of the owners, awell paid one. You chowda ladies need to be mad at the owners who are fed up with the Cheetahs and their owner.

  48. northeastkiller says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:06 AM
    The franchise that hates him most? Saints hate him at least as much if not more! lol
    ================================
    It’s pretty close. The year long suspension of Payton was disgusting. It was a death penalty for a parking ticket. The Brady thing may have eclipsed it because the spent $millions to tear down a legend to teach the NFLPA and the Patriots (jealousy and spygate payback) at the same time.

    Goodell was counting on football fans hating on Brady in any case because he beats there teams for public support. It is so easy to see through all of his BS, but he sits there and spouts corporate BS about integrity and some buy into it. Brady had more integrity than Goodell and everyone knows it. Joe Thomas speaks for most players.

  49. geronimojr19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:10 AM
    Patriot fans are mad at Goddell, but they really should love him because he destroyed the spygate tapes. Goddell saved Kraft, Belicheat, Brady. You guys should be happy about the 4 game suspension. Who knows what was on those tapes. Always remember Goddell saved your franchise back in 2007.

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    The confusion is strong in this one.

    1) the tapes were played on a loop for all to see before being destroyed
    2) all saw that there was nothing to see
    3) the tapes (except for the one from the camera out of position on the morning in question) were all legal.
    4) some would say that record fines and a a first round drsft pick do not seem much like “saving” anyone.
    5) The four game suspension was not for the tapes. (Helps clarify why that took place this year and not 10 years ago)

  50. Was Goodell supposed to stay on stage so that everybody could boo while the Pats were taking their bows? The classless one here is named “Thomas.”

  51. To those that are attacking Thomas and/or the Patriots in this thread, all I can say is that if a 25 point come from behind victory in the second half doesn’t convince you that Brady, Belichick and the Patriots don’t need to let air out of balls nothing will.

  52. I watched a replay of the super bowl very closely. It was clear that the Falcons had a strategy of holding on both offense and defense. They did it virtually every play with the expectation the refs will only call so many penalties. It almost worked.

  53. The owners locked the players out. They were willing to harm the game and take away the players livelihood to ensure they got total control in the commissioner. The players didn’t just hand it over.

  54. This has been a horrible week for anti pats trolls, just dreadful! And I’m sure they are tossing and turning in bed at night with the knowledge this likely will happen again next year lol!

    You are a fool to think we trolls are losing sleep. I think I have slept better knowing my perception was correct after seeing the actions of your defensive coordinator and your QB…..immature little frat boys with entitled attitudes. Seeing the parade signs and thinking of a fire alarm pulled by a fan in a hotel let’s me know what really poor sports are. Considering the number of Lombardis the team has earned one would think winning with grace would be a natural by now……fan base is a bunch of rude children, but a good example for parents to teach their children how not react to success.

  55. Usually I don’t respond to idiocy, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Of course it’s about money. People that work for a living and don’t live in trailer parks have roughly 45 yrs to make their money. The average NFL player has 5. Most of them didn’t even finish college. More of them would have never have got in if they weren’t athletes. On the 53 man roster of the Patriots, only about 15 made more than a million dollars. I invite those that have no idea what they’re talking about to go back to the kiddie table.

  56. The haters hate because the Pats have been so good they feel like their teams don’t have a chance. Period.

    Goodell did scurry away like a worm. Great to see others acknowledging it.

    The crowd definitely missed the opportunity for ROGER chants.

  57. Joe Thomas and the Browns will never have to worry about seeing Goodell after a Super Bowl. They’ll never get there without a ticket.

  58. porkchopmoon says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:51 AM

    Paradonkey82, it was Paul Tagliabue that made sure the Saints would stay in New Orleans after Katrina. Not Goodell. Benson was ready to abandon the city. Old fool.

    ————————————

    And who was the guy Tagliabue put in charge of blocking the move to San Antonio?

    Oh yeah… it was Goodell. Complain all you want, but if it wasn’t for Roger Goodell, the Saints would have dumped New Orleans after 4 decades with only a single playoff win to show for it.

  59. Well, the chowdaheads have become an enraged mob. What do you expect after Goddell exposed their cheating?

    All the anger in the world wont untaint the legacy or remove the asterisk from their wins. Sad.

  60. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:11 AM

    Lest we forget Roger is the mouth piece of the owners, awell paid one.

