Josh Brown

That was awkward: Goodell dodges on Raiders, parries on Pats

Nothing produces awkward NFL moments quite like watching the commissioner parry all those thorny issues involving the league's oldest and newest troublemakers — the Raiders and Patriots.

Reporters spent time poking Roger Goodell about "Deflategate," the Raiders' now-threatened move to Las Vegas, and other delicate topics at the commissioner's less-formal, less-crowded and, frankly, less-newsy pre-Super Bowl news conference, held on a Wednesday this year instead of the traditional Friday afternoon slot.

Going sans necktie and speaking in a room about half the size as his usual Super Bowl venue, Goodell insisted nothing was off-kilter between the league and either...

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