Of all the gin joints in all the world ...
As he promised after the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand for the New England Patriots' Thursday night season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, which is the first time he has been to the Pats' home for a non-preseason contest since January 2015, before Deflategate really became a thing.
When the commish was shown chatting with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt on the big screen before kickoff, he heard it from the crowd.
Warm welcome for Roger Goodell at Gillette Stadium pic.twitter.com/jiXGue8YjT- Rachel Kilmer (@rachellkilmer) September 7, 2017
The thunderous boos even fooled a consummate pro broadcaster like Dan Patrick. When he heard the jeers for Goodell, he thought it was because the Chiefs were taking the field.
Pats fans were booing so loudly that Dan Patrick thought it was the Chiefs.- Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 7, 2017
It was Roger Goodell. pic.twitter.com/VjjHBWUlVE
To his credit, Goodell likely knew he was going to receive a lot of hate Thursday, but he didn't shy away from it.
Just last month, he was spotted at a Pats' preseason game chatting with owner Robert Kraft and even took a photo with fans.
And Goodell recently said there are no hard feelings between him and Kraft, despite the latter saying the friendship had been strained in recent years.
Roger Goodell says he and Robert Kraft are still BFFs, despite Deflategate https://t.co/6iBJEIhNlP- Post Sports (@PostSports) June 21, 2017
Winning certainly helps heal a lot of wounds.
Cy Brown writes about football, golf, soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.