Christian Ponder named daughter after Bobby Bowden

Christian-Sam-PonderChristian Ponder and his wife Samantha Steele welcomed their first child into the world over the weekend. The couple took the birth of their new daughter as an opportunity to pay tribute to a Florida State legend.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Ponders named their little girl Bowden Saint-Claire. That’s Bowden as in Bobby Bowden, and that is indeed why Christian and Samantha chose the name.

Christian owes much of his success in life to Bowden. He was a star at Florida State and has been below average at best with the Minnesota Vikings. Had it not been for Bowden, Ponder probably would not have been drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. That means he would not have made as much money to this point and maybe he would not have even had a chance to meet his future wife.

Congratulations to Christian and Sam on the newest edition to their family.

Samantha Ponder takes shot at fake John Madden Twitter account

Christian-Sam-PonderMinnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was actually playing pretty well on Thursday night before he suffered an injury. Ponder left the game late in the third quarter after he recklessly dove for the end zone and reportedly dislocated his shoulder.

At the moment, it’s tough to tell whether the Vikings are better off with or without Ponder. His interception on the first drive of the night against the Washington Redskins was his seventh of the season in only six games. After he exited the game, the well-known fake John Madden Twitter account poked fun at Ponder with a pretty clever tweet.

Ponder’s wife Sam, formerly known as Samantha Steele, did not appreciate the joke.

Clearly, the person who runs @FauxJohnMadden has had contact with Sam before. I can’t imagine what type of career advice they could have been seeking from the sideline reporter, but they just got roasted nonetheless. What do you expect? Couples who dress up like this for Halloween always stick together.

H/T Black Sports Online

Christian Ponder leaves with shoulder injury after being hit on dive (GIF)

Christian Ponder shoulderMinnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder left Thursday night’s game against the Washington Redskins after suffering a left shoulder injury on a dive for the end zone.

Ponder was running by the sideline on a scramble late in the third quarter when he dove for the end zone. Though the call on the field was initially touchdown, the play was reversed after referees reviewed the play. Ponder had the ball knocked out of his hand a foot from the end zone.

Not only did he lose a touchdown on the play, but Ponder came up holding his left arm in pain. He was later termed out for the game with a shoulder injury.

UPDATE: The Vikings said after the game that Ponder dislocated his shoulder on the play but later had it popped back in. He hopes to play in the team’s next game.

GIF via GIFD Sports

Christian Ponder and Samantha Steele go as Wendy Peffercorn and Squints from ‘The Sandlot’ for Halloween


Christian Ponder may not even be 1/1000th of the football player that Tom Brady is, but the Minnesota Vikings quarterback and his better half know how to do Halloween the right way. Earlier, we showed you the adorable little Wizard of Oz costumes Brady and Gisele broke out for their Halloween party. Meh — talk about unoriginal. Ponder and his wife Samantha Steele took it to another level.

Ponder and Steele went as Squints and Wendy Peffercorn. For those of you who don’t know, those are characters from the classic baseball movie “The Sandlot.” And also, shame on you if you didn’t.

The Halloween creativity is at an all-time high this year and we’re loving every second of it. We’re going to see plenty more costumes, but Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan are going to be incredibly difficult to top.

Photo: Instagram/Samantha Ponder
H/T Barstool Sports

Tom Brady may have broken news that Matt Cassel is starting for the Vikings

Matt-Cassel-VikingsThe New England Patriots are the most stubborn team in the NFL when it comes to providing information about injuries. Bill Belichick infuriates writers and reporters with his refusal to give progress updates, thus leaving them with nothing to write about. So what do you do when you’re on a team with a coach that doesn’t allow you to talk about your bumps and bruises? Talk about other people’s, of course.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a rib injury during a loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. His status for this weekend’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is uncertain. Tom Brady may have cleared it up for us on Wednesday.

Brady was discussing the performance of his former backup, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, when he brought up Matt Cassel. Cassel is Ponder’s backup in Minnesota, so there’s a good chance he told Brady he’s expecting to get the start this weekend.

The Patriots may be good for nothing when it comes to injury information about their own team, but don’t ever say they’re useless.

Christian Ponder and Samantha Steele met on Twitter, went to Arby’s on wedding night

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and his wife Samantha Steele seem like one of the more modest couples in the celebrity couple realm. Their relationship progressed quite rapidly, going from dating to engaged to married in the span of just a few months. And their wedding night remained consistent with their low-profile nature.

In a recent interview with Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press, Samantha Ponder spoke about how quickly the relationship moved and where it began.

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Christian Ponder invited to test Google Glass

Christian Ponder is among the 8,000 people selected to test Google Glass.

Google Glass is a pair of eyeglasses that functions as a computer. It allows users to take pictures and record videos through verbal commands.

The new form of technology has been warmly received and there has been a lot of anticipation surrounding its scheduled 2014 release. Last month, Google Glass was soliciting offers from people looking to test the product. They told enthusiasts to pitch an idea for what they would do if they had the glasses. Ponder, the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, was among the thousands who pitched an idea to test Google Glass, and he was notified Thursday night that he had been accepted.

In the tweet exchange seen below, you’ll notice that Ponder sent his initial “#ifihadglass” Twitter pitch on Feb. 21:

Those selected to test the product now have the opportunity to pay $1,500 to try out the glasses. Pickup locations are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

If you’re unfamiliar with Google Glass, here is a promo video featured on the product’s website that shows how it feels to wear the glasses:

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