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    that’s exactly the point. read the NFL bylaws on the duties & responsibilities of the commissioner. nowhere does it say Goodell’s job is to cater to whichever is the largest group of owners or most powerful owners on a specific subject. His job is to do what is best for the League/Game, which is (in basic terms) an association of franchises.

    However doing what is best for the League/Game is not necessarily going to keep him ‘well paid’.

    So he resorts to being the mouthpiece so he stays ‘well paid’.

    There’s a difference between maintaining the integrity of the shield and hiding behind it.

  61. Joe is my fav player of all time. Just a class act all around and I love this new candor he is showing. He is basically daring anyone to call out a first ballot hall of famer who has never missed a snap in 10 years. Good on him.

  62. Pat fan boys are adorable and amusing. They believe they possess superior knowledge to sports commissioners, head coaches, GMs, players, sports analysts, the President and Jesus. Yet where do you find them day after day? Typing their hearts out an intenet sports board. LOL! Got it! Post on, Garth. How is your day job going?

  63. Considering the number of Lombardis the team has earned one would think winning with grace would be a natural by now……fan base is a bunch of rude children, but a good example for parents to teach their children how not react to success.

    ——–

    and your comments provide a great example for parents to teach how not to react to failure.

    Thanks!

  64. “Pat fans have no concept of reality. They live in their myopic Tommy’s World. Am I lying?”

    Yes, you are. But that’s normal for Pats haters who constantly throw out the same long disproven drivel time after time after time.

    Talk about no concept of reality and living in an alternate universe, that sums up people like you to a T

  65. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:46 AM
    Usually I don’t respond to idiocy, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Of course it’s about money. People that work for a living and don’t live in trailer parks have roughly 45 yrs to make their money. The average NFL player has 5. Most of them didn’t even finish college. More of them would have never have got in if they weren’t athletes. On the 53 man roster of the Patriots, only about 15 made more than a million dollars. I invite those that have no idea what they’re talking about to go back to the kiddie table.

    So if it was so obviously about money why did a man of your genius not say that? Bet you were making sure your seat at the kiddie table wasn’t stolen. Half an education is a dangerous thing to have Ted.

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  66. He plays for Cleveland. The only way he can make himself relevant is to run his mouth. He certainly has done nothing to lead that team to the playoffs.

    If you can’t be them(the Patriots), join them. Little doubt, before his career his done, he will be a Patriot. IMO, it is pretty clear that he isn’t focused on the team he currently plays for.

    Personal stats don’t matter, what matters is how a team performs.

  67. jfrogwi says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:11 AM
    I actually didn’t appreciate the moment. I thought it was classless of all the fans to boo Rodger while he was on stage. It’s one thing at the draft, but that moment was about the Patriots winning, not the commissioner. I don’t blame him at all for leaving the stage. It was a hostile environment and he could read the situation and he wasn’t adding anything to the celebration by being there.

    ?????

    Sir….If you think that was classless, wait until he comes [ he’s begun to think of excuses why he won’t] to NE for the opening night banner raising!!! They will lynch him…and deservedly so.

    Goodell trashed Brady and the Patriots without any evidence …Any other player would have sued for defammation. Those BOOS @ SB, were just the beginning for the pompous coward.

    Believe me….they will be burning life sized “roger” dolls in the parking lots…and do not be surprised if somewhere in the stadium..one of those dolls is hanging by a noose…NE fans…never will forget. And, they have every right to be angry.

  68. yourunclerico says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:13 AM

    i miss the old days before the donkey, patriot cheatfests started.
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    That would be sometime before Goodell took over as commissioner, when real men ran the NFL league office, and didn’t resort to the manufacturing of controversies, in a futile attempt to force parity.

    Everything bad that has gone on with the NFL has been because of him.

  69. Roger was scurrying so he could either : 1) make some plans for Sept 7th and have a good “previous engagement” excuse or 2) make plans to borrow the Popemobile for when he goes to Foxboro Sept 7th for the likely last time ever.

  70. What’s is truly disturbing for the foot-stomping, breath-holding anti-Patriot kiddie crowd is that no matter how much they whine, no matter how many obsessive trolling posts they make from they’re decrepit, filthy lairs, and no matter which way they try to distort reality with imaginary asterisks or funny statements (“no legitimate SB’s won–waah–so there!), they all know one thing: the New England Patriots are the best team they’ve ever seen in their lifetime. It’s firmly planted in the annals of history and record books, and rightly so.

    For those that respect it, you walk hand in hand with reality. It’s a good place to be. Welcome.

