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Roger Goodell says he will attend regular season opener in New England

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It has become customary in the NFL for the first game of the regular season to be hosted by the defending Super Bowl champion. It is also customary that Commissioner Roger Goodell personally attends the first game of the season.

It just so happens that game will be in New England this year, which is a place Goodell has seemingly avoided at all costs since Deflategate began during the 2014 postseason.

But just like Goodell was forced to present Patriots owner Robert Kraft with the Lombardi Trophy in February in Houston, Goodell said Tuesday at the league meetings in Phoenix that he will be attending the season opener.

“I plan to be at the kickoff game,” Goodell said.

Goodell has reportedly not attended a game in New England since the AFC Championship in 2014 that sparked the Deflategate controversy. Goodell’s postseason appearances last year came in Atlanta for their Divisional Round game against the Seahawks and NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

That New England drought is now set to end on Sept. 7 with the Patriots home opener.

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87 Responses to “Roger Goodell says he will attend regular season opener in New England”
  1. tonyzendejas says: Mar 28, 2017 8:24 PM

    Will dry-cleaning remove tomato stains? I guess we’ll find out.

  2. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 28, 2017 8:25 PM

    As a long time Pats fan, it’s time to let by gones be by gones, welcome back Roger.
    We forgive you, let’s move on. 🙂

  3. pixelprola says: Mar 28, 2017 8:26 PM

    Talk’s cheap. The ClownKing will surely find an excuse before the opener. He’s truly hated in New England.

  4. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Mar 28, 2017 8:27 PM

    Time to listen to all the obnoxious Pats fans whine like little girls about Goodell now.
    I have a request for you: could you please stop ruining every thread that has anything to do with Goodell or league punishment with your incessant whining? By now were all very clear on how you feel about him and we couldn’t have possibly cared less in the first place so please spare us from having to hear anymore. Thank you

  5. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 28, 2017 8:28 PM

    Roger that.

  6. bosoxpatsfanincali12 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:28 PM

    Where was he in the 2015 season opener???

  7. footballfan58 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:29 PM

    Go ahead, Roger. Come to New England. I dare you.

    Hahahahaha!!!!!!!

  8. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 28, 2017 8:30 PM

    Free clown shirts to all fans entering the stadium! 🙂

  9. navyvandal says: Mar 28, 2017 8:31 PM

    WE MISSED ROGAH!!!!

    Coming in September 2017 live from

    1 Patriot Place
    Foxborough MA, 02035

  10. worldizending says: Mar 28, 2017 8:33 PM

    Goodell SUCKS!

    Goodell SUCKS!

    Goodell SUCKS!

    The chanting just won’t stop

  11. wmnf says: Mar 28, 2017 8:40 PM

    Don’t bother Roger, you’re persona non grata here anyway.

  12. riraider says: Mar 28, 2017 8:42 PM

    I don’t think that’s a good idea.

  13. paulmauddib says: Mar 28, 2017 8:44 PM

    Game on

  14. patsfiend says: Mar 28, 2017 8:45 PM

    Excellent, Smithers, our plan is proceeding perfectly.

  15. worldizending says: Mar 28, 2017 8:46 PM

    On second thought, I think he will chicken out…like the weasel that he is.

  16. bartor1544 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:49 PM

    Good!

    Now behave yourselves Pats Fans and don’t embarrass us. Boo Birds in full force, funny chants, posters, goodell masks… all would be awesome.

    Don’t physically do ANYTHING (read: don’t throw anything).

  17. weepingjebus says: Mar 28, 2017 8:54 PM

    I hope he enjoys the banner unveiling. We’ve added two since you told the world that league leadership failed 8th grade chemistry.

  18. pastabelly says: Mar 28, 2017 8:58 PM

    From a Patriots fan – I give him credit for showing up and facing the music. It’s time to let this one go. SB 51 was the sweetest revenge on Goodell and the owners who really pulled his strings all the way. I will find a way to go to the game. If I boo Roger, it will be to have fun with it. This thing needs to end.

  19. deadonballsaccurate says: Mar 28, 2017 8:58 PM

    I certainly hope you plan on showing up with the National Guard by your side.

