Stafford’s new life: Lions and lint brushes

Former Bulldog (I still don’t like having to say that) Matthew Stafford’s pro career was to begin today with the opening of the Lions’ three-day minicamp, largely an orientation at which the team’s draft picks and undrafted free agents get familiar with Detroit’s operation so they’ll be ready when they return for the off-season program on May 18. The Lions, by the way, open their exhibition schedule Aug. 15 against the Falcons at Ford Field.

Meanwhile, if you missed Stafford’s “extreme” makeover by glam tennis star Maria Sharapova on ESPN’s “E:60″ program earlier this week, you can see it here.

Stafford comes across in the piece as a still-unspoiled college kid with a good sense of humor about himself. Describing himself as “a jeans guy,” he jokes that his style is casual, not casual-chic. “There’s no chic with me.”

Sharapova warns “the poor boy is not going to know what’s gonna hit him.” 

Asked what his hair styling routine is, Stafford draws laughs when he says, “Towel, that’s it.” He reluctantly submits to a trim and then is outfitted by Sharapova, who remarks at one point about a jacket she’s picked, “I bet you’ve never spent $230 on a jacket,” to which Stafford replies, “On any single piece of clothing.”

After it’s all over, what has Stafford learned? What a lint brush is.

And he admits that the guys back in Athens are “gonna rip on me pretty good, I’m sure.”

Right. Like they wouldn’t jump at the chance to have Maria Sharapova dressing them.

23 comments Add your comment

jimmy

May 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

your right,if they rip him it will be because of pure envy

jimmy

May 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

your right,if they rip him it will be because of pure envy

GeoffDawg

May 1st, 2009
2:42 pm

Once a Dawg Bill, always a Dawg. How sweet it is.

Mark Twain

May 1st, 2009
4:50 pm

You can take the bumpkin out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the bumpkin.

Cuz

May 1st, 2009
8:01 pm

In other Detroit News. The Auto companies are broke. The sun set in the West. And Matthew Stafford was booed in practice today. Back to you Bill.

Wings fan in Ga.

May 1st, 2009
11:11 pm

Matthew Stafford is a fat Joey Harrington and a white Andre Ware. Pardon us Lions fans for not buying how Stafford is going to save the Lions. We’ve heard this crap before about a quarterback. If he wins, great, but we aren’t holding out breath.

murfdawg

May 2nd, 2009
11:58 am

People in Detroit are checking the sofa for change for money to buy beer, Stafford gets $41 million. People in Detroit are cutting their own hair and Stafford is getting a make over by Sharapova. People in Detroit know what a lint brush is, but don’t have any clothes that collect lint. People in Detroit are booing Stafford at a practice, and Stafford is running around playing a kid’s game.

Keep up the good work Detroit.

Bulldawg Billy

May 2nd, 2009
1:55 pm

Detroit doesn’t deserve a bulldog QB !!!!!!

Randy

May 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

Detroit is a perfect fit….a loser going to losers.

Bulldawg Billy

May 3rd, 2009
8:36 am

Hey randy, that loser is guaranteed 41 mil with opportunity to make 72 mil. If Stafford is a loser, what does that make YOU ?

Pago Flyer

May 3rd, 2009
9:15 am

$41 million is an insult to Stafford. But, if the idiot owners and fans want to pay , why knock Stafford for taking all that $$$$$!

john

May 3rd, 2009
12:33 pm

I hope Stafford does well — and I think he will — but after the players take off their red/black dawg uniforms, I lose interest in them. I don’t understand this profound interest in Stafford now that he’s in the NFL. Hopefully that interest will dissipate very soon.

Bulldawg Billy

May 3rd, 2009
1:17 pm

Stafford has made his money,the lions org.is too weak for him to survive.If he is not too broken up, maybe he can get a trade in 5 or 6 years.

Bulldawg Billy

May 3rd, 2009
1:21 pm

Stafford has made his money,the loins are too weak for him to survive.Maybe he can get a trade in 5 or6 years,if he is not too broken up.

buckblue

May 4th, 2009
8:03 am

Matthew Stafford….The Lord of No Rings!!

dan

May 4th, 2009
11:36 am

murfdawg

I absolutely agree with you. The Detriot fans( just like Philly fans with McNabb) don’t owe Stafford a damn thing. You make 41 million is guranteed money and you are expected to deliver. The NFL is a man’s business, and fans earn the right to critize their teams. And maybe, just maybe, getting booed is what Stafford needs. I think that’s part of Stafford’s problem at UGA, he came in with all this hype and was constantly told how talented he is, which leads to complacency in my opinion. If getting booed will put a chip on Stafford’s shoulder and if getting paid $41 million is what will make Stafford give his best effort, then Lions fans should boo him unmercifully. Either way it’s time for Stafford to produce. Period.

PTC DAWG

May 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

IF you can’t understand how Stafford being the #1 pick helps UGA football, I can’t help you.

Sautee Dawg

May 4th, 2009
4:16 pm

Stafford don’t owe Detroit fans anything, the Ford Family that writes the checks are the ones he has to answer to. Detroit fans don’t like Stafford then the solution is don’t buy tickets to the games. I heard there is a 5 year waiting list for tickets in Detroit so somebody will pay to see Stafford play.

Cuz

May 4th, 2009
4:57 pm

What is Green Bay’s waiting list now? Probably longer than the Masters.

Mark

May 4th, 2009
5:15 pm

The bottom line for Detroit and the Ford Family is that Stafford will produce. You can bet that they aren’t paying him that kind of money to hold a clip board for six years so expect him to play this year. While football is the ultimate team game, the QB position is critical and the Lions have a smart, strong armed, QB. Just as for UGA last year, the thing between Stafford and winning in Detriot will be the defense. Maybe if he can give them some rest they will be better but probably not.

Bob Smith

May 5th, 2009
1:51 am

Nice Braves blog, lots of Minor League stuff-

http://minorsandmajors.com

THE TRUTH

May 5th, 2009
4:32 pm

The lions suck without him, he is not gonna be any worse than what the lions already were. So shut up and watch him win.

hryder

May 13th, 2009
2:44 pm

Having resided in Texas for twenty-five years, with my better half being a high school coach at the 5AAAAA level, I an well aware of 4AAAA Highland Park HS. If Stafford is a country bumpkin someone is using a definition that all but a handful of people would reject. Highland Park and River Oaks in Houston, are two of the highest socio-economic residential areas in Texas. Each area has as a resident a former President of The United States. In addition, Southern Methodist University is contained within Highland Park, one of the elite private universities in Texas along with Texas Christian Univesity located in nearby Fort Worth.