January 27, 2013
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell not exactly Mr. Popular in New Orleans
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

The only way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could be more despised in New Orleans is if he changed his first name to Katrina. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

NEW ORLEANS - Thoughts, shots and what-nots upon arriving in the unseasonably balmy bayou for a week's worth of lead-up coverage to Super Bowl XLVII next Sunday:

FORTY-NINERS FOCUSED: Shortly after arriving here on Sunday night, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh didn't reveal much in his first news conference of the week -- he seldom does.

But he did throw out one big compliment to his coaches and players.

"I think it's the best focus on unity and winning that I've ever seen, or been a part of," said Harbaugh, who has been quarterbacking or coaching football teams since the 1970s.

His quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, wore a tuque to his news conference -- even though it's, uh, not too wintry around here.

Asked if he could have imagined being here back in September, when he was backing up Alex Smith, he quipped: "I was just hoping to get on the field -- some way, somehow."



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