  20. natijim235 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:02 PM

    you’re not welcome Goodell!

  21. Indybear says: Mar 28, 2017 9:12 PM

    This won’t end well.

  22. rje49 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:18 PM

    Roger, you’re NOT welcome. Stay home.

  23. ItsMe says: Mar 28, 2017 9:23 PM

    It’s a really bad decision Roger… but what’s new?

  24. akaodoyle says: Mar 28, 2017 9:25 PM

    Roger will be welcomed with open arms. Everyone in NE has missed his delightful and charming presence.

  25. mzew233 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:34 PM

    The moment where he is shown on the jumbo tron will be the loudest amount of booing in Boston sports history.

    There will literally be nonstop WHERE IS ROGER. Chants throughout the entire game.

    All patriots haters and deflategate/spygate historians. Turn off your TVs September 7th, since this doesn’t concern you

  26. jmd0722 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:38 PM

    Hope commissioner Idiot wears some good ear muffs. Why he is attending is a farce, you know he hates the Pats and Brady. Well this should be the last time commissioner ever shows his face in New England even if they win another super bowl.

  27. apatfanforever says: Mar 28, 2017 9:42 PM

    The Patriots will supply a special seat for Roger . Even though it will only be a September 7th game , his seat will be very warm . They will make sure he is plugged in properly to make sure he doesn’t miss any of the well executed plays .

  28. swhughes81 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:50 PM

    New England fans are so jealous of how good of a turkey hunter Dell Kirby is.

  29. charger383 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:50 PM

    they won’t be nice to him

  30. bigdaddystyle says: Mar 28, 2017 9:52 PM

    New England fans should just be glad their team is good and has won a bunch of Super Bowls. Getting all bent out of shape about some wrist slapping pales in comparison to your team moving to another city.

  31. PatSwinagain says: Mar 28, 2017 9:56 PM

    The fans need to show the owner’s puppet what a real chant sounds like. Put the “Daaaaarryllllllll” to shame.

  32. 49ersfury says: Mar 28, 2017 10:01 PM

    Must be Bob Kraft’s designated driver.

  33. factpurveyor says: Mar 28, 2017 10:07 PM

    Bring the draft pick that you stole from the Patriots.

  34. factpurveyor says: Mar 28, 2017 10:09 PM

    Will Roger Goodell release the PSI information from the 2015 season before the season opener of the 2017 season?

  35. bencoates57 says: Mar 28, 2017 10:10 PM

    Will New England taxpayers have to foot the billion dollar bill for Pope caliber security?

  36. markjohnbennett says: Mar 28, 2017 10:11 PM

    Roger needs to come. And, Pats fans need to boo.

    The fans can’t get him fired. They can’t make him answer for his actions. All they can do is let him know what they think of him.

    That means booing him as loud and as long as they can. And, he deserves it.

  37. Ralphie says: Mar 28, 2017 10:21 PM

    He’ll chicken out with a last second excuse not to attend. He’s gutless.

  38. factpurveyor says: Mar 28, 2017 10:21 PM

    $19.99 – Digital pressure gauge
    $89.00 – 1.6 cu ft. dorm size refrigerator
    $99.00—Official NFL football

    Having videos available online like the titled below that will forever show intelligent people that Roger Goodell messed up and then lied —-> PRICELESS !!!

    Search online for:
    “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  39. randy8123 says: Mar 28, 2017 10:32 PM

    Prepare for winter in September, because that is going to be one frosty welcome.

  40. Bloodfart says: Mar 28, 2017 10:36 PM

    RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 28, 2017 8:25 PM
    As a long time Pats fan, it’s time to let by gones be by gones, welcome back Roger.
    We forgive you

    ——
    No, no we dont.

  41. Bubbalicious says: Mar 28, 2017 10:38 PM

    Are you sure that wasn’t misinterpreted? Perhaps he meant to say “Yes we have no bananas today!”

  42. projectshadow316 says: Mar 28, 2017 10:38 PM

    He won’t show up. He’ll make up some excuse and there will be a convenient scheduling conflict.

    He says he “plans” to be there, but there was no guarantee. He knows what’s waiting for him.

