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NFL commi sioner Roger Goodell made himself available for an interview with Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd a few days after the Patriots and Falcons won conference championship games, and already you had your first Super Bowl upset.Goodell doesnt talk a lot for the publics benefit, and when he does always wears a look that suggests he is late Tavaris Barnes Jersey for the bathroom. And toward that end, Cowherd fired a question his way many would have expected to make the commish uncomfortable:Would it be an awkward moment for him to present the Lombardi Trophy to the Patriots so soon after the Deflategate debacle?Not for a second, Goodell responded, as though hed been waiting for that one like Luke Kuechly lining up a solid hit. These are great teams. Im going to be thrilled. Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats, has been for several years. Hes an extraordinary player, a great performer and a sure-fire Hall of Famer. It would be an honor.Super Bowl 51: Patriots vs. Falcons position breakdown, comparisonUnle s Brady grabs the trophy and strikes Goodell with its butt end, the ceremony many already are building up as the greatest confrontation since Godzilla vs. Megalon will be sports biggest non-event since the 1994 World Series.What the provocateurs seem not to understand is this: The only reason Goodell would be embarra sed to hand the trophy to the Patriots is if he believed he did anything wrong. He ruled. He confirmed his ruling. He won in court. What part of that says: whoops?Weve seen the media hype this sort of moment before, in college basketball, and even the result the media dreamed of didnt produce what had been promised.When Jerry Tarkanian won his only NCAA Championship in 1990, he and the NCAA still were eight years away from ending their blood feud, a siege that e sentially began when he was coaching at Long Beach State in the early 1970s and did not cease until the two parties settled a lawsuit in 1998.MORE: Brady's dad destroys GoodellAs the Rebels won their way to the Final Four, and then reached the national title game, some in the media fixated on the po sibility NCAA president Dick Schultz might have to hand the champions trophy to Tarkanian, and what an awkward moment that would be. In the end, after UNLV blew out Duke in the most lopsided final ever, selection Ross Burbank Jersey committee chair Jim Delany presented Tark and his team with the uninspiring hunk of wood that was the NCAA award at that time.Some writers got to make a deal of this. And maybe the NCAA really did have reason to feel crummy, because members of its enforcement division pursued him like Javert after Valjean.On that Monday night in Denver, though, who really cared? For Tark, the championship was about his team. He didnt beat the NCAA that day. He beat Duke. He got his victory against the NCAA when he got a $2.5 million settlement check eight years later.They can never, ever, make up for all the pain and agony they caused me, Tarkanian said following the settlement. All I can say is that for 25 years, they beat the hell out of me.MORE: Design Malcolm Butler, Devonta Freeman's Super Bowl cleatsBy comparison, Deflategate was 18 holes at Augusta.It began on Jan. 18, 2015, on a day when the New England Patriots earned a one-sided victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The league announced a four-game suspension for Brady four months later, along with a $1 million fine for the franchise and the Tyler Slavin Jersey lo s of the teams first-round draft pick. That might have been the end of it had not Brady taken the league to court and delayed the penalty for a year with a victory in U.S. District Court. But when the U.S. Court of appeals ruled against him, he wound up mi sing the first four games of the current season.And so it still is with us. The majority of the media have long since turned this case entirely against Goodell, because Goodell is Goodell. He is an unsympathetic figure because he was granted extraordinary disciplinary powers in the NFLs collective bargaining agreement with its players a sociation. It doesnt really matter whether he wields that authority with wisdom and reason; to serve as both the hearing and appellate judge, as he did in this matter, appears inherently unfair.The concept of an appeal is to have the proce s and decision examined by a separate set -- or sets -- of eyes. Was the hearing just? Was the decision appropriate? Was the punishment fair? For Goodell to get the final word on the Deflategate decision is like me awarding myself a Pulitzer Prize for this column.Goodell is easy to dislike because he wears a suit and appears to add minimal value to a league whose popularity has been enormous for decades. Its value has increased, but one easily could dismi s that as a product of a market with a ravenous appetite for sports. The NBA and Major League Baseball have grown in value, as well. College football is printing money. The NCAA Tournament gets nearly a billion dollars for a three-week event.Goodells next embraceable public moment will be his first. We can be comfortable in the a sumption it wont arrive Super Bowl Sunday, regardle s of which team wins the game. A suming its New England, Marshawn Lynch Jersey it wont be the drama or comedy many are promising. It will be a great moment for the Patriots and their fans because winning a championship always is. Should any of them be seeking revenge in that moment, though, theyll lose.

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