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No sign of Goodell as Day Three of the draft begins


The NFL gradually is figuring out that no benefit is derived from having the Man Who Runs Big Shield absorbing relentless booing at the draft.

After using Ron Jaworski on Friday night in a failed effort to get the fans to go easy on Roger Goodell, the Commissioner was out of sight when the third day of the draft began. Instead, former Eagles standout (and current NFL executive V.P. of football operations) Troy Vincent led the way, with a pair of locally beloved Brians at his side: Westbrook and Dawkins.

That’s not how it happened last year in Chicago, when Goodell found out that the zeal for booing him had not subsided by Saturday. What we saw and heard this Saturday is how it should have been from the outset. The unforgettable scene from Thursday night in Philly would have been enhanced by having, for example, Sylvester Stallone get things started. Instead, the loud boos took away from it.

The biggest question for the 2017 draft is whether Goodell’s bosses will take away his podium privileges, permanently. Surely he realizes by now that it doesn’t help him, it doesn’t help the league, and it doesn’t help the draft for the Commissioner to continue to be the face of the event.

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35 Responses to “No sign of Goodell as Day Three of the draft begins”
  1. kcchefs58 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:22 PM

    Gotta get to work on the next big scandal, I suppose.

  2. mixjuan says: Apr 29, 2017 12:26 PM

    That’s nothing compared to what he is going to get when he comes to Foxboro…

  3. boknowsvt says: Apr 29, 2017 12:28 PM

    He’s the villain and it will never change. He should accept it and have some fun with it. He should taken on a Vince McMahon persona where he brags about his power and how much money he makes.

  4. jahbrohknee says: Apr 29, 2017 12:28 PM

    I’m sure he’s going to concoct some offense that the Eagles committed and punish then for the city booing him.

  5. dickshotdogs says: Apr 29, 2017 12:31 PM

    Best news of the draft.

  6. mother's little helper says: Apr 29, 2017 12:32 PM

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow. May whatever God you may believe in, or not, give great strength and rapid healing to the bootiful lungs of all who cross Rog’s path.

  7. zaphod424242 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:33 PM

    They’ve been slow even by their standards to figure this one out. Change the role or change the person in the role.

  8. MichaelEdits says: Apr 29, 2017 12:35 PM

    I guess that means somebody drafted him in round two. Wow, they’re going to be disappointed.

  9. tylawspick6 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:38 PM

    working overtime to frame the pats again

  10. dartmouthstevens says: Apr 29, 2017 12:41 PM

    Goodell is doing his real job well. He is a WWE villain. The owners look all shiny and clean.

    I wish he did his labelled job well though.

  11. truthprofessor says: Apr 29, 2017 12:41 PM

    “… it doesn’t help the draft for the Commissioner to continue to be the face of the event.”


    It doesn’t help the LEAGUE for this fool to continue to be the Commissioner.

  12. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 29, 2017 12:43 PM

    As a Pats fan i say its time to move on and respect the Commish, besides if most ran into him somewhere the first thing they would request would be a selfie with him. 🙂

  13. todd6162 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:45 PM

    Enough is enough get off his back!!

  14. whatevnfl says: Apr 29, 2017 1:00 PM

    Troy Vincent is just as gross as Goodell. And looks like he possibly ate the Commissioner.

  15. abninf says: Apr 29, 2017 1:03 PM

    They should escort out all the annoying millennials who won’t shut the hell up.

  16. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Apr 29, 2017 1:12 PM

    The “pile on” mentality is never pretty. This is what illiteracy in mob form looks like, people. Please stay in school.

  17. weepingjebus says: Apr 29, 2017 1:15 PM

    Good start, next comes the pink slip.

  18. patriots123456 says: Apr 29, 2017 1:20 PM

    The Booing is only going to continue and get more intense.

    ESPN did some recent house cleaning.

    Time for the NFL to follow suit.

    Bye Roger, you ruined the league…

  19. internetcommenter7 says: Apr 29, 2017 1:21 PM

    Troy Vincent should also be booed mercilessly

  20. backindasaddle says: Apr 29, 2017 1:32 PM

    Roger is Politically Correcting the league to death and he’s rightly getting booed relentlessly for it. Now he’s off figuring out how to spend $40 million bucks.

  21. ibillwt says: Apr 29, 2017 1:35 PM

    Send Vincent to Boston and see how he makes out. He’s a cob totter’s cob totter.

  22. u4iadman says: Apr 29, 2017 1:35 PM

    He’s just the owners puppet.
    And this article is biased by pats homer.

    Bill and krapft and Brady all guilty. Good for the other owners for standing up and proving it. Roger just does their bidding.


  23. motleytrap says: Apr 29, 2017 1:37 PM

    “He should taken on a Vince McMahon persona where he brags about his power and how much money he makes.”

    Let him. Frankly how much money a person has couldn’t be more trivial.

  24. ibillwt says: Apr 29, 2017 1:39 PM

    For those not from the South, a cob tote hands corn cobs to his boss. If you don’t know what corn cobs were used for, think Charmin but more thorough.

  25. wib22 says: Apr 29, 2017 1:43 PM

    why should he be booed?
    He brought the cheats to justice!

  26. cubbynaz says: Apr 29, 2017 2:14 PM

    Commisoners from all the other leagues get booed at too. You make it seem that he’s the only one.

  27. rexryanisablowhard says: Apr 29, 2017 2:22 PM

    He’s busy wiping his boogers on the backs of hanicapped children.

  28. rdensing says: Apr 29, 2017 2:59 PM

    He is doing exactly what he is paid to do. Do what the the owners want him to do and take all the heat.

  29. blingslade says: Apr 29, 2017 3:09 PM

    Gotta admit the NFL was a great league until about 2010 or so and yes, Goodell ruined it.

  30. pondbridge says: Apr 29, 2017 4:12 PM

    They ran out of human shields for Goodell: Santa Claus, Roger Staubach both declined.

  31. jimcasterson says: Apr 29, 2017 4:24 PM

    I understand a few rounds of boos, but after awhile is shows how low class the audience is.

  32. babygaga19 says: Apr 29, 2017 4:35 PM

    The Commish has always and only announced on the first day of the draft. Get your trip together, fan boys!

  33. ibillwt says: Apr 29, 2017 4:48 PM

    why should he be booed?
    He brought the cheats to justice
    I’d say that Goodell was brought to justice when he was humiliated handing the hardware over to the Pats, kissing Belichick’s rings on the podium, and then begging for an audience with Brady after the greatest QB performance in history.

    More public penitence is due on opening night.

    He has not and can not hurt the Patriots as long as Belichick is there. No matter what BS the other owners come up with, Belichick will keep winning. And for the rest of their lives EVERY football fan will have the choice of hearing Brady and Belichick referred to as the GOATs or else turning off the broadcast. Enjoy.

  34. melikefootball says: Apr 29, 2017 8:15 PM

    Gödel continues to be a bad mark on the game as far as fans are concerned. Yes the NFL makes tons of money and that is all that counts for owners. The fans that Gödel continues to spout is important are taking a back seat to the power of the league office. Since Gödel started the fines, he has consistently been all over the place with his punishments in the name of making the league better. The game in the minds of many many fans is important for only one thing, their fantasy leagues. Stats is all most care for as fans and most players used in the fantasy leagues. It is a shame that such a great game continues to go backwards as Gödel leads.

  35. theaveragecharlie says: Apr 30, 2017 10:50 AM

    He’s in Green Bay, scouting the place out for the 2019 NFL Draft.

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