Roger Goodell to visit Ford Field Sunday

Posted by ttwentyman on December 6, 2011 – 3:12 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be at Ford Field Sunday when the Lions host the Vikings.

Goodell will meet with a group of Lions season ticket holders through a special invite for a question-and-answer session before the game.

Goodell meets regularly with NFL fans and has during his tenure as commissioner. Earlier this year, he held a similar fan forum with Bills fans prior to their Oct. 9 game against the Eagles.

During the lockout, he held a series of conference calls with various team’s season ticket holders, including the Lions.

Goodell was last at Ford Field in 2009 when he attended the Lions’ “Uncaged” public practice at the end of training camp.

In 2009, he took the opportunity to roam the concourse and met several Lions fans attending that practice. He also took questions from the media.

Lions president Tom Lewand, coach Jim Schwartz and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh visited Goodell in New York during the bye week to get clarification on a few rules and get a better understanding from the league on how those rules are interpreted by officials when it came to Suh.

Suh will no doubt be a hot topic in the Q/A session Sunday after he was suspended two-games by the NFL for kicking Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving.

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19 Responses to “Roger Goodell to visit Ford Field Sunday”

  1. By Ghost of Bobby Layne on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    There are those that think the NFL is out to get the Lions by bad officiating. This would be a good time to address that issue and why it is not in the best interest of the league to hurt specific teams.

  2. By Randy Posthumus on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    There is no doubt the refs are out to get the Lions. The game is fixed.

  3. By Randy Posthumus on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    The is no doubt the refs are out to get the Lions. The NFL is fixed.

  4. By Jake Valentine on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    When will Suh be aloud back at Lions facilities? and when do you think he will talk to media?

  5. By robert brenton on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    If you watch the games close you will see a lot of calls that are not called that should be. For instance there was one hit in stafford after he had thrown the ball it was well out of his hand and they drove him in the ground and it was not called and that was just one that was very clear. Ther were others also that they just don,t call. But if our team makes one little push or tackle it gets called . They seem to be really looking away at these times.

  6. By Gary Lynch on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Robert and “Ghost of Bobby Lane”, lol. The other teams hit Stafford after the ball is well gone every game and its not called. Its hard to say the refs are showing favortism either way but it sure looks like it sometimes, I’m just sayin, lol.

  7. By D.Sonny Saffron on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Without any question the Lions have a target on their back when it comes to NFL Officials. This team seldom gets the calls. The disparity is apparent with peniltys received and given, most clearly the G.B. and N.O. games. It is certain that A.Suh took film for Mr. Goodell to watch in their first meeting. Suh is fustrated because he is being held,pulled down, chopped, face masked, and tripped on every down he plays. Please Mr. Goodell we all beg to know why the Lions are and have been held to a phantom standard for sooooooooo long . One fair request , Ref# 85 never calls a Lions game again.

  8. By Woody Douglas on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    robert b. you are so right, many calls are missed when we play the suppose elite teams.the lions were the joke of the league. It will be hard to change the Refs mind set. the comm. need to step up not just fine players after the fact,also start fining Ref for game calls that are blatantly bad that affects game out come, The Comm. need to rein burst the players that was mistakenly called. STOP TRYING TO A TSAR, TALK ABOUT FAIRNESS. IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS ON THE NFL NETWORK always shoe the lions as the inept team. the”re a few teams out there that also be the network “BITCH”

  9. By honoblu64 on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with ‘The Ghost’. Someone in that meeting needs to ask why the Lions continually get held to a much tighter standard than the fair-haired franchises like GB and NO. How can the refs not see the D-lineman getting held every play and the offensive pass interference NOT being called on the opposition? Haven’t we as Lions fans suffered long enough? What dues have to get paid to be a team that gets a fair shake?

  10. By Tyrone Adams on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you Robert the hit by Shaun Rogers was very late and if that same hit was made by Suh it would have drawn a personal foul call and a fine from the nfl. The call that drove me nuts was the off sides on the block field goal. I dont agree with some of the players actions such as the Suh stomp.I will say that some of their penalties are out off frustration from seeing the game be call so one sideded. Hopfully things change for the better and this season ends on a high note. GOOOOOOO LIONS!!!

  11. By dundeepete on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been venting about all this for the past 3 weeks. I actually record the Lion games and go through them later…play by play and it’s incredible the pathetic and one sided officiating that has been going on this year. I would like to know how many times the opposition has been flagged for holding; pass interference; and chop blocking. The Lions were projected to have one of the best d-lines when the season started. I’d venture to guess that teams have been called for holding less than 6 times. Seems odd considering they say they can call holding on just about every play. If that Saint was any more offsides on that blocked field goal the other night, he would have blocked the snap! I’ve watched it 10 times. How was that missed?!?

  12. By Hector Martinez on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    The Lions are facing a bad situation for their remaining games. The ref crews will no doubt be watching the Lions more closely than the opposing team . To make matters worse , the opposing teams KNOW that there are subtle ways to get some Lion players to lose their cool in the trenches. A disciplined mindset is very critical if the Lions are to win the remaining games. I also noted Saints got away with holding on Vanden Bosch and other calls as well.

  13. By lee deschamps on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    In the immortal words of Bill Gates, “Life isn’t fair. Get over it.” Class will win in the long run.

  14. By G. Money on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    This is all a plot by the man (Roger Goodell) to keep Detroit down!

  15. By Fedupwrefs on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    The lions should use the tupac song “me against the world” for there theme song. That saints game was obviously predetermined. I have dvr and rematch many plays in which someone from the other team will hold a lion blatantly right in front of a ref and no flag flies. It’s ridiculous.

  16. By mick on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not sure which is more embarrassing, the 0-16 team, or a team of undisciplined selfish players who continue to drag the Lions into a laughing stock for the league. I understand the Lions are not getting the calls from the refs and the other teams are baiting the players……BUT COM-ON MAN !!!!!!!!!!

  17. By paul b. on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    This is BS .. ONE SIDED REFS .. Lets see them loose game checks to for the missed calls or uncalls. Thats why Suh and Schwardz went to the comm. in the 1st place. Other team get away with stuff big time but NO FLAGS … As MIKE D says STOP IT!!!

  18. By Eddie Hiller on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    This is the question that I have for the commisioner. Why are officials protecing certain quarterbacks? And I have another question why doesn’t he fire game officials when they make the same repeated mistakes?

  19. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t stand Goodell.

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