Playing the Field: Samantha Steele dates Christian Ponder

Samantha ponders - will it last?


What is up with bad quarterbacks dating beautiful women?

Matt Leinart has done more to damage the credibility of female sports fans than any other person on Earth. Leinart alone has dated Paris Hilton, Aly Michalka and Kristin Cavallari. I know he went to USC ladies, but come on. Watch a football game. Don’t embarrass yourself.

The next QB in line is Christian Ponder, who is now reportedly dating ESPN reporter Samantha Steele. To be fair, Ponder is actually playing surprisingly well this season (68.6 completion percentage, eight touchdowns, four interceptions, 92.4 QB rating), but not that well. Not dating Samantha Steele well.

I’d never heard of Steele until she got the “College Gameday” gig this season, but she’s quickly approaching Erin Andrews territory.

Ponder was asked about the relationship after practice on Thursday and he responded how most incredibly rich men dating incredibly beautiful public figures respond, “Really? This is a big deal? I mean, look at me, I’m awesome.”

OK, maybe that’s not what he actually said. But this is:

“There’s been a thousand articles today about it,” Ponder said. “You can’t really worry about it. You’ve got to try to keep it private, but that’s just part of the industry, part of the job. I don’t know. Comes with the territory.

“I’m proud of the relationship,” Ponder said, smiling. “I can brag. I’ve got bragging rights, I believe.”

Ponder has already taken to mocking his significant other on Twitter, so you know it’s serious.

How cute. I hate him.

Ryan Lochte is (still) stupid

Remember the London Olympics? “Sorta.” Remember Ryan Lochte? “The dumb swimmer dude?”

Exactly.

Well Lochte made an appearance on “College Gameday” yesterday (that show with Sam Steele) and proceeded to make himself look dumber than ever.

Lochte was the celebrity picker and was asked who he thought would win the LSU vs. Texas A&M game. So of course he picked … Auburn.

But at least he said it with confidence. And hey, LSU did win the game.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He is holding out for Jenn Brown. She’ll probably start dating Matt Cassel.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council committee moves Williamsburg's Domino refinery deal…

The deal to turn the old Domino Sugar refinery along the Williamsburg waterfront into a new housing complex is one Council vote away from approval.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

National

Electric Zoo tickets on sale Tuesday as festival…

Electric Zoo tickets go on sale Tuesday. The festival announced plans to amp up security after two attendees died last year from apparent drug overdoses.

Local

VIDEO: Conflicting accounts after horse carriage falls over…

There were conflicting accounts about what caused a horse carriage to fall near Central Park and Fifth Avenue on Wednesday.

The Word

Taylor Swift has a hard time leaving the…

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Going Out

Pop-up cat cafe opens to long lines in…

The country's first pop-up cat cafe opened in New York on Thursday.

Movies

Interview: Steven Knight on making Tom Hardy normal…

Filmmaker Steven Knight discusses his new movie "Locke," set entirely within a car and featuring only one actor on-screen: Tom Hardy.

Movies

Interview: 'The Quiet Ones' star Sam Claflin on…

"Hunger Games" co-star Sam Claflin talks about his new horror film "The Quiet Ones," plus how technology connects him with fans.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

MLB

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for using pine…

Pineda was thrown out of the game against the Red Sox Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck -- for all the world to see.

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.