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Ponder trying to sell house he doesn’t live in

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It wasn’t that long ago that Christian Ponder was the future in Minnesota.

But his own up-and-down play and the addition of Josh Freeman has certainly cast doubt about it, and he’s made a move that won’t do anything to quell the perception that he’s a short-timer with the Vikings.

According to Paul Walsh of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings quarterback has put his 5,540-square foot Lake Minnetonka home on the market.

Granted, football players put houses on the market all the time for many reasons and it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re leaving.  And Ponder’s wife even took to Twitter to inform a questioner that they haven’t lived in the house since June. But divesting yourself of a large expense would make one more portable, if the need would arise.

Either way, if you need an eight-bedroom estate outside the Twin Cities in a gated community with all the extras, there’s one available for $1.095 million. Ponder bought it for $880,000 in July 2012.

Getting his asking price would help him make a nice down payment on his next residence, wherever that might be.

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29 Responses to “Ponder trying to sell house he doesn’t live in”
  1. Jikky Jax says: Nov 1, 2013 9:27 AM

    Is there any perception that he’s NOT a short time Viking?

  2. whatjusthapped says: Nov 1, 2013 9:31 AM

    If he really wants to play football, there is always Canada or the Indoor Arena League.

    I doubt he is even serviceable as a backup QB, much less worth the overall #12 pick. Just because Spielman thinks he’s worthy of a spot on the roster doesn’t mean the other 31 GM’s agree.

  3. buhbay1c says: Nov 1, 2013 9:36 AM

    Actually a pretty decent investment, right on Tonka Bay where property values only increase. I think as long as you don’t tell the next buyer that Ponder occupied the home, it’s a financial win.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 1, 2013 9:39 AM

    Even his houses are turnover prone.

  5. fwippel says: Nov 1, 2013 9:46 AM

    I hate to say this, but I really feel sorry for Ponder. Even after all this garbage this year, he’s still the best QB on the Viking roster right now, which isn’t saying much.

    That said, Ponder was set up to fail in Minnesota from the get-go. I remember yelling at the TV the night he was drafted because it was such an obvious reach on the part of the front office. Ponder had no business being drafted in the first round, and that reach by the Vikings only set expectations to an unreasonable level, expectations that Ponder was not going to meet, not with Bill Musgrave as his OC.

    I hope he lands on a team with better coaching, and is able to work himself into a starting spot at some point in the future. But he is so unpopular in Minnesota right now, and the scorn for him really needs to be redirected at the Viking front office and coaching staff.

  6. firethorn1001 says: Nov 1, 2013 9:54 AM

    Why don’t the Vikings just buy a house to lease to their whomever their ‘starting’ QB is. God knows they won’t need anything longer than a one year lease.

  7. ttommytom says: Nov 1, 2013 9:55 AM

    Dreaming at that price. Let’s mark it up so when they make a lower offer, you break even and I get my 6%.

    Real estate agents want to make money for doing nothing. At least Ponder tries…

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Nov 1, 2013 9:57 AM

    The house is so close to the lake, even Ponder could throw a football into it from the back porch.

  9. onbucky96 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:25 AM

    Christian wisely packing his things. Still, for the haters, he signed a 1st Rd contract. And married a 10. He’s behind on the football scoreboard but crushing the rest of us off it.

  10. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2013 10:26 AM

    Either way, if you need an eight-bedroom estate outside the Twin Cities in a gated community with all the extras, there’s one available for $1.095 million. Ponder bought it for $880,000 in July 2012.

    lol, what!?

    It’s hard to find a 4 bedroom home in a nice area here for that money, 8?

    SMH.

  11. thepvyharvin says: Nov 1, 2013 10:38 AM

    Why do so many young players spend like idiots? Ponder has a modest salary. Sure he might make some profit here but seems they all go blow a load before the ink dries. I’m sure he needed 5,540 sq ft being all he likes to do is run around…

  12. blowpackblow says: Nov 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    In June, someone painted a goal line on his driveway, and now he can’t get in.

  13. dragonfly99 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    Now if you can just get Spielman and Frazier to put up their houses for sale, then there’s hope.

