The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions will be playing an NFL playoff game in the Superdome at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Forty-eight hours later, the college national championship will be decided on the same field.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford wants to get out there and warm up, but that apparently takes a backseat to rehearsal for the LSU marching band. From Steve Wyche at NFL.com:
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford stood near a wall by the end zone close to Detroit's locker room and opted not to throw in the limited space on the fringe of the field. He told me he'd been waiting for more than a half hour to take the field. While he was good-natured about the delay, but he didn't appear happy about it.
I say Stafford takes lemons and makes lemonade. Getting out there and making throws while avoiding the trombone section could be a good simulation of avoiding the pass rush. Dropping the ball into a receiver maneuvering through the baton twirlers might be good practice for finding an open receiver. And if Brandon Pettigrew happens to flatten a snare drummer, well, those guys need to learn to keep their head on a swivel, too.
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