On the video board — the world’s largest high-definition screen — in the Cowboys’ new stadium: “You walk in, you can’t take your eyes off it. It’s unreal. I can see my nose hairs [on the screen] when I’m out there on the field.”
Stafford ready to start
Former Georgia quarterback and first overall pick Matthew Stafford makes his first career start this afternoon for the Lions, who will be in New Orleans.
Said Stafford this past week, “I feel like I know this offense extremely well. I know the guys in it and how we can make plays. I’m ready to get out there and win some football games.”
The Lions have won only one playoff game since 1957 and went 0-16 last season. Joey Harrington, drafted third overall by Detroit in 2002, lasted four seasons with the Lions. He was recently released by the Saints.
“It was tough in the sense that you’re expected to come in and single-handedly turn around an organization thatís been losing for 40 years,” Harrington said in August. “The first thing they told me was we haven’t had a quarterback since Bobby Layne. That’s a long time. There’s definitely a lot of pressure.”
Layne is the late Hall of Fame quarterback traded after the 1957 season, leading to the infamous “Curse of Bobby Layne.” Interestingly, Stafford attended the same high school as Layne, Highland Park (Texas).