"Oh, I'm going to get booed," Ponder said, via IBABuzz.com. "I'm trying to figure out, we were talking about it in the quarterback room, what I should do when I get out on the field? Should I take a bow, or what? What's going to happen? I'm expecting some boos, but it's all fun though."
The problem is, the fan-athlete system is broken, especially when it comes to first-round picks who don't pan out. If Ponder indeed gets booed by the fans in Minnesota, it will be because the team's scouts, executives and head coaches thought he was a starting-caliber quarterback right away but he wasn't.
Think about that for a second.
Ponder seems to have a fine sense of humor about the whole thing and one can only hope Vikings fans do, too. Maybe then we can start a tradition in which general managers get retroactively booed for poor decisions instead of the players who did nothing to put themselves in the crosshairs.