    For those that don’t, good luck in your attempt to fill that gaping black hole that you’ll somehow never be able to shovel enough into. It’s kind of sad to anti-root for something all the time, rather than just root for something, but that’s their personal choice.

  71. Goodell is the NFL’s version of old man Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life and Brady is Jimmy Stewart. Deal with it haters. FIVE rings… count ’em. Sleaziest commissioner of any sports organization in the history of sport. When are the owners going to come to their senses and FIRE this corrupt clown? Wonder if his family is proud of him…. Oh that’s right… he’s rich, so they probably are…. If so they’re the only ones….

  72. kemp13 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:14 AM

    Was Goodell supposed to stay on stage so that everybody could boo while the Pats were taking their bows?
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    Nope. Goodell is supposed to act with integrity, and not be so obviously biased against one team, that he has to manufacture controversies against that team.

    That way, he won’t put himself in a position to be mercilessly, yet rightfully booed.

  73. What’s is truly disturbing for the foot-stomping, breath-holding anti-Patriot kiddie crowd is that no matter how much they whine, no matter how many obsessive trolling posts they make from they’re decrepit, filthy lairs, and no matter which way they try to distort reality with imaginary asterisks or funny statements (“no legitimate SB’s won–waah–so there!), they all know one thing: the New England Patriots are the best team they’ve ever seen in their lifetime. It’s firmly planted in the annals of history and record books, and rightly so.

    For those that respect it, you walk hand in hand with reality. It’s a good place to be. Welcome.

    For those that don’t, good luck in your attempt to fill that gaping black hole that you’ll somehow never be able to shovel enough into. It’s kind of sad to anti-root for something all the time, rather than just root for something, but that’s their personal choice.

    Just so you know son there was football in America prior to 2000 so your outrageous statement above I will attribute to that of a child…. while childish exuberance is cute to watch it gets old real fast.

  74. Nope. Goodell is supposed to act with integrity, and not be so obviously biased against one team, that he has to manufacture controversies against that team.

    That way, he won’t put himself in a position to be mercilessly, yet rightfully booed.

    Beside being able to spell the word what would a Pat’s fan know about it. You talk about an oxymoron……amusing.

  75. babygaga19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:56 AM
    SB 50 Champs > NE Pats.

    We played twice, memba! Still having nightmares about Brock and Noodle Arm?

    —————————————

    Talk about living in the last. Let me know next time you make the playoffs.

    5 Super Bowls & greatest franchise ever > Squeaking past little Cam

    QED.

  76. babygaga19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:56 AM

    SB 50 Champs > NE Pats.
    —————————-

    No one will remember Super Bowl L.

    Super Bowl XLVIII, on the other hand, was one for the ages..

  77. ikeclanton says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:23 AM
    What’s is truly disturbing for the foot-stomping, breath-holding anti-Patriot kiddie crowd is that no matter how much they whine, no matter how many obsessive trolling posts they make from they’re decrepit, filthy lairs, and no matter which way they try to distort reality with imaginary asterisks or funny statements (“no legitimate SB’s won–waah–so there!), they all know one thing: the New England Patriots are the best team they’ve ever seen in their lifetime. It’s firmly planted in the annals of history and record books, and rightly so.
    ————-
    LOL
    you sir are a victim of your own echo chamber.
    a little boy that stares at the tommy poster on his bedroom wall as you frantically repeat to yourself – ” ilove you tom, you would never cheat on me”
    all the while, the rest of the league knows the truth.
    you cant simply win a football game and expect that to change the realities of the past.
    the pats first three titles are tainted.
    if they get a few more without cheating then perhaps we can talk about the best ever
    until then they are in a neck/neck competition with the donkeys for the biggest cheaters in the history of the game.

  78. mmack66 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 12:21 PM
    babygaga19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 11:56 AM

    SB 50 Champs > NE Pats.
    —————————-

    No one will remember Super Bowl L.

    Super Bowl XLVIII, on the other hand, was one for the ages..
    —————
    only in the biggest cheats of the league competition.

  79. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 9, 2017 12:04 PM
    Nope. Goodell is supposed to act with integrity, and not be so obviously biased against one team, that he has to manufacture controversies against that team.
    —————-
    you may disagree with the way the investigation was conducted, but its not goodells fault your little tommy was cheating.
    just because you have told yourselves 1000x that it wasnt true does not change the fact that it is true.
    tommy and belli are complete cheats.
    the sad thing is they didnt need to cheat – they are legit
    but they cant get out of their own way.
    * * * Tainted titles

  80. harrisonhits

    a slight correction to your post sir,

    They could have have appointed a Trained monkey as commission and that same team of attorneys and led by Robert Kraft would have negotiated the same contracts.

