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That's where she met former journeyman hockey player Jay Leach in 2005, who was playing for the Providence Bruins at the time.
Interestingly, Tappen's relationship with Leach, who was in the Bruins' system from 2004 to 2007 and even played a couple of games with the big club, didn't prevent her from landing that job with NESN. So NESN removed her from their Red Sox coverage and gave her a studio gig...until they finally just decided to "let her go" altogether back in May.
, started dating Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in 2012, and by the end of the year they were married.
Apparently, CBS is the safe haven for sports reporters who want to date athletes. None other than Canelo Alvarez, who only lost his WBC light middleweight title to Floyd Mayweather last September. Last but not least, we have Erin Andrews, the most famous female sports reporter in America.
Well, Ponder responded to a seemingly innocuous tweet Thursday afternoon from a follower that essentially let the cat out of the proverbial bag.
Congrats to both Ponder and Steele over their apparent coupling, although it is a departure from what Ponder told Twin Cities gossip columnist C.
In 2013, someone started an internet rumor that Brian Burke was fired as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs because he had an affair with Mae and was the father of her baby.
However, there is absolutely no evidence of that, and Burke subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit. Her husband, Kevin Barker, played 126 games in the big leagues as a first baseman, and in 2006—while Mae was in Boston working for NESN—he spent some time in Toronto. He hosts a baseball show on the FAN 590 in Toronto.However, ESPN declared that since Steele covered college football, not the NFL, they didn't have a problem with it. And just last week she gave birth to the couple's first child.