After months of accusations, depositions, investigations and two kinds of courtrooms — federal and those of public opinion — a reminder arrives:
The National Football League is also about football.
That will be on display Thursday night when the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the league's annual kickoff opener at Gillette Stadium.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does not plan to attend the opener, which traditionally takes place on the home field of the previous season's Super Bowl winner.
The Patriots are simultaneously feeling vindicated and under siege, as days after a federal judge stunned...