Mike Ditka would be happy to know that when he and Matthew Stafford showed up at the same golf tournament together, Stafford’s hat was properly turned forward.
The Lions quarterback was able to laugh about one of the silliest flaps of last season, when Ditka criticized him for wearing his hat backward.
“I’ll bust his [chops] a little bit,” Stafford said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “No point [talking to Ditka about it], I don’t think. I don’t really pay attention to it.”
Ditka made it clear he respected Stafford’s game, but didn’t back off his old school approach to wearing an officially licensed billboard on the top of a highly televised head.
“Great talent,” Ditka said. “Love him. I love the things he does. He’s smart, he knows what he’s doing with the ball, he’s capable of getting it out in a hurry and he does a lot of good things. And he’s a hell of a football player, don’t get me wrong. Somebody asked me my opinion, and my opinion is put the hat on straight, that’s all.”
Ditka then asked a group of neighborhood kids to get off his lawn.