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
National

Train selfie star who got kicked in the…

  A 22-year-old Canadian man who posted a video of himself getting kicked in the head by a train conductor is set to cash in…

National

Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…

National

Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…

National

American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

The Word

What we learned from the premiere of 'True…

Does watching someone's marriage implode make for great TV? The show runners at "True Tori" think Tori Spelling's heartbreak is hot stuff indeed.

NBA

Nets settle for 1-1 series tie with Game…

DeMar DeRozan, who was an All-Star this season, hit two huge jumpers back-to-back to give the Raptors an 89-85 lead over the Nets with 2:10 to play.

NHL

Rangers reclaim home ice with Game 3 road…

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

NBA

Jason Kidd reacts to Mike Woodson being fired…

Jason Kidd played for Mike Woodson last year and Joe Johnson spent four seasons being the main focus on offense for Woodson in Atlanta.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.