"Wow, Matthew Stafford!" I exclaimed, "I can't believe I'm right here next to you! Can I talk to you for a second? I'm just a fan who is interested in the team, not a reporter."
I usually don't remember any of my dreams, nor do I ever dream about football players. Last night though, after getting that sinking feeling before I went to bed that the next 14 games might be like all of the rest, I eventually fell asleep and had a dream that I walked up to Matt Stafford after practice and talked to him. I remember this dream pretty well too, in fact.
"Um, sure. I think I have some time before I go back home to talk to a fan," he replied. "What's up?"
"Matt, I want to talk numbers with you. Do you know what 0-8 means?" I asked him.
"Yeah, it's how many games the Lions have lost without me playing since last season," he said. "But it's only 2-8 with me in it so it's not that much better."
"I understand that, but don't you realize that if you don't play this Sunday against Minnesota that it will be 0-9?" I asked him in a worried tone. "You are the heart and soul of this team, Matt. Without you, this team doesn't have a chance to win in a place that they haven't won at since 1997."
"Geez, it's been that long?" he asked in disbelief. "Well, I'm not really sure if I'm playing this Sunday or next Sunday or the Sunday after that, but I can promise you this; Coach Linehan has something cooked up for Minnesota and it involves Calvin Johnson getting the ball more and earlier. You saw how involved Jahvid Best got last Sunday, right? Well, expect Jahvid to take the pressure off of Calvin enough to score points and win. Don't worry, we will win against Minnesota whether I'm playing or not."
"Yeah, but did you see Shaun Hill?" I asked. "He was very inaccurate and indecisive on Sunday, not to mention he doesn't have your cannon either. We need you Matt!"
"I know, but we have to go with Shaun for now. He's a good back-up and trust me, with what Coach Linehan has cooked up, it won't matter who the quarterback is," he responded in a calm tone.
"Oh Matt, I hope so. I can't see my team starting 0-3 again and going into a place like Lambeau Field where we haven't won since 1991 without you starting at quarterback."
"1991, really?" he seemed even more dumb-founded. "Man, we need to start winning and I promise you we will start winning this year. Once I get back, this offense will really open up and it will take the pressure off of the defense enough to keep them rested and keep us in the game longer. Just don't worry about the 0-2 start, we we're just 2 plays away from being 2-0 so you have to understand how much better we've gotten since last season and how much better we will be when I return, whenever that will be."
"Thanks Matthew, you helped me feel a lot better about the season. I won't give up just yet on you guys," I replied happily.
"Just don't worry, we won't let you or the rest of the Lions fans down no matter how bad it seems right now. Just believe in us and show up to the games, and the rest will fall in to place. See ya' later." And then, he left.
I woke up instantly, feeling 10 times better about the season and the sinking feeling suddenly went away. I know it was just a dream, but it was so real that it could've actually happened or at least it felt like it did. I hope that this dream becomes a reality, because I was starting to feel like it was the same ol' Lions for a second.
Let's hope Matthew Stafford is right!