Fans eased off Goodell after rough start

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Leading up to Thursday’s draft, one of the biggest questions was how Commissioner Roger Goodell received.

As expected, the initial reaction to Goodell was intense.   He was greeted with chants and extended thunderous boos when he first greeted the crowd 30 minutes before the show started.   The boos were also loud when he came to announce the first pick of the night.

Then a somewhat surprising  thing happened.  (At least surprising to me.)   New York fans settled in to their normal routines of heavily booing team picks like the Cowboys, Patriots, and Eagles.  Goodell was mostly spared for the rest of the night.

In hindsight, it was smart for Goodell to let the fans get their anger out en masse before the show started.   Once the draft got going, everyone was happy to get back to regular football for a while.  (So were we.)

It’s also worth noting there was no awkwardness between the players and Goodell.  Some of the bear hugs Goodell received — Marcell Dareus and Mike Pouncey come to mind — broke records for man love.

It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.

For most of one night, football fans and incoming rookies tried to forget the awful last few months ever happened.

54 responses to “Fans eased off Goodell after rough start

  1. Nothing baffling. For most of the draftees it was one of the happiest day of their lives.

    They were genuinely overjoyed to be picked in the first round of the NFL draft and it showed.

  2. I understand the long hugs. These guys have been working their whole life for this moment. they are now in the NFL and are going to be rewarded for their efforts. I would be hugging everyone in the room after my name is called.

  3. What was Ryan Grant expecting? The incoming rookies acted maturely and showed some class.

  4. They were fine after he wisely used a moment of silence to shut up the children in the crowd. I watched it with about 5 people and nothing has ever been as irritating as listening to those clowns booing. But after the first two picks you could only here a few of them.

    Since Goodell didn’t lockout the rookies they had no reason to not hug him or shake is hand.

  5. “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.

    Maybe they got hit with the common sense bug and had a glimmer of perspective, Ryan.

  6. If I were Ryan Grant, I’d be more worried about what James Starks is doing instead of who Goodell is hugging..

  7. “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.

    Maturity and embracing the gravity of the moment is baffling?

    Save it, if even momentarily. These young men just joined a very elite group, let them celebrate it however they see fit.

    Only a fool would have treated Goodell coldly.

    For most of one night, football fans and incoming rookies tried to forget the awful last few months ever happened.

    Amen.

  8. They huge because they are well aware of just how lucky they are to be playing in the NFL. Grant and all these others will all be gone from the game soon.

    The players that are trying to destroy the game of Football as I have known it for many years must be kicked in the teeth by the owners as the owners must protect the game and what has made it great.

    Ten years down the road bring up Grants name and people are going to ask,”who is Grant”. Ask them who the Steelers or Green Bay are and they will have no problem telling you. Players wanted no deal and wanted Court, cannot wait to see the Appeals Court kick their teeth out. They are Greedy and really care little for the game.

  9. Ryan Grant needs to get over himself. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. Of course they are going to be excited and hugging Goodell.

    After this comment and Reggie Bush’s twitter comment last night, athletes need to stop using twitter…

  10. For most of one night, football fans and incoming rookies tried to forget the awful last few months ever happened.

    no one forgot and as far as the fans go im glad they have goodell crap it was nice to see him squirm some. players are just happy to be in the nfl and getting a huge payday it doesnt mean they give a crap about goodell

  11. “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.

    No it’s not. Even these young rookies know that the commish is there for the love and protection of the game. They haven’t been soured yet by the league wrecking spin machine called the NFLPA. Players have been brainwashed in to thinking that the leauge and commish are evil and out to harm them in some way. The league wouldn’t exist without the owners and commish taking care of it. But go ahead and keep drinking the coolaid the reading the gospel of Debag Smith — all the way until you destroy every aspect that makes the NFL great.

  12. It’s really baffling? Really? What was supposed to happen? Were the guys supposed to point their fingers in his face and tell him to stay away?

    “You’re a puppet for the owners so I’m going to ruin this once in a lifetime experience for myself by taking the side of a bunch of people I don’t know, because the owners locked them out.”