  43. patzdominate says: Mar 28, 2017 10:43 PM

    Roger also said he was all about the integrity of the game. Lies like a rug. If he does show it will only in a luxury box. He is too much of a coward to actually sit in the stands. Plus not sure there is enough security to keep him from getting embarrassed.

    I would love a close up when they uncover the new SB banner and for the R-O-G-E-R change.

  44. thisonesforpat says: Mar 28, 2017 10:48 PM

    Remember Henry Hill, the inspiration for Goodfellas-turned-informant-would visit the Howard Stern Show and all the upset mafiosos in the audience would call and threaten Henry? Tell him what scum he was…and then they would say that they were going to show up henry’s next appearance and they would “rub him out”? Remember that? Because rubbing him out never happened.

    upset mafiosos had all the opportunity in the world, they knew exactly were Henry would be signing his artwork or a book, it was in his website! but they never did squat.

    I’m willing to bet the same is true of Goodell visiting New England. What’s the talk, lots of blaster, lots of hatred for the flight gate and it’ll be just fine. Let’s get beyond this

  45. truthprofessor says: Mar 28, 2017 10:49 PM

    Google “Goodell clown shirt” to see what EVERYONE there (but Roger) will be wearing

    I am serious

    It will be a fan-organized event

    EPIC

  46. nfella says: Mar 28, 2017 10:50 PM

    Yahhhhh, sure he is.

    Hahaha, that dude has coward written all ovah him!

  47. pfttrollss says: Mar 28, 2017 10:54 PM

    Didn’t he say he had to be invited first? I hope the invitation gets lost in the mail.

  48. trina16 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:17 PM

    We haven’t missed you at the Razor these past two years. Stay away Clown; your presence alone will stink up the whole region.

  49. midnightcusk says: Mar 28, 2017 11:22 PM

    If the camera pans to his stupid a$$ face and puts it up on the “jumbletron,” as the mayor once called it, it will be a moment for the ages. Almost as fun as winning the super bowl.

    I can’t wait.

  50. blakeinfla says: Mar 28, 2017 11:23 PM

    It’s kinda like in scary movies when someone does something dumb and you’re like “Bro Jason is like right around the corner don’t do it!” this is not gonna end well.

  51. pats777 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:27 PM

    Breaking news, NFL season opener no longer includes previous Super Bowl winner, LOL.

  52. rootpain says: Mar 28, 2017 11:33 PM

    I preferred it when he wouldn’t come. Now’s there is a risk that someone might do something foolish.
    Stay away Roger. You are not wanted and not respected. You’re just a sip of water Roger. Now run along and play with the other little twats.

  53. backindasaddle says: Mar 28, 2017 11:40 PM

    Roger is looking forward to this game about as much Slick Willy Clinton enjoyed admitting on Nation TV to his Oval Office cigar tricks with Lewinski.

  54. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Mar 29, 2017 12:35 AM

    This guy is a Joke. I cant wait!

  55. doctorpancake says: Mar 29, 2017 12:41 AM

    I’d love to get paid $25MM a year to occasionally have to get boo’d in a luxury box while watching football.

  56. stipez says: Mar 29, 2017 5:09 AM

    He’d have a chance at forgiveness if brought some draft picks with him.

  57. thumper00 says: Mar 29, 2017 5:33 AM

    patriot ownership may say your welcome(sad) but patriot fans DO NOT WANT YOU HERE, be prepared for endless jeers and clown signs!!!!!

  58. bostonbarney says: Mar 29, 2017 6:03 AM

    Time to listen to all the obnoxious Pats fans whine like little girls about Goodell now.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Dear Staff,

    Seems to me it’s time for all the obnoxious Pats haters to whine like little boys about the fact that we’re not his biggest fans.

    Whine whine whine, Staffie.

  59. v2787 says: Mar 29, 2017 6:12 AM

    “bartor1544 says:

    Good!

    Now behave yourselves Pats Fans and don’t embarrass us. Boo Birds in full force, funny chants, posters, goodell masks… all would be awesome.

    Don’t physically do ANYTHING (read: don’t throw anything).”

