Roger Goodell doesn't mind if you hate him

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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero recaps some key moments from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s state of the league speech.
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HOUSTON — New England Patriots fans itching for a fight with Roger Goodell are going to be sorely disappointed.

The NFL commissioner doesn’t see this Super Bowl as divine retribution for what Patriots fans will always believe was his heavy handedness with Deflategate. He doesn’t see it as anything, really, other than another appearance by the Patriots in the NFL’s grand finale. And if anyone in New England is hoping he’s scarfing down Tums at the prospect of handing Patriots owner Robert Kraft the Lombardi Trophy with Tom Brady at his side, sorry.

In the immortal words of Michael Corleone, this wasn’t personal. It was business.

“It’s not awkward at all for me,” Goodell said Wednesday during his annual state of the league news conference. “We do our job. As I said, there was a violation. We applied the process and the discipline and we came to the conclusion…

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