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Christian Ponder Gets Married to ESPN Hottie in Wisconsin

Have to admit, the idea of the Minnesota Vi-Queens QB having to cross the state border to get married so no one knows who he is, is pretty funny.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele have tied the knot.

Ponder confirmed on Wednesday that the two were married at a courthouse in Wisconsin on Monday.

A Minnesota quarterback getting married in Wisconsin? Ponder says he knows some Vikings fans won’t be happy that their quarterback decided to get married across the border, but he was just trying to keep it quiet.

He says they wanted to get married before the holidays “and for some other personal reasons” and that it will not distract him from the game against Houston on Sunday. Ponder calls it the biggest game of his career, with the Vikings chasing down a playoff berth.

Ms. Steele is “the new Erin Andrews” at ESPN since Ms. Andrews left for Fox Sports earlier this year.  She’s pretty much taken over as the top college football sideline reporter for the network and is co-host of a daily show on college football during the week on ESPN U.

Would love to know what the “other personal reasons” are?  The best I can come up with is that Ponder’s accountant probably told the couple that they’d need to get married now and not after the New Year for tax reasons.  The “marriage penalty” kicks back in if we go over the fiscal cliff.

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  • steveegg

    I don’t think it’s the 2012 taxes, IYKWIMAITYD.

  • kevinbinversie

    Best comment I’ve seen online regarding this news: “That’s the first tight end he’s connected with all season!”