UPDATE: 12/18/2012: Hey, remember when we told you on December 4th that this couple moves thier relationship quickly? Yeah,... we were right.
On Monday, December 17th, 2012, Christian Ponder and Samantha Steele were married in St. Croix (MN) County Court. With the lightning fast pace of the relationship, many were beginning to speculate on why it's moving so quickly, with the first thought being a shotgun wedding. Steele took the coolest route possible and called people out on Twitter, saying:
Twitter is so tricky. Who knew that "she's pregnant" & "they'll be divorced soon" are just the 2012 version of "congrats"! Thx guys!
Very rarely have we rooted for a couple like this. Hopefully things work out and these two prove the world wrong. Best of luck and congratulations.
12/04/2012: These two move quickly.
Samantha Steele, who was linked to Cincinnati Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs as recently as the summer of 2012, is now engaged to Vikings QB Christian Ponder. The couple met on ESPN's College GameDay recently., but ironically, the ESPN employed Steele revealed their engagement to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch. Details of the engagement or wedding are not known at this time.
Christian Ponder is quickly becoming a must follow on Twitter. Ponder put together a legendary day on Twitter on October 18 in both calling out a teammate and publicly declaring who he's dating.
Early in the afternoon, Ponder went to Twitter with a picture from teammate Matt Kalil's locker showing what was inside Kalil's medicine cabinet, including Preparation H and Tuck's. Ponder simply passed along a get well wish of "I hope you're okay bud."
If that wasn't enough to make you click the follow button, Ponder later took to Twitter to address some rumors floating around about his personal life. A fan tweeted out the rumor, which Ponder candidly answered
"Is @cponder7 & @Samantha_Steele dating? If not, they should. #Noles" - @kk1ng10 "@kk1ng10 @samantha_steele actually yes they are" -@cponder
When the internet got ahold of this rumor, the digital pats on the back began. One follower Tweeted to Ponder that she was impressed, and Ponder took the attention in stride, saying only:
"haha I'm not gonna lie I am kind of impressed with myself too." -@cponder
We personally love this. A player who acknowledges rumors and doesn't hide behind non-denial denials. He doesn't need to pass along every detail of their relationship, but a simple, "Yup, we're dating," sufficed just fine. Most of you know that Samantha Steele is an ESPN on air talent. She was previously linked to Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs this summer, but no concrete evidence ever surfaced in regard to that relationship. Keep an eye out on these two going forward,... and while you're at it, keep an eye on Ponder's Twitter account. Dude's worth the follow.
We're a bit late to this story but it's one that is worth covering. Our story kicks off with Brendon Ayanbadejo, a backup linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, speaking out in favor of gay marriage being legalized in Maryland. This prompted Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. to write a letter to the owner of the Ravens, asking that he "inhibit such expressions from [his] employee". Beyond being a ridiculous request, the letter also clearly flew in the face of the first ammendment - something you likely wouldn't expect from an employee of the government and supposed voice of the people.
And then Chris Kluwe, punter for the Minnesota Vikings, got involved and things got interesting. Kluwe wrote a profanity-laced diatribe to Mr. Burns that, besides being very supportive of gay marraige, was also pretty hilarious. One such highlight that you may enjoy (though we have left the more NSFW bits to the link above):
I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain.
Chris Kluwe's wife Isabel Kluwe has likely received more attention than she is used to thanks to her husband's political statement. Since this isn't Chris' first rodeo (he once publically called Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, among others, "douchebags"), we're guessing that she's used to it.
The former Isabel Alvarado met her future husband while he attended UCLA. Isabel worked in the recruiting office and, at least according to Chris, was impressed with his test scores. For her part however, she says that he was "... pretty clueless, to be quite honest. I didn't know he was a football player. I thought he was a soccer player". Either way, the two began dating during his first year, and eventually were married during his senior year, in May of 2004. Chris and Isabel now have two daughters: Remy and Olivia.
Christian Ponder isn’t that good of a QB. He had a so-so first year in the pros even with one of the best backs in the league (Adrian Peterson). The Vikings are pretty terrible and you assuming you know what you’re doing, you won’t draft him in any fantasy football leagues. So why are we covering him? Because Christian Ponder’s ex-girlfriend Kacie McDonnell is ridiculously hot.
We don’t know when they started dating, but that’s not what is important here. Ponder and McDonnell broke up around May 2011, which is also right around when the 2011 NFL Draft took place. Ponder was projected to go in the first few rounds but the Vikings shocked everyone by taking him 12th overall. Maybe this inflated his ego to a point where he thought he could upgrade, because we really don’t see another reason for him to kick McDonnell to the curb.
But don’t feel too bad for McDonnell. She may now hold the title of “World’s Hottest Traffic Reporter” as she now works for the Fox affiliate WTFX reporting on all things traffic related in the Philadelphia area.
There is a funny story about how McDonnell wound up with her current job. Before graduating from Villanova, the Pottsville, PA native (hooray Yuengling!) starred in a local Fiat commercial. Apparently WTFX anchor Mike Jerrick took a real liking to McDonnell and didn’t attempt to hide his affinity for the “commercial” in front of his peers. They took the liberty of inviting McDonnell in to the studio where she met Jerrick live on air. What ensued was 5 minutes of severe awkward/creepy interaction. McDonnell cashed in on her 15 minutes of fame (and her forthcoming Communications degree for those thinking she wasn’t qualified for the position) and all of Philly rejoiced.
Ponder reportedly starting dating an NBA cheerleader after McDonnell, but it’s unclear if that relationship is ongoing. If we hear anything, you’ll be the first to know.