Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/8/12
Christian Ponder would probably love to blame his recent struggles on something or someone other than himself, but as a fellow human being possessing X and Y chromosomes, I can tell you that by refusing to throw his relatively new girlfriend Samantha Steele under the bus, Ponder is doing the right thing.  KFAN's Paul Allen gave Ponder that opportunity in a radio interview earlier this week, but Ponder was smart enough to declare that his relationship with ESPN personality Samantha Steele was in no way affecting his performance... at least on the field of play. From yours truly at Sports Radio Interviews: “She has nothing to do with it. We’ve been dating since the beginning of the season, so she had also to do with the five wins. So it has really nothing to do with anything on the football field.” Well played, Christian. And I'm referring to that answer, not your on-field performance. No one would say that about your on-field performance, not even Sam herself if she's the unbiased sports journalist she purports to be. Realistically, though, if having a new girlfriend leads your production to dip at the office, you might require a prescription of some sort. Regularly-functioning humans are able to juggle relationships and work, and professional athletes like Ponder are supremely-functioning humans. By now it's probably become obvious that I'm not taking this post seriously, but nobody should. This is a joke. The newsworthiness from our perspective at Awful Announcing is that Ponder would even have to answer such a question and the microscope he now has to live under in dating a celebrity figure like Samantha Steele is quickly becoming. When it comes to Ponder's play on the field, Steele's name shouldn't even have to enter the equation. The reason, according to Allen, is that callers have been raising this as a possible factor to help explain why Ponder's play has declined dramatically after a strong start to the season. If you're taking time out of your afternoon to call a local sports radio station and suggest that your team's starting quarterback is failing (partly or fully) because of the high-profile female he's dating, you need a new hobby. Sticking to fake trade proposals is a much better proposition.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

Super Bowl referee says Cotchery play could have been a catch

The NBA is one step closer to putting ads on jerseys

Archie Manning defends Cam Newton over press conference

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NBA to weigh adding advertisements to jerseys

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

Justin Tuck will sign one-day contract to retire with Giants

Ronda Rousey returns to training

Von Miller likely to get franchise tag from Broncos

Barry J. Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker