Sam Ponder had a baby girl...named her after Bobby Bowden

During Bobby Bowden's final year at Florida State in 2009, a quarterback by the name of Christian Ponder completed nearly 69% of his pass attempts for over 2,700 yards while tossing 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Of course, Ponder went on be the 12th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, and further made a name for himself by marrying one of the most charismatic personalities in sports in ESPN anchor Samantha Steele.

According to Minnesota's ESPN NFL Nation reporter Ben Goessling, the two recently had their first child together, a baby girl with an interesting first name.


The reasoning behind the name gets even deeper, as Goesling points out in his peice on Ponder he released today.

"They named their little girl Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder -- the middle name is the same as Samantha's, while the first, of course, pays homage to retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden -- and they plan to call her 'Scout,' after the young narrator of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'"

Pretty cool way to pay homage to a coach that impacted his life, and it's even cooler that he's found someone that was cool with actually doing it. Congratulations to the couple. 

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.

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