    Hey Ryan Grant, why don’t you shut up and support this talented young guys for doing what you couldn’t do–getting drafted.

  13. STFU Ryan Grant

    Regardless of what has gone “in past months” this is still the biggest night of these kids lives.

    Leave them the h** alone.

  14. Fans should ease off the Commish. It’s the fault of the ambulance chaser and players like Ryan Grant that there is no agreement.

    Goodell is just doing the job that the owners hired him to do. He isn’t the greedy one demanding a bigger piece of the pie that the actual owners/employers receive

  15. To their credit, the fans behaved well last night. They let their opinion be known loud and clear—as they should have—and then put a cap on it so that the business of the league could get done. I was equally proud of the rookies. These young players avoided being petty and acted like consummate professionals. Perhaps it’s because they’re truly thankful for the blessings life has bestowed on them. That’s a lesson some veterans have yet to learn.

  16. Typo alert:

    1) “…one of the biggest questions was how Roger Goodell received..” you mean ‘would be received’

    2) Ryan Grant is misquoted: “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with EVERYONE that has gone on in past months” it should read ‘everything’ not ‘everyone’

    Love it though!

  17. “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.

    Forgetting the fact that Grant doesn’t seem to understand the difference between the words everyone and everything, he also has trouble understanding the players vs league war that is going on. What does he think has gone on between the incoming rookies and Goodell, it’s the high paid current players, not even the average paid players seem to agree with them, that are in the battle with the league.

  18. And the addicts return to their fix as if nothing happened. Just the kind of lemmings the NFL banked on (literally) when planning this lockout years ago.

  19. lets be fair about it.

    when you say “fans” you are actually talking about a majority that is a combination of Jets and Giants fans that are both obnoxious and boorish in their childish behavior.

    Mind you, I am not talking about all Jets and Giants fans. I am only talking about the idiots that behave in an uncivil manner.

  20. It’s not like Pouncey has ever shied away from a little man-on-man action in front of the cameras.

  21. ““It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.”

    I’m a Packers fan and grateful that for the most part, the Green Bay players have refrained from making Chester Pitts type comments.

    The problem I have with Grant and the others is that whenever a player holds out for a new deal, for for his release, for when demanding a trade, they always tell the fans it’s just ” business”. Well, that’s what this whole labor issue is about, it’s business. Moreover, Goodell is simply doing the bidding of the 31 owners and the Green Bay board of directors. The players, in this case Grant, need to grow up a bit and stop making it all so personal. No active player in the owner’s last offer was going to see his pay decreased. Nobody is taking money away from them.

    The “it’s just business” line, goes both ways.

  22. What typically happens during labor strife is fans boo whoever they have access to. What’s odd is that they usually have access to the players, and not management.

    I thought Von Miller handled things in a classy manner, saying that Goodell has a tough job and it’s not all his fault.

  23. I’m sure he would have gotten a much better reception in New Enland. Let’s move the draft out of New York and away from those sad Jets’ fans. Anywhere but New York!

  24. It was amazing how quickly everyone got back into football.

    It was nice to be able to deal with the game, instead of the business.

    The fans felt that way, as you note. But I also saw it in the body language of Goodell and the players – especially with Von Miller.

    It was classy and positive and a great event for everyone. Everyone almost seemed relaxed and relieved to focus on the game.

    I have been VERY hard on Roger, but he was excellent last night.

  25. My favorite was when Von Miller was interviewed and said he expected a huge hug from Goodell. Miller also went on to say he has a tremendous amount of respect for Goodell and that he has been very professional in this whole matter even with Miller invovled in his lawsuit. The guy just seemed as classy as they come and being a Chief’s fan I hated to see the Broncos get a leader of his caliber.

  26. Must admit that i attended the draft and did boo Goodell at the sart (probally two or three times all together), but Goodell intentions seems to be in the right place. AND THAT IS WE WANT FOOTBALL!!!!!!

  27. “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.

    You see how many guys were crying when they got drafted? How could it be surprising…it is still one of the biggest days of their lives.

    The labor situation is just business plain and simple. Some players and some owners have had harsh exchanges, but in the end it is just business.