  14. cags777 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    Why keep a large, expensive house like that if you’re not going to live in it? Call me old school, but I think it’s foolish to invest in multiple properties – especially when your job is never guaranteed.

  15. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 1, 2013 10:53 AM

    That girl is expensive. Remember what Herm said! You need a house. One house!

  16. dcapettini says: Nov 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    He should get one near the carwash so that he can walk to work.

  17. burrito12 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    His next house will be in Bristol Connecticut, because he will only be a househusband very soon!

  18. tremoluxman says: Nov 1, 2013 11:01 AM

    I’ve lived in Minnesota since birth. The Lake Minnetonka area is one of the most hoity-toity ares in the state. It’s where many of the well-moneyed folks live. Big, swanky houses on a beautiful lake. Big boats, big cars, bigger money.

    It’s not like Nordeast Minneapolis.

  19. 2ruefan says: Nov 1, 2013 11:01 AM

    For no other reason that the amusement factor and irony, I’d LOVE to see Ponder have some kind of out of this world, play out of his mind, 5 TD game against the Cowboys and throw a monkey wrench in all of the talk.

    That being said.. he’ll probably have a 14-26, 1 TD throwing, 1 running, 1 INT performance in a close win or a loss.

  20. conormacleod says: Nov 1, 2013 11:13 AM

    You know what???? I just can’t feel sorry for this dude. He’s got a good life. I know I’m jealous.

  21. fmc651 says: Nov 1, 2013 12:17 PM

    It is not Ponders fault he was drafted in the 1st round. He is not a starting QB. What I find disgusting is how bspn railed on the vikings for not playing Ponder. Sticking up for a coworker was all that was. It was sickening. Ponder is the worst qb on the team. A really stupid football player. It takes him forever to make his reads. Last game he was just ducking his head and taking sacks because it took so long. He had WR’s running left and he is looking right – where no WR’s are running. Why doesn’t he know where his WR’s routes are when he calls a play?FSU didn’t prepare him to be a NFL QB at all. I will be glad when he is gone. People here want to blame the coaches. Yeah they are not the best but Ponder is inept.

  22. favrewillplay4ever says: Nov 1, 2013 1:20 PM

    I’d be willing to give him .10 on the dollar.. Just like he’s given the Vikings on their investment in him!

  23. kurmudge says: Nov 1, 2013 1:34 PM

    After buying that house, a very good investment, BTW on the most popular lake in the area (the houses on inferior lakes where I live are around $800k, so I am surprised he got this one at that size so cheap), he got married to a globe-trotting woman who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. What is a problem about down-sizing where you work, and being with your wife most of the time?

    BTW, Ponder is indeed the best QB currently on the team, though it is vaguely possible that Freeman could eventually pass him up if he stays around. But Ponder is under contract for next year at a price that is reasonable for a decent backup, and if he were cut here, he’d be picked up by one of at least 5 teams immediately.

    If he actually started to stand int eh pocket, read the whole field, make decisio ns, and throw with good mechanics, he’d be a Rich Gannon-type star.

  24. Tim says: Nov 1, 2013 1:36 PM

    I guess he doesn’t enjoy the purifying effects of Lake Minnetonka anymore.

  25. rustygrizzwald says: Nov 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    I like that outdoor kitchen. Otherwise it seems awfully McMansionish. No character.

  26. skolvikesskol says: Nov 1, 2013 3:10 PM

    Thought this guy was suppose to be Einstein smart… What delta bravo!

  27. thebigcaptain2011 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:49 PM

    I wonder if Prince told him that’s not Lake Minnetonka and that’s why he’s selling….

  28. Paul M. says: Nov 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    2ruefan says: Nov 1, 2013 11:01 AM

    For no other reason that the amusement factor and irony, I’d LOVE to see Ponder have some kind of out of this world, play out of his mind, 5 TD game against the Cowboys and throw a monkey wrench in all of the talk.
    ___________________________________

    I’d love to win the lottery too and I have a better chance at that than Ponder does of throwing 5TDs.

    5 interceptions and 5 fumbles maybe.

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 1, 2013 6:40 PM

    You could fit 5 Viking fan trailer homes inside a house that size. Those peasants probably think his 5500 square feet house is a palatial estate.

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