Businesses let Goodell know he's not welcome

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Posted on January 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 3:03 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has taken a lot of hits in New Orleans. But none, perhaps, as literal as those inside Parkview Tavern.

Kathy Anderson set up a new Roger Goodell dart board Wednesday night inside her bar. The previous board had so many holes it had to be taken down.

“I give it two weeks until it's just tattered again,” smiled Anderson.

It's another way Saints fans are venting their frustrations ahead of Goodell's visit to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

“[There’s an] entire season of anger and frustration built up, and so if he walked in the door, all of that would just be dumped on him immediately,” said Anderson.

Across the city, bars and restaurants are posting a sign that includes Goodell’s picture and the words, "Do not serve this man."

“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.”

Creole Creamery has instructed its employees not to serve Goodell under any circumstances.

“You’d have to think he knows by now that so many of these restaurants don't want to serve him or see him in there,” said Creole Creamery employee Rachel Holton. “We've been joking that he has to have a professional taster around to make sure that nothing's poisonous.”

Still, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is urging New Orleanians to remember that Goodell has helped New Orleans in the past, and a good relationship with him means a shot at hosting another Super Bowl.

“It is really important for everybody in the city to do what we do and be gracious and wonderful hosts and show people the kind of hospitality that they deserve cause that’s what we do well and this extends to Roger Goodell too,” said Landrieu.

But Who Dats like Anderson say the NFL commissioner won't receive a warm welcome from them.

“He would be booed so bad that I would be embarrassed for him,” said Anderson. “He’s forever going to be the face behind the season that could have been, should have been, and wasn’t.”

A spokesman wouldn't say if the NFL will ramp up security for Goodell in New Orleans, saying the NFL doesn’t discuss security arrangements for any employees.

“Everyone here at the league office, including the commissioner, is excited about returning to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. We have been planning for years for this Super Bowl and are excited to help show the world that New Orleans is back, bigger and better than ever," said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy in a statement.

 

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