Thursday Night Huge for Samantha Ponder and Vikings QB Husband Christian

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 7, 2013

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder in attendance during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sun Life Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Football and, as it were, the Ponders, will dominate Thursday night. 

On one end of the country, Samantha Ponder will roam the sidelines bringing her vibrant personality and vital reports to a captivated audience. 

On the same night, her husband will be playing 2,000 miles away, hoping to salvage something of the season and possibly his career in Minnesota. 

It's a big night for football in America, a sentiment that isn't lost on the millions who already scheduled a date with their favorite couch or armchair. 

In the land of collegiate athletics, No. 10 Oklahoma will be taking on No. 6 Baylor on Fox Sports 1, and No. 3 Oregon heads to Stanford Stadium to take on the No. 5 Cardinal, aired on Ponder's ESPN network. 

Thanks to the infinite wisdom of the NFL, the entire year is packed with Thursday night football, so the 3-5 Washington Redskins will be taking on Christian Ponder's 1-7 Minnesota Vikings. 

While a battle between teams third and fourth in their respective divisions isn't going to revolutionize television history, it still has some fantastic intrigue for some of the players featured. 

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at  AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Robert Griffin III and his Redskins are hoping to build on a win over the Chargers on Sunday, giving the team a possible spark that might see them actually compete in a tight NFC East. 

For the Vikings, it's all about settling the incessant quarterback carousel making fans rather nauseous this season. It was that uncertainty that had some, including Busted Coverage, wondering whether the Ponders were selling their Minnesota property with thoughts on an assumed conclusion with the Vikings. 

As Sam tweeted and that same BC article posted, the two haven't lived in the property since June and are merely parting with unused real estate. 

Nov 1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele is seen reporting during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

While she works the sidelines at Stanford Stadium, she will be hoping things are as boring and humdrum at the end of the season. 

Really, things have been all about upheaval and turmoil under center for the Vikings. A bout of consistency sounds like the kind of status quo that fans and the Ponders might enjoy going forward. 

The team started with Ponder and then went with Matt Cassel in a win over the Steelers in Week 4. That tenure was short-lived and the Vikings would soon have Josh Freeman taking snaps for an ill-fated night. 

Well, it's back to Ponder. 

It's enough to cause fans to get rather creative with their jerseys, taking on a look Browns fans would be proud of. (h/t SportsHumor's tweet)

Last week, in a loss to the Cowboys, 27-23, Ponder passed for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception. 

With seven losses on the season, this game may be more about a building block for the long-term future as it is for this season. Every game is crucial to answering whether Ponder is the right man for the job in Minnesota. 

With three marquee games across the nation, fans will have plenty to keep them entertained. It seems there are no two people more invested in football for the night than Sam and Christian Ponder. 

Separated by thousands of miles, the two get dressed and traipse on off to work, much as we all do on a daily basis. 

Something tells me there will be a few more people locked in with how their day at work goes. 


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