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Samantha Steele and Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder are Engaged

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NFL fans often tend to blame losses on external factors. And by external factors, more often than not, we mean women. NFL fans tend to blame women for their teams losing.

This phenomenon was originally put on display a few years ago when Jessica Simpson somehow became the face of everything that was wrong with the Dallas Cowboys. The same thing, albeit to a lesser degree, happened with Kristin Cavallari, Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears.

A few weeks back, we got another dosage of blame-the-girlfriend-for-my-quarterback-struggling syndrome when ESPN reporter, Samantha Steele, began catching flak for Christian Ponder’s inconsistency. Well, if those fans weren’t happy when they found out that Steele and Ponder were dating, they’ll be really unhappy when they read this:

Spoke to ESPN's @samantha_steele today. She confirms she is engaged to @vikingsfootball quarterback Christian Ponder.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 4, 2012

Yikes. Here’s to hoping that Ponder doesn’t suddenly start slumping (more than usual).

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