  81. daddeeo says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:30 AM
    The haters hate because the Pats have been so good they feel like their teams don’t have a chance. Period.
    ————–
    the haters hate because teams like the pats and the donkeys should have had their titles vacated.
    the integrity of the league/game has been damaged by these teams and all we see on these message boards is a few hundred pats /donkey fans defending complete frauds.
    yes, we hate your team
    but it has nothing to do with their ability on the field. its called integrity and that is more important than a trophy.

  82. And to those who believe all Patriots fans only followed the team starting in 2000, another fallacy on your part.

    Sure, the Patriots only became an NFL franchise in 1960, and joined the NFL when the merger occurred in 1967. But I can assure you we were very much around, following the Patriots as they played in Fenway, Harvard, BC and then Schaeffer Stadiums. Putting up with the malfeasance of Billy Sullivan.
    Finally rewarded with a winning team, even under Billy in 1966, and then again in the ’70’s only to see Ben Dreith screw us in Oakland, yeah the Tuck rule was payback, get over it.

    Finally Mr Kraft took over, and we are living the dream.

    We admired the Steelers, Cowboys, 49ers, the great teams, yeah even the Bills were looked up to by the Patriot fans.

    Many of us were converted Giants fans, but we didn’t come of age in 2000.
    If it makes you feel good about calling the NE fans bandwagon fans, tough for you, but you are wrong.

    This is the golden age for us—-10 parades in 15 years, amazing, and we are proud.

    If you want to belittle us with your inane stupidity, that is your problem, not ours.

    So nofool keep drooling over our fortune.

    Sometimes i wonder how many haters post from 345 Park Ave.

  83. Hey Uncle Rico, starting to worry about not being the only team with 6 rings?

    If you think that any Patriots titles are tainted provide some proof, but first do a little research beyond reading BS headlines put out by the NY Post and ESPN.

    No Steeler SB ever went through NE, but THREE NE SB victories went through Pittsburgh…

    how’s that for an asterisk well deserved

  84. But… goodell is still better looking than joe thomas. thomas on the other hand, looks like an animal that starts with letter m and end with “ky”

  85. If the NFL actually did catch the Patriots cheating in the 2015 AFC Championship game, why didn’t they immediately stop the game, and award the victory to the Indianapolis Colts?

    If the NFL is so concerned with the integrity of the game, how can they let a team that they said they caught cheating go to, and eventually win the Super Bowl?

    Oh, that’s right. It was all a fraud.

  86. dakelliot says:
    Feb 9, 2017 12:41 PM
    OK we get it, the Pats showed Goodell who’s boss. Can we move on now?

    —————————

    That wasnt the Pats this time. I think it was the NFL fan base. I dont think they were just booing on behalf of the Patriots either. There are many with their own bones to pick at this point.

  87. Please thank Roger Goodell for ruining the new Browns too.

    Oh I see. He drafted johnny and all those other failures?

    He’s a tool for sure but the Browns are a circus all unto their own.

    Signed,
    A bills fan who shouldn’t have room to talk but let’s be honest.. it’s Cleveland

  88. poguemahonepft says:
    Feb 9, 2017 1:06 PM
    the bastard commissioner – thanks New England – for the middle finger we didn’t get the chance to give – WHO DAT!
    ___________________________

    We hear you Saints fans – you are the only fanbase that can relate to Goodell’s abuse of power through experience. I just wish I was smart enough at the time to see through this nonsense during Bountygate.

    So part of that collective “middle finger” was for you Saints fans!

  89. @Nofoolnodrool

    You say “blah, blah, blah” and the pats keep hoisting up the Lombardi’s with more likely to come.

    It doesn’t bother you? Now who do you think you are fooling? I’m guessing not even yourself LOL!!!!!

    Like I said, you and your buddies are just having a dreadful, awful week aren’t you!

  90. Sounds like Joe wants a call from the Patriots. Yes sure you will more than likely win a championship but like everybody connected with that disgrace of a franchise you will forever be stained. Pathetic when you see people with brown tongue syndrome.

  91. TMZ is reporting that the Falcons pumped in extra boos over the sound system during the trophy presentation.

  92. Way to go, Joe. There’s room for a veteran with your pedigree on the Patriots. After all, Jimmy Gorofollo is available and the Browns #12 and you might be a good package to receive in return. The Patriots will need an experienced tackle to replace Vollmer.

