Goodell makes light of reception in New Orleans

By the Associated Press | February 1, 2013 | 2:31 PM EST

A photograph of NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell, top right, is posted on the door of the Coop's Place restaurant, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in New Orleans, La. New Orleans is preparing for the NFL football Super Bowl on Sunday and several restaurants have posted signs against serving Goodell. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made light of the reception he's gotten in New Orleans, where he is unpopular with Saints fans because of the bounty scandal.

Goodell joked that his picture is in every restaurant, he has a float in the Mardi Gras parade and there's even a voodoo doll.

In a more serious vein, he said that while he gets comments from fans around town, everyone in New Orleans has been receptive and that the city is a great place to have a Super Bowl.

He said he welcomes the passion of fans supporting the team and that they are a big part of the game.