Effective immediately, New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton, is reinstated to the Saints organization. Payton is allowed in the Saints facilities, and can immediately begin coaching.
These permissions were not supposed to happen until after the Superbowl. But considering the Superbowl is in New Orleans in two weeks, and the blatant bad blood between Goodell and Saints fans here, Goodell is trying to make good. There have been signs at local bars and restaurants saying that they will not serve Goodell. A picture of Goodell with words “Do not serve this man” are common. Parkview Tavern’s Kathy Anderson set up a dart board with a picture of Goodell the bull’s eye.
“He can’t drink here because we don’t serve babies,” said Ben Sherman, co-owner of Midway Pizza on Freret Street. “We have a highchair for him if he does want to come in.”
New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, is announcing to New Orleanians to play nice; reminding us how good it is for the city to host the Superbowl. If Goodell is bullied, there is a chance that New Orleans will be forfeited from hosting another Superbowl.
The signs warning Goodell from entering certain bars and restaurants are the result of bitter fun. Booing is inevitable, but I don’t think Goodell will need a taste tester to ensure his food is safe to eat, not tampered with poisons.
Reinstating Payton before Goodell comes to town is a publicity stunt, and a safety precaution.