Roger Goodell should take things into perspective regarding suspension appeals

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Feb 3, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a conference for Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had recently asked New Orleans Saints fans to put things into perspective regarding the heavy penalties he handed down to the club and some of it’s staff.  Fans are asking him to do the same this Tuesday.

Head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, asst. coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt, and the team itself are appealing the suspensions, fines, and loss of draft picks that were imposed by Goodell.

The appeals will start tomorrow and Saints fans will be glued to their smartphone sports apps and social media to check the progress, although it may take Goodell several days to make his final ruling.

Fans have done the opposite of what analysts expected.  ESPN and others scorned Payton especially since he was supposed to be the leader of the team and is supposed to set the example for others.

Shame and loathing was heaped down on Payton by some media outlets with a few saying his year-long suspension was too light and that owner Tom Benson should just fire him and Goodell is justified in his findings.

Yet the opposite has happened and Saints fans have come out in support of Payton and blasted Goodell.  An impromptu “Free Sean Payton” rally was held to show Goodell exactly where the Saints fan perspective is.

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