Roger Goodell Is Avoiding The Patriots & The Reaction Tweets Are Priceless
January 17 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
The sky is blue. The sun sets in the west. Roger Goodell will not be in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday. These are things we knew definitively before today, but only one of them makes us laugh.
On Tuesday, an NFL spokesman confirmed to ESPN's Mike Reiss that Commissioner Goodell will be attending NFC Championship game between the Packers and the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday, rather than the AFC Championship between the Patriots and the Steelers in Foxborough.
This means that Goodell will finish the 2016 NFL season having successfully avoided visiting Gillette Stadium for two full years. The commissioner has not attended a Patriots home game since the 2014 playoffs, prior to the the AFC Championship win over the Colts that sparked the DeflateGate saga and resulted in an 18-month legal battle and a four-game suspension for Tom Brady at the start of the 2016 season.
Over the course of the last two seasons Goodell has predictably become person non grata in New England, spawning a level of unified hatred that exceeds any actual sports rivalry that exists among the Boston pro sports teams. Even Red Sox and Yankees fans have figured out a way to be in the same place at the same time.
And it's not just the Patriots fans who have turned on him.
Since dragging the NFL through a painfully drawn out court battle over a possible equipment violation, while continuing to fail victims of domestic violence and concussions, Goodell has gone from being mostly disliked to universally loathed. So when word got out confirming that he'd be avoiding the Patriots yet again, sports Twitter had a field day.