    You can absolutely count on at least one (or more) drunken idiot to do something absolutely foolish, illegal, and/or dangerous. If Goodell is at the game, something really stupid will happen. Wait and see.

  60. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 29, 2017 6:12 AM

    He’ll have so much security people surround him he has very little to fear about being physically harmed. As for booing, he’s used to it. Ever watch the NFL Draft? He’s booed every time he comes on stage for a presentation.

  61. worldizending says: Mar 29, 2017 6:19 AM

    I wish Kraft would grow a pair and tell him he is not welcome.

  62. Don Humphrey says: Mar 29, 2017 6:22 AM

    Operative words: “plan to” — If he actually does show up, I hope he stays out of the way — not front and center. Let the fans boo (he earned it and he can take it), but protect the idiot from any idiots who may want to add an exclamation point to their indignation. The focus should be on the game and the incredible (unbelievable) achievement of the 2016 Patriots. Roger’s already been made a fool – don’t let him try to make it into something else.

  63. tyorkiv03 says: Mar 29, 2017 6:31 AM

    Where’s all the computer gangsters that said he wouldn’t come and he’d never make it to the stadium because the fans wouldn’t let him make it in. Lol.

  64. nbptma1 says: Mar 29, 2017 6:47 AM

    Why do I have the feeling ‘something might come up’ just prior to the game and the Rog, backs out.

  65. realpatsfan says: Mar 29, 2017 7:04 AM

    I’m going to puke

  66. iamapatsfan says: Mar 29, 2017 7:26 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Mar 28, 2017 8:30 PM
    Free clown shirts to all fans entering the stadium! 🙂

    —-

    Someone with money needs to make this happen. Just hand out those shirts to everyone entering the stadium so they can all put one on before sitting down.

    God, that’d be beautiful!

  67. bmacwillconn says: Mar 29, 2017 7:36 AM

    It was the other owners who forced Goodell to push Deflate Gate. He could have done a better job tempering the legal process but everyone should understand the level of hatred and jealousy the other owners have towards the Patriots. They forced him to play his hand in the manner he did.

  68. bencoates57 says: Mar 29, 2017 7:54 AM

    Sketch artists are on standby for composite drawings of any fan within 20 feet of the challenges outline of Roger Goodell in Foxborough.

  69. elyasm says: Mar 29, 2017 8:11 AM

    Never forget, never forgive (unless we get our two first round picks back, then we just might consider letting bygones be bygones).

    I can’t wait to see all the clown shirts in the stands.

  70. brwmstr says: Mar 29, 2017 8:16 AM

    seriously….stay home, thank you

  71. eapear says: Mar 29, 2017 8:19 AM

    “It is also customary that Commissioner Roger Goodell personally attends the first game of the season.”

    Except in 2015 when in Foxboro.

  72. factschecker says: Mar 29, 2017 8:20 AM

    I got a thousand dollars that says somebody takes (or tries to take) things entirely too far and makes all New England fans look like idiots to the rest of the country.

    As A Pats fan myself I’m not really going out on a limb on this prediction. Ultimately we won the Super Bowl. As a fan I’ve declared victory and moved on myself. I’d rather we ignored him completely.

  73. yhnbgt says: Mar 29, 2017 8:21 AM

    If he really wants to make amends, give back the two draft picks. Otherwise stay the hell away.

  74. dawberball says: Mar 29, 2017 8:28 AM

    This is a VERY BIG mistake… You are not welcome. Stay away. (What don’t you understand??)

  75. infectorman says: Mar 29, 2017 8:33 AM

    He’ll be moving around in the Pope-Mobile, surrounded by security, with 7-8 body doubles wandering around Gillette.

    Fact is, he is nothing more than a shill for the other 31 and their crybaby fans. So while he’s a nice centerpiece at which we direct our disdain, he really nothing more than a figurehead

  76. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 29, 2017 8:35 AM

    Goodell is a vile little worm of a man. I think most NFL fans took great delight in the rain of boos he got when he came up to hand the trophy to the Pats after the Super Bowl.

    The most corrupt sports commissioner in modern American history, that will be Goodell’s only legacy.

