Indy crowd boos Goodell at Peyton Manning statue unveiling

AP

At Saturday’s unveiling of the statue of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Commissioner Roger Goodell apparently played the role of Clubber Lang. Unintentionally.

Via Peter King of TheMMQB.com, who attended the event, Goodell heard boos from roughly half the assembled crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 fans. King suggests that the program was constructed to introduce two speakers at a time in order to shield Goodell from the crowd reaction, pairing him with former Colts coach Tony Dungy.

Still, Goodell heard it when he went to the podium to speak, and King writes that “it seemed stunning,” given the mood of the day and the friendly reputation of the citizenry. (Also, Colts fans shouldn’t have a problem with Goodell, given that: (1) he has yet to drop the Arbitrary Hammer of Results-Driven Justice on the team they love; and (2) he has done it to the team they love to hate.)

But booing the Commissioner has become a part of the football culture, starting with the lockout in 2011 and continuing as the crowds get bigger — and louder — at the draft. And while the same members of the crowd that will boo Goodell loudly would individually clamor for a chance to take a selfie with him, the fact that booing has become a way of life for the Commissioner makes you wonder what kind of life the Commissioner has.

A great one, if you consider his bank account. And that’s one of the reasons why he willingly accepts the slings and arrows that come from being the face of the league. He’s paid in large part to be the pin cushion for the unpopular policies set by those who realize that the only thing better than being rich and famous is being rich.

It’s something his lawyer needs to keep in mind while finalizing a contract extension that will keep Goodell in the job from 2019 through 2024, especially if more and more owners are going to make Goodell’s job more and more challenging by beginning to push back aggressively against players who choose not to stand during the national anthem.

19 responses to “Indy crowd boos Goodell at Peyton Manning statue unveiling

  1. Good! He is a slow-moving commissioner with a dubious track record, from any fan’s perspective. Why wouldn’t they boo him?

  2. The Colts cheated pretty egregiously with their piped in crowd noise and never got punished that I recall- what are they sore at Goddell about?

  3. (Also, Colts fans shouldn’t have a problem with Goodell, given that: (1) he has yet to drop the Arbitrary Hammer of Results-Driven Justice on the team they love; and (2) he has done it to the team they love to hate.)
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    Here are two reasons:

    1. He sits by and allows players to disrespect the flag and our national anthem (even though there is a rule about standing at attention that he refuses to enforce) THIS IS A BIG REASON!
    2. He is awful. (The sooner this clown is fired the better)

  4. Indy fans aren’t stupid, they know Goodell is a lying piece of —–.

    And he refuses to stop the insane protests, while the NFL is being abandoned by it’s loyal fans.

  5. cabosan1978 says:
    October 9, 2017 at 7:46 am
    I cant stand the guy for one reason…allows players to disrespect the anthem.
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    Players excercise their first amendment rights, like you excercise your second amendment “rights.” Get over it.

  6. He is horrible at his job. Selling tickets to a Super Bowl for seats that didn’t exist, lights going out at the Super Bowl, the field melting before the Hall of Fame game causing cancellation, completely botching Bountygate, Deflategate, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ezekiel Elliott, football in London, 18 games, the “catch” rule, mishandling the lockout, botching the referee strike, now the anthem protests — the guy has literally done nothing right. He made football worse. He deserves to be booed, and loudly.

  7. Repulicansarefundamentallyawfulpeople says:

    cabosan1978 says:

    I cant stand the guy for one reason…allows players to disrespect the anthem.
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    Players excercise their first amendment rights…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The players first amendment rights do not apply when they are on the job. The first amendment only protects freedom of speech from government action.

    The NFL would be fully within their rights to enforce their current game day policy (standing at attention for the anthem) and impose fines and/or suspensions to any player that would choose not to stand for the anthem.

    I sure wish Goodell would enforce the NFL’s existing rules and policies.

  8. dg0122 says:
    October 9, 2017 at 7:27 am
    The Colts cheated pretty egregiously with their piped in crowd noise and never got punished that I recall- what are they sore at Goddell about?

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    They also got authorization to cheat the Pats after Whinebaugh didn’t like Brady’s appropriate rebuttal after Whinebaugh whined about substituting players on the fly.

    The Ravens came up with it, Indy couldn’t wait to help cheat and Goodell authorized Framegate II.

    Why a team that is completely protected in order to cheat, is booing the commissioner who helps them cheat, is beyond me.

  9. dannyabramowitz says:
    October 9, 2017 at 8:00 am
    He is horrible at his job. Selling tickets to a Super Bowl for seats that didn’t exist, lights going out at the Super Bowl, the field melting before the Hall of Fame game causing cancellation, completely botching Bountygate, Deflategate, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Ezekiel Elliott, football in London, 18 games, the “catch” rule, mishandling the lockout, botching the referee strike, now the anthem protests — the guy has literally done nothing right. He made football worse. He deserves to be booed, and loudly.

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    You forgot Spygate…The faux scandal that started it all.

    Worst commissioner in the history of sports and it’s not close. I am just confused why a cheating team like the Colts, that has worked with Goodell in the past to cheat, would be angry after all the strong work he’s done for them.

  10. Why was Goodell at Gomer Manning’s ceremony anyway? COuld the cheating Irsay and Goodell have executed be any more obvious?

    Who invites the commissioner to such a thing?

  11. after all that Goodell has done to help the Colts compete with the Patriots ? This is the thanks he gets ? Indy might be the only city in the country that gives him a standing ovation. He invented a scandal to try to help your team, he let you cheat at will and tank a season, and he did everything he could to weaken a team that the Colts have had very consistent trouble with and this is the thanks he gets ? Wow.

  12. Other than try to crowbar us into building a new stadium in Buffalo (where we don’t need one, thank you), he hasn’t hassled us yet. But still, they way he has run the NFL the last few years, does he really think he could go to any stadium and expect the cheers to drown out the boos? He must be a gluten for punishment. Either that or he needs to be drug tested.

  13. He was with Dungy. It’s interesting that you would leap to the assumption that ALL the boos were directed toward Goodell!

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