Roger Goodell to Packers fans: I know you understand

Now that the regular referees are back on the job, Roger Goodell is willing to sort of apologize to NFL fans everywhere. But he saved his best quasi-apology for Packers fans.

Instead of Goodell for once at least pretending to understand Packers fans frustration about Monday Night’s game, he does what Roger Goodell does. And goes with the old, “they understand that these things happen” defense.

“Well, anytime you have these controversies, they stay with us,” Goodell said when asked what he would say to Packers fans. “The Tuck Rule. There are a lot of calls that are looked back on in history. That’s part of sports. That’s part of the NFL.

“You try to do everything you can to avoid those, but they are going to happen. They will happen in the future. And it’s just something that I know that Packers fans, as frustrated as they are, as disappointed they are in the outcome, they also understand that’s happened over decades. Unfortunately, it will happen going into the future.

Yes, it has happened in the past, but that was with seasoned referees so it can be tolerated a little better. But when it happens with guys on the field that are not even Div. I caliber, then that’s something most fans refuse to tolerate.

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