    I hope that the NFL stays open for business and enacts a compromise that both sides hate equally…the true measure of any compromise!

    Teams are eager to get back to work and the league will have a tougher time now shutting its doors again. Good to see some football activity again!

  28. Don’t you think someone was nice enough to remind the fans that they could be removed for obnoxious behavior or some other offense discreetly listed on the back of their ticket? Or they could have been given a special treat for their silence on the issue….

    Was anyone on here at the draft with the fans?

  29. “It’s really baffling for me to see these young guys hugging the commissioner with everyone that has gone on in past months,” Ryan Grant wrote on Thursday night.”
    ——————————————————————–

    Another player who doesn’t get it. The rookies showed genuine excitement. It’s also called “Class”, something Ryan Grant lacks.

  30. “It was baffling to me. Why are these young guys excited to just be another slave in the NFL? What could they possibly have to be happy about.”
    Current players have cleaarly lost perspective.

  31. Funny, Ryan Grant is complaining since he is complicate in taking away the draft. Grant would probably be fine if teams could sign players right out high school, union has got to get their dues!

  32. De Smith is a coward and a whimp. He hides behind the courts and his players. If he had any guts he would have been there last night. Goodell is part of the problem but he is just a puppet to the owners. De Smith is the worst thing to happen to NFL.

  33. I don’t want to know how Kansas City’s Shaun Smith grabbed hold of the Commissioner.

  34. I think the fans were right on the money. Letting Goodell know we are not happy with what is going on AND the fact that he keeps telling us we want 18 games when we clearly do not. I thoroughly enjoyed the boos. Grant is an idiot.

  35. And they wonder why the New Yorkers have so little respect. Shut up and just enjoy the draft. It didn’t seem to bother him so all the boos were wasted. Ingrates!

  36. LOL. All those “classy” rookies are now locked out since the NFL was granted its stay. Let’s see how much respect and love they have for Goodell now that their 15 minutes are over and they’ve yet to sign an NFL contract. I love it. I hope the next 5 seasons are lost and the NFL dips below soccor in popularity.

  37. Really people? They put the lockout back on and you call Grant classless? The whole lot of you cowardly scumsuckers are the classless ones.

    I still don’t get how the hell PFT can be loaded with so many fools who are in the pockets of the owners.

  38. I wish the draft would get out of New York City. It’s absolute BS that only a small amount of fan bases actually have an opportunity to be at the draft.

    If the NFL wants to make the draft even more of a spectacle, they should take the thing on the road, and let the team picking first (or second sometimes) host the draft (with no team allowed to host two years in a row).

  39. The 1st round lasted for nearly 4 hours…Did you really expect people to continuously boo the entire time???!??

    I, along with most people, would have no voice left if we tried.

    I’d love to run into that d-bag Goodell and give him a piece of my mind regarding what a horrendous commish he is, but I’m pretty sure I could say everything I needed to in about 10 mins.

  40. Goodell handled the situation brilliantly. As he almost always does. The draft kids like him because they can feel his sincerity.

  41. The sports media are spinning this that the booing is because of the labor dispute… in fact, it’s way more than that. Most fans simply despise Goodell for the egomaniacal way he handles things — look at how he hung out Roethlisberger to dry right before the Super Bowl. His double standard in handling Favre also grates on people. He thinks he’s bigger than the game.

  42. the fans failed by not continuing the boos all night. they need to get louder and frustrate goodell to the point he gets upset and loses his temper. then we’ll all see the real side of the evil emperor of the nfl.

  43. kingbrady12 is right: They booed every time he stepped to the podium–and he handled it with tremendous exposure, as expected.

    It’s no mystery why the rookies reacted as they did. This is the achievement of their careers to date. Being chosen in the first round is guaranteed NFL employment, the culmination of years of hard work, and the certainty that they’ll be able to provide for themselves and their families. And Goodell can be gracious when he chooses. I’m sure he met and welcomed each of them when they arrived in New York.

  44. Finally someone at the draft just as clueless as those idiot Jets fans.

    Their stupid act grew old about 20 years ago.

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