The Bills will give out season ticket cards instead of paper tickets

To my knowledge, the Buffalo Bills will be the first NFL franchise to do away with paper tickets and introduce their season ticket holders to season ticket cards instead.

Drivers licenses and credit cards have been around since (seemingly) the beginning of time, so what took everyone so long to come up with this idea? Simple and brilliant, and definitely something that season ticket holders will appreciate.

Major props Buffalo. Now if they could only figure out a more efficient way to dig it out of your wallet with frostbitten fingers and hands...

UPDATE >> After sharing the article on Twitter, our faithful followers had some valuable input.

Bill Snyder on the wisdom of not chasing jobs: "Be where you are."

The question came from the back, right portion of the room. Forty-eight Big 12 head coaches have come and gone since you became Kansas State's head coach. Does that make you feel old?

At 75, everything makes Bill Snyder feel old these days. He's only two years younger than Barry Switzer, after all. The same Barry Switzer who last coached in 1997. 

Snyder's answer explained why he's stayed at Kansas State so long, when he assuredly could have moved on so many times in the two and a half decades since he first got the job. 

"Probably the significant thing for me and I think I've learned this a long time ago when I was a young coach, started off in the high school level and moved to a lot of different places, and I was always one of those coaches that I wanted to be someplace else other than where I was," Snyder said. "In other words, I wanted to continue to climb. So when I was a high school assistant, I wanted to be a head coach. When I was a head coach, I wanted to be a college assistant. When I was a college assistant, I wanted to be a head coach. So that went on for a considerable period of time. And I was half in/half out, so to speak.

"And consequently I was not a very good football coach at all, probably not a very good person," he continued. "And I learned some time ago, probably 30 some odd years ago, that I needed to do it a little differently.

"And my decision was, simply put, that be where you are. And I chose to do that. And that allowed me, I think, to become better at things I was doing and never looked to move on. It wasn't significant to me. I valued where I was, where my family was and doing what we were doing, and that was kind of the approach that I've taken. And I think that's probably why I'm not one of those 48, I guess, that you're talking about."

Spoken like a guy who has seen four generations of coaches come and go. 

Team competition day: Coach vs. Player

Somehow we all know how this one is going to end...but still this is just fun to watch. 

Akron strength assistant Donald Day suits up to take on one of the fastest players on the team. 


Photos: Mark Dantonio live tweeted a tour of the Spartans' new locker room

No one would describe Mark Dantiono's Twitter game as Rose Bowl eligble, but he does command a decent presence on the social media platform.

That "presence" reached a whole new level today as he decided to snap some pics of the new locker room and graphics around the football facility to share with everyone. Most of the tweets have already eclipsed the 100 retweet / favorite mark within an hour of going public.

Last May when we went and visited East Lansing, the entire staff walked away impressed with the current facilities, and we also got the opportunity to sit down with Dantonio and talk about SEC and Pac 12 facilities. The first questions that coach Dantonio asked when we sat down with him in his office was "What can we do to get better?" and "What are other programs doing with facilities that we aren't?".

As you can see from the updates around the facility, Dantonio was as sincere as can be and is always looking for ways to get better.

Paul Rhoads on what Mark Mangino brings to Iowa State: "Simplicity"

Rare is the staff where the offensive coordinator has a more accomplished resume - as a head coach - than the head coach himself. But after a season in which Iowa State finished eighth in a 10-team league in total offense, ninth in yards per play, and ninth in scoring, it's a necessary one.

Rhoads had what amounts to a line change on his staff last season with the exchange of six assistants. "That's a lot of change. That's a lot of transition," he said. Highlighting that list, unquestionably, is Mark Mangino. Mangino won the Broyles Award in 2000 for his efforts as Oklahoma's offensive coordinator in driving the Sooners to a national championship, and then earned national coach of the year accolades for taking Kansas to the Orange Bowl in 2007. 

Mangino was the first coach in college football history to win both honors, and has since been joined by Gene Chizik, David Cutcliffe and Gus Malzahn. 

Rhoads and Mangino both hail from western Pennsylvania, though they did not know each other personally until the interview process. "I coached against him in 2009, my first year as the head coach at Iowa State," Rhoads said," and then his proven track record as a play caller, as a tough guy, type of coach in what he could bring to our offensive mentality that way, but at the very top of the list was the simplicity with which his offenses have had success, and that was something that our program needed."

The look and feel of the 2014 offense should be similar to 2013, especially with playmakers Quenton Bundrage and Aaron Wimberly returning, but the functionality should be much cleaner this time around. "We're going to be a spread system. It's a generic term but we're going to deploy at lot of three wide reciever sets one back offense. We're not going to huddle. Those are familar," Rhoads said. "The change I think you're going to see will be in the very pace that we utilize and also the simplicity of what it is that we're trying to accomplish. We're not smart enough in Ames and even though it has several nicknames that would indicate that, that we're going to go out and outsmart other coaches and other teams, we want to be simple where our kids can execute at a high rate of speed, and I think that's exactly what Mark brings to our offense."

Mangino was out of coaching in between his final season at Kansas and his one-year stint as Youngstown State's offensive coordinator last fall. In between that time, Mangino's wife Mary Jane battled cancer (which she has now beaten), which Rhoads believe has provided him with a different perspective.

"He was anxious to get back to this level," Rhoads said. "He and his wife Mary Jane had been through cancer. I think he gained a different perspective on the game, let them step back and get back to it at Youngstown State and get the taste for it. He wasn't going to just jump back in at any job. I think he saw the opportunity for success at our place. He liked the way that the program was being run. He knew that we're full of toughness from playing us in 2009 and talking to other people that had been playing us since then."

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