  93. Joe could have had a ring two SBS ago. The trade with Denver was close but the Cleves uped the anti at the 11th hour and Elway wouldn’t buckle.

    Seriously, any of you see BB paying anything for Thomas??? Bad Bill is the best in the biz in not making these deals and his success confirms it.

  94. Some folks are so gifted that when they read minds they forget to tell us about their magical power . Tsk …

    tonebones says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:48 AM
    I guess misery really does love company. Thomas is so miserable because he’s been a loser his entire career. On the other hand, Roger Goodell is the most successful sports commissioner that I can remember.

  95. Joe ought to keep his big mouth to himself, and show a little respect for a guy who is in one of the toughest jobs in the country. He had seemed classier in the past. Guess not.

    Just because one is entitled to an opinion doesn’t mean it has to be expressed!! Including mine.

  96. Ungrateful jerk is right !!! This clown would be flipping burgers somewhere if it weren’t for football !!! Hopefully there’s something where he can be fined or suspended for saying crap !!!

  97. Framegate REAL winner and loser:

    Winner: Tom Brady

    Loser: Roger Goodell

    What goes around comes around Roger. You may have a $40Million salary, but one thing you DON’T have is respect.

  98. After reading all the nonsensical Pats haters posts there is a big smile on my face. The way they twist themselves into pretzels and spew out their alternative facts is nothing short of hilarious.

  99. How does Goodell still have a job?

    Because all the bs from Pats trolls patting themselves on the back is basically wrong and meaningless. Just because this site panders to them doesn’t make them right or their fantasies of what should happen to Roger Goodell viable, but since they’re obviously too ignorant to pick up on that, this site will continue to pander to them. It’s about getting clicks, which can be used to set advertising costs.

  100. babygaga19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 10:52 AM
    Pat fan boys are adorable and amusing. They believe they possess superior knowledge to sports commissioners, head coaches, GMs, players, sports analysts, the President and Jesus. Yet where do you find them day after day? Typing their hearts out an intenet sports board. LOL! Got it! Post on, Garth. How is your day job going?

    ????????????????????????????

    We are not smarter than Jesus.

  101. The disconnect as I read all the comments is that most think this was all about the Patriots, but it really wasnt. The stadium full of boos was not a stadium full of Patriots fans. Lets remember the game was in Houston. As far as who traveled there from NE that was maybe 25% of them. Another 25% would have traveled from Atlanta. Then the other half would have been the wealthy or avid fans that travel to Superbowls for the experience and also those taking advantage of it being a within a days drive of where they live. (Cut me some slack on my percentage guesses, you know what I mean though) anyhow, despite it being a mix like that the entire stadium was booing. There were no cheers mixed in there. Given that some of those people think the Pats were guilty and a lot of others just dont like them those boos were not over what he did to the Pats. That was just general unhappiness with how many things have been getting handled. Sometimes its not all about the Patriots and I dont think this was.

  102. Paradoxx – you said it yourself, Tagliabue told him to do so as Tags was his boss. If Tagliabue had no problem with Benson moving the team to San Antonio, Goodell would’ve been working to facilitate that. Roger deserves no credit for just doing what the boss told him to, and so he doesn’t. Why you think any Saints fans should be grateful to him for doing what Tagliabue said is bizarre and weird.

  103. @crush22 and droolfool, he’s a lot closer than either of you
    Scumbags will ever be. I’m sure you two punks would tell him that to his face. Big men behind a keyboard punks in real life.

  104. Ignorant holes like DroolingFool and Jdipwood hate
    the Pats so much that they have stooped to defending the sleazeball Goodell. I can only imagine how much their lives suck.

  105. geronimojr19 says:
    Feb 9, 2017 9:10 AM
    Patriot fans are mad at Goddell, but they really should love him because he destroyed the spygate tapes. Goddell saved Kraft, Belicheat, Brady. You guys should be happy about the 4 game suspension. Who knows what was on those tapes. Always remember Goddell saved your franchise back in 2007.

    —————
    For the thousandth freaking time: there were eight tapes related to “Spygate,” and they were all made public and shown to the media on a repeating loop. Lots of controversial and revealing shots too—especially of the San Diego Chargers cheerleaders. All it takes is a shred of research to understand that Spygate was all steam and no substance. In other words, a fitting metaphor for the lump of alleged brain tissue floating in the soupbowl of raw sewage between Goodell’s ears.

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