I posted yesterday that the person who was holding the infamous "Crap on me Sam Ponder" sign in downtown Fargo during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast was rewarded with VIP passes to the set area in exchange for not holding up the sign. A very good law enforcement source told me this, and he would have no reason to make up the story, so I wrote about it.
But I received enough messages disputing that version of events that I decided to remove the post last night. Here was one of the Facebook direct messages I received:
I was on the balcony with the Sam Ponder sign and I don't recall any ESPN associates coming up, other than the crew that came with Tom Rinaldi. I know the actual owner of the condo was quite upset with the sign and HE asked them to remove it and he had nothing to do with the sign. There were a lot of people in and out of that condo that day and I don't even know if the owner knew these kids, probably friends of friends. I also may have missed other espn people coming up and compensating him due to the fact of all the people in the condo.
What is not in dispute is that the sign received all kinds of attention. The irreverent sports web site Deadspin, which has about 2 million unique visitors a month, prominently featured the sign in its weekly roundup of, ahem, interesting "College GameDay" signage. You can see Fargo's moment in the sun on Deadspin by clicking here: Your NDSU-Delaware State GameDay sign roundup
Anyway, Fargo is now known as the city that spawned a "Crap on me Sam Ponder" sign during ESPN's visit.
So we have that going for us.
NOTE: If anybody knows the person who was holding up the sign, please let me know. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)