  77. yourunclerico says: Mar 29, 2017 8:42 AM

    pat fans are the biggest whiners in the league. they always forget about good ole Roger destroying the tapes and protecting their history.
    funny how they bite the hand that feeds.

    maybe they should just stop cheating and avoid all this drama.

  78. jimmylikesthat says: Mar 29, 2017 8:56 AM

    8th grade chemistry? Physics maybe, unless Park Ave is experimenting with a meth lab

  79. One For The D**k #Six says: Mar 29, 2017 9:32 AM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Mar 28, 2017 8:25 PM
    As a long time Pats fan, it’s time to let by gones be by gones, welcome back Roger.
    We forgive you, let’s move on. 🙂
    ————————–

    Let’s move on? Sure, that’s fair. We forgive you??? NOPE!

  80. belugataxi says: Mar 29, 2017 9:45 AM

    dawberball: clearly there is A LOT he does not understand…

  81. fjw2 says: Mar 29, 2017 9:51 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Mar 28, 2017 8:58 PM
    From a Patriots fan – I give him credit for showing up and facing the music. It’s time to let this one go. SB 51 was the sweetest revenge on Goodell and the owners who really pulled his strings all the way. I will find a way to go to the game. If I boo Roger, it will be to have fun with it. This thing needs to end.

    ——————

    I get what you’re saying, but every day that Goodell withholds the results of the “random” pressure testing done in the 2015 season is one more added bit of dishonesty. And furthermore, they are still taking away another draft pick (4th round) this year over this total miscarriage of fairness, even though they have demonstrated that they know full well (as demonstrated during the Giants / Steelers Deflategate2) that the balls lost pressure due to the cold weather, as they always do.

    It wasn’t the original act of punishing the Patriots due to their own ignorance that is so irritating. It’s that they continue to keep their heads in the sand just hoping it will go away.

    I do hope New England fans will ridicule him with some class and not do anything over the top, but since we can’t believe anything he says anyway, I really doubt Roger will actually show up. He’ll stay home when he realizes it wouldn’t be safe.

  82. cjmullysr says: Mar 29, 2017 10:23 AM

    As a faithful Pats supporter, NE fans should surprise the world and just move on and make this a non event. We have the greatest fans in the NFL and opening night should be a celebration of Super Bowl 51 not a night to embarrass the commissioner. I am sure many do not agree, but Deflategate is over, punishments (fair or unfair) have been served. If Brady has moved on and is looking forward, everyone else should too.

  83. fireroger says: Mar 29, 2017 12:02 PM

    He’ll be gone shortly after kickoff. The boos didn’t affect him at the draft. Or the SuperBowl. It won’t affect him on kickoff night as well. Tone deaf and dumb. Boo, don’t boo. Class, no class. Neither changes the fact an idiot is ruining the NFL.

  84. artvan15 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:05 PM

    Bring some body guards Roger. This will not end up good.

  85. tim8450 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:10 PM

    staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Mar 28, 2017 8:27 PM

    Time to listen to all the obnoxious Pats fans whine like little girls about Goodell now.

    —————

    …Not sure whether to whine about Goodell, or whine about all the haters whining about Pats fans whining about Goodell.

    and btw, Stafford is not better than the two top Pats QB’s.

  86. tbisgod says: Mar 29, 2017 1:50 PM

    The booing is great, he knows what to expect. let’s not get into the 4 letter words people, it will embarrass NE and I bring my kids to the game.

  87. A happy green parrot says: Mar 30, 2017 11:11 PM

    worldizending says:
    Mar 28, 2017 8:33 PM
    Goodell SUCKS!

    Goodell SUCKS!

    Goodell SUCKS!

    The chanting just won’t stop

    ———————-

    This is exactly why he hasn’t come. There was never a concern for his safety that will be fine. But the crowd chanting derogatory stuff on national TV is not a good look and one he wanted to avoid. On the other hand it wasnt even a Patriots crowd (not more than 25%) at the Superbowl and they still let him have it. So its not really avoidable. They can keep it down by not showing him on the jumbotron too much and the network sound technicians, if they prepare for it, can do a lot to keep the chanting from getting on the air.

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