FAN TAKES: GOODELL

FAN TAKES: GOODELL
February 1, 2013, 2:27 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, greets New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson as Benson's wife Gayle, and daughter Rita Benson LaBlanc, left, look on before an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game news conference at the New Orleans Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Fans at the NFL Experience are here for fun but also have some strong thoughts about Commissioner Roger Goodell as he talks about the state of the league.

Many are torn with the Super Bowl in town as they heal from Goodell's disciplining of the New Orleans Saints in a bounty scandal.

Despite mixed feelings, the party's not stopping.

Here's what some folks said Friday as a local brass band, the Brass-O-Holics, jammed on a stage.

- ``He's the grinch who stole our Christmas, but it's Mardi Gras, so it's all good in the neighborhood. Welcome, Roger.'' -Stephanie Arwood, a New Orleans resident in a Marcus Colston jersey with her young son.

- ``There's a lot of anger toward Roger Goodell. I hope the Saints fans have mercy on him while he's here, truthfully. ... Katrina's a perfect example of how we'll pick up and move on, but we're not going to move on until the season's over with. Especially while he's here, I think we'll take every opportunity to give back to him what he gave to us.'' -Sammie Mitchell, a New Orleans resident sporting a gold Saints jersey as he took pictures with friends and family.

- ``I don't have any hard feelings. ... ``It's time to move on and get ready for next season. We just have to move forward.'' -Edwin Cowart of Gretna, La., sporting a Jimmy Graham Saints jersey. He says he's following the lead of coaches and players in moving on.

- Stacey Plaisance

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