Christian and Samantha Ponder may be the real life Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Did you know Sam Ponder, part of the ESPN College GameDay crew and sideline reporter for college football and basketball, was pregnant? Did anyone?
Some time after football season ended, when Christian cleaned out his Vikings locker and Sam wrapped up coverage of Florida State's national championship, the couple went into hibernation from public view.
The couple did not host the red carpet portion of the ESPYs, as they had in 2013. Did no one think it was weird Nick "Swaggy P" Young was hosting the red carpet?
It turns out the Ponders have been too busy learning how to be parents. It appears Christian and Sam have a new baby girl.
Sam and Christian Ponder had a baby girl. No one even knew they were pregnant. So sneaky.
— Allyn Schneider (@AllynSchneider) July 21, 2014
Sam Ponder planned pregnancy perfect for secrecy. Didn't show during CFB season, been off TV last 6 months. BOOM, kid.
— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) July 22, 2014
Larry Fitzgerald Sr. can attest:
I was on the same flight with Maya Moore & @cponder7 & his wife &new born child.You realize everyday is in the hands of the big guy upstairs
— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) July 21, 2014
Sam is from Phoenix, Fitzgerald's son plays for the Arizona Cardinals and Maya Moore was playing in the WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Worlds colliding!
With Sam already putting her baby on an airplane, one can infer the baby is a few weeks old at the least. Although no particular birth date is clear, Sam's Twitter may have implied when she was still pregnant.
Going without dessert for 2 weeks. Thinking I should refrain from Twitter as well. No dessert probably = bad Twitter judgment. #thumbsoffury
— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) May 14, 2014
"You'll look great in whatever you wear... unless it's ugly." -my romantic husband
— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) May 16, 2014
If news of the Ponders' baby wasn't enough by itself, consider her name: "Bowden." As in legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, the man who recruited Christian to be a Seminole.
— FSU Admissions (@FSUAdmissions) July 22, 2014
It must be nice to have 377 wins, most in FBS coaching history, under your belt before you can talk. It is also nice to have a quarterback for a dad and a top ESPN reporter for a mom.
Bowden's middle name is reportedly "Sainte-Claire," the same middle name given to her mother, whose maiden name is Steele.
Thinking back to the Ponders' initial relationship formulation, it took months for the news to surface. Politicians cannot hide sexts, but blonde college football reporters can withhold pregnancy. What a country.
Can't wait for the baby's first word to be "dadgummit."
-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.