NEW YORK -- "OVER-RATED! OVER-RATED!'' the obnoxious draftniks chanted as Matthew Stafford
, he of the guaranteed $41.7 million in the worst U.S. economy since the Great Depression, was introduced inside Radio CIty Music Hall. The kid quarterback tried to grin as he adjusted his Honolulu-blue Detroit Lions
cap on his blond mop. Deep down, he probably wanted to walk into the seats and kick the booing pottymouths like a Rockette.
"Everyone has their own opinion,'' Stafford said of the reception. "The No. 1 thing I learned a long time ago is, you can't try to please everyone. I need to go in and play hard for the coaches, the owners and my teammates and get wins, because winning cures a lot of stuff.''