The Lions’ decision to invest $135 million in Matthew Stafford looks like a smart one after Sunday’s game.

Although Stafford got off to a slow start — he threw a pick-six on his first pass of the season — he followed that up by throwing for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Lions receiver Kenny Galladay is someone you might want to think about picking up on fantasy this week. The rookie caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns, a total that includes the 45-yard touchdown catch you see below.

After one particularly brutal game that ended with a trip to the emergency room for a rib injury, “I could not breathe real deeply without pain,” he says. “But I stayed in bed, smoked marijuana, and healed in just a couple of days.”

It also kept him off of joint-damaging anti-inflammatories and addictive opioids such as OxyContin — which is “eaten like candy” in the NFL, Jackson says. “Players get handed bottles of pills.” The Titans’ Morgan says he’s heard of footballers becoming dependent on the drug.

34. Rob Gronkowski, tight end, Patriots (NR): You’re never in danger of getting any deep thoughts from the New England star, but his meatheaded antics off the field occasionally have a bit of charm. You never know when those antics are going to cross the line, either, which makes him imminently watchable.

The NFL responded quickly to the incident, making clear it was “disappointed.” The league’s then executive vice president, Joe Browne, said “it’s unlikely that MTV will produce another Super Bowl halftime.” (Indeed, the network has not.)

MTV released a statement claiming that “the tearing of Janet Jackson’s costume was unrehearsed, unplanned, completely unintentional and was inconsistent with assurances we had about the content of the performance.” The network’s then CEO, Tom Freston, alleged that Jackson alone had “engineered” the stunt.

Over the next week, some 200,000 viewers reportedly complained to the FCC, which later fined CBS $550,000; the decision was tied up in the court system for eight years before finally being tossed out in favor of CBS.

AOL, which had sponsored the halftime event, asked for a refund on its $10 million investment. Advertiser McDonald’s called the incident “inappropriate” — but did not drop Timberlake as its “I’m lovin’ it” spokesman.
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